MUNDUS JOURNALISM - Erasmus Mundus Masters Journalism, Media and Globalisation

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The Erasmus Mundus Masters Journalism, Media and Globalisation (Mundus Journalism) has the ambition of advancing research on global aspects of journalism, setting new standards for European and global education and creating new job qualifications for students on the global market. The aim is to produce candidates that have a truly transnational or global view. In a close and fully committed partnership five European Universities, three non-European universities and a number of media partners have come together to fulfil this ambition.

The content of the two-year, 120-ECTS programme: reflects the current problems of journalism and the new technological possibilities within the changing practices within the profession as well as within different areas of journalism research; explores the way in which technology, politics, economics and business and culture, have impacted upon the profession; combines theory and practice (with internships) to produce a more analytical journalism fit for the changed European and global environment. The four semesters progress from the reporting of global issues, theoretical concepts, rigorous methodologies and theoretically informed journalistic practices to focused topical issues and thesis research. The focus is on giving the participants the intellectual and practical tools for a new and better understanding of global changes. Research material and examples are chosen with a focus on global and transnational comparisons. A transnational view is simultaneously introduced through the interactions between co-teachers with different national backgrounds and students from about 30 different countries and cultures around the globe, whose divergent approaches and experiences are integrated into the teaching. This is different from most other journalism courses where a national perspective is implicitly or explicitly prioritized.

Based on a jointly taught common year at Aarhus University and the Danish School of Media and Journalism, Denmark, in which all students are given common tools and common foundations the second year specialises on a certain aspect of globalisation: Clashes of ethnicities and ideologies at the “War and Conflict” specialism at Swansea University; media movements at the “Journalism and Media across Cultures“ specialism at University of Hamburg; global financial flows at the “Business and Finance” specialism at City University London; and finally, mediated and intersecting ideologies at the “Communicating Europe — Media and Politics” specialism at University of Amsterdam. European students may take 20 ECTS of the first year course work at one of the non-European partners: University of California Berkeley, University of Technology Sydney and Pontificia Universidad Católica de Chile.The five European universities award a joint degree.