Netherlands, Maastricht

Media Representations and Research Methods: Critical Discourse Analysis, Social Semiotics and Textual/Visual News Framing

when 1 August 2016 - 5 August 2016
duration 1 week
credits 1.5 ECTS
fee EUR 475

The ongoing debate in many countries on the quality of media coverage, for example of the immigrants/ refugees/ asylum seekers in the European Union, underlines the continued importance of research into media representations. The "Media Representations and Research Methods" Summer School helps you to better understand the textual and visual elements of the news. The opening lectures teach you how to structure your research and provide insights into the context of media representations. Then you learn how to analyse discourses, signs and frames in a step-by-step process. The lectures contain many eye-opening examples and offer ample room for discussion. You are encouraged to choose a theme and method for your coursework that are both relevant to your research interests. You write a paper in which you use a qualitative method to analyse a news article or photo and give two talks. Finally, you may also be interested in our other media analysis course "Media Representations and Multimodality".

Course leader

Leonhardt van Efferink MA/MSc/PhD candidate (Geomeans)

Target group

Bachelor/Master students who need to analyse media representations for their course work or dissertation
PhD students who want to operationalise concepts, theories and methods related to media representations and/or need support with their research methodology
Professionals who need a deeper understanding of why and how media representations reflect and affect society

Course aim

Applying qualitative methods from critical discourse analysis, social semiotics and framing analysis to study the possible meanings of media texts and images
Designing an analytical framework to study visual and textual representations in the media in line with your research objectives
Understanding the role of the national and ideological context in which media operate in the production of news

Fee info

EUR 475: Course plus course materials


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