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University of Latvia

Faculty of Social Sciences

Department of Communication Studies



PROGRAMME OF ACADEMIC STUDIES IN COMMUNICATION STUDIES FOR RECEIVING

MA DEGREE IN SOCIAL SCIENCES (COMMUNICATION SCIENCE)

SELF-ASSESSMENT REPORT

Rīga, 2001



Introduction
Communication science is an integrated field of research and academic studies that draws theoretical approaches and methodology from philosophy, sociology, political science, semiotics, and linguistics. It deals with the life world of individuals and society. It finds even more applications in the modern society that is being transformed from industrial to information society. Communication science provides theoretical foundations for analysis of important information activities like journalism, Public Relations and advertising.

In Latvia communication science is relatively young. Comparing with international processes its development is retarded because political considerations made it unwelcome in the Soviet science and universities while now Latvian science and universities lack government financial support.

Two important factors of the society and mass communication industry prove indispensability of the communication science: (a) growing demand for academic studies in communication science, and (b) growing demand for applied research in all branches of communications.


  1. Changes in academic studies and research in communication science since 1999.

The programme was accredited in 1999 for 2 years period (evaluation of experts – 6 years).

During these two years the Department of Communication Studies:


  • the content of the programme was developed and the new version was fully enforced in 2001;
  • the doctoral study programme in communication science was prepared and balanced with MA programme, the expertise of doctoral programme was started. The programme will be introduced in 2002;


  • new courses for MA programme were prepared;

  • the number of specialization courses and possibilities for student specialization have been increased;

  • guest professors from University of Latvia and foreign guest professors were involved in implementation of the programme;

  • each semester the department conducts course evaluation, enhances discussions with students on improvement of the content and its conformity to the requirements of applied research;

  • in the framework of integration of studies and research students join the research and scientific projects conducted by the staff members;

  • students participate at the international students conferences and summer schools as well as at the university exchange programmes;

  • doctoral programme for the staff members is being conducted at the foreign universities;

  • department’s edition “Daudzveidība” (“Diversity”) allows publication of the scientific research conducted by the staff and students;

  • the infrastructure of department and faculty was developed, the new library was opened.



  1. Aims and Objectives of the Post-Graduate Programme in Communications

Academic study programme for MA degree in communication science is based on “mass communication theory” which is a branch of communication science that deals with the problems of content formation, transmission and perception in various kinds of media. It is aimed at the provision of the second degree academic education in

studies allow preparation of lecturers. Several MA degree holders have started working as lecturers in the Bachelor’s Programme in communication science thus reviving the teaching staff and stimulating the integration of the University with the practical field of mass communication in Latvia. Currently there are five persons wishing to pursue their doctoral studies. Post-graduate students and MA degree holders are involved as teachers in the training projects carried out by the department and other educational projects and programmes in Latvia, aimed at the further professional education and improvement of communication skills of individuals.

Post-graduate students increase the scientific research potential, they participate at the research projects conducted by the department. They present their research papers at the section of communication at the Academic Conference of the University of Latvia, publish articles in the edition of the department “Daudzveidība” and make presentations at the department sponsored conferences and seminars devoted to research and analysis of mass communication problems.


3. Objectives, organization and students of the Post-graduate programme.
3.1. Characteristic of the study programme and its changes

The main aims of the Programme are comprehensive study of theory of communication and its diffusion in Latvia; consistent and conceptual connection of theoretical studies with the research and analysis of mass communication phenomena in Latvia in the context of global communication; orientation to the studies of application of the contemporary research methods in social science; support of students’ interest and realization of individual academic studies and research interests; development of integrated content of studies and providing of academic freedom to the students.

The programme is implemented in accordance with the requirements set by the University of Latvia Master’s study programme. The volume of the programme is 80 credits, the duration – two years (4 semesters) full time and part-time and three years (6 semesters) part-time by correspondence.

To be awarded Master’s degree in Social sciences in communication science the student must meet the following requirements:

1) to acquire the academic courses offered by part A and part B (accordingly 28 credits and at least 29 credits from the offered 54 credits );

2) to submit and successfully defend Master’s paper (20 credits).

