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International Risk and Crisis Communication Research - Modultafeln of TU Ilmenau

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module properties module number 200815 - common information
module number200815
departmentDepartment of Economic Sciences and Media
ID of group2555 (Resarch in Public Relations and Communication of Technology)
module leader Dr. Andreas Schwarz
languageEnglisch
term Sommersemester
previous knowledge and experience

Participants should have basic knowledge of research methodology and data analysis. Practical experiences with conducting content analyses or experiments will be helpful, but is not mandatory. Students should have a basic understanding of public relations, strategic communication, and journalism in terms of theory, state of research, and practice.

learning outcome

By completing this module, students understood the peculiarities of risks and crises with international causes and/or impact. They accumulated knowledge in international risk and crisis communication research and related fields of study. They analyzed and understood the impact of national and cultural context factors on risk and crisis communication, such as culture, media systems, politics, or technology development. Participants deduced basic rules for effective and/or ethical crisis communication and/or crisis reporting in the context of transnational crises. They reflected and discussed trends and future challenges of risk and crisis communication research from current cases and research. Students improved their skills to conceptualize and conduct empirical studies on risk and crisis communication (e.g., content analysis, experiments). They developed additional skills regarding data collection and data analysis. Finally, social skills were improved by working in research teams and coordinating taks.

content

In the last decades, the world has experienced several large-scale natural disasters, armed conflicts, pandemics, but also severe industrial accidents and organizational crises with international impact. Such crises are global in scope and have dominated the media agenda in many countries. This raises questions of the appropriate crisis response by government authorities, involved companies, NGOs, but also media organizations and the way they report on these events. Especially, the role of national and cultural differences needs to be studied in this context.

Therefore, in Semester 1, students in this course review the state of international risk and crisis communication research. On the basis of recommended readings participants discuss basic findings, theoretical concepts, methodological issues, and best practices in risk and crisis communication. Students explore relevant concepts for understanding cross-cultural and cross-national dimensions of risk and crisis communication (e.g., culture, cultural values, international public relations, cross-cultural psychology, international media systems). Based on this thourough literature review, they deduce research questions, a research model and/or hypotheses for an empirical research project.

In Semester 2, course participants further develop their methodology for analyzing certain aspects of transnational crises. They refresh their knowledge and skills regarding certain techniques of data collection (e.g., content analysis, survey) and data analysis. They discuss the peculiarities of cross-cultural/ cross-national comparative studies. After that they review and improve their research design and measures (e.g., codebooks or stimulus materials for conducting experiments). They form "research teams", each group analyzing certain crisis cases or aspects of a certain transnational crisis. They collect data and write a research report to present the results of their data analysis.

media of instruction and technical requirements for education and examination in case of online participation

Laptops, presentations software, applications for data entry and analysis

literature / references

All relevant course materials will be made available on the online learning platform Moodle.

Further relevant readings are:

Coombs, W. T., & Holladay, S. J. (Eds.). (2010). The handbook of crisis communication. Chichester: Wiley-Blackwell.

Golan, T. J. Johnson & W. Wanta (Eds.), International media communication in a global age (pp. 319-344). New York, NY: Routledge.

Heath, R. L., & O'Hair, H. D. (Eds.). (2009). Handbook of risk and crisis communication. New York, NY: Routledge.

Lee, B. K. (2005). Crisis, culture, community. In P. J. Kalbfleisch (Ed.), Communication Yearbook 29 (Vol. 29, pp. 275-309). New York: Routledge.

Schwarz, A., Seeger, M., & Auer, C. (Eds.) (2016). The handbook of international crisis communication research. Chichester: Wiley-Blackwell.

evaluation of teaching
Details reference subject
module nameInternational Risk and Crisis Communication Research
examination number2500572
credit points15
SWS6 (0 V, 6 Ü, 0 P)
number of semesters2 Liste der SWS-Verteilungen
on-campus program (h)67.5
self-study (h)382.5
obligationobligatory module
examalternative examination performance
details of the certificate

The assignments of the course include (1) research presentation; (2) the submission of a pretest report or the concept of a research design in Semester 1. In Semester 2, students  give (3) presentations of preliminary results and research progress; and submit (4) a final research report.

alternative examination performance due to COVID-19 regulations incl. technical requirements
signup details for alternative examinationsDie Anmeldung zur alternativen semesterbegleitenden Abschlussleistung erfolgt über das Prüfungsverwaltungssystem (thoska) außerhalb des zentralen Prüfungsanmeldezeitraumes. Die früheste Anmeldung ist generell ca. 2-3 Wochen nach Semesterbeginn möglich. Der späteste Zeitpunkt für die An- oder Abmeldung von dieser konkreten Abschlussleistung ist festgelegt auf den (falls keine Angabe, erscheint dies in Kürze):
To obtain the actual deadlines for this course, plaese navigate to the course details in the degree program.
maximum number of participants
Details in degree program Master Media and Communication Science 2021
module nameInternational Risk and Crisis Communication Research
examination number2500572
credit points15
on-campus program (h)67
self-study (h)383
obligationelective module
examalternative examination performance
details of the certificate

The assignments of the course include (1) research presentation; (2) the submission of a pretest report or the concept of a research design in Semester 1. In Semester 2, students  give (3) presentations of preliminary results and research progress; and submit (4) a final research report.

alternative examination performance due to COVID-19 regulations incl. technical requirements
signup details for alternative examinationsDie Anmeldung zur alternativen semesterbegleitenden Abschlussleistung erfolgt über das Prüfungsverwaltungssystem (thoska) außerhalb des zentralen Prüfungsanmeldezeitraumes. Die früheste Anmeldung ist generell ca. 2-3 Wochen nach Semesterbeginn möglich. Der späteste Zeitpunkt für die An- oder Abmeldung von dieser konkreten Abschlussleistung ist festgelegt auf den (falls keine Angabe, erscheint dies in Kürze):
To obtain the actual deadlines for this course, plaese navigate to the course details in the degree program.
maximum number of participants