Media and Communication Studies: Master's (One-Year) Thesis

Summary

Admission requirements

Prerequisite courses for this course are: Passed courses: KK640B-Media and Communication Studies: Key Themes in Media and Communication StudiesKK641B-Media and Communication Studies: Understanding the Creative IndustriesKK642B-Media and Communication Studies: Collaborative Media and KK643B-Media and Communication Studies: Research Methodology.

Syllabus

Syllabus for students spring 2019, spring 2018

Course Code:
KK644B revision 3.1
Level of specialisation
A1E
Main fields of study:
Media and Communications Science
Language:
English
Date of ratification:
15 November 2017
Decision-making body:
Faculty of Culture and Society
Enforcement date:
15 January 2018
Replaces Syllabus ratified:
15 November 2017

Entry requirements

Prerequisite courses for this course are: Passed courses: KK640B-Media and Communication Studies: Key Themes in Media and Communication StudiesKK641B-Media and Communication Studies: Understanding the Creative IndustriesKK642B-Media and Communication Studies: Collaborative Media and KK643B-Media and Communication Studies: Research Methodology.

Specialisation and progression relative to the degree regulations

The course is included in the main field of media and communication studies, and can be part of the degree requirements for each master's degree (60 or 120 credits).

Purpose

A scientific study is conducted in the course, which is reported in the form of an academic paper. Selection of the problem, methodology and theoretical framework and the collection / creation of empirical material is carried out in consultation with the supervisor. The student must carry out an in-depth study of some part of the media and communication field in the degree project. The student must also critically and constructively evaluate and discuss the degree projects written by others.

Contents

The student works with the support of a supervisor to author an academic paper. The academic paper must include an analysis of a scientific problem relevant to the subject (media and communication studies). The degree project must include a description and critical discussion of previous research, selected theories, methodology and results. The problem must be investigated using scientific methods. The work is presented and discussed at a seminar.

Learning outcomes

After completing the course students shall:
1) demonstrate in-depth knowledge of research issues in media and communication studies.
2) be able to identify and formulate appropriate research questions and identify appropriate methodological and theoretical approaches to find answers to those questions
3) be able to design and carry out a qualitative or quantitative empirical study
4) demonstrate the ability to search for, collect, evaluate and critically interpret relevant literature and empirical material using relevant theoretical framework
5) be able to critically discuss research literature, their empirical results and implications to society
6) have the ability verbally and in writing to communicate the research project to the academic target group
7) demonstrate the ability to make scientific, social and ethical assessments 8) demonstrate the ability to identify the need for further knowledge

Learning activities

Teaching is conducted as lectures, seminars and supervision. The course is web-based.

Assessments

Course examination through: 1) authoring of an essay; 2) the presentation of the essay at the seminar, as well as opposition to another student’s essay/essays, all of which needs to be completed for 15 credits.

Grading system

Excellent (A), Very Good (B), Good (C), Satisfactory (D), Pass (E) or Fail (U).

Course literature and other teaching materials

Blaikie, Norman (2009) Designing Social Research, 2nd Edition. Cambridge: Polity Press.

Strunk, William Jr. and E.B. White (1999) The Elements of Style (fourth edition). New York: Longman.

Additional texts to be read, depending on the choice of subject for dissertation.

Course evaluation

Written course evaluation carried out at the end of the course.

Contact

The education is provided by the Faculty of Culture and Society at the department School of Arts and Communication.

Further information

Studentservice, K3 - Malmö högskola,

Application

26 March 2018 - 03 June 2018 100% Distance (Malmö) This course is offered as part of a program

Tuition fees

for non-EU students only

First instalment: 21000 SEK
Full tuition Fee: 21000 SEK

25 March 2019 - 07 July 2019 100% Distance (Malmö) This course is offered as part of a program