Part A (51 credits) of the programme is made up of:

1) theoretical courses:



    1. theories of mass communication and their comprehension in the context of other social sciences (12 credits);

    2. processes of social development in the context of theories of communication and social theories (12 credits);

    3. research methods and their role in the research of mass communication processes (4 credits).


2) Master’s paper (20 credits) and development of its conception and defence (3 credits).
In comparison with the 1999 accredited programme the number of specialization courses and possibilities for student specialization have been increased. The coordination and inheritance between Bachelor and Master programmes have been achieved. The seminars fostering individual scientific research have been introduced. The work on the MA paper starts from the first semester and is conducted at the MA paper seminar. Award of special credits fosters individual scientific research.

Those post-graduates students holding the BA diploma other then in social science are provided with assistance in the framework of Part B and individual tutoring. They are offered specialization courses from the communication science BA programme.



3. 2.Studies and evaluation


The opinion polls among students prove their appreciation of courses combining theoretical studies with analysis of practice, individual work with group discussions and presentation of individual research papers etc. Students have given the positive evaluation of the scientific research courses that provide opportunities for profound analysis of problems related to their work and research interests, and foster individual, direct and intensive collaboration with the teaching staff. These courses are of particular importance because relatively small number of students prohibits offer of wide variety of courses fitting wide interest spectrum of our students.

The basic forms of assessment are:



  1. defence of the Master’s paper at the end of the programme;
  2. written or oral examinations on completing concrete courses;


  3. seminars (discussions, presentations etc);

  4. independent research projects, academic articles etc.

All the courses are completed with an examination. In the introductory class the lecturer supplies the students with the programme of the particular course and informs them about the requirements the students are expected to meet to complete the course successfully and to be allowed to take the final examination. It is a tradition at this department for the teaching staff to talk to students about interests and needs of the latter, and accordingly to introduce changes into the programme. The students are also informed about the examination (oral, written, etc.) and the possible date/term of taking the exam.

In case of unsuccessful evaluation the following examination takes place only during the examination session. If the exam is no passed student has to take the course in question for the second time.

3.3. Matriculation and number of students

Applicants for the Master’s Programme in Communication Sciences at the Faculty of Social Sciences, University of Latvia are expected to have Bachelor’s degree and to have passed the entrance examinations in accordance with the Regulations of Matriculation of the University of Latvia.

Bachelor degree holders in communication sciences are allowed to take part in the competition with the mark obtained for the Bachelor’s thesis “7” and higher, others as well as holders of BA degree in other programmes have to pass examination. Examination form is interview. Applicants must have prepared the tender for the Master’s programme in communication sciences. The tend should contain the following items: the problem of the potential research, the choice should be argumented and the readiness to work on it should be demonstrated (the treatment of the problem in the context of the theory of mass communication and practice, survey of the research done before, the sources, literature, etc.).

The procedure of selection fosters the students’ possibilities to demonstrate skills to conduct research, research interests and knowledge about communication theory and practice.

Number of the state budget seats is set in accordance with the state grant and its distribution at the University of Latvia (during last three years - 10), the total maximal number of students in one group – 30. Currently the department is not considering increase of this number during next 2 – 3 years. Small number of teaching staff prohibits increase of students group, while increase of the students number in a single group would endanger individual tutoring and students’ personal investment in seminars.

Therefore the growth of competition is expected that would bring about increase of the study quality. Every year the number of BA degree awards in communication science is growing, more actively the graduate students seek opportunities to pursue their post-graduate studies. Unfortunately this will reduce possibilities of other programmes graduates to get a budget seat and probably even to make impossible post-graduate studies at this programme.

In year 2000 the department has started implementation of the programme by correspondence. This is to enhance possibilities of studies at the MA programme for students living and working outside Riga.







1998/99

1999/2000

2000/2001

2001/2002

full-time (daily department)

applied

19

62

46

44

enrolled

17

26

27

29

graduated

6

5

10

4

part-time (correspondence department)

applied

no admission

no admission

29

28

enrolled

26

23

graduated

0

0

On November 1, 2001 according to the University of Latvia students register the number of post-graduate students reached 91, including 39 by correspondence.

