Master Class Course: Media and the Arctic

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University of Tampere Main campus


COMS/Tampere Research Centre for Russian and Chinese Media

Master Class Course: Media and the Arctic (5 ECTS), University of Tampere

Are you interested in the theme of Arctic change from a media perspective? Would you like to learn from the experiences and expertise of acclaimed media professionals and specialists in Arctic issues?

Tampere Research Centre for Russian and Chinese Media (TaRC) will host an international university course Media and the Arctic in October 2018 – January 2019. The coursework will consist of online pre-assignments, an intensive five-day Master Class in Tampere (26–30 November 2018), and a journalistic or other media-related independent final assignment dealing with the themes addressed in the Master Class. Attendance and active participation on all five days of the Master Class are required. The working language of the course is English.

The course is free for up to 40 students of the University of Tampere and TaRC’s partner universities. Up to ten media professionals are also invited to take part. Enrolment is open 13 August – 14 September 2018 at the course page.

The course will be beneficial for participants with a background in Russian studies, politics, communication, media, journalism, intercultural communication, visual studies, or Eastern European studies. However, participants with backgrounds in other disciplines are also welcome. The course is mainly targeted at students completing their master’s studies. Doctoral students can also apply for the course, as can students who are in the later stages of their bachelor’s studies and can provide sufficient evidence of their professional skills.

The Arctic is becoming the focus of worldwide interest due to climate change and the utilisation of the region’s natural resources. It has seen the emergence of new industries, environmental pressures and geopolitical tensions. At the same time, academic and public discourse and the media are facing the challenge of finding adequate ways to discuss the developments in the region. The course offers information and expertise on three topics, and each participant will work on one of them:

1. Arctic Environmental Journalism
2. Global Connections of the Arctic
3. Visual Representations of the Arctic

The course includes an international event, Media and the Arctic: Master Class in Tampere, Finland, 26–30 November 2018. The week will be led by four principal teachers: Markku Heikkilä, Head of the Science Communication Unit of the Arctic Centre at the University of Lapland (Rovaniemi); Anna Kireeva, Head of Communications at the Bellona Foundation (Murmansk); Thomas Nilsen, Editor of the Independent Barents Observer (Kirkenes); and Alexei Popogrebsky, film director, screenwriter and teacher of directing at the Moscow Film School.
Online pre-assignments: 1 October – 15 November 2018 (40 hours)
Lectures: 26–30 November 2018 (8 hours)
Collaborative work in small groups: 26–30 November 2018 (32 hours)
Independent project work: 1 December 2018 – 31 January 2019 (55 hours)

Tampere Research Centre for Russian and Chinese Media (TaRC), founded in 2017, is an international meeting place that brings together novel forms of teaching, research, and events. For further information about the centre, please visit TaRC website


TaRC coordinator Mika Perkiömäki, 050 437 7396,