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Structure & Specialisations

The MSc in Media and Refugee / Migration Flows is an intensive postgraduate program, taught in English at the National and Kapodistrian University in two (2) academic semesters and includes a Summer School.
The program aims to provide students with interdisciplinary expertise on the contemporary presentation of the refugee/migration subject and to gain an in-depth understanding of related media coverage. It is designed for students aspiring to adapt skills and competencies on communication management, for a career in «old» or «new» media, within the public, private, or non-profit sector. Graduates will be equipped with substantive academic knowledge on the social and political implications of cross-border refugee/migration flows, adapt critical research skills and are able to improve their linguistic competences.
 

This Master program offers a unique multi-disciplinary, flexible, and integrated curriculum via three specializations:

(1) «News media of refugee flows», which will focus on the need to gain a more in depth knowledge on news coverage of refugee / migration flows over the last decade in Greece and in the Western Balkan countries, the relationship between new technologies and journalism, the formation of European and national policies on social inclusion, the exploitation of social networks by international organizations, host countries, the use of social networks sites by the target group (refugees / immigrants), the ways of ICT use from both sides (host and country of origin), human networks and their influences, social solidarity networks, the various movements at national and European level and the way they are presented by the mass media at national, European and international level
(2) «Communication management of refugee/migration flows», which will present cases related to European and national policies for the socio-economic integration of refugees /immigrants, their presentation in the mass media, the possibilities of raising funds and presenting good practices, as well as address issues of public relations, two-way communication process and development of relationships between the organizations and communities (refugees/migrants) and analyze ways of communicating the problems and barriers regarding the inclusion or refoulement where it is necessary and the ways and techniques of approaching such subjects will be analyzed within the course.

(3) «Cultural Mediation» aims to develop awareness about the intercultural interpretation and mediation within the migration and refugee context. It also aims to   present to the students the goals and the ethics of the intercultural dialogues and furthermore to provide them tools which are necessary in order to conduct strategic and ethical communication between professionals and beneficiaries of different cultures. The course emphasizes theory of culture and intercultural relations, similarities and differences of national, regional and intercultural learning policies in the modern world. Topics which will be discussed in the course are among others: a) theory and practice of intercultural mediation b) multicultural awareness and communication skills, c) transformation of stereotypical perceptions and dysfunctional assumptions with critical reflection and empathy, d) theoretical approaches and models of integration and inclusive action, e) promotion of mutual understanding and the creation of trust between natives and refugees/migrants with different cultural/religious background, f) politics and identities g) politics of dialogue between different cultures, h) history of cultural currents and intercultural relations in modern world and especially in Western Europe and Eastern Europe. Cultural differences and conflicts are analyzed in the perspective of managing and harmonizing relations between refugees/migrants and locals, as well as employees in public or private services at national or local government level. Aspects of intercultural mediation and professional ethics will also be mentioned.

Prerequisites:

It is required that students are fluent in one of the following languages connected to the target population group: e.x: Albanian, Arabic, Armenian, Bulgarian, Georgian, French, Farsi, Dari, Kurdish, Spanish, Portuguese, Lingala, Swahili, Bengali, Pashto, Somali, Ukrainian, Russian.


All specializations actively facilitate the interaction with academics from Europe and beyond, established professionals, such as journalists, reporters, public employees, and representatives of NGOs active in the field. A summer school held in Mytilene on the Greek island Lesvos provides students with the unique opportunity to research and exchange with NGOs active in the Hotspot via a range of workshops, seminars and events. It will offer students with personal and professional competencies and experiences required in the field of media, research and refugee/migration management.


 

CORE COURSES

1. Forced Migration
2. International, European and National Law on Refugees / Migration Flows
3. Refugee / Migration Flows – Old and New Media
4. Methodology of Qualitative & Quantitative Social Research

 

SPECIALISATION 1 – News Media of Refugee Flows

1. Digital Journalism and Refugee / Migration Flows
2. Investigative Journalism and Refugee / Migration Flow

 

SPECIALISATION 2 – Communication Management of Refugee / Migration Flows

1. Strategic Communication and Utilization of European Resources
2. Public Relations and Perception Management of the Refugee / Migration Policy

SPECIALISATION 3 – Cultural Mediation

1. Theory and Practice of Cultural Mediation 
2. Comparative Analysis of Cultures in Western, Eastern and Southeastern Europe

 

SUMMER SCHOOL

In Mytilene, Lesvos

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