Postgraduate studies in Communication - Institute for Sociological, Political and Juridical Research

Postgraduate studies in Communication


Studium coordinator:

Professor Ph.D. Emilija Simoska

 

 

 

The  Post-graduate studies in communication are designed as studies which cover analysis and theory of the dynamics of the overall communicative process in the modern society. The methodology approach in the studies is aimed towards the application of the integrated and interdisciplinary approach which is primarily based on the classical and modern methods of the social sciences. Together with the learning and application of the vast areas of the communicational and socio-political theory, the studies provide development of a scope of different approaches for the application of the powerful ways of analysis of the media systems and media messages.

Studies deal with the social-socialist context in which communication takes place and deal with the culutral and ideological implications which are a result of those communicational processes, as well as the influence of their communicational and media technologies in the multi-media environment. In the studies of a smaller scope the interpersonal communication is also included.

All specified aspects of studies, especially the examples for analysis and application of the theoretical principles, when it is possible, are applied in the context of the modern reality of the Macedonian society, but still situated in wider European and World framework.

Master’s candidates, after the successfull completition of the program, acquire the title master of communication, with the possibility of employment in different areas, such as: public relations, management of other administrative activities. However, above all these studies are aimed for candidates who desire employment (or are already employed) in the media and cultural industry, especially in television, radio, press, and publishing.

 

 

Profile

 

The post-graduate studies in communication satisfy the educational needs of the following areas:

 а)        Specialist in the area of communication in the media industry;

b)       Specialist in the area of communication in the cultural industry;

c)       Analyst of the contemporary communicational theories.

           

 

 

Generic and specific competences

Expected learning outcomes at the level of a second cycle of university studies – master’s studies, according to the European qualification framework for lifelong learning are:

а) At the level of knowledge:

  • Highly specialized knowledge in the area of communicational sciences with a special  review on the media and cultural industry;
  • Ability for original and independent analysis and research:
  • Ability for critical opinion.

b) At the level of skills:

  • Skills specialized for solving problems in the media and cultural industry, as well as in the area of the public relations.

c)  At the level of competences:

                 Ability for conceptualization and management of the communicational strategies.

 

 

Students who will complete the master’s studies will be in a position to:

 

1.  contribute in the conceptualization and implementation of the communicational strategies in the area of the media and cultural institutions;

2.  contribute in the conceptualization and implementation of the communicational strategies in the area of the public relations;

3.  implement policies from a particular area;

4.  design and apply research projects by the use of particular research tecniques, especially in the area of research of media and cultre;

5.  contribute for the development of the theoretical thought and enrichment of the modern communicational theories.

           

 

Enrollment conditions

All candidates who fulfill the general conditions published in the advertisement in the public media are eligible to apply:

 

Basic conditions for enrollment are:

- completed first cycle of university education – undergraduate studies:

 

  • for 4+1 – in duration of 4 years or the total number of 240 credits
  • for 3+2 – in duration of 3 years or the total number of 180 credits

 

  • All candidates who have finished undergraduate studies with an average grade of 7 or an average grade lower than 7 (seven) and have an appropriate work and/or research experience of at least 2 years, as well as published papers from the particular scientific area are eligible to enroll. In regard to the last, a decision is made by the Council of the Institute for each candidate separately:
  • Knowledge of one foreign language
  •  A special condition for enrollment of the post-graduate studies in Communication is the university education, if it is acquired at the faculties of social and humanistic sciences. If the candidate has acquired his university education in another scientific area, and in the meantime professionally deals with questions from the domain of the social sciences and (or) published papers in this area, heshe can submit a special request for enrollment to this post-graduate studies, with an explanation in the sense mentioned above. After this request, under recommendation of the coordinator of the department, a decision is made by the Board at the post-graduate studies and the same is verified by the Council of the Institute.

 

 

Duration of studies and credits

 

Lectures, exams and other activities at the post-graduate studies in Communication are organized in two semesters, where the master’s thesis is reported in the second semester (study program 4+1), that is, in three semesters, while the fourth is intended for preparation of the master’s thesis (study program 3+2). Studies are organized according to the ECTS. First the candidate follows classes from the compulsory subject, and then he chooses the facultative subjects. The facultative subjects are chosen in accordance with the interest and the topic of the master’s thesis.

Credits are distributed in semesters, thus four facultative subjects provide a total of 32 credits, and the two facultative subjects should provide a total of 12 credits (study program 4+1), i.e. the four facultative subjects provide a total number of 50 credits, and the four facultative subjects should provide 40 credits (study program 3+2). The final result from the master’s studies is a written master’s thesis which is prepared after the completition of exams. The candidate completes the studies by an oral presentation of the prepared master’s thesis. The defence of the master’s thesis is valued by additional 60 credits (study program 4+1), i.e. 30 credits (study program 3+2).

