SOAS University of London

International Foundation Courses and English Language Studies

Introduction to the Media (2021 entry)

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The course provides insights into both the structure and agency of media practices.  Through lectures and project planning, students will become media literate.  They will learn to be critical about the power of the media and its influence on how we see the world.  Students will also learn about how media can empower us to have our media agency to inform, educate and entertain each other.

The English language classes are integrated with the course topics.  Particular emphasis is placed on developing your speaking and discussion skills.  Your team-building, interviewing and negotiating skills will be enhanced. 

Mode of Attendance: Online Learning

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This 3-week course explores the following topics:

Lecture One

This topic looks at the use of documentary techniques such as propaganda, emotion and realism to inform and influence audiences.

Lecture Two
Broadcast media

Television is still one of the main sources of information and entertainment and is very influential in the forming of opinion. This section will examine different types of programmes such as public service broadcasting, programmes about nature and the environment, reality television and popular Netflix series.

Lecture Three

The critical focus will be on the commercial and creative aspects of the advertising industry.

Lecture Four

This session will look at international news in a digital era as well as critically examining Herman and Chomsky’s theory of manufacturing consent.

Lecture Five

The focus will be mainly on Hollywood cinema from a political economic perspective as well as discussing its global appeal.

Lecture Six
The internet

This section will discuss social media, interdependence and cultural imperialism.

Important notice

The information on the programme page reflects the intended programme structure against the given academic session. If you are a current student you can find structure information on the previous year link at the top of the page or through your Department. Please read the important notice regarding changes to programmes and modules.

Teaching and Learning

Teaching & Learning

Subject courses with English support are taught by two teachers, a subject specialist and a language expert. The subject classes use lectures, seminars and cases studies, whereas the integrated language classes focus on skills development (especially speaking and listening) using the subject content.

This is a full-time course with interactive live classes every day (mornings UK time), plus daily independent guided study. Students work towards delivering a presentation at the end of the course. You can expect to strengthen language skills and deepen subject knowledge, whilst gaining greater confidence in communicating in English in an academic setting.

All teaching takes place online using easy-to-use platforms. You will need a computer with a webcam and mic.

The maximum number of students per class is 15.

You will receive a certificate for successful course completion.

Students will also have access to SOAS library including our wide range of e-books and e-journals.

Entry Recommendations

Students should be at an intermediate level of English in order to follow and participate in classes. We do not require proof of English level, but as a guideline IELTS 5.5, TOEFL IBT 76 (or equivalent) are recommended.


For further information please see our Frequently Asked Questions page.

Fees and funding

2021 Tuition Fees

  • 3 weeks (1 block): £1,200 GBP
  • 6 weeks (2 blocks): £2,250 GBP (save £150*)
  • 9 weeks (3 blocks): £3,075 GBP (save £525*)

*Compared to the cost of multiple individual blocks. The reduced fees for multiple blocks above are available for 2 or 3 blocks booked at the same time. The fee for any additional blocks booked after the initial application will be £1,200 for one extra block and £2,250 for two.


How to Apply

Apply through the Summer Online Application, or if you have problems with the online form, the application form is also available in PDF and Word format to download on the right side of the main Summer Programme Page.

Please ensure you send a scanned copy of a suitable identity document (see form for details).

You will be sent an invoice and receipt for the course fees when you have accepted the offer and paid for your place on the course. Refunds of the course fees are only made at the discretion of SOAS in exceptional circumstances. If you have any queries, please see the FAQs or email

For instructions on how to pay, see IFCELS Fees. Please also see the full Terms and Conditions