SOAS University of London

Centre for Global Media and Communications

MA International Journalisms (2018 entry)

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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. Mahfuz 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.


Venue: Russell Square: College Buildings

Start of programme: September intake only

Mode of Attendance: Full-time or Part-time

Entry requirements

  • Minimum good second class honours degree (or equivalent)

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Module Code Credits Term
Dissertation in International Journalisms 15PMSC992 1.0

Taught Component

Core Modules

All students will take the following core module:

Module Code Credits Term
Theoretical Approaches to International Journalisms 15PMSC032 (45 CATS) 1
Compulsory Module

All students will take the following Compulsory Module:

Module Code Credits Term
Qualitative Research Methods 15PMSC033 15 Term 2
Guided Options

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

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.

Students may select 30 credits from SOAS online-learning modules. This is subject to approval from the programme convenor

List of Modules (subject to availability)

List A: Media Studies Modules
Module Code Credits Term
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 2
International Journalisms in the Digital Context: Theory and Practice 15PMSH006 15 Term 1
Transnational Communities and Diasporic Media:Networking, Connectivity, Identity 15PMSH004 15 Term 2
Studies in Global Media and Post-National Communication 15PMSH007 0.5
List B: Recommended Options

Module Code Credits Term
750A Ethnographic Locations: Sub-Saharan Africa 15PANH063 15 Term 2
Culture and Society of West Africa 15PANH068 15 Term 2
Censoring Japan: A Socio-Cultural History of Japanese Television 15PJKH034 15 Term 1
Comparative politics of the Middle East 15PPOC026 30 Full Year
Government And Politics In Africa 15PPOC205 30
Politics of Globalisation and Development 15PPOC017 30 Credits
Aid and Development 15PDSH027 15 Term 2
Civil society, social movements and the development process 15PDSH001 15 Term 2
Gender and Development 15PDSH010 15 Term 1
Global Commodity Chains, Production Networks and Informal Work 15PDSH024 15 Term 1
Music in Development 15PMUC034 15 Term 2
The Music Business (Masters) 15PMUH003 15 Term 2


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