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Scottish Media and Culture: International Sports Media

Scottish Media and Culture: International Sports Media
Students will be immersed in the digital information process, creating a multimedia information package suitable for online delivery.
Stirling, Scotland
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Academic Disciplines: 
Program Type: 
  • Students select a topic of their interest to develop content for a target audience
  • Two component program: instructional modules/labs as well as immersion in Scottish culture and history
  • A chance to learn from Professor Mike Williams, who has nearly 20 years of experience teaching in this field
Program Summary: 

The School of Journalism is offering International Sports Media in a four-week study abroad course this summer. Students will live and study in Stirling, Scotland, at the University of Stirling.

The J500 course runs June 10 to July 8, 2017. You will explore and experience how international media cover and promote sports in both the news and strategic communication environments. In addition to classwork focused on improving your journalism skills, our class will include project work geared toward your media specialty, and field trips to professional media and agencies in Glasgow and Edinburgh.


Stirling, Scotland, the gateway to the Highlands, is an ancient fortress town dominated by its famous castle and ancient residence of Scotland’s kings. In the last century, the city of Stirling has developed into a modern town of about 40,000. Stirling is one hour by rail from Edinburgh and a half-hour from Glasgow, and is ideally situated for travel to London, exploring the UK, or traveling to Europe.

Academic Information: 

Students enroll in JOUR 500 International Sports Media and one University of Stirling International Summer School course.

Prerequisites: A 3.0 overall GPA, plus JOUR 415 and JOUR 419; or JOUR 420, each with a grade of 2.0 or above, or instructor permission.

Students may also elect to stay and take either one or two additional University of Stirling courses from July 8 to August 5 for an additional fee.

Students will be required to have their own laptop computer (Apple Macbook Pro preferred) capable of supporting current versions of Adobe software. Please discuss your current technology with the instructor when considering this course.

University of Stirling Courses Offered During Block 1:

'Brief Encounters': An Introduction to Writing Short Stories (ISSU9BE)
Education and Learning: A Scottish Perspective (ISSU9EL)
Marketing and Branding Scotland (ISSU9BS) [KU’s BUS 300]
Photographing the Urban (ISSU9PU) [KU's ADS 560]
The Psychology of Art with a Tartan Twist (ISSU9AR) [KU’s HA 305 or PSYC 402]
*Psychology of Evil (ISSU9EV) [KU's PSYC 402] Not available in 2017
*Religion and Conflict (ISSU9RC) [KU’s PCS 555 or REL 377]
Rethinking the City
Royals and Rascals: Contemporary Studies in British Journalism (ISSU9JO) [KU's JOUR 409]
Scotland the What? Contemporary Scottish Literature & Identity (ISSU9SC)
Scotland on the Screen (ISSU9SS) [KU's FMS 304]
Scottish Wars of Independence c. 1286-1371 (ISSU9TW)

Throughout the schedule of class meetings, students will be introduced to Scottish history and culture through guest lectures, local field trips and event participation. Through the University of Stirling courses, there will be a group excursions to Saint Andrews, Glasgow and Edinburgh, and a full program of social activities including pub quiz nights, Movie nights, guided hikes and walking tours to Glasgow, Scotland’s largest city, and to other nearby places of interest.

There will be at least one group dinner each week during the term.


Students will be housed in on-campus apartment-style accommodation in a single-occupancy room with a shared kitchen and social space.

The campus is surrounded by beautiful walking trails, the University’s loch, golf course, and is flanked by the towering hill called Dumyat. It is about a five minute walk to all teaching buildings, library facilities, shops, theatre, cinema, public transportation links and social areas from the campus accommodation.


Open to KU and non-KU students with a 3.0 overall GPA, plus JOUR 415 and JOUR 419; or JOUR 420 (or equivalents), each with a grade of 2.0 or above, or instructor permission.

KU Journalism students must have completed required courses as determined by their major or may request instructor permission to register for the course. This course fulfills an elective requirement in the School of Journalism. Any other student may register for the course with instructor permission.

Non-Journalism majors may select course for credit with instructor permission.

Further Reading: 

More information:
Contact: Prof. Mike Williams - mikewms@ku.edu 


Program Faculty: 

Mike Williams is an associate professor in the KU School of Journalism and Mass Communications. He is the J-School Director of Innovation and teaches courses in all areas of media across both news and strategic communications. 

He has traveled abroad for many years, taking students to Scotland, Italy, Spain, Northern Ireland and Vietnam.


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