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Media, Peace and Conflict Studies
Overall Description of the Master Programme
This MA programme is designed to enable students coming from diverse cultures and academic backgrounds to develop skills to manage the many complex ways in which media interact with conflict, peace, and security. New thinking about the media coverage of conflict on international and local levels is also studied and students are challenged to think critically on issues such as objectivity and ethics in news reporting and news-gathering. In this programme students discuss the role of free, responsible media in preventing violent conflict and building peaceful societies.
Courses in this 41-credit MA programme are taught by UPEACE resident faculty and visiting professors who are prominent professionals and scholars in media affairs.
Students enrolling in this programme are expected to have some professional experience in media and related matters, because the MA provides them with limited practical journalism training. The courses focus on the role(s) of media in the areas of peace, conflict, and security; therefore, though a first degree in any discipline is acceptable, a degree in the social sciences or humanities is an advantage, especially in communications or journalism-related areas. All the courses are taught in English, with which a high level of fluency is expected, but competence in a second language is also an advantage.
Students who have completed the MA in Media, Peace and Conflict Studies have gone on to work in communications, post-conflict assistance, and peacebuilding through international organizations such as the UN or national governments, as well as in the media and academia. They also have the skills to do media monitoring and content analysis with a media watchdog.
The required courses are:
For complete course descriptions, course calendar, and information about the professors, please follow the link http://www.upeace.org/calendar/index.cfm