Erasmus Mundus Journalism, Media and Globalisation (EMJ)

Erasmus Mundus Journalism, Media and Globalisation (EMJ)

Totalitarianism & Transition Specialisation in Prague

Erasmus Mundus Journalism programme (EMJ) is a master's degree that offers a unique educational experience with students studying and living in at least two European countries. The first year of the degree is spent in Denmark with the entire cohort. The second year sees students split into smaller groups that move to universities in either Prague or Amsterdam. In addition, selected students will get the unique opportunity to substitute their second semester courses in Denmak with courses taken at one of the prestigious universities, such as Berkley, CA, USA, University of Technology Sydney, Australia, City, University of London, UK and more.

Located in in the capital of the Czech Republic in Central Europe, Prague makes it the ideal hub for international programme‘s specialisation in Totalitarianism & Transition.

The specialisation gives students a solid understanding of the contemporary history of post-totalitarian countries, and they will work with key issues facing journalism in light of ongoing political, market related and technological transformations. Students' theoretical knowledge becomes the point of departure for the practical courses in audio, video and multimedia journalism production and will be a perfect point of departure if they would like to - for example - work within foreign correspondence.

Students in the Mundus Journalism programme gain an outstanding professional network for life, working with peers from all over the world in an interdisciplinary and intercultural environment that is both international and ambitious. They will study at some of Europe’s leading universities where top researchers in media, political studies and journalism are responsible for the teaching. This gives the opportunity to customise their talent to an international level.

Detailed Information

Programme Duration: 2 years

Language of Instruction: English

Academic Supervisor and Coordinator: doc. Mgr. MgA. Filip Láb, Ph.D. (filip.lab@fsv.cuni.cz)

Admission Administration: admissions@fsv.cuni.cz    

 

Programme structure

The first year of the degree is spent in Denmark with the entire cohort. The aim of the first year is to give students the analytical skills needed to identify and analyse cultural, political, and technological challenges to and opportunities for journalism across the globe. Moreover, the courses in Aarhus are designed to prepare students for your specialisation and thesis work in the second year. In order to realise that aim, the courses in Aarhus will combine theoretical, methodological and practical perspectives. 

In the second year, students split into smaller groups choosing the specialisation of their interest.  The courses in the Prague’s specialisation „Totalitarianism & Transition“  will give them a solid understanding of the contemporary history of post-totalitarian countries, and they will work with key issues facing journalism in light of ongoing political, market related and technological transformations. This theoretical knowledge furthermore constitutes the point of departure for the practical courses in audio, video and multimedia journalism production.

 

Prague’s programme is divided into several courses:

  • Media and journalism and their performance are key issues of liberal democracy. The status of media is therefore a crucial point in the transition from a totalitarian to a liberal political environment. The course Media in Post-Totalitarian Countries offers basic knowledge of the development of media in post-totalitarian countries on examples of Central Europe (mainly Czech Republic, but also Poland, Hungary and Germany) from 1989 until now. It supports students' critical approach to reflections on mass media and social media, and on contemporary societies and their political communication. 

 

  • The course Contemporary History of Post-Totalitarian Countries will provide the students knowledge of contemporary history of post-totalitarian countries in Central (and Eastern) Europe in order to understand the specifics of its political, socio-economic and cultural developments in the recent past that have an impact on the societies of Central European countries today. The course uses a variety of methodological approaches to deal with key historical and contemporary issues such as the process of nation-building; dealing with the German political, economic and cultural hegemony; expulsion/resettlement of Germans and coming to terms with the past; dynamics of the development of societies in the communist era; achievements and failures of the post-communist transformation; and important recent topics such as the migration crisis etc. Students are expected to work in groups and discuss the issues based on their presentations.

 

  • Audiovisual Journalism of the 21st Century“ aims to develop journalism and reporting skills. The first part of the course combines excursions to public and private news TV broadcasters and lectures that provide essential editorial and technological knowledge in the field of TV journalism. Within its practical part, the course combines TV studio and field work both with professional broadcast technologies and widely used consumer devices (i.e. smartphones and tablets). Students will work on simulated TV newscasts which will include work in the TV studio, editing news stories and live reporting.

