MJ5200 Klimajournalistikk, teori og praksis Emneplan

Engelsk emnenavn
Climate journalism, theory and practice
Masterstudium i journalistikk, heltid
Enkeltemner knyttet til masterstudium i journalistikk
10 stp.


Climate change and the environment are closing in on society in both space and time, becoming a relevant dimension of ever more areas of life. Significant transformations need to take place over the next decade and here journalism will have a key role to play. This course will help students pursue both the theoretical and practical development of climate journalism, including the understanding of its own role in society, in a time of declared and perceived crisis.


No prerequisites


The student should have the following learning outcomes upon successful completion of the course:


  • has advanced interdisciplinary knowledge of the different perceptions and experiences of global climate change, with a particular focus on the Arctic, and from the Arctic (Arctic Lenses)
  • has thorough knowledge of both the difficulties and the possibilities of climate change communication in the media and in journalism


The student

  • is able to critically analyze different perceptions and experiences of global climate change in the media
  • is able to relate these differences to the global and universal dimensions of climate change for the past, present and future of humanity and life on earth
  • can explain and communicate global dimensions of climate change with a focus on the Arctic and/or from the Arctic
  • can convey climate change journalistically as a dimension to a host of different climate change stories
  • can find new and innovative ways to approach global climate change

General competence

The student

  • is able to understand the basics of global climate change, with the help of knowledge from both the natural, social and human sciences.
  • is well qualified to approach climate change as a justice issue, for example between the North and South, the developed and the developing world
  • is well qualified to discuss ethical questions in both science and journalism
  • has acquired journalistic skills of combining observations of different experiences of climate change with broader, theoretical perspectives

Arbeids- og undervisningsformer

The course will be based on two to three gatherings of 2-5 days at Oslo Metropolitan University, including lectures, exercises and group work. One of the gatherings, or part of one gathering, may also entail field work/excursions.

Arbeidskrav og obligatoriske aktiviteter

No course requirements

Vurdering og eksamen

For the main assessment, the students may choose one of two term papers.


  • A reportage which both has a global and a particular dimension of climate change, followed by a reflection paper that discusses and analyzes the textual material theoretically helped by the syllabus, 15 - 20 pages, 1,5 line space, Times New Roman size 12.


  • An analytic, theory-based paper investigating a limited media output where global climate change is covered in a particular way, 13-16 pages, 1,5 line space, Times New Roman size 12.

The term papers may be written in Norwegian or English.

Students who have failed a regular examination may submit a revised version of the exam one time. Students with legitimate absence are entitled to submit the term paper to the new examination.


The papers are evaluated according to a scale ranging from A to F, with A-E as pass grades and F as fail grade.


All term papers will be assessed by an evaluation committee consisting of both an internal and an external examiner.