SOAS University of London

Centre for Media Studies, School of Arts

MA Media and the Middle East


Fees 2016/17

UK/EU fees:
£8,295
Overseas fees:
£17,490

This is a Band 2 fee. The fees are per academic year. Please note that fees go up each year. Further details can be found in the Fees and Funding tab on this page or in the Registry Postgraduate Tuition Fees page

2016 Entry requirements

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Overview

Start of programme: September intake only

Mode of Attendance: Full Time or Part Time

This unique degree takes up the study of the relationship between politics, culture and communication in the Middle East. The course draws on theoretical approaches central to the study of culture, politics, society and communication to critically assess the continuously changing media and cultural landscape in the Middle East.  During the course of study, students are expected to examine different aspects of these changes, place them in their historical contexts, explore diverse perspectives and consider specific case studies in order to encourage new ways of thinking about the region beyond conventional theoretical and methodological approaches to understanding the Middle East and its peoples.

Building on the Centre of Media Studies’ commitment to theoretically and empirically challenge the Eurocentric approach of media studies, this programme is taught thematically and through comparative analyses of case studies and considers the role of media in relation to processes of social, political and cultural change.

The programme is designed for anyone seeking a more critical and richer knowledge and understanding of the relationship between communications, culture, politics and society in the Middle East. It provides a basis from which students may proceed to MPhil/PhD research.

Email: dm27@soas.ac.uk

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Structure

Students must take the equivalent of 4 units.

Two Compulsory Units
ModuleCodeUnit valueTermAvailability
Communication, Culture and Politics in the Middle East: Theoretical and Analytical Approaches 15PMSC005 1 Unit Full Year
Dissertation in Media and the Middle East 1.0 Unit
At least two half-units from the range of options in the Centre for Media
ModuleCodeUnit valueTermAvailability
International Political Communication 15PMSH009 0.5 Unit Term 2
The Transnational News Environment: Production, Representation and Use 15PMSH006 0.5 Unit Term 1
Transnational Communities and Diasporic Media:Networking, Connectivity, Identity 15PMSH004 0.5 Unit Term 2
Theoretical Issues in Media and Cultural Studies 15PMSH005 0.5 Unit Term 1
Qualitative Research Methods 15PMSC033 0.5 Unit Term 1
Studies in Global Media and Post-National Communication 15PMSH007 0.5 Unit Term 1
Media Spectacle and Urban Space in East Asia 15PMSH026 0.5 Unit Term 2
Studies in Media, Information Communication Technologies and Development 15PMSH019 0.5 Unit Term 1
Iranian media and film 15PMSH010 0.5 Unit Term 1 Not Running 2016/2017
Up to two half units or one full unit from approved options from other departments of the school
ModuleCodeUnit valueTermAvailability
Critical Perspectives on Palestine Studies I: History and Politics 15PNMH006 0.5 Unit Term 1
Critical Perspectives on Palestine Studies II: Culture and Society 15PNMH007 0.5 Unit Term 2
Options available in Cinemas of Asia and Africa
ModuleCodeUnit valueTermAvailability
Japanese Post-War Film Genres and the Avant-Garde 15PJKH008 0.5 Unit Term 2
Japanese Television since 1953 15PJKC006 1 Unit Full Year Not Running 2016/2017
Genders and Sexualities in South East Asian Film 15PSEH011 0.5 Unit Term 2 Not Running 2016/2017
(Post) Colonialism and Otherness in South East Asia on Screen 15PSEH010 0.5 Unit Term 2 Not Running 2016/2017
Indian Cinema: Its History and Social Context 15PSAH001 0.5 Unit Term 1
Indian Cinema: Key Issues 15PSAH002 0.5 Unit Term 2 Not Running 2016/2017
Options available in Department of Anthropology
ModuleCodeUnit valueTermAvailability
Anthropology of Development 15PANC090 1 Unit Full Year
Anthropology of Urban Space, Place and Architecture 15PANH029 0.5 Unit Term 2 Not Running 2016/2017
Culture and Society of the Near and Middle East 15PANC097 1.0 Unit
Perspectives On Development 15PANH033 0.5 Unit Term 1
Options available in Department of Development Studies
ModuleCodeUnit valueTermAvailability
Aid and development 15PDSH027 0.5 Unit Term 1
Civil society, social movements and the development process 15PDSH001 0.5 Unit Term 2 Not Running 2016/2017
Gender and development 15PDSH010 0.5 Unit Term 1
Options available in Comparative Literature and Gender
ModuleCodeUnit valueTermAvailability
Theory and techniques of Comparative Literature 15PCSC002 1 Unit Full Year
Postcolonial Theory and Practice 15PCSC003 1 Unit Full Year
Modern Arabic Literature and the West 15PNMC002 1 Unit Full Year Not Running 2016/2017
Options available in the Department of Music

