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The Master’s Degree course must be done in no more than 24 (twenty four) months and at least 12 (twelve) months, including the approval of the dissertation. A 6 month extension might be granted in exceptional cases. The student must carry out their qualifying examination from 06 (six) and twelve (12) months of registration, with mandatory submission of one (01) chapter of the dissertation. The minimum educational activity hours for obtaining the title of Master in Communication is 360 (three hundred and sixty) hours or 24 (twenty four) credits, 04 of which must be obtained with the compulsory courses in the area of concentration; twelve (12) credits in courses in the are of study that the student is bound, with 04 (four) required; two (02) mandatory credits for the supervision period and dissertation; and the remaining six (06) credits in courses of free choice of the student, related or not to the areas of study of the PPGCOM-UFJF, subject to the assessment of the supervisor and, in case of a subject outside the program, of the Deliberative Commission.

According to the General Regulations of the Graduate Courses of UFJF, Resolution no. 04/2013, in exceptional cases, and duly justified, the Board of the Programme may, on the face of favorable opinion of the student’s supervising professor, change the minimum prescribed period, as per the Course Regulations, to obtain the Master’s Degree.

Course classes are held from March to July and from August to December



The program provides the required courses for the Master’s course, which are taught regularly, and others, variable courses which can be used for credit count of mandatory and optional courses. Among the mandatory courses, are:

Subject: Research Methodology in Communication 
Language: Portuguese (BR)

Syllabus: Discussion and evaluation of the essential characteristics of science and other forms of knowledge; general research lifecycle,  methodological approaches, focusing on planning, presentation and execution of projects, including the preparation of reports, and the defense and dissemination of research papers. Research in Communication and the challenges of consolidating its field of action. The various strands of research in Communication and its theories of support. The dissertation and the requirements of the standardized work. Choice and delimitation of the problem to be investigated. The raising of hypotheses and the process of abduction. Deduction of the variables for the empirical test. The choice of methods and techniques to be employed. Empirical test and inductive reasoning. Evaluation of results.


Subject: Communication, Identity and Socio-Cultural Practices
Language: Portuguese (BR)

Syllabus: Study about how communication contributed to define popular manifestations such as soccer and carnival, as a Brazilian cultural identity. The various ways these manifestations were used to make these events a reference in people identification and how the media reinforced those characteristics. How these events contributed to the way the media reinforced these characteristics. How these events contributed to the language of audiovisual media. The narrative forms originated from this experience in Brazilian culture.


Subject: Aesthetics, Communication and Languages I
Language: Portuguese (BR)

Syllabus: The aesthetic basis of relations created by the various intersections derived from the contemporary developments of Communication articulated to digital networks and technologies. Aesthetic approach as certain relation with a sensibility dominated world, as well as the social practice, the study of art, of stylistics and intermediality. The convergence of the communicational outlets and its hybrid languages. The participative culture and its contributions to the communicational processes. The relations between the critical-theoretical thinking and the experimentation/creation in art and communication. Studies over the aesthetics, the styles and the creation process in contemporary audio-visual productions, starting from the traditional model to the suggested forms, inside the connective context of the digital networks and of complex ecologies.


Subject: Media – Arena of Symbolical Disputes and Social Actor
Language: Portuguese (BR)

Syllabus: Media and symbolical power. The symbolic fields and the specificities of the media field. The new configuration of the public space in a society surrounded by media. The media-political interface.  Democracy of public. Public image and paradoxes of visibility. Personalism in politics. Spectacularization of social and political life. Mediatization. Extensive communication and digital communication: permanent campaign and political and electoral campaign. The media as political actor: the constructionist perspective and news guidelines.


Subject: Speech and Communication: Analysis Models
Language: Portuguese (BR)

Syllabus: The discursive point of view is one of the possibilities of the most productive researches in the Communication field, precisely because it puts in relation the contradiction of power and senses relations, two essential questions for the studies of media. Starting from the Pêcheaux-Orlandi line, the course will approach theoretical assumptions of AD, such as: the difference between text and speech; individual and subject, collating at least three dimensions or analytical acts: the speech in its relation to history: pointers; with the textualities: traces, and with the subject: symptoms. Will also be contemplated, the basic concepts of AD, as such the discursive formation, the ideological formation, imaginary projections, and formations; Interspeech, discursive memory and forgetfulness, polysemy and paraphrase.


