The programme offers students the possibility to study different forms of communication, ranging from oral and interpersonal communication to mass communication and contemporary forms of online communication and self-mediation which dominate communication practices in the age of post-mass media.
Drawing on rich history of communication research, the programme promotes diverse approaches to understanding of communication phenomena, ranging from critical theory, cultural studies and audience research to political economy of communication, pragmatism and symbolic interactionism, effects studies, feminist critique and visual culture.
Our students gain conceptual understanding and develop skills for empirical explanation and critical reflection of micro and macro level social changes caused by the fast-paced rise of convergence media culture in a number of specialised areas of study, such as formation and transformation of contemporary media systems, role of globalization and transnationalization of communication in media production, changes in public sphere and political communication, shifting relations between media, democracy and political power, dilemmas related to regulation of media and freedom of communication, access to information, privacy and publicness, influence of communication technologies and practices on transformation of citizenship, political participation, and civil society, as well as development of digitalization policies and alternative media. To facilitate such thematically diverse inquiry, students are offered a palette of research methods which foster both quantitative and interpretative analysis.
The programme consists of mandatory courses, elective courses and doctoral seminars, conducted by lecturers from Department of Communication and international guest lecturers. Availability: up to two places annually.