With the completition of the post-graduate studies, the candidate acquires 60 credits (study program 4+1), i.e. 120 credits (study program 3+2).

 

 

Teaching and learning responsibilities

 

The program of the studium is conducted in semesters. Classes are given if there is a formation of group of 5 or more candidates. Otherwise, a mentoring system is organized (consultations and seminars). Exams for the attended classes are desirable to be taken at the end of each semester. The candidates cannot take exams from the facultative subjects if they had not passed the exams from the compulsory subjects.

 

Despite taking exams, the students are expected to take an active participation in classes, to prepare seminar papers, to write essays, to participate  in realization of scientific projects and research,etc. Thereto each professor, within his subject, specifies the particular activities, on the grounds of which students will acquire the needed number of points for succesful realization of the appropriate subject. The students must prepare at least one seminar paper for each subject as a prerequisite for taking the exam.

 

 

            Transfer of credits and mobility

 

Mobility of students is possible through acknowledgement of credits from the conducted activities at other study programs, if a particular study program is similar to the appropriate one.

During transfer of the students from the specialist to master's studies, as well as from one department to another, the passed exams which are graded as embedded in the program design of the department are fully transferred. During transfer from other faculties the criterion ECTS is taken into consideration and the basis for transfer of the credits is the program by which the candidate prepared and took the exam.

Students will be able to choose from a list of facultative subjects which are available at the Institute or other units at UKIM in order provide the needed number of credits.

             

           

 

Way of evaluation

 

Students during classes can score a total number of 100 points. The final grade depends from the number of the scored points.

 

The grade is formed according to the following evaluation system:

 

<50 =

5

F

51 - 60 =

6

Е

61 - 70 =

7

D

71 - 80 =

8

C

81 - 90 =

9

B

91 - 100 =

10

A

 

The evaluation of the achieved results is quantitative. The final evaluation for each subject is expressed by a grade from 5 to 10, where the grade 5 signifies a failed exam. There is also an evaluation equivalent to the numeric grade: A,B,C,D,E,F.

The quality of the the teaching process and of the professors for each of the subjects will be followd and graded on the grounds of evaluation lists, created according to the standards of UKIM and will be delivered to each student after the completition of the activities of the subject, but before taking the final exam.

 

      The evaluation of each of the subjects is conducted according to the following parameters:

  •  final exam 60% (minimum 40%)
  •  practical assignments 20% (minimum 10%)
  •  participation in class activities 20% (minimum 10%)

 

 

Facultative subjects

Students from the program 4+1 choose a total of two facultative subjects where one subjects is from the offered facultative subjects in the studium and the other is from the University list.

       Students from the program 3+2 choose a total number of four subjects where the one is from the University list. The other three facultative subjects are chosen from the list of possible facultative subjects. The students have the right to choose one facultative subject from another study group, as well as one facultative subject from another study group. While choosing a subject from another study program there should not be an accordance of the content of the facultative subject from other study group to which the student is enrolled. The facultative subject from other study programs is defined in consultancy with the coordinator (director) of the study program to which the student is enrolled.

 

Master’s thesis

Through the master’s thesis the candidate should show an ability for preparation of an independent scientific paper, on the grounds of the analysis and the systematization of the relevant literature which creates a wider theoretical framefwork for preparation and realization of the particular research. The scope of the master’s thesis is from 60 to 80 pages (for students from the program 4+1) and from 100 to 120 pages (for students from the program 3+2), font size 12, and line spacing 1.5.

 

Scientific title

 

Candidates who will complete the master’s studies and will successfully defend the master’s thesis will acquire the scientific degree: Master of communication.

 

 

 

For students who follow the program 3+2 (120 credits)

 

Code

 

Study subjects

 

 

Classes according to credits and semesters

I

II

III

IV

Number of lessons

Credits

Number of lessons

Credits

Number of lessons

Credits

Number of lessons

Credits

COMPULSORY SUBJECTS

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

К2-301

Social research methodology

 

 

22

15

 

 

 

 

К2-302

Communicogloy with communication theories

22

15

 

 

 

 

 

 

К2-303

Public Relations

22

10

 

 

 

 

 

 

К2-304

Globalization and communication

22

10

 

 

 

 

 

 

FACULTATIVE SUBJECTS

 

 

 

К2-305

Media and civil society[1]

 

 

20

10

 

 

 

 

К2-306

Political Culture

 

 

20

10

 

 

 

 

К2-307

Intercultural communication

 

 

20

10

 

 

 

 

К2-308

Media, theory and analysis

 

 

20

10

 

 

 

 

К2-309

Ethics and business communication

 

 

20

10

 

 

 

 

К2-310

Public opinion

 

