Research Seminar:Reporting Europe | EUJ210

Instructor: Christos A. Frangonikolopoulos


Course Description

The module encourages students to work on a number of important political, economic, societal and global dimensions/challenges of Europe, which not only occupy a central position in the agenda of European Journalism, but also affect the formation of public attitudes towards European integration. Students will be encouraged to work on research projects in small groups. By applying the knowledge they have acquired on previous courses, not only will they have to develop the plan, methodology and organization of the projects themselves, but will also be expected to submit and present project reports on two of the following (indicative) research directions and fields: European Journalism and Global Problems (Terrorism and Islam, Climate Change, Migration and Refugees); European Journalism and Political Conflict/Populism; European Journalism and Nationalism; European Journalism and Democracy; European Journalism and the Institutions of the EU; European Journalism and the Economic Crisis; and European Journalism and Complex Emergencies.


Course Objectives

  • To gain thorough knowledge about the economic, social, political and global contexts of Europe/European Union
  • To improve analytical skills and insight by researching and scrutinizing case studies
  • To investigate how journalism is interlinked with the wider global, social, political and economic processes of Europe/EU


Learning Outcome

Upon successful completion of the course students will be able:

  1. To critically read, research and analyze the challenges of Europe/EU
  2. To enrich their knowledge on key economic, social, political and global processes of Europe/EU,
  3. To understand and communicate complex European/EU challenges/problems
  4. To write projects/articles reflecting a critical ‘European perspective’

Class and learning activities

Workshops, group-work, class presentations, research and written assignments/projects. Guest speakers will also offer their perspective on the topics discussed in class.



Type of work Description Hours
Workshops/guest speakers Ten 30
Independent study Research 50
Exercises and Presentations To be discussed and decided with the tutor of the course 100
Written projects To be discussed and decided with the tutor of the course 120
  Total workload 300


Type of assessment Learning outcome Impact on final grade Date of assessment
Written project 1-4 60% 13th-15th week
Presentations 1-4 20% 11th- 13th week
Exercises 1-4 20% Regularly

Bibliography – suggested reading

  1. Natalia Chaban & Martin Holland (2015). Communicating Europe in Times of Crisis, Palgrave.
  2. M. K. David Cross & Jan Mellisen (2013), Communicating Europe. At Home in Tomorrow’s World, Cligendael Policy Paper #23.
  3. Ece Ozlem Atikcan (2015). Framing the European Union, Cambridge University Press.
  4. John McCormick (2010). Europeanism, Oxford University Press.
  5. Thomas Risse (Eds.) (2014), European Public Spheres: Politics is Back, Cambridge University Press.