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Media and Development MA

University of Westminster
Current Status: Terminato
Course Type: Master Level:
Available Financing:
Tuition: 7.250 £ Duration y/mm: 0/12
Places Available: Credits:
Application Deadline: 15/09/2017 Admissions:
Start Date: 15/09/2017 End Date: 20/08/2018

Description

The Media and Development MA is an interdisciplinary course that teaches main theories, concepts, case studies and practical media skills around the theme of media and development and its implications for less developed countries. The course will provide you with a unique blend of theory and practice teaching, aimed at deepening your knowledge of the history of communications within the development process of emerging economies. It will critically evaluate the impact of international and regional institutions from a critical political economic perspective.
Teaching by academic staff, guest lecturers and other carefully selected staff from development organisations will provide you with an overview of the policies, actions and impact of state and non-state institutions within the area of communication media and development.

A distinctive feature is its emphasis on the practical role of communication media in development. You will participate in media production workshops and take part in our internship programme, offered in partnership with media and development organisations in London. As part of the work experience module, students participate in an extensive NGOs and media seminar series featuring experts and panel discussions. The work placement programme is in line with the University of Westminster’s strategy of nurturing of the critical practitioner.

 

Contents

The following modules are indicative of what you will study on this course. For more details on course structure and modules, and how you will be taught and assessed, see the full course document on the masters website.

Semester one

Core modules

  • Theories of Communication
  • Theories of Development
  • Dissertation

Option modules

  • Approaches to Social and Cultural Diversity
  • Analysis of Communications Policy
  • Reporting Diversity: Migration, Race, Ethnicity
  • Media Production Skills
  • Global Media
  • Political Economy of Communication
  • Technology and Communication Policy
  • Study Skills (no credits)

Semester two

Core modules

  • Development and Communications Policy
  • Media Work Experience

Option modules

  • NGOS and Charity Campaigns
  • Development Media in Practice
  • Approaches to Media and Communication Research
  • Reporting Diversity: Sexuality, Age, Disability
  • Reporting Diversity in the Media: Faith and Religion
  • Media Audiences
  • Media Business Management
  • Media, Activism and Censorship
  • Policies for Digital Convergence
  • Sociology of News

 

Requirements

You should have, or expect at least an Upper Second Class Honours degree (or equivalent).

If English is your second language you should have and IELTS score of at least 6.5, with 6.30 in each element.

Career Prospects

The Media and Development MA is suitable for you if you would value an opportunity to be able to reflect critically on the role of media in the process of development and learn practical skills. The course will be of interest to you if you have a background in working for governmental, intergovernmental and nongovernmental organisations, and a range of international business organisations, while at the same time providing appropriate preparation for those seeking employment in such fields or, indeed, wanting to prepare for further studies for higher a higher degree, including a PhD.

While the majority of our graduates will return to more senior posts with improved skills, knowledge and qualifications gained from their year with us, we would expect them to apply for jobs at development organisations such as Internews, BBC Media Action, Oxfam, Save the Children, Red Cross, ActionAid, Panos, DfiD, Intermedia, Institute of War and Peace, Christian Aid, WACC, OneWorld and War on Want.

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