The Department of Mass Media Communication covers the main theoretical and practical subjects of the study programme Mass Media Communication in Bachelor’s, Master’s and Doctoral degrees.
The individual subjects focus on media theories and the history of media, journalism and its various forms, mass culture and media culture, as well as the philosophy of media, applying an interdisciplinary perspective.
The scientific and research activities of the lecturers and PhD. students affiliated with the department contribute to the development of the study field of Mass Media Studies. The members of the department regularly take part in Slovak and international scientific conferences and seminars. They publish in domestic and foreign scientific journals specialising in the reflection on media and communications and participate in the organisation of Faculty of Mass Media Communication’s annual international scientific events.They are also interested in the current questions of media and their social significance, applying for various domestic and international scientific grants focused on the given area of expertise.
The department’s aim is to shape future media professionals (especially in terms of their theoretical knowledge and ability to use various methodological approaches to media research). The fundamentals of scientific thinking, the ability to express competent opinions and attitudes to the current social situation and critically evaluate it, as well as the skill and creativity related to identifying the most important topics worthy of public attention are important attributes of every media professional. Graduates are prepared to cope with the requirements of media practice both theoretically and practically, and they can successfully find employment within Slovak and international labour markets.
The core areas of scientific and research activities of the department include:
- critical reflection on media,
- media theory,
- the history of media communication (journalism, film, other types of mass media),
- mass and media culture, the media industry,
- new trends in media production and media entertainment,
- journalism in the era of information and communication technologies,
- journalistic genres,
- media philosophy,
- the ethical aspects of media and the social responsibility of media corporations,
- the creation, production and multiplatform distribution of media communications.