 Subject: Digital Culture and Media Competences
Language: Portuguese (BR)

Syllabus: Introduction to the main concepts over the study field of “media literacy”. State of the art of discussion. Differences between the European and Latin-American approaches. Confluence of the concepts of media convergence, cultural aesthetic and media competence.  Contemporary issues over digital inclusion and acquisition of media competences. Relations between production, consumption and analysis of media and artistic contents. Development of cognitive and aesthetic competences in contemporary mediatized society. Analysis of cultural productions for television and internet carried out within the participatory culture. Discussion about the reconfiguration of the role of the subject in the light of the theories of communication.


Subject: Migratory narratives and Convergence of Fields
Language: Portuguese (BR)

Syllabus: Study of concepts of narrative and of hybrid genres, in movements that dilute frontiers. The intertextuality identified in displacements and articulations in time and space. Intersections between journalism and literature in different fields. The scenery of convergence. The chronic acting as the converging genre between the fields and also sliding between fields, ending in the audio-visual. Displacement, mutation, remediation, and convergence as elements of the narrative, in a movement potentialized by mediatization. Analysis of narratives that move and hybridize, and also of the representation of the media productions, in the different means, especially in audio-visual, for its centrality.  Reconstitution and dissolution of frontiers, in movement potentialized by social networks.


Subject: Aesthetics and Audiovisual Languages
Language: Portuguese (BR)

Syllabus: Study on the concepts and themes of Aesthetics: perception, forms and experience of the sensitive; art and creation; the relations between aesthetics and audiovisual languages on the hypothesis that the semiotic sophistication of the current technological supports implies processes that lead to a multiplicity of meanings not available before the 1980s, as well as social actors increasingly able to articulate effective interventions in the context of communication flows. Reflection on the field of communication, the definition of its object and the construction of meanings in the context of media-technological interfaces; and the participatory culture derived from the convergence of audiovisual media.


Subject: Symbolic processes and social representation
Language: Portuguese (BR)

Syllabus: The hypothesis of communicational centrality and the concept of social representation: Dialogues between the field of Communication and theoretical traditions from the human, social, and language sciences. Media Bios, symbolic processes and contemporary sociocultural contexts. Communicational interaction and socialization. Culture and mechanisms for the construction of meanings and perception of reality. Narrative phenomena and the constitution of individual and collective identities. Discourses, knowledges, and powers. The public sphere, communicational space, disputes for meaning and struggles for recognition. Media and the question of cultural, political and ideological hegemony. The dual role of the media: as the locus of symbolic disputes between political actors and, as actors, the media themselves, in the construction of the contemporary social world.


Subject: Communication, journalism and narratives
Language: Portuguese (BR)

Syllabus: The relationship between languages and narratives. The constitution of narratives. Contemporary narratives and languages in current communication. The constructions of meaning in the practices of production based on contemporary narratives. The dynamics of flow and demand in communication in general and in journalism in particular. The horizontal communication of the networks in relation to the vertical traditional mass media and how this affects the dynamics of circulation. The importance of circulation and the observation of how it changes the production of meanings. The possibilities of varied languages from multiple interfaces, with an emphasis on journalism studies. The practice of great journalism and new communication models.


Subject: Media, Materiality and Subjects
Language: Portuguese (BR)

Syllabus: Practices and discursive effects. Media and construction of senses. The communicational phenomenon: fields and interfaces. Communicational materialities, interaction, interlocution and analysis. Distinct notions of subject and communicational processes. Flow and circulation in/of media.  Framework, frames and framing in the media. Communication and sensibilities. Ways of narrating, meaning and feeling. Media and affectation. The intermedia dialogs and between different materialities and subjects: historical, social, and implied in the communicational processes.   


Subject: Temporality and communication
Language: Portuguese (BR)

Syllabus: When interpreted in the context of the intensive use of the media, the temporality is relativized, producing other meanings for being in the world. A new regime of historicity imposes itself, centered on the eternal present. Technology, the desire for the past and the new imaginary. The file and the remembrance. Immediacy and duration, flow and demand. The testimony and the subjective turn. The review of the notions of memory and forgetfulness when correlated with the environment of complex communication systems, especially the dynamics of real-time information flows, and the advent of Big Data. The hybridizations of the mutating narratives; the flexible, mobile and overlapping temporalities and territorialities, set in motion by the notion of social networks, including the digital ones.





Graduate Program in Communication