Political communication addresses issues that are at the core of our democracties. It provides wide understanding of the role and significance of media, journalism and information for public opinion.
Students of the Political Communication track study the following topics: * How do the interactions between (non-)government actors, politicians, journalists and citizens take shape and what features and effects do they have? * How is the use of media changing for citizens looking for information? * Who tries to influence the news? * How powerful are the media? * How does the media's information service come into being? * What are the noticeable effects on public opinion and political behaviour? * And are the effects the same for different types of citizens in different countries? Important topics include *the emergence of weblogs and citizen journalism *increasing globalisation * agenda-setting *the framing of socially relevant issues by stakeholders, politicians, spin doctors and media. The specialisation provides a basis for editorial, policy, advisory and research positions in the media sector as well as government, politics, the civil-service and commerce. Amsterdam is a fascinating, media-saturated environment. Studying in a major European centre for media research and development provides students with a network of contacts that helps them find work after graduation.
The curriculum of the track Political Communication of the Master in Communication Science comprises two required core courses:
Furthermore, students complete a method course (6 EC) during the first semester.
In the second semester, students complete two elective modules of 6 EC each and write a Master's thesis (18 EC). Students must obtain a total of 60 credits to be awarded the degree.
The University of Amsterdam:
The University of Amsterdam provides a limited number of full and partial scholarships for excellent students from outside the European Economic Area. The Amsterdam Merit Scholarships have specifically been designed to offer talented, ambitious and dedicated students the opportunity to pursue a Mast
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