 

 

 

20

10

 

 

К2-311

Computer communication and cyberculure

 

 

 

 

20

10

 

 

К2-312

Theories of culture

 

 

 

 

20

10

 

 

К2-313

Media and policy

 

 

 

 

20

10

 

 

К2-314

Management in the media and in the cultural institutions

 

 

 

 

20

10

 

 

К2-315

Economic culture

 

 

 

 

20

10

 

 

К2-316

Modernity and identity

 

 

 

 

20

10

 

 

Preparation and defense of master’s theisis

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

30

                         
 

 

 

 

 

 

For students who follow the program 4+1 (60 credits)

 

 

 

 

Study subjects

Classes and credits according to semesters

I

II

Classes

Credits

Classes

Credits

 COMPULSORY SUBJECTS

 

 

 

 

 

К1-301 Social research methodology

20

8

 

 

К1-302 Communicology with communication theories

20

8

 

 

К1-303 Public Relations

20

8

 

 

К1-304 Globalization and communication

20

8

 

 

FACULTATIVE SUBJECTS

 (two from the list)

 

 

 

 

К1-305 Political culture and communication

 

 

12

6

К1-306 Media and civil society

 

 

12

6

К1-307 Intercultural communication

 

 

12

6

К1-308 Media, theory and analysis

 

 

12

6

К1-309  Ethics and business communication

 

 

12

6

К1-310 Public Opinion

 

 

12

6

К1-311 Computer communication and cyber culture

 

 

12

6

К1-312 Media and policy

 

 

12

6

К1-313 Management in media and cultural institutions

 

 

12

6

К1-314 Economic culture

 

 

12

6

К1-315 Modernity and identity

 

 

12

6

К1-316 Theories of culture

 

 

12

6

Facultative subject from the common list at UKIM

 

 

12

6

К2- PREPARATION AND DEFENSE OF MASTER’S THESIS

 

 

 

16

Credits

 

32

 

28

 

Total

 

 

 

 

60

 

 

 

 

 

 

STAFF:

 

 

Professor Ph.D. Emilija Simoska, professor in ordinary, Institute of Sociological, Political and Juridical Research – Skopje, Ss. Cyril and Methodius - Skopje

Subjects: Public relations, Political culture;

 

Professor Ph.D. Petar Atanasov, professor in ordinary, Institute of Sociological, Political and Juridical Research – Skopje, Ss. Cyril and Methodius - Skopje

            Subjects: Methodology of social research, Modernity and identity

 

Assistant professor Ph.D. Goran Janev, assistant professor, Institute of Sociological, Political and Juridical Research – Skopje, Ss. Cyril and Methodius - Skopje

            Subject: Globalization and communication

 

Assistant professor Ph.D. Eleonora Serafimovska, assistant professor, Institute of Sociological, Political and Juridical Research – Skopje, Ss. Cyril and Methodius - Skopje

            Subject: Communicolgoy with communication theories

 

Assistant professor Ph.D., Marijana Markovic, assistant professor, Institute of Sociological, Political and Juridical Research – Skopje, Ss. Cyril and Methodius - Skopje

            Subject: Communicology with communication theories

 

Professor Ph.D. Jorde Jakimovski, professor in ordinary, Institute of Sociological, Political and Juridical Research – Skopje, Ss. Cyril and Methodius - Skopje

            Subject: Economic culture

 

Professor Ph.D. Lidija Hristova, professor in ordinary, Institute of Sociological, Political and Juridical Research – Skopje, Ss. Cyril and Methodius - Skopje

            Subject: Media and policy

 

Professor Ph.D. Mirjana Borota-Popovska, professor in ordinary, Institute of Sociological, Political and Juridical Research – Skopje, Ss. Cyril and Methodius - Skopje

            Subject: Ethics and business communication

 

Professor Ph.D. Violeta Petroska Beska, professor in ordinary, Faculty of Philosophy, Ss. Cyril and Methodius University - Skopje

Subject: Intercultural communication

 

Professor Ph.D. Ivan Dzeparovski, professor in ordinary, Faculty of Philosophy, Ss. Cyril and Methodius Univeristy - Skopje

            Subject: Theories of culture

 

           

Professor Ph.D. Vasil Popovski, professor in ordinary, Institute of Economics – Skopje, Ss. Cyril and Methodius University – Skopje

            Subject: Management in media and cultural institutions

 

Professor Ph.D. Vladimir Trajkovik, associate professor, Faculty of Computer Science and Engineering

Subject: Computer communication and cyber culture

 

Professor Ph.D. Tome Gruevski, associate professor, Studies in Journalism, Faculty of Law, Ss. Cyril and Methodius University - Skopje

            Subject: Media, theory and analysis

 

 

 

[1] The subject is stationary