Erasmus Mundus City University, London Specialism: Business and Finance Reporting The special subject option at City University, London within the Erasmus Mundus Master’s programme is business and financial journalism. In their first semester at City (their third semester in the programme) students take three specialist modules in business journalism, financial journalism and global political economy. Students then complete a two part project / dissertation during their final semester. The project (6000 words) is one or more pieces of practical journalism in which students undertake original reporting on a business / finance story with global reach. In the dissertation (also 6000 words) students reflect on their own journalistic practice and the wider academic debates around their chosen topic. Financial journalism is taught by Professor Donald Nordberg. The module aims to provide students with an understanding of and practical experience in financial journalism to a professional level. Topics covered include: the financial markets and media; corporate finance and reporting; understanding financial statements; reporting on strategy and opertations; reporting deals; and reporting business ethics. During nearly 20 years at Reuters in Europe and the United States, Donald served in a variety of senior editorial and marketing roles. As News Editor for the Western hemisphere, he supervised 350 journalists in 40 offices. A fluent German speaker, Donald was also served as bureau chief in Frankfurt and chief correspondent in Switzerland. Global political economy is taught by Professor Roger Tooze and aims to give students the knowledge to understand the economic and political context of globalisation including: the movements towards localism and political devolution; state policies; the global flows of people, products and capital; and regional and global production and commodity chains. Roger has taught international relations at universities all over the world and has written or edited some of the key books in the field including: Global Political Economy: The Role of Power and Knowledge; Technology, culture and competitiveness: Change and the world political economy; Understanding the World Economy: Theory and Practice; and Authority and markets: Susan Strange’s writings on political economy Business journalism is taught by an experienced business journalism and aims to provide students with the knowledge to write copy for business pages and understand how business works within a European context and globally, from SMEs to transnational corporations. Topics include: the story lifecycle; following stories live; event-based reporting; press conference reporting; profiles; personal finance; and business media analysis. For more information about the City Specialism visit the departmental website at: http://www.city.ac.uk/journalism/courses/postgrad/erasmusmundus/index.html
Erasmus Mundus Swansea University Specialism: War and Conflict The War and Conflict specialism consists of two parts: coursework and dissertation. The coursework will consist of three modules: Reporting Risk, New Media Technology and Social Conflict and War Reporting. Reporting Risk aims to develop an understanding of risk theory and an awareness of reporting risk as a journalistic practice and form. It aims to develop a critical understanding of the relationship between risk perspectives and news values. Case studies include the reporting of science and technology, scare stories, disasters and catastrophes, war and epidemics, disease and health issues. War Reporting provides an historical overview of the development of war journalism and war propaganda. Starting with nineteenth century conflicts such as the Crimean War, the module explores the reporting of different types of conflict such as the First World War, the Spanish and Ethiopian civil wars, Second World War, Korea, Vietnam and the two Gulf War. New Media Technology and Social Conflict examines the role of new media technologies in the development of social movements and social conflict. The module will examine case studies such as migration, anti-globalisation protests, green movements, religious clashes, gender conflict, racism and xenophobia In parallel with the modules a seminar series, Reporting Hot Spots, such as the Middle East runs as well as non-assessed courses to help students prepare for the dissertation and develop their study skills. There is also a visit to Gregynog, a retreat in mid Wales. These modules will be taught in the Christmas semester which is scheduled to be assessed in January. In the Spring semester you will be expected to concentrate on your dissertation, Part Two of the degree scheme. This will involve individual supervision and group meetings on your dissertation, which should be a sustained piece of work of between 15 and 20,000 words with a completion date in June. The coordinator of the Erasmus Mundus War Reporting specialism is Geraint Evans (Geraint.Evans@swansea.ac.uk). For departmental information, accommodation and visa issues you can contact Erasmus@swansea.ac.uk.
Erasmus Mundus University of Hamburg specialism: Media Systems, Journalism and Public Spheres in a Comparative Perspective The special subject option at the University of Hamburg within the Erasmus Mundus masters’ programme is Media Systems, Journalism and Public Spheres in a Comparative Perspective. The research-oriented Hamburg specialisation offers a social-scienceoriented course of study that focuses on researching journalism’s function in politics and society and the framework within which journalists work. To ensure a close connection between research and teaching, the courses offered concentrate on the research activities of the Institute of Journalism and Mass Communication Studies. Journalism, Media and Society, which is taught by Dr. Monika Pater, aims at providing an integrated understanding of the complex relational structures between journalism, media and society. Starting with a report on the status of journalism in the respective country of the participants, the problems of media and journalism in society are reflected critically. This is accompanied by an overview of journalism theory. The Media Systems in an International Comparative Perspective module- provides an overview of different media systems in Europe and around the world. This enables students to discuss the structures and typologies of media systems, analysed with a comparative approach. The instructors, Prof. Hans J. Kleinsteuber and Dr. Kathrin Voss aim to provide students with the knowledge of the basics of comparative methodology. In the end, students are familiar with the theories and methods of comparative research and have developed their own research questions to carry out a media-related international comparison on a small scale. The Journalism and European Public Spheres module, taught by Prof. Irene Neverla and Prof. Uwe Hasebrink, concentrates on the issues involved in the development of public spheres, especially in Europe and on the question what journalism can, in different countries, contribute to such a development. It examines the relationship between journalism, audiences and the development of European public spheres with the aim that students understand and reflect the structures and mechanisms affecting the constitution of public spheres. Students then complete a research dissertation during their final semester on a topic within the overall field of journalism and mass communication studies, preferably related to the above issues; the deadline to register for the MA thesis is April 30.
Erasmus Mundus University of Amsterdam specialism: Communicating Europe: Media and Politics European politics is significantly shaped by global transnational forces and, at the same time, a key player in globalization itself. The specialism track at the University of Amsterdam examines European politics and its role in globalization from the perspective of political communication. Key questions are: How do the news media operate in a transnational public sphere, such as the European Union (EU)? How do these media contribute to the (re)articulation of global and local politics? How does the news coverage of public affairs influence citizens’ perceptions, opinions and behavior? How does it affect the relationships between EU member states, European and non-European publics, governments, and other institutions? The program works in close collaboration with the Amsterdam School of Communication Research (ASCoR). ASCoR is the largest institute for communication science research in Europe and the home of some of the most influential research about European political communication in the world. ASCoR experts in this area include professors Jo Bardoel, Cees Hamelink, Peter Neijens, Klaus Schönbach, and Claes de Vreese. They are all directly involved in the Erasmus Mundus Master’s program. During the first semester, students specializing in Amsterdam take two required modules: (1) Coverage of Public Affairs: Production, Reception and Effects, and (2) Communicating Europe. The first module deals with the production, reception and effects of public affairs news coverage in general. The second module places news coverage—as well as its effects and audiences—within the European political context. Additionally, students take 18 EC in elective modules during their first semester. Of those, at least 6 EC must correspond to a substantive module and at least 6 EC must correspond to a methodology module. Substantive modules offer students the possibility to specialize on different thematic areas related to European and global media and politics. Methodology modules provide students with in-depth knowledge on specific research methodologies that they may need for their dissertation research. The second semester is fully dedicated to the dissertation module. For their dissertation, students conduct original empirical research. They should select a topic within the broad theme of media and politics that involves at least some European actors (European nation-states, politicians, citizens, economic interests, media, etc.). Upon completion of the program, students are particularly well-equipped to work in the media as in-depth reporters or news editors specialized on European affairs, as well as on national and transnational politics more generally. Graduates are also excellent candidates for jobs in governmental, supra-governmental, and non-governmental organizations, including EU institutions and other agencies that deal with European politics and social affairs.