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Social Media, Culture and Society MA

University of Westminster
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Watford Rd, Harrow, HA1 3, London
Tel.+44 (0) 20 7911 5000

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 MA in Social Media, Culture and Society offers a flexible interdisciplinary exploration of key contemporary developments in the networked digital media environment. It will benefit those seeking to develop their understanding of contemporary communication and its societal, political, regulatory, industrial and cultural contexts.

The MA in Social Media, Culture and Society provides students with the opportunity to focus at postgraduate level on:

  • Studying the ways in which social media and the Internet shape and are shaped by social, economic, political, technological and cultural factors, in order to equip students to become critical research-oriented social media experts.
  • Developing reflective and critical insights into how social media and the internet are used in multiple contexts in society, and into which roles social media can play in various forms of organisations that are situated in these societal contexts. The aim is that students are equipped to become reflective and critical social media practitioners.
  • Gaining in-depth knowledge and understanding of the major debates about the social and cultural roles of social media and the Internet.
  • Acquiring advanced knowledge and understanding of the key categories, theories, approaches and models of social media’s and the Internet’s roles in and impacts on society and human practices.
  • Obtaining advanced insights into practical activity and practice-based work that relate to how social media and the Internet work and which implications they have for social and cultural practices.

 

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 master website.

Semester one

Core modules

  • Social Media, Creativity, Sharing , Visibility
  • Dissertation Module

Option modules

  • Study Skills (no credits)

2 elective modules from three topical clusters (any combination of modules is applicable)

(1) Theory and Global Political Economy of Media and Communication;
(2) Media Politics, Regulation and Business Strategies;
(3) Media, Culture and Everyday Life

Thematic Group 1: Theory and Global Political Economy of Media and Communication

  • Theories of Communication
  • Global Media
  • Political Economy of Communication

Thematic Group 2: Media Politics, Regulation and Business Strategies;

  • Technology and Communications Policy
  • Political Analysis of Communications Policy

Semester two

Core modules

  • Critical Theory of Social Media and The Internet

Option modules

2 elective modules from three topical clusters (any combination of modules is applicable)

(1) Theory and Global Political Economy of Media and Communication;
(2) Media Politics, Regulation and Business Strategies;
(3) Media, Culture and Everyday Life

Thematic Group 2: Media Politics, Regulation and Business Strategies

  • Media, Activism and Censorship
  • Development and Communications Policy

Thematic Group 3: Media, Culture and Everyday Life

  • Media Audiences
  • Understandingand Managing Diversity in The Media
  • Sociology of News

 

Requirements

You should possess an Upper Second Class Honours degree (or equivalent).

If English is your second Language you should have an IELTS score of 7.0, with 6.5 in each element.

Career Prospects

Students obtain skills to work as social media experts, either as social media and Internet researchers or as social media professionals in various types of organisations.

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