International Study Programmes 2018-2019 / Fall Semester


Teaching staff Course Code Course title ECTS Day/Hours Room
Μ. Tsiousia (MA, PhD candidate)
Z. Ververopoulou (Asst. Prof.)
IP1900 Writing Personal Columns in Newspapers, Magazines & Blogs 6 Wednesday 11.30-14.00 4b (4th floor, 46, via Egnatia)
Ν. Panagiotou (Assist. Prof.)
E. Nikezis (MA, PhD candidate)
IP3500 News Sources and International News Organizations 6 Thursday 14.30-17.00 4b (4th floor, 46, via Egnatia)
D. Kazana (Instructor) IP2100 Writing for the Print Media 6 Friday 14.30-17.00 Hall 4 (Law School Building, 1st floor, main campus)
D. Kazana (Instructor) IP4500 The Language of Propaganda in the Media 6 Tuesday 11.30-14.00 Room D
(Law School Building, ground floor, main campus)
G. Paschalidis (Professor) IP4600 New Media: Theories and Perspectives* 6 Tuesday 17.00-19.30 2b (2nd floor, 46, via Egnatia)
Chr. Frangonikolopoulos (Associate Professor) IP4700 Concepts and Aspects of European Journalism ** 6 Thursday 17.00-19.30 2b (2nd floor, 46, via Egnatia)
Sophia Kaitatzi-Whitlock (Professor) IP4800 Risk Communication** 6 Wednesday 19.30-22.00 2b (2nd floor, 46, via Egnatia)


Important notice: The Law School building in located in the main campus
*Available only to postgraduate students
**Available only to advanced 3rd or 4th year undergraduate students

Course Descriptions

Writing personal columns in newspapers, magazines & blogs

(Maria Tsiousia, MA, PhD candidate, Z. Ververopoulou, Asst. Prof.)

More details:

Personal columns are an integral part of opinion writing in newspapers, magazines and on the blogosphere. They are also one of the most appealing features to write and one of the most alluring pieces to read.

The course examines: the presence and the importance of personal columns in modern age / the profile of a columnist / the different types of columns / the utility and the objectives of a column / the task of selecting a topic and sources of material / the structure / the style / the process of writing different types of columns / the importance of language and how to use narrative qualities and techniques that can be derived from literary style of writing.

The purpose of this course is to help participants strengthen their ability of personal writing, both for the press and on blogs.

News Sources and International News Organizations

(Dr. Nikos Panagiotou, Asst. Prof., Elias Nikezis, MA, PhD candidate)

More details:

The course aims to provide a general introduction to the historical development and contemporary features of news sources and international news organizations. In this context we examine, the global system of collecting, processing and distribution of news media ( at local, national and global level ) the concept of a changing communications environment and issues such as the management and access to information , the flow of information as well as information overload . The purpose of this course is to help students understand the nature of news in the age of new media and globalization and to highlight key issues that have to do with the promotion, management and distribution of news globally and locally.

The topics examined: political and cultural importance of news sources, role, organization and functioning of international news organizations, structures of national and international communication systems, processes and characteristics of information and cultural content of the media.

Writing for the print media

(Dr. Despoina Kazana, Instructor)

This advanced English course focuses on news (both hard and soft) and feature story writing for the print media. By combining theory and practice it introduces students to headline language, story format, leads, the Associated Press stylebook and news writing techniques. The students also have the opportunity to practice their interviewing skills and to write personality features for the print media.

This course will employ seminar lectures, discussions, and practical in-and out-of-class short assignments.

The language of Propaganda in the Media

(Dr. Despoina Kazana, Instructor)

This course analyses the specific language used for purposes of propaganda throughout the twentieth century, focusing on the use of modern mass communication and technology. The class will be structured around a number of theoretical issues related to propaganda, which help shed light on its emergence. Particular attention will be given to understanding the language of propaganda relying on linguistic discourse analysis; this will involve the detailed study of syntax, focusing on specific grammatical structures, the lexicon and its hidden meanings and the tonal style adopted. Finally, the language of propaganda will be analysed in relation to argumentation and persuasion. Key themes covered throughout the course include:

  • The main concept of propaganda and its theoretical background;
  • Discourse analysis of propaganda focusing on the linguistic perspective, identifying the characteristic language used in propaganda;
  • Propaganda and its relation to argumentation and persuasion;
  • Discussion and analysis of specific case studies.

During lectures, students will be exposed to relevant primary source material.

