Media, Democracy and Human Rights

Linnaeus University
2 years
Full time
Master's degree
On campus
28 August 2023
Linnaeus University

About this program

Media, Democracy and Human Rights

The programme’s focus on leadership, democracy, and human rights aims to prepare tomorrow’s researchers, social narrators, and decision-makers for contributing responsibly and insightfully to the development and regulation of the media landscape, based on democratic ideals and principles, regardless of nationality and geographical considerations.

The programme focuses on an understanding of the increasingly important role and growing impact of the media as regards public service announcements, political communication, cultural expression, and social mobilisation. The students are provided with a theoretical understanding, analytical tools, and strategic competence, all of which enables them to not only understand, but to become active agents in, media development that affects democracy, human rights, and regulation of the media in an international context.

The programme is highly international, using case studies and course reading taken from a broad international context, and attracting students from all over the world.

Admission requirements

General entry requirements for studies at the second-cycle level and specific entry requirements 1–90 credits, of which at least 15 credits are for an independent project in media and communications, journalism, political science, or a similar subject. English 6 or the equivalent.

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Program content

Year 1

  • Media, Regulation, and Human Rights
  • Political and Cultural Citizenship
  • Global Challenges in New Media and Management
  • Leading through Policy and project management

Year 2

  • Philosophy of Science and Research Methods in Media and Communication Studies
  • Optional courses
  • Degree project

Program delivery

Societal relevance

Media, traditional as well as alternative and social media, play an increasingly major role in people’s lives, as regards culture as well as politics. Today, the media infrastructure serves as an arena for influence, propaganda, and disinformation, at the same time as it constitutes a platform for self-realisation, orientation, exploration, and identity creation. In the interface between the consequences of these tendencies, issues and challenges associated with media criticism and sustainability arise. As a consequence, the future needs policymakers, managers, and executives that are perceptive and capable of critical reflection, so that human rights are accommodated and not breached, and democratic principles are maintained, at the same time as our mediatised cultural environment is protected. Since this master's programme aims to provide theoretical specialisation as well as practical application in relation to these issues, it contributes in a constructive way to the creation and exploration of ways in which democratic principles and human rights can be used to overcome problems, in a present and future that is shaped by increased mediatisation.


The programme is firmly grounded in an internationalisation approach in that it targets an international student group; aims to deepen knowledge of and practical approaches to global dilemmas associated with the media, and builds on internationally prominent and relevant theory and research. The third semester may be studied abroad, as part of an exchange programme, provided that it includes a course equivalent to Philosophy of Science and Research Methods in Media and Communication Studies, 15 credits.

Sustainable societal development

The content of the programme is closely linked to sustainable development from a media perspective. The main issues that the programme seeks to teach students to be able to handle are all about the central question of how management and leadership in relation to the media may be implemented in a sustainable way, taking human rights and democratic principles into consideration.


Full Tuition Fee: 231,200 SEK


The international degree awarded upon completion of the entire programme is a Master of Arts (120 credits) in Media and Communications. The diploma and the degree certificate are issued in Swedish and English and are accompanied by a diploma supplement in English.

Career paths

The programme targets those who want to work with:

  • Research in academia
  • Management and development services in the media industry
  • Policies and analysis in national and international political and non-profit organisations, or in companies and public authorities
  • Journalism
  • Media development and media strategies in the private and public sectors
  • Information and communication
  • Teaching at different levels.

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Linnaeus University

Linnaeus University is a modern, international university in south east of Sweden. We are located in two nature-loving cities, one by the Baltic sea and one surrounded by lakes in the greenest city in Europe. We offer a modern university,...

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351 95 Växjö

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