Mundus Journalism Application Essays

This module aims to enable students to produce knowledge on a complex issue as a deliberative input in a selected news discourse by using the methodology of this module. Teaching will demonstrate tools for creating alternative explanatory representations of reality in a compelling and trustworthy journalistic manner.

The teaching combines approaches from different disciplines as social science, rhetoric and journalism. The tools are exercised through presentations, workshops and set assignments.

Module Facts

Semester/term: Spring
 Danish School of Media and Journalism
Credits: 10 ECTS
Professor: Flemming Tait Svith

Learning Outcome

In journalism practise the ability to:

  • Integrate scholarly and journalistic methodologies
  • Formulate, structure and develop processes of creating knowledge
  • Account for the relation between theoretical concepts and the journalistic practice
  • Nuance the news media representation of complex and international issues

Methods of Teaching and Assessment

The exam assignment consists of a journalistic analytical feature and a so-called meta report, which is a structured account, where the student demonstrates how the tools of this seminar shape the student’s analytical feature. The exam is a two-week exam of 11-13 pages.

The Mundus Collections

The Mundus Collection is a challenging and thought-provoking compilation of stories produced by students during the Mundus Journalism programme's second semester module Analytical Journalism. What started off as a journalism class assignment, eventually turned into a series of analytical features covering stories from around the world.

The Mundus Collection is a unique set of articles exploring stories of the East, the West, and the wider world. The writers of these stories belong to many different nationalities and cultural identities, which make their perspectives both interesting and intriguing. ​

In writing these stories, these journalists were told to embrace a deeper style of journalism, looking beyond news hooks and well-known conflicts to broach complex solutions. These are long stories, ideal for leisurely reading, touching on science, law and economics, and they will bring you around the world, combining the best of expert opinion and local knowledge.

In doing so, they also highlight the need for journalism that goes beyond local media and seeks out something greater: a global consciousness, and a global style of journalism.

Please look into our Mundus Collections from 2011 to 2016:

Indicative Reading List

  • Blackstone, Amy (2013). Principles of Sociological Inquiry: Qualitative and Quantitative Methods, v. 1.0, pp. 29-47 • Brinkmann, Svend (2012). ”The epistemology of working with everyday life materials” pp. 32-51 in Qualitative Inquiry in Everyday Life, Los Angeles: Sage
  • David, Matthew & Carole D. Sutton (2011/2004). "Research question, operationalization and variables" pp. 216-221 in Social Research. An Introduction, Los Angeles: Sage
  • de Vreese, C. H. (2005). News framing: Theory and typology, Information Design Journal + Document Design, 13 (1), 48-59
  • Entman, Robert M. (1993). "Framing. Toward Clarification of a Fractured Paradigm", in Journal of Communication, Vol. 43, No. 4, 51-58
  • Fairclough, Norman (2008/2003). Analysing discourse. Textual analysis for social research, London: Routledge, pp. 159-173
  • Isaksson, Maria & Jørgensen, Poul Erik Flyvholm: Communicating Corporate Ethos on the Web: The Self-Presentation of PR Agencies, Journal of Business Communication 2010, Vol. 47, 2, 119-140
  • Jensen, Klaus Bruhn (2010). Media Convergence. The three degrees of network, mass and interpersonal communication, London: Routledge, pp. 131-139
  • Jepperson, Ronald & John W. Meyer (2011). "Multiple Levels of Analysis and the Limitations of Methodological Individualisms", Sociological Theory, 29(1): 60–66
  • Lawrence, Regina G. (2010). "Researching Political News Framing: Established Ground and New Horizons", pp. 265-285 in Paul D'Angelo & Jim A Kuypers (edt.) Doing News Framing Analysis, New York: Routledge
  • Lowland, John, David Snow, Leon Anderson & Lyn H. Lofland (2006). Analyzing Social Settings. A Guide to Qualitative Observation and Analysis (4. ed), Thomson Wadsworth, pp. 121-122, 156-164
  • Mayes, G. Randolph (2010). Argument-Explanation Complementarity and the Structure of Informal Reasoning, Informal Logic 30 (1): 92-111
  • Miles, Matthew B., A. Michael Huberman & Johnny Saldaña (2011). "Methods of explaining", pp. 221-255 in Qualitative Data Analysis, London: Sage
  • Rich, Carole (2010). Writing and Reporting News, Sixth Edition, Wadsworth,, pp. 131-133, 145-156, 183-194, 199-218 Salgado,
  • Susana & Jesper Strömbäck (2011). Interpretive journalism: A review of concepts, operationalizations and key findings, Journalism 13(2) 144–161
  • Scanlan, Christopher (2000). Reporting and Writing, Harcourt College Publishers, pp. 73-74, 87-92, 126-144, 160-164
  • Turner, Jonathan H. (2013/2005). "A New Approach for Theoretically Integrating Micro and Macro Analysis" pp. 405-424 in Craig Calhoun & Chris Rojek & Bryan Turner (edt.). The SAGE Handbook of Sociology, London: SAGE Publications Ltd Examples of Students' Work: 2014 2015



ERASMUS MUNDUS: Full Master’s Courses and Joint Doctorate scholarships in Europe for non-Europeans


Who is Erasmus, anyway?
Desiderius Erasmus was a 15th century Dutch scholar from Rotterdam who lived and worked in different places in Europe.

