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Digital Media and Society

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Basic data

Title on graduation

Master of Arts (M.A.)

Standard course length

4 Semester

ECTS-Credits

sole subject
120CP

Language of delivery (mainly)

English

Admission requirements

For inclusion in a master's degree is the completion of studies at the Bachelor's level requirement.
The subject-specific entry requirements are set out in the current Aufnahme-/Zulassungsordnung (admission regulations).
It also includes the different deadlines for the provision of evidence.

More information at Application and enrolment

Enrolment for new students

for winter semester

A limited number of university places. Further information regarding the specific enrolment procedure in the German "Zulassungs-/Aufnahmeordnung".

Deadlines for applications/enrolment

15.06.

Enrolment for advanced students

for winter and for summer semester

admittance limited

Deadlines for applications/enrolment

15.07. resp. 15.01.

DESCRIPTION OF SUBJECT

Digitalization is changing the world around us. Datafication – the growing number of data that can be aggregated and processed in automated ways – increasingly becomes characteristic for our societies. As part of these processes, the role of media and communication devices and what we mean by media and communication studies is changing as well. The M.A. Digital Media and Society is situated at the leading edge of these developments. Its aim is to qualify students for media planning and decision-making positions in a datafied society.

 The media still function as businesses and institutions which provide us with information, education and entertainment. But in addition, they have also developed into tools of data collection which interconnect previously independent areas of life. For example, it is now possible to predict the shared characteristics of media users by their online practices. What do we mean by digitalization and datafication? On an individual level, we can see these technological changes in the way we now receive recommendations on books to read and films to watch. Owing to the information that the platforms we use gather about us and the people close to us, we are encouraged to follow or get in touch with certain people on social networks. Similarly, we can track our own activities with the help of gadgets and receive feedback and statistics on our behavioral patterns. But digitalization and datafication go way beyond the personal. On a societal level, these processes have a great impact too. Think about decision-making processes in institutions like schools and universities, the financial industry, governmental organization and agricultural businesses. These are just a few examples of areas in which processes of digital ization and datafication have had a great impact on how information is gathered, stored and analyzed.

Digitalization and datafication require that we critically rethink the role that media and communication devices play in our everyday lives. The in-depth analysis of these developments in different segments of society is a central theme running through the modules of the M.A: Digital Media and Society. In addition to the enhancement of critical and analytical thinking, a second core theme is to provide students with the required skills and knowledge to work in businesses, organizations and institutions dealing with aspects of digitalization and datafication. The master’s program adopts an integrative approach, as we understand digitalization and datafication in their broadest sense and in their interrelations to society as a whole.

With such an overarching perspective the M.A. in Digital Media and Society encompasses a core area of advanced theory and methods training in communication and media research with a focus on digital media. Moreover, the program includes cross-disciplinary electives with study components from the field of computer sciences and other disciplines as well as hands-on experience within the regional (media) industry. This program structure offers students a wide range of electives to choose from as well as scope to develop individual specialties and profile building. 

With its focus on an emerging field of study within communication and media studies as well as neighboring fields such as sociology, science and technology studies and human computer interaction, the M.A. in Digital Media and Society is unique in the German-speaking academic context.

The integrative program concept is reflected in the following study objectives:

In-depth scientific and application-oriented development of theories concerning digital media, digital society and digital literacy;

Better understanding the interplay between processes of digitalization and datafication and its impact on the everyday lives, chances and options of people in different segments of societ

- Better understanding the interplay between processes of digitalization and datafication and its impact on businesses, institutions (schools, universities), and organizations

- Gathering practical media experience of at least two different media with a focus on processes of media conception (as electives)

- Knowledge and practical experience of empirical methods, focusing on digital media and the analysis of different forms of data, especially with regard to the conception and realization of independent empirical research projects on different phenomena

- Basic communication research and media analysis, in particular with a focus on digital media

- Key qualifications, in particular in the area of ​​concept planning, project management, presentation techniques, media literacy, moderation and chairing debates, as well as teamwork and leadership tasks.

  

 

OCCUPATIONAL FIELDS AND CAREER OPPORTUNITIES

Subsequent non-teaching occupational fields

The interdisciplinary approach and the focus on current research project and relevant social challenges of the MA "Digital Media and Society" prepares graduates for a number of professional roles. In addition to working in different capacities within the media industries, graduates can contribute in various capacities within businesses, NGOs and governmental institutions.

