Mono Internet & Society (MA 120 ECTS-Credits)

The master program “Internet & Society” deals with, amongst other topics, with the following:

  • Description and analysis of internet- and mobile communication
  • Technological, economic, social, cultural, and political aspects of information and communication technologies
  • Opportunities and threats of media developments
  • Relationship between internet, the individual, and society

Subject of discussion (but not limited to) are the following questions:

  • What are the chances and threats observed regarding various developments within the media, internet-governance, and internet-economics?
  • How do various stakeholders/parties implement online communication strategies?
  • Which patterns of the use of digital communication can be stated and how do effects on the individual and the society (e.g. «digital divide») appear?

The program regulations can be found under Mono Internet & Society

The admission to the specialized master program «Internet & Society» assumes sufficient knowledge of English and the following discipline-specific requirements (applicants without that knowledge receive obligations):

  • Basic knowledge of communication and media research in the amount of 15 ECTS-points
  • Knowledge of statistics and research methods as well as research project experience in the amount of 24 ECTS-points (at least 15 ECTS-points from statistics)
  • Further knowledge of communication and media research OR discipline-specific knowledge from the field of sociology OR political science OR informatics/information technology in the amount of 21 ECTS-points

The bachelor thesis (or equivalent) has to be graded 5.0 or better.
A one-sided letter of motivation has to be sent to the program coordinator in parallel with the application.

Mandatory modules in the first year

Vorlesung «Multivariate Statistik» mit Übung (6 ECTS-Punkte) (module is offered in German; compensation in English if needed)

Das Modul besteht aus einer Vorlesung und einer begleitenden Übung. In der Vorlesung werden vorrangig die multivariate Regressionsanalyse und die multivariate Varianzanalyse sowie wichtige Varianten vertieft besprochen und deren statistischen Voraussetzungen besprochen. Darüber hinaus wird ein Einblick in fortgeschrittene multivariate Verfahren und ihre typischen Anwendungsfelder geboten. Es wird die Interpretation statistischer Ergebnisse sowie deren Dokumentation in Forschungs- und Abschlussarbeiten vermittelt. In der begleitenden Übung werden die Verfahren anhand von Datenbeispielen vertieft.

Vorlesung «Wissenschaftstheorie und Forschungslogik» (6 ECTS-Punkte) (module is offered in German; compensation in English if needed)

Im Modul wird ein analytischer Blick auf die gängige empirische Forschungspraxis geworfen („Blick von oben“, d.h. aus der Metaperspektive). Zentrale Ansätze der Wissenschaftstheorie werden besprochen und diskutiert. Besonders eingegangen wird auf den Kritischen Rationalismus, seine Kritik und seine Weiterentwicklungen. Gängige Forschungslogiken werden wissenschaftstheoretisch eingeordnet. Das kommunikationswissenschaftliche Experiment als zentrales Instrument der Theorieprüfung wird vor allem aus der Validitätsperspektive diskutiert und zu anderen Verfahren zur Überprüfung von Kausalhypothesen in Beziehung gesetzt.


Further mandatory modules

2 Research Seminars (9 ECTS-points each) (English)

The research seminars in Internet & Society are modules in which students on their own or in teams are accompanied and guided through a theoretical and methodological developed and level-specific research project.

Master Colloquium (6 ECTS-points) (English or German)

The colloquium serves as corporate discussion and debate ground about the master theses and the mutual information about research questions, theoretical perspectives, research designs and findings. All students must attend a colloquium offered by the supervising professor.
The mandatory preliminary meetings will be at the end of the previous semester and are announced via IKMZ website.

Master Thesis (30 ECTS-points) (English or German)

The master thesis has to be booked with a special form. Have the form filled in by your advisor and submit it. You have a maximum of twelve months to finish the thesis but earlier finishes are possible.
Please, carefully read the information offered by the faculty and read the instructions by the “Zentralbibliothek Zurich”.


Elective modules

In this mono program, the following modules have to be finished until completion:

3 specialized seminars from the specific offers on the online course catalogue (6 ECTS-ponts each) (English)
2 lectures from the specific offers on the online course catalogue (6 ECTS-points each) (English or German)

24 further ECTS-points from study abroad (in semester 3rd or 4th – or compensation if not possible) (English or German)