Curriculum

Curriculum

The Cooperation Agreement between Ohio University, Athens (USA) and Leipzig University (Germany), signed by the presidents of both universities in January 2015, regulates and specifies the academic regulations of the Double Master’s Program “Master of Arts in Global Mass Communication” and “Master of Science in Journalism”.

Students enrolled in the program attend courses at both universities. Students typically spend three out of four semesters at their home university. All students begin at their respective home university before they will be going abroad in their third semester to study at the partner institution, where the language of instruction is English.

The Cooperation Agreement also regulates and guarantees the curriculum (see appendix) of both cohorts. For a more detailed overview, please take a look at the official Website of the M.A. Global Mass Communication at the Institute of Communication and Media Studies at Leipzig University (Leipzig students) or download the program overview (Ohio students).

European Credit Transfer and Accumulation System (ECTS) credits are not identical with credit hours (crh) as used at U.S. institutions. Due to the inherent differences, a direct equivalence is not possible. A rule of thumb is that one U.S. credit hour equals between 2 and 4 ECTS credits, depending on course content, meeting frequency, and invested time.

Model Curriculum for Ohio University Students

This is the standard curriculum for Ohio students of the program. Official and more detailed information about the classes can be found at the website of E.W. Scripps School of Journalism at Ohio University.

Name Location

1st Semester
Intro to Graduate Studies Ohio
Communication Law Ohio
Research Methods Ohio
Seminar in Mass Communication Theory Ohio
Writing/Reporting (only if needed) Ohio

2nd Semester
Internet, Ethics, and Society Ohio
Advanced Research Techniques Ohio
Advanced Research Techniques
or
Seminar in Research Topics
Ohio
Graphics/Editing (only if needed) Ohio

3rd Semester
Thesis Proposal
(with OU faculty member)
Online
Research Topics 1 & 2
shared course with Leipzig Students
Leipzig
Elective: Open Leipzig
Elective: International Media Leipzig
German Language Course Leipzig

4th Semester
Thesis Ohio
or
Leipzig

Model Curriculum for Leipzig University Students

This is the standard curriculum for Leipzig students of the program. Official and more detailed information about the modules can be found at the website of Leipzig University.

Name Location

1st Semester
Theorien der KMW & Medienrecht Leipzig
Methoden der KMW I Leipzig
Common Research Topics
shared course with Ohio students
Leipzig

2nd Semester
Methoden der KMW II Leipzig
Film- und Fernsehökonomie Leipzig
Political Cultures in a Transatlantic Context
or
Media and Society in a Transatlantic Context
Leipzig
Wissenschaftsenglisch Leipzig
Kurs Interkulturelle Kompetenzen Leipzig

3rd Semester
Communication Theory & Media Ethics Ohio
Research Methods III Ohio
Research Internship
at the E.W. Scripps School of Journalism (8–10 h)
Ohio
Thesis Proposal Ohio

4th Semester
Independent Study
Bei Verlängerung des Auslandsstudiums ersetzbar durch Kurse an der E.W. Scripps School of Journalism.
Online
Master Thesis Ohio
or
Leipzig