New Media: Theories and Perspectives (postgraduate course)

(Gregory Paschalidis, Professor)

More details:

The course examines critically the key theoretical approaches to understand and analyze the role of new and interactive media in the contemporary society. It introduces students to the core theoretical ideas and concepts that can be applied as analytical tools for understanding, explaining and critically discussing the development, uses, practices and interactions of media technologies and cultures. The course follows a historical perspective that places new media theory within a broader understanding of technology and its relationship to culture and social change.

Course Objectives

  • Understanding of the central concepts of new media technologies.
  • Critically assessment and synthesis of new media theories and approaches.
  • Application of theories on the critical understanding and analysis of contemporary social issues and changes and every-day problems.
  • Ability to contribute to debates regarding major trends that drive social change, e.g. media ownership, economics, intellectual property, regulation, privacy, identity, sociality, equity.

Learning Outcomes

  • Approach critically the central new media theories and apply them to address and explain contemporary changes in society, politics, economy.
  • Describe the relations and interactions between society and technology.
  • Compare the different new media theories and understand their similarities and differences.

Class/Learning activities

Lectures, workshops, group work/role plays, in-class presentations, literature study, written assignments.

Concepts and Aspects of European Journalism (postgraduate course)

(Christos  Frangonikolopoulos, Associate Professor )

More details:

This course examines contemporary concepts and aspects of journalism in a ‘European’ context. ‘European journalism’ in this sense is understood and explored as a practice that covers political, economic and social issues explicitly from a ‘European’ rather than a ‘local’ and ‘national’ perspective. Bearing that in mind, the aim of the course is to explore the role of journalism in the context of European interdependence and integration – the process whereby Europe’s countries formally coordinate their laws, economies and policies-, and in so doing, discuss the limits, opportunities and challenges of journalism practices and media coverage on the European Union, its institutions and policies.

Course Objectives

  • Analyze the concept and aspect of ‘European Journalism’ Understand the main theory and practice of ‘European Journalism’.
  • Examine the importance of ‘European Journalism’ in European Integration
  • Provide an insight on how journalism has responded to the transformation of politics and economics as a result of the advancement of European integration and enlargement
  • Examine the dilemmas and obstacles of ‘European Journalism’

Learning outcomes

  • Upon successful completion of the course students will be able to:
  • Critically understand the mainstream media coverage of Europe
  • Define the core concepts and aspects of ‘European Journalism’
  • Understand how ‘European Journalism’ can facilitate the transformation of local and national practices and norms of journalism, contributing to the development of a European public sphere
  • Develop tools through which they can better appreciate their local contexts through the prism of a European narrative of journalistic practices
  • Help the audience and citizens understand why ‘European Journalism’ is desirable as European societies are becoming more complex and political institutions like the European Union are expected to do more and more.

Class and learning activities

Lectures, workshops, group-work, class presentations, literature study and written assignments.

Risk Communication (postgraduate course)

(Sophia Kaitatzi-Whitlock, Professor)

The course presents the full array of major risks facing humanity universally and concerning both nature and social organization: environmental sustainability, public health, extreme inequality/poverty, migrations. Seen both from the political economy and communications perspective such challenges are examined through the lens of how usefully they are reported about. Key professional practice issues arise concerning whether severe risks and challenges should be mediated alternatively. ‘Risk Communication’ elucidates such options, discussing the need for ‘proactive journalism’, fostering conscious and conscientious actors: i.e. policy-makers and citizens who contribute to sustainable natural and socio-economic environment.

Course Objectives

  • Familiarize with concepts of ‘environmental risk’, ‘social crises’, ‘global public goods’
  • Distinguish diverse categories of interlinked risks and challenges
  • Grasp consequential irreversible impact of environmental risks / crises on large populations
  • Elaborate with notions of ‘normative journalism’ for global awareness and rescue
  • Come to terms with non-partisan, activist types of journalism.

Learning Outcomes

  • Identify environmental risks and their concrete impact on society
  • Capacity to analyze risks critically from a multi-stakeholder perspective
  • Ability to compare risks and stakes between competing interests of various kinds, while considering and defending the ‘public interest’
  • Construct proactive journalism methods: defending ‘global public goods’ and the universal common interest
  • Approach humanity’s welfare risks beyond borders or nationalistic scope

Class/Learning activities

Lectures, workshops, in situ study-visits, group simulation workshops, in-class presentations, literature study, written assignments.