Media Studies

SubjectMedia, Social Sciences

LevelUndergraduate

Type of DegreeBA

CostEUR 2,060 2017/2018

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Media are at the heart of contemporary life. From social media to print, from websites to television, from search engines to apps: our understanding of the world is shaped by media.

Media have a major impact not only on how we communicate with one another, but also on how societies are organised: culturally, politically and economically. This programme focuses on the informative and social function of media and applies 'culture' in its anthropological definition: as the ideas, customs and social behaviour of particular (groups in) societies.

You will acquire knowledge and understanding of how different media platforms operate and interplay; how media systems are underpinned politically and economically; and how patterns of media use, production and content develop and change. You will learn to apply different types of academic research methods on a variety of topics. You will develop professional skills to help you perform in media-related internships and jobs.

The programme's distinctive features are:

  • an international, comparative and interdisciplinary set-up
  • a focus on the informative and social function of media
  • emphasis on the practices of media use and production
  • attention for professional skills
Programme
  • First year: Students get familiar with media platforms and industries and with Media Studies as a discipline, as well as acquiring the necessary academic skills.
  • Second year: The focus shifts to a thorough theoretical and methodological training.
  • Third year: Students do (semi-)independent research as well as specialise through elective and subsidiary course units.
Specialisations/Tracks
 
Honours Programme:
 
The Bachelor's Honours Programme is a complementary programme of 45 ECTS that you can follow next to your regular Bachelor's degree programme. There is no extra tuition fee.
 
The Programme has a duration of two and a half year, in which deepening and broadening of knowledge and understanding are central themes. On that account the interdisciplinary approach will be very important, next to intensifying the knowledge of your own degree programme. Together with other students from all faculties you will look into scientific and social issues from different disciplinary angles.
 
Study abroad
  • Study abroad is optional
  • For an average of 20 weeks
  • Maximum of 30 EC
To further encourage the international profile of the students, the programme structure allows students to spend one semester at a partner university abroad in the third year of their studies. The Department offers exchange programmes within the framework of the Lifelong learning Erasmus and Marco Polo.
 
 


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