Media, Peace and Conflict Studies

 

This Master of Arts Degree Programme in Media, Peace and Conflict Studies (MPCS) is designed for students from diverse cultural, professional, and academic backgrounds who seek to engage with and understand contemporary trends in media and communications, particularly as they relate to social processes of peace and conflict. Emphasis is placed on the intersection of theory and practice, that is, on media analysis and media production, and special attention is paid to debates around ethical principles in news reporting, such as those suggested by the concept of Peace Journalism, and the wide-reaching implications of 21st Century information technologies.

 

       Main courses 2014-2015

This 40-credit programme is trying to build a bridge between the different views of and on the media, which means that one focus lies on looking behind the daily media work. One can only fully understand the different media processes and actions by knowing how the people in different media outlets work. Therefore, the programme tries to give a balance between actual media work and theory. Discussing both will be one of the most important tools during the year.

All courses seem to be equally challenging and interesting.

 

Following the courses for the Academic Year 2014-2015:

  • UPM 6001 UPEACE Foundation Course (3 Credits) – UPEACE Resident Faculty
  • DIL 6062 Workshop on Negotiation Skills (1 Credit) – Prof. Siniša Vukovic
  • MPS 6039 Peace Journalism and War Reporting (An Introduction) (3 Credits) – Prof. Daniela Ingruber and Prof. Ross Ryan
  • PCS 6008 Research Methodology (3 Credits) – Prof. Daniela Ingruber and Prof. Virginia Cawagas
  • MPS 6022 Ethical Media Production and Peace (3 Credits) – Prof. Daniela Ingruber and Prof. Eva Testor
  • MPS 6035 The Role of the Media and Communication in Conflict Prevention and Peace Building (3 Credits) – Prof. Alvaro Sierra
  • ELECTIVES (3 Credits) Participants can choose an elective course offered by the January UPEACE Institute  –  UPEACE Resident Faculty and Visiting Faculty
  • MPS 6030 The Role of the Media in the Rwandan Genocide (2 Credits) –     Prof. Gerald Caplan
  • MPS 6042 Terrorism and Conflict: Issues and Perspectives (3 Credits) – Prof.  James M. Lutz                                                                             
  • MPS 6041 Social Media, Power PR and Peace (2 Credits) – Prof.  Sebastian Plasschaert
  • PEP 6080 Language, Media and Peace (2 Credits) – Prof. Leon Berdichevsky
  • PCS 6010 Critical Approaches to Peace and Conflict Studies (3 Credits) – Prof. Wolfgang Dietrich
  • MPS 6014 Working in Conflict Areas – Field Training (3 Credits) – Prof. Daniela Ingruber, Prof. Ross Ryan and Prof. Jasper van Koppen
  • ELECTIVES (1 Credit) Participants can choose an elective course offered by UPEACE different programmes – UPEACE Resident Faculty
  • UPE 6028 Simulation Exercise on Model of UN Conference (UPMUNC) (1 Credit) – Prof. Ross Ryan 
  • MPS 7000 Graduation Project (8 Credits)

 Main courses 2015-2016

Following the courses for the Academic Year 2015-2016:

Courses Common to all Programmes

  • UPM 6001 UPEACE Foundation Course (3 Credits)
  • UPM 6003 General Course on the United Nations and UPMUNC (3 Credits)
  • UPM 6002 Advanced Workshop on Conflict Analysis, Negotiation, and Transformation (3 Credits)
  • PCS 6008 Research Methodology (3 Credits)

 

Courses for Media, Peace and Conflict Studies (MPCS)

  • MPS 6043 Media: Theories and Practices (3 Credits)
  • MPS 6044 Focus on 21st Century Media (3 Credits)
  • MPS 6045 Ethical Media Theory and Production (3 Credits)
  • MPS 6046 The Power with Language and Art (3 Credits)
  • MPS 6042 Terrorism and Conflict: Issues and Perspectives (3 Credits)
  • MPS 6014 Working in Conflict Areas – Field Training (3 Credits)
  • Elective from any of the Programmes (3 Credits)
  • MPS 7000 Graduation Project: Independent Research Project (IRP) or Internship (8 Credits)

For complete course descriptions, course calendar, and information about the professors, please follow the link http://www.upeace.org/calendar

4.    Exit Profile

Students who have completed the MA in Media, Peace and Conflict Studies have gone on to work in communications, post-conflict assistance, and peace building through international organizations such as the UN, national governments or non-governmental organizations, as well as in the media and academia. They also have the skills to do media monitoring and content analysis with a media watchdog.

5.    Alumni

Former media students work in many different fields, here are some examples:

    • Dominic Pkalya is a National Project Manager at UNDP Kenya/NDMA;
    • Erin Peck is the Program Director of the Albert Schweitzer Institute;
    • Ledet Teka works as National Reporting Officer at the UNOCHA- AU Liaison Office;
    • Sandra Sharman is not only an independent filmmaker but also works with UNESCO in Montevideo;
    • Suriya Begum Urmi has a position as a lecturer at Dhaka University;
    • David Kriegleder works as a reporter for ORF (Austrian National Broadcasting)