The Department of Journalism and Communication Sciences (DJCC), despite its statutory creation in 2003, has only gathered the conditions for effectuation as such when the most recent Statutes of the Faculty became published, in November 20th 2009. Before this, the Autonomous Section of Journalism and Communication Sciences (SAJCC) was functioning, so as to integrate the Journalism and Communication Sciences’ teachers into the Communication Sciences area and to establish goals and specific research techniques. The connection of its teachers and researchers to the Centre of Studies in Technologies and Communication Sciences has allowed a narrow contact with researchers of related areas, which led to a convergence, in 2007, with the teachers from the Information Sciences area in SAJCC.
Currently, teachers’ activity from DJCC allocates in the bachelor in Communication Sciences: Journalism, Public Relations, Multimedia (an adjustment of the Journalism and Communications Science course, created in 2000, to the Bologna program), that is taught, in a partnership, by the Faculties of Arts, Engineering, Economy and Fine Arts, as well as in the bachelor in Information Science (created in 2001 and also suited to Bologna), who also belongs to the Faculties of Arts and Engineering. In the Master programs, the DJCC has a responsibility over the Master’s degree in Communication Sciences, taught in a partnership with the Faculty of Economy and it is partner with the Master’s degree in Information Science, with administrative responsibility of the Faculty of Engineering. Regarding PhD programs, DJCC teaches, in a partnership with the University of Aveiro, the PhD in Information and Communication in Digital Platforms.
As for its research activities, most members of DJCC integrate CETAC.MEDIA (the I&D unit which expands and broadens the goals of CETAC.COM), where they develop several research projects and other scientific and cultural activities, such as the organization of congresses, seminars, workshops, etc. (http://www.cetacmedia.org/).