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Global Communication: Politics and Society: Master Program

Degree Profile

  • Degree: Master of Arts (M. A.)
  • Begin of studies: winter semester 
  • Duration: 4 semesters (120 ECTS credits) 
  • Faculty: Faculty of Philosophy 
  • Structure: consecutive and research-oriented 
  • Tuition fees: none (only administrative charges)

Course Details

The Master’s program Global Communication: Politics and Society is a predominantly English language consecutive degree dealing with media systems and communication cultures in international comparison. It focuses on multilayered political, social, cultural and historical approaches.  

What role do the media play in contemporary democracies, in political transformation, in war or crises in different regions of the world? Is today’s media society globally oriented or do modern media help to reproduce old stereotypes and heat up racism through hate speech? Does  humankind from the US and Europe to Asia, Africa and Latin America share a common vision of an “information society”, in which knowledge and human relationships are increasingly “mediatized”? The program also addresses the individual psychological processing of media, the effectiveness of media content, and current transformations in media production and media.

By means of international comparisons, the MA Global Communication: Politics and Society imparts deep knowledge of the interplay between media, politics and society. Mass media as well as social media and interpersonal communication are subjected to academic research.

The world as a whole is currently facing similar communicative challenges. The MA program is innovative in that it considers global communication through international comparison rather than as isolated national processes. Moreover, international cross-border communication, foreign news reporting and the globalization of everyday lifeworld’s are analyzed. 

While the program is primarily oriented towards the social-sciences, it also takes into account approaches from the fields of cultural studies. Besides developing academic research skills and learning quantitative and qualitative empirical methods, students will acquire knowledge of academic communication consultancy in dedicated teaching units.

Career

The MA Global Communication: Politics and Society prepares students to work in the professional fields of academic or commercial social research, market analysis and media research. Moreover, students will be qualified to work in various professions in the fields of journalism, public relations and academic communication consultancy for politics and society, for example in ministries, foundations and NGOs.

Due to the research-oriented specialization, students may also aim at an academic career. For this purpose, the program provides an optional “fast-track”-program for PhD-students. Owing to the focus on global comparative research perspectives and consultancy skills in international contexts, the program opens up further professional fields at home and abroad. 

Curriculum

The MA Global Communication: Politics and Society consists of

  • one mandatory introductory module in the 1st semester that covers both theories and methods of global comparative media and communication research.
  • In the 2nd and 3rd semesters, students choose four optional compulsory modules in the fields of
    • a) media (module V MMM – Media Discourses, Media Use and Media Effects in Global Comparison),
    • b) politics (module V KP – Communication and Politics in Global Comparison) and
    • c) society (module V KKG – Communication, Culture and Society in Global Comparison) and
    • two optional modules in empirical methods.
  • An accompanying multi-semester module introduces communication consultancy, including an internship at home or abroad (module KuW – Communication Research and Knowledge Transfer: Academic Consulting for Politics and Society).

The 4th semester will be devoted to the Master’s thesis which will be presented in a colloquium. 

Internship

The program includes an internship in an internationally oriented political, commercial or civic institution. The internship provides students with the opportunity to learn and apply academic communication consultancy skills in practice. The search for appropriate internship positions will be supported by the program. 

Study Abroad

Studium im Ausland

It is advisable to spend one semester abroad. The 3rd semester offers an ideal optional window of mobility. University partnerships exist with both European and non-European countries, for example with Spain, Estonia, Lithuania, Switzerland, the Netherlands, Portugal, Italy, Indonesia and the USA. Individual consultation will be offered by the program. 

Admission Requirements

The prerequisites for admission to the program are:

  • a relevant Bachelor degree in the area of media and communication studies or journalism studies. If students have a degree in another subject area within the social sciences, proof of basic knowledge of media and communication subjects and issues is required.
  • prior knowledge of empirical methods is necessary (12 ECTS)
  • very good English proficiency (TOEFL iBT: 80 or above, IELTS 6.5 or above; C1 (GER); equally accepted standards are a Bachelor degree in an English language program or 6 months experience of English language higher education in an English speaking country
  • successful participation in the selection procedure, which includes a personal interview 

Information for foreign students:

 

Students from abroad who are unable to speak German language should study German before and during their studies so that they can benefit from additional courses that are taught in German and which complement the core curriculum. German courses can be taken at the Language Center of the University of Erfurt.

Application

The application period for the winter term starts on April 1 and ends July 15 and will be continually processed. Applications coming from outside of Germany need to be sent to the International Office of the University of Erfurt.

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