Currently students’ job conditions (lack of time) makes them difficult to fulfil the programme requirements during 8 semesters. It is common for students to interrupt studies after the 2nd and the 3rd semester taking a leave of absence (currently 16 students). The second possibility is to accomplish studies during four semesters, to exmatriculate and to matriculate for elaboration of MA thesis. Usually students abandon studies only after the 1st semester, their number does not exceed 4-6. The solution could be change from full-time to part-time studies increasing the total duration from 4 to 6 semesters (like the correspondence).

Foundation of the Faculty of Social Science and renovation of the Faculty building have improved conditions for studies and fostered the faculty-related identity. The students representatives take part in the department’s activities. Student self-government conducted an opinion pool on programmes and teaching staff. Proposals fostered dialog between students and teachers and were taken in consideration improving the programme and its implementation process. Post-graduate students are fully involved in their jobs, they do not participate in faculty students life, though they maintain good relations with programme’s director and the department actively.

Student dormitory was renovated in year 2000, it is situated at 10 min walking time from the faculty. However post-graduate students use it rarely.


4. Management and implementation of post-graduate programme in communication
The post-graduate programme in communication science is being implemented at the department of Communication that is included into the Faculty of Social Science in 2000. The practical implementation of the programme is lead by the programme director associated professor Vita Zelče. She was appointed to this position in 2001. Programme is being implemented by 12 – 14 professors and lecturers, one third of them represent other departments of the faculty and the University. This factor allows wide and profound integration of communication studies in arts and social sciences. Academic potential for implementation of the programme is augmented (2 professors, 5 associated professors, 3 assistant professors; 2 lecturers are doctoral students at the same time). Foreign guest professors were involved in implementation of the programme.

Since the former accreditation the department has improved organisation of the studies process and quality of studies content: the programme got a clearer structure, research priorities are defined with change of teaching methods from lecturing to active individual studies and participation fostered by individual tutoring; the rules on MA thesis have been changed with definition of intermediate deadlines and control mechanisms; the forms of students’ works are becoming more complex and transparent (evaluation of presentations and term-papers, analysis by students themselves etc.).

There are many forms to foster wide presentation and accessibility of research results for to provide (a) analysis of social processes to communication practitioners (b) theoretical and empirical support material to undergraduate students. All MA theses defended will be accessible via Internet in 2002 (at the moment in the faculty library).

Currently the department is strengthening its research positions by precisely defining research topics that will foster inclusion of post-graduate students in research projects.

In comparison to the former accreditation post-graduate students more actively involve themselves in implementation of the BA programme. They are provided with a course on teaching methods. Work with undergraduate students fosters wide analysis of empirical data and integration of studies and practice, as well as develops skills to participate in various studies and educational programmes.


5. External factors influencing implementation of the post-graduate programme in communication and evaluation of programme from point of view of Latvia state

Despite the science and education reform, development of the social science in Latvia is lagging behind still. There is lack of people able to analyse media and communications. There are few doctors in the staff and their intensive work with BA and MA students prohibits development of research.

As a result the potential of expertise in media and communication is insufficient for provision of successful management of media, integration of society and qualitative information resources to the society.

Demand for qualified communications specialists in mass media, advertising and social policy is growing. Steadily increasing number of applications for post-graduate studies and demand for correspondence studies are indicators of growing interest about this speciality especially among professional public relations specialists.

In this country University of Latvia is the most significant educational and research institution providing sufficient teaching staff for implementation of the post-graduate programme. The further development of the programme should conform to important requirements of Latvia’s society and economy. Firstly, research in communication processes and presentation of obtained results to patricians in order to maximise practical application of the research data and to foster the role of communication in the processes of democratisation of society and of creation of social policy. Secondly, preparation of qualified specialists in order to implement analysis and management of media and communication. Thirdly, preparation of researches and teachers able to implement education programmes in media and communications.

6. Comparison of the MA programme in Communication with similar programmes
In Latvia this is the only one MA programme in communication. The programme has been created taking in account experience of several universities (European and US) visited by the teaching staff. Here the comparison is made with Tampere University and Tartu University.