During the course of study, students have ample opportunity to gather practicial experience and build their  professional networks.

Teacher training (Lehramt)

No courses available for students training to be teachers at state-run schools

Possibilities for additional qualifications

Graduates qualify for admission to doctoral studies.

OBJECTIVES AND CONTENTS OF PROGRAM

Detailed list of available courses in online course prospectus

Stages of study / curricula / description of modules

The integrative program concept is reflected in the following study objectives:

In-depth scientific and application-oriented development of theories concerning digital media, digital society and digital literacy;

Better understanding the interplay between processes of digitalization and datafication and its impact on the everyday lives, chances and options of people in different segments of society

- Better understanding the interplay between processes of digitalization and datafication and its impact on businesses, institutions (schools, universities), and organizations

 - Gathering practical media experience of at least two different media with a focus on processes of media conception (as electives)

 - Knowledge and practical experience of empirical methods, focusing on digital media and the analysis of different forms of data, especially with regard to the conception and realization of independent empirical research projects on different phenomena

 - Basic communication research and media analysis, in particular with a focus on digital media

 - Key qualifications, in particular in the area of ​​concept planning, project management, presentation techniques, media literacy, moderation and chairing debates, as well as teamwork and leadership tasks.

APPLICATION AND ENROLMENT

Recommended abilities/ target groups/ requirements placed on students

Students must fulfill the following prerequisites for admission to the M.A. in Digital Media and Society:

-        A bachelor’s degree or a university degree in a subject belonging to the field of communication and media studies, digital media or cultural studies, or an equivalent course of studies carrying at least 180 credit points (CP based on the European Credit Transfer System).

-        A minimum grade of 2.3 (German university grading system) as the overall grade of the previous degree or the average grade achieved at the time of application (min. 150 CP).

-        Sound knowledge in the field of communication and media studies methods in the field of communicator / journalism / content research, or research on media use / appropriation / reception.

-        English language skills corresponding to at least level C1 of the European Framework of Reference for Languages. Applicants who received their university entrance qualification or a degree at an English-speaking institution are not required to produce evidence of proficiency at C1 level.

-        A letter of motivation (max. 2 pages) stating reasons why you wish to be admitted to the master’s program Media Culture and Globalization.

 

The master’s program is subject to restricted admission and a selection procedure: the procedure and selection criteria are specified in the admission regulations. There is no warranty for the correctness of the study requirements at time of application. They are an excerpt from the admission regulations of November 15, 2017. Applicants should note that admission restrictions and the admission regulations may change from time to time. Current information can be found on the website www.uni-bremen.de/master.

Admission requirements

For inclusion in a master's degree is the completion of studies at the Bachelor's level requirement.
The subject-specific entry requirements are set out in the current Aufnahme-/Zulassungsordnung (admission regulations).
It also includes the different deadlines for the provision of evidence.

Admission

for new students

A limited number of university places. Further information regarding the specific enrolment procedure in the German "Zulassungs-/Aufnahmeordnung".


for advanced students

admittance limited


Deadline for application (beginner)

  • 15.06. for winter semester

Deadline for application (advanced)

  • 15.07. for winter semester
  • 15.01. for summer semester

Beginning of course for new students

WiSe

Beginning of course for advanced students

WiSe and SoSe

FORMALITIES

Type of studies

postgraduate studies

Time involved

full time study

Studies as

sole subject

Degree/qualification

Master

Title on graduation

Master of Arts (M.A.)

Standard course length

4 Semester

ECTS-Credits

sole subject
120CP

Accreditation


by: AAQ
from: 16.09.2016

Federal law on support in education

4 Semester

Costs

Semester fee 382,67 €

Bremen has a study account model (Studienkontengesetz).

Language of delivery (mainly)

English

Regulations

RESEARCH AND TEACHING

Expertise

The 'MA Digital Media and Society' is closely linked to current research at the ZeMKI. 

