Tuesday, February 19, 2008

Human Trafficking Covered by Two New International Masters Degrees in Ireland

From Dublin City University:

Ireland- The School of Communications [at Dublin City University] today announced the introduction of two new Masters programmes which will start in September 2008 - a Masters in International Journalism Studies and a Masters in International Communication. Both programmes analyse international human rights issues and conflicts in the world today, such as human trafficking, sweatshops and torture, and crises in Darfur, West Bank and China. Modules offered include Media and Conflict, Human Rights Journalism, International Journalism and Europe, and Politics and Media. Whereas the MA in International Communication will examine these from a theoretical perspective, the MA International Journalism Studies will take an approach based on journalism practice.

The two degrees are full-time, one-year programmes.

The MA in International Journalism Studies is particular suited to journalists and graduates of undergraduate journalism programmes. Uniquely, it offers students the opportunity of spending one semester at DCU, and one semester at Schools of Journalism in either the US or Australia. It is targeted at journalism graduates who wish to deepen their understanding of the media's role in international society and develop their capacity to operate professionally in international contexts. The MA in International Communication is targeted at Irish media professionals who wish to explore contemporary media practices. Applicants should have a primary degree in journalism, communications or related area, and have an active interest in international affairs. The course will examine current developments in media institutions, values and practices, with particular reference to globalisation influences and tendencies.

Professor Paschal Preston, Head of the School of Communications said, "The School of Communications has built up a world-renowned reputation in media studies and is now delighted to announce the introduction of these two new programmes which will build on the School's leading-edge expertise in communication theory and journalism education".

Students can apply online through PAC. Further details on the programme can be found at www.dcu.ie

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