Objectives of the programmes are very close, the fostering of individual research and teaching practice is stressed. In this sense the MA programme at the Latvian University has approached objectives of Estonian and Finnish colleagues.

The programme’s volume in Tartu University and University of Latvia is the same (the same number of credits). The Tampere University programme is different, because Latvia and Finland have different systems of studies levels.

Tartu University has three programmes of communication studies (Media and Communication, Journalism, Communication management) that manifests clear orientation towards practice.

In all development of the MA Communication studies programme has proved an important qualitative development trend – there is no direct copying of courses and programmes in other Universities, the programme acquired its proper and creative orientation manifesting increased stability at the Department of Communication and growth of the teaching staff skills.

7. Scientific and Research Activities of the Department of Communication Conforming to the Programme




Latvia’s Science Board financed projects





    1. Realtions of mass media with the state and its tructures

1997-1999 Sociological portrait of Latvian journalists

2001 Self-identity discourse of the Latvia’s society and state (Analysis of national dailies in 1990-2002)

Other scientific and research projects

1996-1997 NORDICOM, Bibliography of Baltic Mass Communication Literature

1998 Content analysis of mass media (Soros foundation)

2000 Ethnic and political stereotypes (Soros foundation)

Educational projects


1997-1998 Towards the civic society: role of the local media and PR (Democracy Network)

1996-1998 Data base of Latvian press (Soros foundation, National Library)

1998, Public Relations: Summer Schools (Open Society Institute)

1999, Teaching project for NGOs Development of PR skills ( NGO and Soros foundation)

1999-2001, Journalism Training and European Studies, Tempus Phare Joint European project Grant

2000-2001, Leonardo da Vinci Project Intellectual property management training in electronic publishing: bringing traditional media into multimedia environments

Publications


Daudzveidība ( ISBN 9984-661-65-2; ISBN 9984-661-72-5), quarterly publication

8. Finances and infrastructure

In 2000 income of the Department of Communication reached 93 000 Ls and in 2001 - 138 000 Ls (approximately 30 % is paid to the University of Latvia). Expenditures for MA programme are covered partly by income from the BA programme. The state budget seats number is small (20 in the programme) therefore the state financing is deficient. In 2002 the number of seats is expected to reach 30 (in the whole programme).

In September 2000 the department has moved to the building of the Faculty of Social Science. The department has 3 offices for teaching staff (140 sq.m.) as well as a seminar room.

Rooms have been renovated and equipped with tables, chairs and blackboards. The faculty has in its disposal necessary presentation and other equipment.

The faculty library has 20 000 books and magazines, the share of communication science is ¼ of the total library. The rest is political science, sociology and other social sciences. Library has received new books during ac.year. 2000-2001, students are provided with the most important magazines on communication science. Creation of resources for MA and PhD programmes are envisaged at the library.

There is free access to the books in the library, reading room is equipped with 7 computers connected to the Internet. Library occupies space of 250 sq.m. Students use the Academic library of the University of Latvia and the National library.

Faculty has three computer classes equipped with 60 computers connected to Internet. Copy machines are accessible.


9. The opportunities for future development

Research and collaboration


A Beginning of the department and others sponsored research projects that will provide regular research field for MA students.

B Regular publication and presentation of research data.

C Beginning of the integrated research projects with other Latvian Universities and research institutions, development of strategic partnership relations in Europe, USA and Asia (Universities in Taiwan, University of Vaseda).

Organization and management of the studies


A Launch of implementation of the e-university in the joint project with the university of Latvia, elaboration of new modules and methods of studies.

B Creation of the MA theses data base.

C Launch of the professional post-graduate programme in social science (specialization – management of communication processes) in 2002 in order (a) to develop professional post-graduate studies in communication science allowing the communication practitioners to undertake studies, and (b) to upgrade level of theoretic studies and research in academic programme by increasing requirements to students.

D Further development of the academic post-graduate studies is to be coordinated with objectives and requirements of the PhD programme.

E Creation of electronic magazine on the base of edition “Daudzveidība”, foundation of a new academic journal on social sciences.

F Creation of a collection of literature corresponding to requirements of the post-graduate programme.


