Erasmus Mundus Journalism, Media and Globalisation

Basic Information

Programme Duration: 2 years
Language of Instruction: English
Academic Supervisor:
Programme Coordinator: Mgr. Sandra Štefaniková
Admission Administrationadmissions@fsv.cuni.cz
Tuition Fee: See the information on the official EMJ website here.
Scholarship: See the information on Erasmus Mundus Scholarships here.

Who is this programme for?

Erasmus Mundus Journalism, Media and Globalisation (EMJ) is open to students who have completed a Bachelor's degree (or equivalent) in a related programme study and have at least three months of journalistic experience.

EMJ offers a unique educational experience with students studying and living in at least two European countries. The first year of the degree is spent with the entire cohort in Denmark at both Aarhus University and the Danish School of Media and Journalism. The second year sees students split into smaller groups that move to either Charles University, Prague, Czechia or the University of Amsterdam, The Netherlands. In addition, selected students will get the unique opportunity to substitute their second-semester courses in Denmark with courses taken at one of the prestigious universities, such as University of California, Berkley, USA; University of Technology Sydney, Australia; City, University of London, UK and more.

In general level, the programme focuses on analytical skills needed to identify and analyse cultural, political, and technological challenges to and opportunities for journalism across the globe. It combines theoretical, methodological and practical perspectives. Students can choose the specialisation of their study for the second year. The Prague's programme offers the Totalitarianism & Transition Specialisation. This specialisation gives students a solid understanding of the contemporary history of post-totalitarian countries. Students work with key issues facing journalism in light of ongoing political, market related and technological transformations. Obtained theoretical knowledge becomes the point of departure for the practical courses in audio, video and multimedia journalism production. It makes a perfect point of departure for future employment, e.g. in foreign correspondence.

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, an academic career in journalism and media or NGO's, start-ups and all areas of international work.

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 Czechia, 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 the 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 fieldwork 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.

Specialisation in Prague: Totalitarianism & Transition

Charles University in Prague is one of the oldest universities in the world, and the University's location in the capital of the Czech Republic in Central Europe makes it the ideal hub for the programme's new specialisation in Totalitarianism & Transition. Not only was the Czech Republic one of the focal points of the changes in 1989 that altered the political landscape of Europe, but the country also witnessed first-hand the severe effects of the marketisation of media and the consecutive undermining of the independency of journalism.

The processes constituting the pillars of democracy are increasingly challenged in the world today. The Totalitarianism & Transition specialisation focuses on issues arising from this political upheaval. As media and journalism are key players of liberal democracy, their status are crucial in the transition from a totalitarian to a liberal political environment. 

The specialisation gives you a solid understanding of the contemporary history of post-totalitarian countries, and you will work with key issues facing journalism in light of ongoing political, market related and technological transformations. Your 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 you for example would like to work within foreign correspondence.

Application

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.

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