I would say that is a very unique masters programme that really stands out from all the other ones I considered, both internationally and also here in Barcelona. The reason for that is the compilation of the different subjects that the master offers. From power and gender diversity in the media to global justice, war and poverty in the media it really gives you a cross cutting and honest approach to various topics that might be considered “tabu” but in turn is so important to study - especially in the role of the media. The program gives voice to the voiceless and looks at different global affairs with a critical perspective of how these topics have been portrayed by the media. A very positive aspect of the master is that you are welcome to focus your academic work on relevant topics of your own interest - this gives you a unique opportunity to research something that you are genuinely passionate about. Due to the topics of discussion in class, you can really get to know your classmates well and recognise how the media works in different parts of the world, as the class consist of various nationalities and cultures giving you a wider perspective. Lastly, I would like to mention that as a student on the course you really feel that you are “seen” with professors wanting to get to know you and your background and it is a professional environment where you can always ask questions and receive the help and support you need.
Critical animal studies is the face of a coin that not only I did not know, but that has influenced my life without being fully aware of it. The connection of this subject with emotional, rational and objective aspects, has surpassed - by far - my expectations, it has changed my life positively.
I have completed my Bachelor in Communication and Mass Media, so coming into MPD program, I more or less knew what the academic setting would look like. What I certainly didn’t know is how much diversity we’d have in the classroom, and to which extent my horizon would expand when it comes to different world views and prospectives. One of my favourite classes was “Global Justice, War and Poverty in the Media”, which, broken down into regional case studies, allowed us to map media settings across the world, and learn how to integrate concepts of justice and fair representation into communication practices - a skill very much needed in the communication field today.
It was essential, to acknowledge the necessity of Intercultural Communication, the central theme of this Master, to contribute to a peaceful living together beyond national and cultural borders. From then on the uniqueness of each individual can be recognized, equality established and so, the intercultural exchange in the society enabled.
E. T. (Austria)
I studied Agricultural and Landscaping Engineering at the Universitat de les Illes Balears. I became politically involved in the grassroots social movements such as the anti-globalization movement, environmentalist movement or the movement for the rights of the indigenous people in México. Later on, in 2011, I joined an international animal rights organization where I worked as a campaign coordinator. In that moment, my professional and vocational life took an uturn focusing in the defense of the voiceless, the non-human animals. All that experiences made a deep impact on my mind and I was unable to disassociate my concern for animal rights from other social justice issues and the program of the MA in International Studies in Media, Power and Difference was the best chance to develop my current interests and concerns with a new approach in critical media studies: Can natural history films shape our understanding of the free living animals? How can we put the concern for animal rights on the agenda of the media? and how animal rights advocates should avoid sexist and colonialist discourse in our movement and look for the best way to spread animal ethics in non western cultures?
As a student undertaking the Masters in International Studies on Media, Power and Difference at UPF you can expect to stretch your mind through the expansive scope of established and emerging research on the media's representation of those most vulnerable. I've found it to be an inspiring, fulfilling and rewarding experience that has had me thinking deeply, examining critically and evaluating analytically the role of the media as well as the influence of power with respect to difference.
K. M. (Australia)
From the very start of our first class, I instantly knew that I have chosen the ´Perfect´ masters degree program. From day one I have bonded with other students in the class and all lecturers, although we all came from different continents and cultures. We were blown away by the professionalism of our teachers and also guest lecturers.
Z. K. (Latvia)
A truly inspiring and empathy-rich program that teaches diversity and similarity of global and glocal populations, advocating for their rights and fair representation.
M. Y. (Belorussia)
From sex and species through to social class and social responsibility, the program covers some of the most critical frames of diversity across traditional, digital and other new media. I believe one of the strengths of the program is the diversity of students it attracts internationally, which means the presence of relevant global issues as well as international media practice is always in the classroom. Without a doubt, the masters has provided me with the focus for a career in research or to continue working in the education or NGO sector.
K. M., Australia
During the MA in International Studies on Media, Power and Difference I have grown as a professional journalist and writer, and I have chosen my journalistic path which I will be portraying and advocating from now on: Gender inequality issues, non-human animals and veganism discourses.
Z. K., Latvia
The Master in International Studies on Media, Power and Difference has enabled me to develop the necessary tools to critically analyze the messages coming from the media. Through different approaches, this course helped me gain awareness about the importance of adopting ethical and responsible attitudes when communicating or researching on social issues. At the same time, the fact that students generally come from different cultural backgrounds deeply enriches the understanding and debate around each topic of study. It seems remarkable how in this master the “lecture” becomes somehow the practical field where through reflection and dialogue it is possible to establish an intercultural communication among all students. Through the empathy towards the “other”, this course enhances the beginning of a journey of self-knowledge and personal learning that leads to critical asses to what extent your actions match the values you may ideally defend.
I. C. (Spain).
Strongly influenced by critical and intersectional thought, this master's program provided me with the necessary theoretical knowledge and practical skills to further my career in advocacy journalism and communication for the non-profit sector with a focus on gender and intercultural communication. An appropriate choice for both media practitioners, social activists and future researchers alike. A genuine, ground-breaking program that also integrates the emerging academic field of critical animal and media studies.
G. C. (Spain)