CMDS Practicum

Course Description: 

Elective course; Media Specialisation/Concentration

This course is an introduction to the systems and processes that shape the media. It consists of an introductory part: a short overview of how the media works, and the key players in the field of media: their competences, power and influence and the impact they have on media systems in general, and media organizations in particular with input from various members of the CMDS. The course also aims to describe and problematize the tensions and conflicts that shape the media, such as: public versus private interests, international versus national interests, commercial versus social interests; and the impact of media-related policies on media organizations, on journalism, and ultimately, on society. In the second part of the course students will be invited to participate in CMDS` activities (events, research projects etc.) to get hands-on experience with media related research.

Learning Outcomes: 

By the end of the course, students will be able to understand the way media works; identify the main characteristics of media systems and important actors (their interests and relationships); they will learn about examples of how to engage with the media as researchers, as advocates and as policy makers. 

Assessment: 

Students will be evaluated based on their class participation, on short assignments during the semester and on a practical, project-based final assignment