ModuleCodeUnit valueTermAvailability
Music in Development 15PMUC034 1 Unit Full Year
Options available in the Study of Religions and in History of Art
ModuleCodeUnit valueTermAvailability
Approaches to Critical Interpretation & Aesthetic Theories 15PARC004 1 Unit Full Year
Arts and Society in sub-Saharan Africa 15PARH052 0.5 Unit Term 1 Not Running 2016/2017
Diaspora Contexts and Visual Culture 15PARH042 0.5 Unit Term 2 Not Running 2016/2017
Representing Conflict: A Cross-Cultural and Inter Disciplinary Approach 15PARH039 0.5 Unit Term 2
Critical Theory and the Study of Religions 15PSRC037 1 Unit Full Year Not Running 2016/2017
Jewishness on Screen 15PSRH044 0.5 Unit Term 1 Not Running 2016/2017
Options available in the Department of Economics

For the following courses a background is required - admission is on a case-by-case basis

ModuleCodeUnit valueTermAvailability
Economic problems and policies in modern China 15PECC035 1 Unit Full Year
Economic dynamics of the Asia-Pacific region 15PECC334 1 Unit Full Year

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Teaching and Learning

Teaching & Learning

Knowledge

All learning outcomes will be acquired through readings of recommended texts and issues explored in seminars and lectures.
Assessment: Through unseen examinations, course work, seminar presentations and research for and writing of the dissertation.

Intellectual (thinking) skills

All learning outcomes will be acquired through discussion in seminars and the required readings.
Assessment: Through unseen examinations, course work, seminar presentations and research for and writing of the dissertation.

Subject-based practical skills

All learning outcomes come from discussion in seminars and the expectation that students undertake the required reading each week, as well as the requirement to write.
Assessment: Through unseen examinations, course work, seminar presentations and research for and writing of the dissertation.

Programme Aims
  • A sophisticated and broad-ranging knowledge of communications uses and practices in the changing Middle East environment.
  • The ability to understand and explain international, transnational and global processes of communication using the concepts, theories and methods of the field of media studies, critical cultural studies and politics.
  • The ability to conduct independent research based on the analytical foundations provided by student coursework
Programme Learning Outcomes
Knowledge
  • of the role of media in the contemporary Middle East.
  • of the different approaches to studying the media and the Middle East, paying attention to particular situations and contexts rather than making generalised assumptions.
  • of the role of media, particularly social media, in processes of political, cultural and social change
  • of the relationship between the analysis of cultural production economics, power and politics in a fluid environment, with  with reference both to normative and empirical issues
Intellectual (thinking) skills
  • be able to think critically – conceptually, politically, theoretically, empirically, and normatively
  • be able to apply conceptual and theoretical material to empirical data of a variety of kinds
  • be able to analyse and interpret empirical data of a variety of kinds
  • be able to demonstrate independence of judgment, especially in relation to differing interpretations of political phenomen
Subject-based practical skills
  • be able to locate, retrieve, sift and select data and evidence from a variety of sources, including manuscripts and digital sources
  • be able to deploy appropriate research techniques in a variety of specialised research libraries, institutes and other locations
  • be able to solve problems of conflicting sources and conflicting interpretations
  • develop the initiative and capacity to define research questions/hypotheses, and to adjust hypotheses and approach in the light of work undertaken for the dissertation
  • be able to read rapidly and effectively a variety of types of report/paper, incorporating different types of evidence, methodology and disciplinary perspectives
Transferable skills
  • How to structure and communicate ideas effectively both orally and in writing
  • how to work independently, manage time and work to deadlines
  • how to work effectively in and contribute to groups to marshal and present evidence and arguments both orally and written
  • how to retrieve, sift, select, analyse and digest information from a variety of sources

Fees and funding

Tuition Fees

Full details of postgraduate tuition fees can be found on the Registry's Postgraduate Tuition Fees page.

This is a Band 2 tuition fee.

The fees below are per academic year. Please note that fees go up each year. 

Full-timePart-time 2 YearsPart-time 3 Years
UK/EU
Students
Overseas
Students
UK/EU
Students
Overseas
Students
Overseas
Students
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£8,295 £17,490 £4,148 £8,745 £2,765 £5,830
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Application Deadline: 2016-02-12 00:00

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H.E. Dr Issa Ghanim Jassim Al-Kawari Scholarship

Application Deadline: 2016-02-24 17:00

SOAS Master's Scholarships - Faculty of Arts & Humanities

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Santander Taught Master’s Scholarships

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The Ahmad Mustafa Abu-Hakima Bursary

Application Deadline: 2016-02-24 17:00

The Prospect Burma - Hla Pe Memorial Scholarship

Application Deadline: 2016-02-24 17:00

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