The course combines theoretical (3 ECTS) and practical (3 ECTS) teaching. The former, lectures, focus on conceptual development and critical reflection on the content of the programme. The practice sessions consist, on the one hand, in the analysis of case studies based on academic publications and journalistic content related to the syllabus, and, on the other, in the construction of informative and interpretative stories on social issues, according to the basic principles to which the different contents of the course respond. During the different weeks of the course, the teaching staff will combine the explanation of topics in the syllabus aimed more at theoretical conceptualisation with sections of the same aimed at practical learning and the application of techniques.
Throughout the four-month period, students will have to complete the following assignments, which will count towards the final mark for the course:
- Journalistic documentation
- Interview with social content and/or focus
- Podcast or video
- Written or transmedia feature
These activities will be carried out in groups of three to four students, and will revolve around a social journalism research project involving all the students on the course.
In addition to actively contributing to the classes, students are required to carry out various exercises in the analysis and production of journalistic materials that will be proposed during the practical classes.
Students will also receive individual attention from the teacher through tutorials. As this is a 6-credit course, students will dedicate at least two hours per week, at least according to the regulations of the Universidad Carlos III de Madrid.
Finally, students will have to participate in social journalism workshops with specialised journalists. These workshops are included in the weekly plan of training activities. The journalists invited may vary according to the academic year, the current agenda of social issues or other logistical factors such as the availability of the speakers.