Understanding the Media


Maya Mirchandani

Course Dates

May 26th to June 4th


4 to 5:30pm


6 Hours/Week


INR 12,000



Pre-college courses to explore specific disciplines

3-Weeks live, online courses during holidays

India's best faculty, amazing peers & learning support

Completion certificate from ashoka university

About The Course

a broad overview of the role mass media plays in shaping society and public opinion- the introductory course will look at the essentials of communications theory, and practical applications of them through different media technologies and types that we consume. 1 Basic Communications theory – McLuhan,Roland Barthes Stuart Hall. 2. Media history and technological evolution – an overview from the Gutenberg Press to Social media. 3. Media as a cultural tool- cinema, photography, advertising. 4. Media as a political tool- propaganda, diplomacy

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    Maya Mirchandani

    PG Diploma London School of Economics

    Maya Mirchandani is Assistant Professor of Broadcast Journalism and Media Studies at Ashoka University. For nearly three decades, she was a practicing journalist with NDTV, reporting on Indian foreign policy, conflict and national politics. Maya has won the prestigious Ramnath Goenka Award for Excellence in Journalism twice, the Red Ink Award for reporting on human rights as well as the Exchange for Media Broadcast Journalism Award for best international affairs reporting.

    Maya obtained degrees in History from Delhi University and Mass Communications from Sofia’s in Mumbai. She also received a post-graduate Diploma in World Politics from the London School of Economics in order to guide and better inform her international affairs reportage. She continues to be an active journalist and media commentator with regular columns and a weekly video blog called Wide Angle with Maya Mirchandani for TheWire.in where she debates and discusses issues of foreign policy, national security and human rights. 

    Horizons Course Objectives

    Discover Your Interest and Aptitude

    Go Deep Into Specific Disciplines

    Learn with Amazing Peers from Schools across India

    Explore Unique Perspectives and Ideas

    Develop New Skills and Abilities

    Learning Support for the Course

    Dipanita Malik

    Dipanita Malik

    Dipanita Malik
    Dipanita Malik is an undergraduate student at Ashoka University, pursuing a major in Political Science and minor in Media Studies. In the past, she has worked with Trivedi Centre for Political Data, Centre for Civil Society, Centre for Social and Behaviour Change, MyGov and New Delhi Television Ltd (NDTV). As the Media Studies Student Representative (2021-22), she is currently working on creating a Media Studies Academic Society at Ashoka University