I was just kidding. I do know Erasmus. Do all Erasmus students go to the Netherlands?
Some do, but not all.

What is ERASMUS?
The ERASMUS (European Community Action Scheme for the Mobility of University Students) program began in 1987 to support the mobility of higher education students and teachers within Europe. For European students, this means studying in another European country for a semester as part of their course.

What is Erasmus Mundus?
Erasmus Mundus, an expansion of the original ERASMUS program, began in 2004 to promote European higher education to non-European Union nationals through scholarships. Third-country (meaning outside EU/EEA/accession states) students who have not studied or worked in Europe for more than 12 months over the last five years may receive a full scholarship.

There are over 100 Master’s degree courses in various fields, all of which must undertaken in least two European countries (usually three; four is rare). Most courses (programs) take two years, but some take 18 months or even just a year. Since 2009, doctorate programs have also been offered. In addition, there are External Cooperation Windows in association with Third-country higher education institutions.

How does it work?
Each program is facilitated by a consortium of universities in different countries. The consortium oversees  the program on behalf of the European Commission. Among the universities in the consortium, there is a coordinating university which takes care of the administrative side, including releasing funds.

How much is the scholarship worth?
The total amount varies according to the length of the program. The student receives €1,000 a month as living allowance. This is more than enough for food, accommodation and travel. The student will have to spend his own money (or borrow, if necessary) in the beginning to pay for visa applications, flight tickets, accommodation deposit and personal items needed for study. But after the student reaches Europe and the allowance commences, he or she will be able to pay back these expenses.

Do I apply for the scholarship at the same time as the program or after I get into the program?
The scholarship application is generally simultaneous with the program application. You will be informed whether or not you are accepted and if so, whether or not you receive the scholarship.

Where can students go?
It depends on the partner universities in the consortium. You can choose your mobility (where you want to study at a particular semester) in some programs; it is fixed in others.

How do I apply?
Application processes, requirements and deadlines vary from program to program, but generally you will need letters of recommendation, a personal statement of intent (motivation), transcript of records of your bachelor’s degree, and language test results (TOEFL or IELTS). Some programs ask for a research proposal. There are no work experience requirements, application fees, entrance tests or interviews.

How much does it cost to apply for Erasmus Mundus?
There is no application fee, unless otherwise stated in the application guidelines.

Do I have to be living or working in the country of my citizenship when I apply?
No, you may apply from anywhere in the world for as long as your nationality is among those being accepted for the programme.

Am I required to take a language exam for English (i.e. TOEFL, IELTS) since English was the medium of instruction at my institution?
It may be possible to argue your case and get a certification that English was the medium of instruction, but it is best to take a language exam when it is asked for so that the consortium can gauge your competence in the language.

How many Erasmus Mundus programmes am I allowed to apply to?
Up to three per selection year.

What languages do I need?
Most programs are conducted completely in English, but some require other European languages. There are a few programs that use no English at all.

How competitive are the scholarships?
In the 2011 stats, 16 Filipino applicants landed on the main list (accepted) and 87 on the reserve list (wait-listed) out of 344 applicants. It really depends on the number of places available (this is usually not announced) and the quality of the applications you’re up against.

When is the deadline for application and when are the results released?
Usually between December and January for the September intake. The results are usually announced between February and March.

I’m in my last year of college. Can I apply for a Master’s course even if I’m just about to graduate?
Yes, you can, if you can get a document from your university stating that you are about to graduate. Between you and me, it would be better to get some work experience first (it just might bolster your chances), but historically, scholarships have been awarded to fresh graduates.

Where can I find more information about a program?

For information specific to each course, check our Links section in the sidebar for the main Erasmus Mundus website, which lists the website of each consortia.

Are the same programs offered every year?
Generally, yes, with new additions every year. However, some programs may be discontinued after the evaluations, which happen every four years.

Do they ask for anything in return during or after the program?
As far as we know, none. There are no required hours of service or conditions about what you should do after the program.

Can I work while studying?
Yes, if the law of the country where you are studying permits international students to work. There are usually limits to the number of work hours per week.

Can I bring my spouse and children with me to Europe when I study there?
Your spouse must be able to support himself/herself and your children without your help, as your allowance can only support you. It also depends on the labor laws and visa regulations of the countries you will be living in.

I’m an applicant. When can I get word on my application?
Erm, we are former EM students, not university reps. We can give you advice on applications, but we cannot advise you on application decisions. Just wait a little bit longer or contact the consortium directly. Or leave a comment below and hope a fellow applicant can enlighten you. 🙂

I’m a Filipino Erasmus Mundus student/alumna/alumnus…

Mabuhay, kababayan! Please sign up for the Erasmus Mundus official students and alumni association and join the Pinoy Erasmus Mundus Yahoogroup. And yes, you’re welcome to contribute stories, photos and articles on this blog.

Is there an orientation in the Filipinos for new Erasmus Mundus students?

There is usually an informal get-together at the EU delegation where you can meet fellow new students. Hope to see you there!

I’ve got another question…
Alright, then. Email us at pinoyerasmusmundus [at] gmail [dot] com. Please give the admin a few days to respond.

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