The Master’s specialization in Media enables you to reflect critically on the media’s role in constructing everyday images of social and cultural reality, religion and identity. You will analyse the influence of digital media on established religions, their institutions, communities and individual followers. You will consider the effect on the public debate and government policy. You will also see how religious movements and groups use the media to publicize their vision and bring the sacred to life in images, sound and words. Important ethical questions arise involving our information society and freedom of expression, religion and privacy.
The theoretical basis will be provided by two theoretical modules, Religion in a Media Age and Religion and Popular Culture. These will focus on issues such as religious changes in a media age; journalism/new media, the public debate on religion and the construction of religious others; new media and the rise of digital religion; the connections between religion and popular culture; and the impact of new communication technologies on lived religion, including religious practice, experience, identity, community and authority. You will study and discuss scientific research in the study of religion and media from various disciplines, including sociology, anthropology, religious studies, media studies, historical and literary studies, and theology.
A first compulsory core module, Hermeneutics, treats the skills of interpretation and reflexivity. A second core module, Research Skills, aims to train the student in academic research practices, discussing problem formulation, methodology, and analysis.
The second semester is devoted to internship and thesis work. The module Master seminar, in which students develop and discuss a portfolio of their academic and professional qualities, concludes the second semester.
Your Master’s specialization will equip you with a sound theoretical basis in media and communication in relation to religion and spirituality. You will gain the analytical, communicative and operational skills to become an independent professional in journalism, communication within religious and spiritual organizations and policy that draws on knowledge of communication and information in today’s postsecular, multireligious society.
This programme trains professionals with expertise in (inter)religious communication, (new) media, and religion in a multicultural and multireligious society. Our graduates fulfill functions in the media and communication sector, both old and new media. Others have a career in religious, cultural, political, administrative or governmental organizations. The programme also offers a solid basis for a future career as a researcher.