If you want Professor Sarikakis to be your 2nd examiner, please contact Jenifer Krawarik for more details. The reading list for the exam is available here.

The guidelines below form the basis of the oral examination.

General Information on the Masters final Examination (Guidelines)

You can choose one of the following two subjects:

  • Communication Research
  • Communication Methods and Theories

Each subject of examination is divided into four/five subject areas with various sub-themes.

The examination can be taken in English or in German after prior agreement.

Final Exam Procedure

Step 1: Choose TWO subject areas. 

Step 2: Choose five pieces of literature: one of which has to be a non-edited book and not more than one piece must be from the same volume.

Step 3: Write an exposé of 4 pages (double spaced, Times New Roman 12 pts) outlining the main arguments of your chosen literature. This can be done either divided in two parts or prepared as one, however you prefere. 

In particular, your exposé should include:

  • main arguments made in the specific field of study,
  • brief discussion of contradictions, disagreements, and points of convergence in research,
  • discussion of how this area of research is socially relevant today,
  • gaps in the literature (what is missing?).

Step 4: Email your exposé to Jenifer Krawarik two weeks before your final examination takes place, at the latest.

Step 5: Bring a copy of your exposé to your final examination.