Department of Communication

Faculty of Social Sciences

University of Latvia

PROGRAMME OF ACADEMIC STUDIES IN COMMUNICATION STUDIES FOR RECEIVING
MA DEGREE IN SOCIAL SCIENCES (COMMUNICATION SCIENCE)


Programme director: Vita Zelče

Dr. hist., associate prof.

CONFIRMED CONFIRMED


Faculty of Social Sciences LU Study Council Meeting

Council Meeting 12.11.2001 ____ ____ 2000

Minutes No. 2 decision No.__________

CONFIRMED CONFIRMED

Study programmes’ LU Senate meeting______

Council Meeting decision No._______

Communication Science

Minutes No.________




1. Abstract of the Programme

Academic study programme for MA degree in communication science is based on “mass communication theory” which is a branch of communication science that deals with the problems of content formation, transmition and perception in various kinds of media.

Lately the Department of Communication has transformed the academic study programme for MA degree in communication science into the following directions:

1) has fostered communication science studies in the context of social sciences;

2) has facilitated the implementation of the programme into an integrated environment of various fields of science and has involved the leading Latvia professors and associated professors of philosophy, linguistics, sociology and etc. in it;

3) has developed an elaborate part B of the programme thus providing the students with a more comprehensive academic studies and more diverse research opportunities.

Several former MA degree holders have started working as lecturers in the Bachelor’s Programme in communication sciences thus reviving the teaching staff and stimulating the integration of the University with the mass communication practice in Latvia.

MA students are involved in research and mass media practitioners’ training projects carried out by the department, they present the results of their research at the section of communication at the Academic Conference of the University of Latvia, publish them in the edition of the department “Daudzveidība” (Diversity) and make presentations at conferences and seminars devoted to research and analysis of mass communication problems organized by the department.
2. General Characteristics of the Programme
2.1. The aim and the objectives of the programme

The main aims of the programme are as follows: (a) to provide academic training that stimulates the research of mass communication processes and their objective and constructive analysis in Latvia, (b) to enable mass communication industry workers to enrich their theoretical knowledge thus facilitating the professional development of journalism, public relations and advertising based on scientifically grounded analysis of processes and choice of the models of behavior.

Consequently, to implement the programme the following objectives should be met:

1) comprehensive study of theory of communication, directed at the study of various theories and schools of communication should be carried out to facilitate faster acquisition and expansion of world theories in Latvia;

2) consistent and conceptual connection of theoretical studies with the research and analysis of mass communication phenomena in Latvia in the context of global communication should be encouraged to stimulate (a) the research of phenomena and processes in Latvia mass communication and problem analysis (b) the dissemination of theoretical ideas and their interpretation among practitioners;

3) modern research methods in social sciences should be acquired and used in the students’ research projects and MA paper to improve the quality of research;

4) students’ individual interests connected with the academic studies and research should be supported and promoted to stimulate the emergence and circulation of fresh ideas in the comparatively small academic and mass communication environment in Latvia;

5) integrated study content should be developed to ensure the analysis of mass communication processes and complexes of phenomena in the context of the development of society;

6) students should be provided with certain academic freedom to ensure free exchange of ideas.

2.2. Content and Structure of the Programme

The programme is implemented in accordance with the requirements set by the LU Master’s study programme. The volume of the programme is 80 credits, the length – 2 years (4 semesters) full- time and part-time and 3 years (6 semesters ) part-time correspondance.

To be awarded Master’s degree in Social sciences in communication science the student must meet the following requirements:

1) to acquire the academic courses offered by part A and part B (accordingly 28 credits and at least 29 credits from the offered 54 credits );

2) to submit and successfully defend Master’s paper (20 credits); the conception of the Master’s paper should be worked out and defended before starting the work on the paper (3 credits).



Part A (51 credits) of the programme is made up of:

1) theoretical courses that provide theoretical knowledge of:



    1. theories of mass communication and their comprehension in the context of other social sciences (12 credits);

    2. processes of social development in the context of theories of communication and social theories (12 credits);

    3. research methods and their role in the research of mass communication processes (4 credits).

