Media, Journalism and the Public Sphere

Continuing education course (28/29 October 2020)

The focus of this course is on the most important characteristics, developments and continuities of the media sector across Africa. Participants will appreciate achievements of journalism and the role of the media for society in different settings.

The media sector across Africa is undergoing fundamental changes driven by rapid social transformation, new local and global actors, and the spread of digital and mobile communication technology. After an overview of the distinct particularities in the history of media in Africa, the course addresses the most recent developments in different countries. Participants engage with the working environment and practical conditions for media production and journalism, and discuss the role of different media – print, radio and TV as well as the digital media – for different segments of African societies.

  • History and regional specifics of the media in Africa
  • Current developments and trends in the media sector
  • Digitalization and mobile communication
  • Journalism: diversity, economic pressure, and state control
  • The 4th power: The role of the media in African society and politics

28 October 2020, 9am-5pm
29 October 2020, 9am-5pm

The course will take place online and include a preparatory program (without fixed dates).


The course is awarded with 1 ECTS credit for the CAS in African Affairs (assessment required).

CHF 420 incl. course documentation; travel expenses, accommodation and meals are not included.

Additional fee for assessment (required for ECTS credits): CHF 60

Registration deadline: 7 October 2020

Coordinator continuing education