RS: The European Union in the Media

Faculteit Letteren
Jaar 2022/23
Vakcode LYX129M10
Vaknaam RS: The European Union in the Media
Niveau(s) master
Voertaal Engels
Periode semester II
ECTS 10
Rooster rooster.rug.nl

Uitgebreide vaknaam Research Seminar: The European Union in the Media
Leerdoelen Upon successful completion of the course unit, students are able to:
L1. Acquire, organize and apply knowledge about various aspects of the specialisation(s)
linked to the research seminar, as well as about the role of different actors within
these fields. (PLO 1.1, 1.3, 2.3, 5.1)
L2. Develop a research plan with a clearly formulated problem definition, using one or
more methods and techniques suitable for the research in the specific field of
specialisation. (PLO 2.1, 2.2)
L3. Act self-reliant and reliable in the execution of the tasks belonging to this
course unit, and execute tasks in a scientifically, socially and ethically
responsible manner. (PLO 3.1)
L4. Critically assess research of oneself and of others. (PLO 3.1, 3.2, 3.3, 5.2)
L5. Report on research choices and progress in a clear manner, with the help of ICT
skills. (PLO 4.1, 4.3, 5.5)
L6. Express oneself in a clear and coherent manner, both in oral and in written/typed
form, using understandable and correct English or Dutch. (PLO 4.1, 4.2)
Omschrijving For a long time, the European Union thrived in a world of quality newspapers and public newscasts. But change has happened fast since then, thanks to technological developments elsewhere, most notably in Silicon Valley. Today most of us are hooked on social media and read and watch the news on our smartphones 24/7. Autocratic states are using digital technology to disrupt elections, including EU-wide elections. And diplomacy, political competition and policy-making seem to have been outsourced to social media networks. These changes in media technology have considerable implications for international institutions such as the EU, not in the least because most citizens only get exposed to them when they read the news. In this module we will dive into this world of modern media technology and the daily grind of EU institutions. Exploring topics such as fake news on social networks, orchestrated misinformation campaigns and digital diplomacy, we ask ourselves: how does the European Union function in a world where information is plenty but not always reliable and the news cycle never stops?
Uren per week 3
Onderwijsvorm werkcollege
(Seminar starts in week 2)
Toetsvorm actieve participatie, peer-review, presentatie, werkstuk(ken)
(Practical assignment)
Vaksoort master
Coördinator dr. H.J.M. Schoonvelde
Docent(en) dr. H.J.M. Schoonvelde
Verplichte literatuur
Titel Auteur ISBN Prijs
All readings will be made available via the University Library/Nestor
Entreevoorwaarden Admission to the master IR.
Opmerkingen Students have to complete two research seminars. See for more information the ‘brochure research seminars’ available on the Online Study Guide Master IR https://student.portal.rug.nl/infonet/studenten/let/programmes/ma-irio/. It is not possible to register for a Research Seminar via Progress. You should submit your preferences for your Research Seminars from Monday 24 January 2022 12.00 hrs (noon) until Friday 4 February 2022 23.59 hrs (see enrolment form).

The IR department will do the utmost to place you in your preferred research seminars, but because of scheduling and overall availability of places in the research seminars we cannot guarantee you will be placed in your first choice.

After you have submitted your preferences, you will be registered in Progress for your Research Seminars before 11 February. Research Seminars start in the week of 14 February.

For this course attendance is mandatory.
Opgenomen in
Opleiding Jaar Periode Type
Course units for exchange students 4 semester II keuze
Ma Internationale Betrekkingen  ( International Relations and International Organization) 1 semester II keuze
Ma Internationale Betrekkingen  (European Politics in a Global Perspective) 1 semester II keuze