2) Master’s paper (20 credits) and development of its conception and defence (3 credits).
Master’s Programme in Communication Sciences, Part A


Courses

Instructor

Credits

Assesment


(a) Communication Theories

Theories of Mass Communication

I. Brikše

4

Examination, paper

Theory of Persuasive Communication

O. Skudra

4

Examination, paper

Communication Theories in the Context of Social Sciences

Ā. Kleckins

4

Examination, paper

(b) Processes of Social Development in the Context of Social Sciences

Philosophy of Communication and Media

M. Rubene

4

Examination, paper

Communication Sociology

B. Zepa

4

Examination, paper

Culture and Social Communication

S. Kruks

4

Examination, paper

(c) Research

Introduction into Research and Conception of Master’s Paper

V. Zelče

4


Examination, conception of master’s paper

Development and defence of the Master’s paper (20 credits) comprises the central part of the independent research work required by the Master’s Programme in Communication Science. While working on his/her Master’s paper the student works out the conception of his work and defends it at the end of the 1st study year (3 credits). The requirements have been set according to the Latvia Republic “Law on Scientific Work”, Latvia Republic Law on Higher Educational Establishments and the basic regulations and methodical guidelines for writing a Master’s paper as well as evaluation criteria have been developed by the Department of Communication, LU Faculty of Social Scieces. Master’s paper is an independent (original) research that contains elements of novelty. It demostrates the student’s ability (a) to carry out research by applying the theoretical knowledge in communication sciences he/she has acquired in the course of study, (b) to apply the communication research methods professionally, to collect and systematize the facts/data obtained, (c) to work with academic literature (sources) independently, (d) to state and prove the problem to be researched, to prove its topicality and efficiency, (e) to present the research in a literary language and formulate the conclusions and well as to draw the conclusions and formulate the results of the research, (g) to follow the ethical guidelines of scientific work, (h) to demostrate competence in the researched problem and prove one’s opinion on scientific grounds.


Master’s Paper in Communication Sciences


Course/Master’s Paper

Instructor


Credits

Assessment

Conception of Master’s Paper

scientific adviser

3

Conception of master’s Paper

Master’s Paper

master evaluation commission

20

Master’s Paper


Part B (not less than 29 credits) offers theoretical courses, research projects and seminars that provide theoretical knowledge of the basic fields of social sciences as well as in research methods for carrying our independent research, analysis and evaluation of mass communication processes. Students are free to choose the desired courses from the list of courses offered in part B (54 credits). The list of part B courses comprises:

(a) integrated (interdisciplinary) courses and their research projects on communication, social sciences and arts that provide knowledge about the latest theoretical conclusions drawn in the above mentioned sciences, their social topicality and the practical application of the theories in the analysis of current social, political and culture processes (18 credits);

(b) courses and research projects on Latvia social and communication environment, social and communication transformation processes on Latvia’s way to democratic society. They provide deeper understanding of the general context and specifics of the development of Latvia society and create basis for independent research (Master’s paper) of mass communication and social processes in Latvia (9 credits);

(c) courses and research projects on methodology and theory of communication research that provide the indispensable knowledge and theoretical basis for their practical application in research (6 credits);

(d) courses and research projects on business communication, public relations and advertising that provide theoretical knowledge in these spheres as well as the methods of their practical application (9 credits );

(e) courses on scientific research and educational work and practical training in both that enable the students to apply and test their theoretical knowledge in practice (6 credits);

(f) courses and research projects on communication science and the basic research methods, envisaged for students who haven’t got a Bachelor’s degree in Communication sciences (6 credits);

(g) independent scientific research (an article – 4 credits; report at conferences, each conference – 2 credits, maximum 4 credits).

Commentary on the structure and implementation of part B

The aim of the Master’s programme in communication sciences is to facilitate the development and motivation of each student’s interest in academic and research work. Therefore alongside with each theoretical course part B offers research projects in which under the guidance of the instructor (lecturer) the students work on projects that meet their interest. The project are to be treated as independent research work which is based on independently selected theoretical literature, problem analysis and research and presentation methods (participation offers 16 credits).

