SOAS University of London

Centre for Global Media and Communications

MA International Journalisms (2018 entry)

Select year of entry: 2019 2018


Fees 2019/20

UK/EU fees:
£9,685
Overseas fees:
£19,930

Fees for 2019/20 entrants. This is a Band 1 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

Entry requirements

  • Minimum good second class honours degree (or equivalent)

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Overview

Venue: Russell Square: College Buildings

Start of programme: September intake only

Mode of Attendance: Full-time or Part-time

FROM 2017-18

Students must take 180 credits comprised of 120 taught credits (including core and option modules) and a 60 credit dissertation
Select the equivalent of FIVE Modules comprising full (1.0) and half (0.5) Modules including the dissertation

Understanding journalism is crucial in today’s mediated world. The spread of the Internet, social media and the advent of comparatively cheap communications technology holds out the promise of enabling a more diverse range of actors to shape journalism. The forms and practices involved in such journalism could also enable greater inclusivity, supporting a range of progressive aims such as advocacy, peace, development and greater intercultural understanding. At the same time, widespread cost-cutting in mainstream journalism and the speeded-up journalistic practices used to service multiple delivery platforms threaten to further entrench the norms and definitional advantages of the wealthy and powerful because of their greater ability to subsidise journalism through public relations material.

This course draws upon the unique positioning of SOAS in higher education in order to examine how such tensions affect contemporary journalistic representations of the Global South and how they relate to different cultural, political, technological and historical contexts. Therefore this course springs from a pluralistic critical perspective: seeking to analyse how others represent Southern countries and events and how Southern actors seek to represent themselves. This contrasts strongly with other Journalism MAs taught in the UK, which are usually constrained by the norms and priorities of British professional accreditation bodies.

To compliment the theoretical focus of the degree and to weave in the practitioner view alongside the media industry’s, this degree will have the expertise of Mahfuz Sadique who has had a career of over a decade in the BBC. (hyper link) Sadique, a Research Fellow at the Centre, will hold classes that focus on journalistic agency and newsroom practises in our present political economy. Mr Sadique will also act as mentor to students and provide guidance and insights for a career in the media.

THE ON-LINE MODULE SIGN-UP SYSTEM GUIDES STUDENTS THROUGH THE AVAILABLE MODULES.
PLEASE NOTE THAT NOT ALL OPTIONAL MODULES ARE AVAILABLE EVERY YEAR.

Convenors

Structure

Dissertation

Module Code Credits Term Availability
Dissertation in International Journalisms 15PMSC992 60 Full Year

Taught Component

Core Modules

All students will take the following core module:

Module Code Credits Term Availability
Theoretical Approaches to International Journalisms 15PMSC032 30 Full Year
Compulsory Module

All students will take the following Compulsory Module:

Module Code Credits Term Availability
Qualitative Research Methods 15PMSC033 15 Term 1
Guided Options

All students will take modules to the value of 30 credits from list A: Media Studies modules (below)

AND
Open Options

All students will take modules to the value of 45 credits from List B: Recommended Options below or from the open options list if approved by programme convenor.

List of Modules (subject to availability)

List A: Media Studies Modules
Module Code Credits Term Availability
Topics in Global Digital Cultures 15PMSC034 15 Term 2
Studies in Global Digital Cultures 15PMSH029 15 Term 1
International Political Communication 15PMSH009 15 Term 2
Mediated Culture in the Middle East: Politics and Communications 15PMSH003 15 Term 1 Not Running 2018/2019
Theoretical Approaches to International Journalisms 15PMSH006 15 Term 1
Transnational Communities and Diasporic Media:Networking, Connectivity, Identity 15PMSH004 15 Term 2
Theoretical Issues in Media and Cultural Studies 15PMSH005 15 Term 1
Theoretical and Contemporary Issues in Global Media and Post-National Communication 15PMSH007 15 Term 1
List B: Recommended Options

Module Code Credits Term Availability
Anthropology of Development 15PANC090 30 Full Year
Culture and Society of East Africa 15PANH063 15 Term 2
Culture and Society of West Africa 15PANH068 15 Term 2
Medical Anthropology in Global Perspective 15PANC093 30 Full Year
Censoring Japan: A Socio-Cultural History of Japanese Television 15PJKH034 15 Term 2
Comparative politics of the Middle East 15PPOC026 30 Full Year
Government and politics in Africa 15PPOC205 30 Full Year
Politics of Globalisation and Development 15PPOC017 30 Full Year
Aid and Development 15PDSH027 15 Term 2
Civil society, social movements and the development process 15PDSH001 15 Term 1
Gender and Development 15PDSH010 15 Term 1
Global Commodity Chains, Production Networks and Informal Work 15PDSH024 15 Term 2
Music in Development 15PMUC034 15 Term 2
The Music Business (Masters) 15PMUH003 15 Term 2

 

This is the structure for applicants

If you are a current student you can find structure information on Moodle or through your Department.

Programme Specification

Important notice

The information on the programme page reflects the intended programme structure against the given academic session. Please read the important notice regarding changes to programmes and modules.

Teaching and Learning

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 1 tuition fee.

Fees for 2019/20 entrants. The fees below are per academic year. Please note that fees go up each year. 

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