Period: 31 July-4 August 2017
To apply for the course: please visit Maastricht University website (application process starts on Monday 13 February)
The role of media before the American presidential elections, the ‘terrorist or freedom fighter’ debates and the question whether European media should speak of immigrants, refugees or asylum seekers underline the continued importance of language in media coverage. This course teaches you the skills necessary to study to study how media texts can be interpreted. How can particular sentences in such a text be interpreted, which issues are problematized, and do things that are not part of the text have relevance as well? What role do the national and ideological context play in the production of this text? And how can you develop a coherent analytical framework and a decent structure for your paper? In a step by process with daily presentations, you address these questions. You write a paper in which you use a qualitative method to analyse a written news article. Interactive lectures and roundtable discussions help you prepare for the different steps in the writing process. The companion course is Media Representations Analysis 2: Images, Social Semiotics and Multimodality.
▪ Designing an analytical framework to study textual representations in the media, in line with your research objectives
▪ Applying qualitative methods from critical discourse analysis and framing analysis to study the possible meanings of media texts
▪ Understanding the role of the national and ideological context in which media operate in the production of news
▪ Strong motivation and good command of English are essential to get a pass for the course.
▪ Basic knowledge of textual analysis is recommended.
▪ Aimed at Bachelor/ Master/ PhD students in Media Studies/ Journalism/ Cultural Studies/ Linguistics/ Political Sciences/ International Relations/ Geography/ History. Professionals with various backgrounds benefitted as well from taking previous editions of the course. If in doubt, please contact Leonhardt for personal course selection advice.
▪ D’Angelo, P., Kuypers, J.A. (2010) Doing news framing analysis. Empirical and theoretical perspectives. Routledge.
▪ Entman, R.M. (2004) Projections of power. Framing news, public opinion, and U.S. foreign policy. The University of Chicago Press.
▪ Richardson, J. (2007) Analysing newspapers. An approach from critical discourse analysis. Palgrave.
▪ Webb, J. (2009) Understanding Representation. SAGE.
You are further recommended to read some of these blog posts by Leonhardt.
Please note that it is not required to do some reading before the course. If you like to read something, select a book that is closest to your research interests or ask Leonhardt for personal reading advice. For more suggested reading materials, check the following reading lists.
▪ Lectures ▪ Presentations
▪ Attendance ▪ Final Paper ▪ Participation ▪ Presentation
▪ Analytical Skills ▪ Qualitative Research Methods ▪ Research Framework ▪ Research Paper Template ▪ Textual Analysis ▪ Critical Discourse Analysis ▪ News Framing ▪ Media Representations
Accommodation: please visit Maastricht Housing website
Funding: not available
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