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About Study Course

Department: Department of Communication Studies
Credit points / ECTS:2 / 3
Course supervisor: Anda Rožukalne
Study type:Full time
Course level:Bachelor
Target audience:Communication Science
Branch of science:Communication Sciences


The purpose of the course is to give students an insight into the nature of investigative journalism, its historical aspects and reasons of occurrence at theoretical and practical level. Taking into account the special role of journalism in the functioning of mass media, this course covers the main ethical and professional dilemmas of investigative journalism, the use of information collection methods in investigative journalism, as well as forms and formats of research journalism in mass media of different types – newspapers, magazines, radio, TV, internet.
The main task of this course is to achieve that students learn theoretical aspects, history of investigative journalism, material collection methods and approaches to investigative journalism. During the study course, by performing practical tasks, students learn to create investigative journalism works.


Study courses “Introduction to Journalism”, “Introduction to the Studies and Speciality”, “Introduction to Communication Theories”, “News Journalism”, “Methods and Genres of Journalism” have been mastered.

Learning outcomes


• On conditions of creation of investigative journalism, its topics, types and formats.
• On methods of collection of information in investigative journalism.
• On tasks, topics, sources of investigative journalism.
• On professional ethics in investigative journalism.
• On modern development trends of investigative journalism.


• To independently devise, plan and implement an investigative journalism work on different topics for different media platforms.
• To collect, select, understand and present information on the needs of investigative journalism.
• To create an investigative journalism work in accordance with media content and technical requirements and needs.
• To use, process, analyse data for the fulfilment of goals of an investigative journalism work.


• To evaluate the reality when using information for the creation of investigative journalism works.
• Responsibility for the quality of collected and provided information, value and compliance of sources of information, as well as its eventual effects.
• Critical attitude to content and form of investigative journalism information.
• Self-critical, professionally ethical and responsible attitude to the value of information and compliance of the information provided to the target audience with its needs, when creating an investigative journalism work.
• Responsible, knowledge-based use of technologies in the process of creation of investigative journalism works.

Study course planning

Planning period:Year 2020, Autumn semester
Study programmeStudy semesterProgram levelStudy course categoryLecturersSchedule
Journalism5Bachelor’sRequiredArta Ģiga, Anda Rožukalne