There is an ongoing debate in many countries on the quality of media coverage, for example of the immigrants/ refugees/ asylum seekers in the European Union. This underlines the continued importance of research into media representations and the ways in which different audiences interpret them. The “Media Representations and Research Methods” Summer School helps you to better understand the textual and visual elements of the news. The opening lectures teach you how to structure your research and provide insights into the context of media representations. Then you learn how to analyse discourses, signs and frames in a step-by-step process. The lectures contain many eye-opening examples and offer ample room for discussion. You are encouraged to choose a theme and method for your coursework that are both relevant to your research interests. You write a paper in which you use a qualitative method to analyse a news article or photo and give two talks.
This description applies to an earlier year. For links to my 2019 Summer School courses at Maastricht University, please have a look at this overview.