My Summer School Courses at Maastricht University in 2019

Introduction

Country Risk Analysis (Political Instability): Domestic Politics, Foreign Policy Strategy and Geopolitical Scenario PlanningMy name is Leonhardt van Efferink (GeoMeans) and I will be Course Leader of eight courses at Maastricht Summer School 2019. To see all my courses and apply for them, please visit DreamApply website.

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Our Research Paper Template for Textual/Visual/Multimodal Media Analysis

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Words Matter in Geopolitics – Czechia or Czech Republic?

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Media Representations and Research Methods: Critical Discourse Analysis, Social Semiotics and Textual/Visual News Framing [Summer School]

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.

Media Representations and Research Methods: Critical Discourse Analysis, Social Semiotics and Textual/Visual News FramingThere 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.

Media Representations and Multimodality: Semiotic Modes, Text-Image Relations and Multimodal News Frames [Summer School]

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.

Media Representations and Multimodality: Semiotic Modes, Text-Image Relations and Multimodal News FramesThe rise of social media, the use of propaganda tactics by various governments and the further sophistication of corporate marketing efforts underline the continued importance of multimodality in the news. The “Media Representations and Multimodality” Summer School helps you to better understand how textual and visual elements interact in the news. The opening lectures teach you how to structure your research and provide insights into social semiotics, semiotic modes and multimodality. Then you learn how to analyse multimodal representations in a step-by-step process, focusing on the texts and images in the news. 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 that contains textual and visual elements, and give two talks.