The aim of the Master’s programme in communication sciences is to stimulate the students’ interest in research, independent research and writing scientific articles. Students are involved in research projects of the Department of Communication, they are provided with an opportunity to report on the results of their research at the LU academic conferences (section of Mass communication) and other scientific conferences. The articles written by the students are published in “Daudzveidība” (“Diversity”), the scientific publication of the Department of Communication. Scientific articles written by the students and the teaching staff of the department can be submitted for publication at the scientific journals in Latvia and abroad.
Master’s Programme in Communication Sciences, Part B


Course

Instructor

Credits

Assessment

(a) Integrated Theories on Communication, Social Sciences and Arts

Communication and Modern Ethics


S. Lasmane

2

Examination, paper

Communication and Modern Ethics: Research Project

S. Lasmane

1

Examination, presentation of research project

Linguistics and Communication

I. Druviete

2

Examination, paper

Linguistics and Communication:

Research Project



I. Druviete

1

Examination, presentation of research project

Semiotics

S. Kruks

2

Examination, paper

Semiotics:

Research Project



S. Kruks

1

Examination, presentation of research project

Feminism Discourse in Culture and Communication

V. Zelče

2

Examination, paper

Feminism Discourse in Culture and Communication:

Research Project



V. Zelče

1

Examination, presentation of research project

Information Society: Theories and Problems

I. Brikše

2


Examination, paper

Information Society: Theories and Problems:

Research Project



I. Brikše

1

Examination, presentation of research project

Global and International Communication Theories

O. Skudra

2

Examination, paper

Global and International Communication Theories:

Research Project



O. Skudra

1

Examination, presentation of research project

(b) Social and Communication Environment of Latvia, Social and Communication Transformation Processes

Political Communication: Post-Socialist Baltic States and the West

V. Zelče

2

Examination, paper

Political Communication: Post-Socialist Baltic States and the West:

Research Project



V. Zelče

1

Examination, presentation of research project

The History of Socialization of Latvia Culture and Communication

V. Zelče

2

Examination, paper

The History of Socialization of Latvia Culture and Communication:

Research Project

V. Zelče


1

Examination, presentation of research project

System Transformation in Latvia: Elite and Mass Communication Issues

O. Skudra

2

Examination, paper

System Transformation in Latvia: Elite and Mass Communication Issues:

Research Project



O. Skudra

1

Examination, presentation of research project

(c) Methodology and Theory of Communication Research

Discourse Analysis

S. Kruks

2

Examination, paper

Discourse Analysis:

Research Project



S. Kruks

1

Examination, presentation of research project

Modern Research Data Processing Methods

S. Seņkāne

2

Examination, paper

Modern Research Data Processing Methods:

Research Project



S. Seņkāne

1

Examination, presentation of research project

(d) Business Communication, Public Relations and Advertising

Modern Business Communication

M. Mozers


2

Examination, paper

Modern Business Communication:

Research Project



M. Mozers

1

Examination, presentation of research project

Semiotics of Advertising

S. Kruks


2

Examination, paper

Semiotics of Advertising:

Research Project



S. Kruks

1

Examination, presentation of research project

Public Relations as a Management of Communication Processes

O. Skudra

2

Examination, paper

Public Relations as a Management of Communication Processes:

Research Project



O. Skudra

1

Examination, presentation of research project

(e) Methods of Scientific Research and Learning

Methods of Scientific Research and Learning

G. Blaua,

scientific adviser



2

Examination

Analytical Seminar

scientific adviser

4


Examination

(f) Communication Science and Mass Communication Research Methods

(for students with no BA in communication science)



Introduction in Communication Science

I. Brikše

2

Examination, paper

Introduction in Communication Science:

Research Project



I. Brikše

1

Examination, presentation of research project

Mass Communication Research Methods and their Application in Market and Academic Research

I. Brikše

I. Šulmane



2

Examination, paper

Mass Communication Research Methods and their Application in Market and Academic Research:

Research Project



I. Brikše

I. Šulmane



1

Examination, presentation of research project

(g) Independent Research

Scientific Publication

scientific adviser

4

Article

Report at Conference

scientific adviser

2

Presentation of Report




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