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Bachelor (1 Subject)

Economic Policy Journalism


Degree Bachelor of Arts (B.A.)
Field Social Sciences and Cultural Studies
Language Bilingual, German and English
Standard program duration 8 semesters
Admission restrictions Restricted admission for the 1st to the 4th program semester
Overview of the restricted admission procedure (German only)
Further in­for­mation Homepage
Module Handbook (German only)
Syllabus (German only)

Short profile

The B.A. in Economic Policy Journalism is intended for all those who wish to gain a deeper understanding of how the economy shapes political and social developments.

Students complete a comprehensive macroeconomics program at the Faculty of Economics of TU Dort­mund Uni­ver­sity. In parallel, they work in the train­ing newsroom at the In­sti­tute of Journalism. They additionally learn how to combine economic theory and journalistic practice in the frame­work of special modules: An exciting combination that forms an excellent basis for work in editorial offices, but also for further specialization in eco­nom­ics.

Like the other Bachelor’s programs at the In­sti­tute of Journalism, the B.A. in Economic Policy Journalism also includes an integrated one-year journalism traineeship.

Knowledge and skills

Prerequisite for the Bachelor’s program in Economic Policy Journalism is proof of an at least six-weekinternship in the editorial de­part­ment of a daily publication or a high-quality monthly magazine in a suitable thematic area. The goal of this internship is for students to familiarize themselves with the basic recurring routines found in journalism and to develop a basic understanding of journalism’s public mandate. Under certain circumstances, regular freelance work can also be recognized.

Professional fields

Among others, graduates can work in the editorial departments of national daily or weekly newspapers and business journals, with political news and business magazines or on the eco­nom­ics and politics desks of public broadcasting companies. As the program contains a similarly large proportion of macroeconomics courses as Bachelor’s programs in eco­nom­ics, it also opens up career opportunities in specialist areas of economic policy journalism or in other areas of macroeconomics where the com­mu­ni­cation of economic topics to laypersons plays an im­por­tant role. This is because the ability to communicate macroeconomics topics in a way that is generally understandable and uses different media channels is very im­por­tant in many of the traditional professional fields where economists are found. Such professional fields, beyond journalism itself, include above all public relations work for in­sti­tu­ti­ons with an economic policy focus, such as public authorities, national and regional governments, associations and organizations, chambers of industry and commerce, economic re­search institutes, banks, financial in­sti­tu­ti­ons and the insurance sector, etc.

Apart from the possibility to plunge directly into the world of work with the Bachelor’s degree certificate, students can also continue at the In­sti­tute of Journalism and complete one of the new Master’s profiles in the Economics & Journalism program.

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Location & approach

The campus of TU Dort­mund Uni­ver­sity is located close to interstate junction Dort­mund West, where the Sauerlandlinie A 45 (Frankfurt-Dort­mund) crosses the Ruhrschnellweg B 1 / A 40. The best interstate exit to take from A 45 is “Dort­mund-Eichlinghofen” (closer to South Cam­pus), and from B 1 / A 40 “Dort­mund-Dorstfeld” (closer to North Cam­pus). Signs for the uni­ver­si­ty are located at both exits. Also, there is a new exit before you pass over the B 1-bridge leading into Dort­mund.

To get from North Cam­pus to South Cam­pus by car, there is the connection via Vo­gel­pothsweg/Baroper Straße. We recommend you leave your car on one of the parking lots at North Cam­pus and use the H-Bahn (suspended monorail system), which conveniently connects the two campuses.

TU Dort­mund Uni­ver­sity has its own train station (“Dort­mund Uni­ver­si­tät”). From there, suburban trains (S-Bahn) leave for Dort­mund main station (“Dort­mund Hauptbahnhof”) and Düsseldorf main station via the “Düsseldorf Airport Train Station” (take S-Bahn number 1, which leaves every 15 or 30 minutes). The uni­ver­si­ty is easily reached from Bochum, Essen, Mülheim an der Ruhr and Duis­burg.

You can also take the bus or subway train from Dort­mund city to the uni­ver­si­ty: From Dort­mund main station, you can take any train bound for the Station “Stadtgarten”, usually lines U41, U45, U 47 and U49. At “Stadtgarten” you switch trains and get on line U42 towards “Hombruch”. Look out for the Station “An der Palmweide”. From the bus stop just across the road, busses bound for TU Dort­mund Uni­ver­sity leave every ten minutes (445, 447 and 462). Another option is to take the subway routes U41, U45, U47 and U49 from Dort­mund main station to the stop “Dort­mund Kampstraße”. From there, take U43 or U44 to the stop “Dort­mund Wittener Straße”. Switch to bus line 447 and get off at “Dort­mund Uni­ver­si­tät S”.

The AirportExpress is a fast and convenient means of transport from Dort­mund Airport (DTM) to Dort­mund Central Station, taking you there in little more than 20 minutes. From Dort­mund Central Station, you can continue to the uni­ver­si­ty campus by interurban railway (S-Bahn). A larger range of in­ter­na­tio­nal flight connections is offered at Düsseldorf Airport (DUS), which is about 60 kilometres away and can be directly reached by S-Bahn from the uni­ver­si­ty station.

The H-Bahn is one of the hallmarks of TU Dort­mund Uni­ver­sity. There are two stations on North Cam­pus. One (“Dort­mund Uni­ver­si­tät S”) is directly located at the suburban train stop, which connects the uni­ver­si­ty directly with the city of Dort­mund and the rest of the Ruhr Area. Also from this station, there are connections to the “Technologiepark” and (via South Cam­pus) Eichlinghofen. The other station is located at the dining hall at North Cam­pus and offers a direct connection to South Cam­pus every five minutes.

The facilities of TU Dort­mund Uni­ver­sity are spread over two campuses, the larger Cam­pus North and the smaller Cam­pus South. Additionally, some areas of the uni­ver­si­ty are located in the adjacent “Technologiepark”.

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