Communication Science at the University of Passau is represented by the following professors and their employees:
- Professor Oliver Hahn, Professor of Journalism
- Professor Ralf Hohlfeld, Chair of Communication Studies
- Professor Thomas Knieper, Chair of Digital and Strategic Communication
- Professor Hannah Schmid-Petri, Chair of Science Communication
- Professor Florian Töpfl, Chair of Political Communication with a Focus on Eastern Europe and the Post-Soviet Region
Communication Science at the University of Passau is mainly represented in the Bachelor programme “Journalism and Strategic Communication”, in the Bachelor programme “Media and Communication” (StuPo 2010) and in the Master programme “Media and Communication”. The degree courses impart profound knowledge of empirical communication science combined with elements of practical training.
Specific Characteristics of the University of Passau
Outstanding characteristics of our courses include:
- Crossmedial work at the Centre for Media and Communication, a state-of-the-art facility for media production, equipped with newsroom and TV studio, multimedia laboratories, as well as recording and radio studios
- Practice-oriented range of courses taught by proven specialists of media practice
- Creative participation in various student groups: KONNEX PR (Public Relations), PRO.FIL and spaetschicht.tv (film and TV), Campus Crew (radio), CaTer and BLANK Magazin (print and online journalism), Fotoprojekt Lichtgestalten and many more
Anyone, who wants to work in the fields of journalism and public relations, needs a formation that is up-to-date and practical-oriented. The “Journalism and Strategic Communication” BA will provide students with core competencies in multimedia production (text, audio, video, photo etc.) and cross-media distribution on classic as well as on new platforms (print, TV, radio, online, mobile). You will acquire profound scientific knowledge of functions, processes and effects of journalism and strategic communication as well as their legal and ethical barriers. In addition, the course offers research projects and practical-projects to reinforce the obtained knowledge.
- Integrated university education for journalism and strategic communication: The degree course qualifies for two main professional fields in the media industry.
- Close connection between theory and practice: The students gain theoretical and methodical knowledge that can be used in research as well as in practice projects. Additionally, proven specialists of journalism and strategic communication enrich the teaching with insights in media practice.
- A distinctive major and minor subject structure: The structure of the degree course enables accurate, gradual and connected learning of specialized and interdisciplinary skills.
Due to the newly established “Journalism and Strategic Communication BA”, the final year of our “Media and Communication BA” started in 2017. This course consists of basic modules, main modules and practice modules: After gaining basic knowledge in communication science and media science, students choose their priorities in the fields of media change, media ethics, communication research, media education, media linguistics and mediatisation research. The profile modules in journalism, cross-media, public relations, teaching and learning with multimedia, computer science, economy and foreign languages enable an even better focus on later career goals.
- Cross-media Summer School: During a four-week journalism class, media practitioners train engaged students in all forms of media presentation
- Excellent media education: The CHE University Ranking for the subject group Communication Science/Journalism certifies top rakings to the degree course in the categories “Job market preparation”, “Study organisation”, “Overall study situation”. Furthermore, the degree course was awarded the quality label of the MedienCampus Bayern e.V.
The “MA Media and Communication” offers the opportunity for students to work scientifically and practice oriented at the same time. Journalistic skills and scientific theory are directly connected. The students obtain – building on relevant bachelor degree courses – advanced knowledge and skills in selected key areas as well as in interdisciplinary add-on modules. Core competencies are developed, amongst others, in the fields of communication science, media science, media informatics and media education. Thus, a broad social-scientific knowledge profile is created.
- The degree course was awarded the quality label of the German Accreditation Council and the quality label of the MedienCampus Bayern e. V.
- Practical networking: close relations with local, national and international (media) companies, enable relevant internships for students.
Some courses in the subject area of Communication Science are also open for the modules of the following degree courses:
- B.A. Governance and Public Policy
- B.A. European Studies
- B.A. Language and Text Sciences
- B.A. International Cultural and Business Studies
- B.Sc. Internet Computing