Information on research activities of the ZeMKI can be found here: 

www.zemki.uni-bremen.de/en/research.html

CONTACT AND COUNSELLING

Departmental counseling

Dr. Stephan O. Görland
E-Mail: goerland(at)uni-bremen.de

Studies centre

Studienzentrum FB 9
Building: SFG, Office: SFG 3300
E-Mail: studienzentrumfb9(at)uni-bremen.de
Fon: (0421)218-67511

Juliane Schoppe
office hours: Mo 12-14:00 and Thu 10-12:00 (SFG 3300)

Practice office

Dipl.-Soz. Marco Höhn
Building: Unbekannt, Office: Linzer Straße 4 41200
E-Mail: marco.hoehn(at)uni-bremen.de
Fon: 0421-218-67622

Status

19.03.2020
Description of subject

DESCRIPTION OF SUBJECT

Digitalization is changing the world around us. Datafication – the growing number of data that can be aggregated and processed in automated ways – increasingly becomes characteristic for our societies. As part of these processes, the role of media and communication devices and what we mean by media and communication studies is changing as well. The M.A. Digital Media and Society is situated at the leading edge of these developments. Its aim is to qualify students for media planning and decision-making positions in a datafied society.

 The media still function as businesses and institutions which provide us with information, education and entertainment. But in addition, they have also developed into tools of data collection which interconnect previously independent areas of life. For example, it is now possible to predict the shared characteristics of media users by their online practices. What do we mean by digitalization and datafication? On an individual level, we can see these technological changes in the way we now receive recommendations on books to read and films to watch. Owing to the information that the platforms we use gather about us and the people close to us, we are encouraged to follow or get in touch with certain people on social networks. Similarly, we can track our own activities with the help of gadgets and receive feedback and statistics on our behavioral patterns. But digitalization and datafication go way beyond the personal. On a societal level, these processes have a great impact too. Think about decision-making processes in institutions like schools and universities, the financial industry, governmental organization and agricultural businesses. These are just a few examples of areas in which processes of digital ization and datafication have had a great impact on how information is gathered, stored and analyzed.

Digitalization and datafication require that we critically rethink the role that media and communication devices play in our everyday lives. The in-depth analysis of these developments in different segments of society is a central theme running through the modules of the M.A: Digital Media and Society. In addition to the enhancement of critical and analytical thinking, a second core theme is to provide students with the required skills and knowledge to work in businesses, organizations and institutions dealing with aspects of digitalization and datafication. The master’s program adopts an integrative approach, as we understand digitalization and datafication in their broadest sense and in their interrelations to society as a whole.

With such an overarching perspective the M.A. in Digital Media and Society encompasses a core area of advanced theory and methods training in communication and media research with a focus on digital media. Moreover, the program includes cross-disciplinary electives with study components from the field of computer sciences and other disciplines as well as hands-on experience within the regional (media) industry. This program structure offers students a wide range of electives to choose from as well as scope to develop individual specialties and profile building. 

With its focus on an emerging field of study within communication and media studies as well as neighboring fields such as sociology, science and technology studies and human computer interaction, the M.A. in Digital Media and Society is unique in the German-speaking academic context.

The integrative program concept is reflected in the following study objectives:

In-depth scientific and application-oriented development of theories concerning digital media, digital society and digital literacy;

Better understanding the interplay between processes of digitalization and datafication and its impact on the everyday lives, chances and options of people in different segments of societ

- Better understanding the interplay between processes of digitalization and datafication and its impact on businesses, institutions (schools, universities), and organizations

- Gathering practical media experience of at least two different media with a focus on processes of media conception (as electives)

- Knowledge and practical experience of empirical methods, focusing on digital media and the analysis of different forms of data, especially with regard to the conception and realization of independent empirical research projects on different phenomena

- Basic communication research and media analysis, in particular with a focus on digital media

- Key qualifications, in particular in the area of ​​concept planning, project management, presentation techniques, media literacy, moderation and chairing debates, as well as teamwork and leadership tasks.

  

 

Occupational fields and career opportunities

OCCUPATIONAL FIELDS AND CAREER OPPORTUNITIES

Subsequent non-teaching occupational fields

The interdisciplinary approach and the focus on current research project and relevant social challenges of the MA "Digital Media and Society" prepares graduates for a number of professional roles. In addition to working in different capacities within the media industries, graduates can contribute in various capacities within businesses, NGOs and governmental institutions.

During the course of study, students have ample opportunity to gather practicial experience and build their  professional networks.

Teacher training (Lehramt)

No courses available for students training to be teachers at state-run schools

Possibilities for additional qualifications

Graduates qualify for admission to doctoral studies.

