Investigative Journalism

Universidade Católica Portuguesa

Course Description

  • Course Name

    Investigative Journalism

  • Host University

    Universidade Católica Portuguesa

  • Location

    Lisbon, Portugal

  • Area of Study

    Journalism, Radio - Television - Film

  • Language Level

    Taught In English

  • Course Level Recommendations


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    Hours & Credits

  • ECTS Credits

  • Recommended U.S. Semester Credits
  • Recommended U.S. Quarter Units
  • Overview


    ▪ Definition of investigative journalism and its relevance. Investigative journalism as part of journalism.  

    ▪ Case studies.  

    ▪ Methods of investigative journalism.  

    ▪ Ethics and deontology of investigative journalism.  

    ▪ Journalism in democracy and in dictatorship.


    ▪ Knowledge of investigative journalism and its problems.  

    ▪ Knowledge of case studies in Portugal and other countries, namely English-speaking countries.

    ▪  Learning how to prepare and accomplish an investigative reportage, in press and in television. 


    ▪ Definition of investigative journalism and its relevance.

    ▪ Methods of investigative journalism. Conventional and unconventional.

    ▪ Ethics, deontology and investigative journalism.

    ▪ The practice of (investigative) journalism in democracy and in dictatorship. 

    ▪ How to do an investigative reportage.

    ▪ The relation with sources.

    ▪ Construction of an investigative reportage. Press and television.

    ▪ Legal limits to investigative journalism.

    ▪ Case studies 


    Continual evaluation based upon the following elements:

    ▪ Presence and active participation in classes 25%

    ▪ Essays, tasks and group work   35%

    ▪ Final test or individual essay                               40% 

Course Disclaimer

Courses and course hours of instruction are subject to change.

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Credits earned vary according to the policies of the students' home institutions. According to ISA policy and possible visa requirements, students must maintain full-time enrollment status, as determined by their home institutions, for the duration of the program.

ECTS (European Credit Transfer and Accumulation System) credits are converted to semester credits/quarter units differently among U.S. universities. Students should confirm the conversion scale used at their home university when determining credit transfer.


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