 

  • The course Post-Digital Photojournalism discusses the current situation of visual journalism. With the rise of digital technologies, theoreticians began talking about the death of traditional photography and describing the era as post-photographic. Now, twenty years later, it is obvious that visual messages are more powerful than ever in and beyond political discourse.

 

  • The course Foreign Correspondence covers both the very interesting history of the profession, as well as its current situation that is influenced by both technological and economic challenges. The course makes use of the practical skills students gained from the previous courses to simulate the work of foreign correspondents. The students' knowledge about the Central and Eastern Europe region is used in their journalistic stories, thereby deeply grounding their theoretical knowledge.

 

  • The Master's thesis courses 1 & 2 have two main objectives. The first objective is to provide the relevant methodological and theoretical knowledge and skills, at an advanced level, which are necessary for MA students to produce a master's thesis. The second objective is to guide students in developing the core design of their thesis, i.e. their research questions, theoretical/conceptual framework, methods and research design, and textual structure.

 

Credit structure

In order to obtain Master diploma, students enrolled into Prague’s programme must gain 120 ECTS during the whole programme, 60 of them while study Prague’s specialisation "Totalitarianism & Transition".

 

Study prerequisites

Applicants must have completed a bachelor's degree (or the equivalent) in a relevant subject in order to be admitted to the Mundus Journalism programme. Students who have not yet graduated from their BA degree can still apply, but documentation of the bachelor's degree must be forwarded to Aarhus University by August to complete the enrolment process prior to course start in September.

We require evidence of English language proficiency from non-native speakers of English. We only accept the IELTS Academic test. We require a band score of 7,0 and a minimum score of 6.0 for each category. 

We ask for at least 3 months’ journalistic experience, so that the need for basic practical journalistic instruction is low.

Application requirements

  • Application Form
  • Academic documents: Official graduation certificates and transcripts from all your previous university/college studies
  • Journalistic documents: 1) Proof of experience and 2) Work Samples
  • IELTS certificate
  • Curriculum Vitae
  • Two letters of recommendation: Academic and journalistic reference letters
  • Documentation of your nationality/nationalities

Language tests

The Erasmus Mundus Journalism programme is taught in English. Students must therefore be able to read academic textbooks and articles, understand lectures, take part in classroom discussions and undertake written work and exams in English. That is why we require evidence of English language proficiency from non-native speakers of English.

IELTS Requirement We only accept the IELTS Academic test, as it reflects some of the features of academic language and assesses whether you are ready to begin studying in English language environment. The IELTS test assesses your abilities in 4 test categories: 1) listening, 2) reading, 3) writing, and 4) speaking.

The IELTS test result is reported as a score in each of the 4 test categories and as an overall band score on a scale from 1 (the lowest) to 9 (the highest). We require a band score of 7,0 and a minimum score of 6.0 for each category.

 

Tuition fees

The tuition fee for the whole two-year Mundus Journalism master's programme is known to be low compared to other European MA programmes. 

Two-year tuition fee:

  • 9 000 EUR for EU students
  • 18 000 EUR for non-EU students

 

Scholarships

Each year we receive around 500 applications and admit up to 90 students. We offer 22 Erasmus Mundus scholarships for the 2020-2022 programme, hence, around 25% will be offered admission as scholarship students, while 75% will be offered admission as self-funded students. Only applicants being superior in all categories can expect to be offered admission as scholarship students. Students can apply for admission to the Mundus Journalism programme and for a Mundus scholarship within the same application process.

Students who have already graduated with a 2-year MA degree cannot receive a Mundus scholarship. However, they can still apply for the programme and be considered for self-funded admission.

 

Future Career

Our alumni are entering successful and interesting jobs worldwide with many at the top of their profession. Many paths are open to them, and they might want to choose different directions at different times in their life. We have divided Mundus Journalism's career paths into three overall directions, such as practical journalism, academic career in journalism and media or NGO's, start-ups and all areas of international work.