Objectives and contents of program

OBJECTIVES AND CONTENTS OF PROGRAM

Detailed list of available courses in online course prospectus

Stages of study / curricula / description of modules

The integrative program concept is reflected in the following study objectives:

In-depth scientific and application-oriented development of theories concerning digital media, digital society and digital literacy;

Better understanding the interplay between processes of digitalization and datafication and its impact on the everyday lives, chances and options of people in different segments of society

- Better understanding the interplay between processes of digitalization and datafication and its impact on businesses, institutions (schools, universities), and organizations

 - Gathering practical media experience of at least two different media with a focus on processes of media conception (as electives)

 - Knowledge and practical experience of empirical methods, focusing on digital media and the analysis of different forms of data, especially with regard to the conception and realization of independent empirical research projects on different phenomena

 - Basic communication research and media analysis, in particular with a focus on digital media

 - Key qualifications, in particular in the area of ​​concept planning, project management, presentation techniques, media literacy, moderation and chairing debates, as well as teamwork and leadership tasks.

Application and enrolment

APPLICATION AND ENROLMENT

Recommended abilities/ target groups/ requirements placed on students

Students must fulfill the following prerequisites for admission to the M.A. in Digital Media and Society:

-        A bachelor’s degree or a university degree in a subject belonging to the field of communication and media studies, digital media or cultural studies, or an equivalent course of studies carrying at least 180 credit points (CP based on the European Credit Transfer System).

-        A minimum grade of 2.3 (German university grading system) as the overall grade of the previous degree or the average grade achieved at the time of application (min. 150 CP).

-        Sound knowledge in the field of communication and media studies methods in the field of communicator / journalism / content research, or research on media use / appropriation / reception.

-        English language skills corresponding to at least level C1 of the European Framework of Reference for Languages. Applicants who received their university entrance qualification or a degree at an English-speaking institution are not required to produce evidence of proficiency at C1 level.

-        A letter of motivation (max. 2 pages) stating reasons why you wish to be admitted to the master’s program Media Culture and Globalization.

 

The master’s program is subject to restricted admission and a selection procedure: the procedure and selection criteria are specified in the admission regulations. There is no warranty for the correctness of the study requirements at time of application. They are an excerpt from the admission regulations of November 15, 2017. Applicants should note that admission restrictions and the admission regulations may change from time to time. Current information can be found on the website www.uni-bremen.de/master.

Admission requirements

For inclusion in a master's degree is the completion of studies at the Bachelor's level requirement.
The subject-specific entry requirements are set out in the current Aufnahme-/Zulassungsordnung (admission regulations).
It also includes the different deadlines for the provision of evidence.

Admission

for new students

A limited number of university places. Further information regarding the specific enrolment procedure in the German "Zulassungs-/Aufnahmeordnung".


for advanced students

admittance limited


Deadline for application (beginner)

  • 15.06. for winter semester

Deadline for application (advanced)

  • 15.07. for winter semester
  • 15.01. for summer semester

Beginning of course for new students

WiSe

Beginning of course for advanced students

WiSe and SoSe
Formalities

FORMALITIES

Type of studies

postgraduate studies

Time involved

full time study

Studies as

sole subject

Degree/qualification

Master

Title on graduation

Master of Arts (M.A.)

Standard course length

4 Semester

ECTS-Credits

sole subject
120CP

Accreditation


by: AAQ
from: 16.09.2016

Federal law on support in education

4 Semester

Costs

Semester fee 382,67 €

Bremen has a study account model (Studienkontengesetz).

Language of delivery (mainly)

English

Regulations

Research and teaching

RESEARCH AND TEACHING

Expertise

The 'MA Digital Media and Society' is closely linked to current research at the ZeMKI. 

Information on research activities of the ZeMKI can be found here: 

www.zemki.uni-bremen.de/en/research.html

Contact and counselling

CONTACT AND COUNSELLING

Departmental counseling

Dr. Stephan O. Görland
E-Mail: goerland(at)uni-bremen.de

Studies centre

Studienzentrum FB 9
Building: SFG, Office: SFG 3300
E-Mail: studienzentrumfb9(at)uni-bremen.de
Fon: (0421)218-67511

Juliane Schoppe
office hours: Mo 12-14:00 and Thu 10-12:00 (SFG 3300)

Practice office

Dipl.-Soz. Marco Höhn
Building: Unbekannt, Office: Linzer Straße 4 41200
E-Mail: marco.hoehn(at)uni-bremen.de
Fon: 0421-218-67622

Status

19.03.2020