The MA International Political Communications is an academically focused Master´s degree aimed at graduates who wish to pursue a career path in political communication or political journalism.
Our graduates will seek to work as political strategists, campaign consultants, communication advisors, speech writers, senior political editors or specialist correspondents. The course is designed specifically to provide an advanced understanding of the issues and debates around the subject of political communication in the 21st century.
The normal requirements for embarking upon a postgraduate taught degree are: A good Bachelors Honours degree, 2:1 or above or equivalent.
Students who graduate from the MA International Political Communication degree will:
Be equipped with the critical and analytical skills to pursue research within the field of political communication and related disciplines
Possess appropriate academically and professionally relevant transferable skills to pursue a professional career in communication within the context of politics
Be well-versed in a number of pervasive issues that shape and set the parameters for contemporary international political communications scholarship and practice
Be able, more specifically, to contribute to professional environments within the fields of political communication and political journalism.
Social theory and Political Communication
The unit would provide a contextual grounding for political communication within social, communication and media theory and provide core understandings of the 21st Century society, framed by discussion of globalisation, neo-liberalism and democratic theory considering issues of power, gender, economics, social equality and the environment; the role of communication within and between societies; and the role of media both mass media (online and offline), alternative and ‘new’ media and new forms of social, corporate and political communication within online and digital environments.
Political Psychology and Sociology
The unit would provide a foundation of knowledge for understanding the psychology of leaders and citizens, debate the understanding of humans as rational and/or emotional beings and contextualise this within political behaviour. To provide the context for understanding political psychology the unit encourages discussion around socialisation and the links between psychology and sociology, the interrelation between individuals and political structures and institutions, political ideas and how the conditions for political participation develop, loosely defined from voting through to political consumerism.
The unit would combine theoretical debates around the role of journalism and media with empirical studies of journalism, mass media effects and citizen journalism. Alongside understanding the nature of political journalism, the unit will introduce the forms and practices of political journalism in order to develop the skills-base of the students to underpin vocational aspirations.
Political Marketing and Campaigning
The unit will build a concept driven analysis of the marketization of political discourse and permanent campaigning, exploring the behaviour and communication of political parties, governments, not-for-profit organisations, lobby groups and guerrilla activists. The aim of the unit is to provide an overview of the contexts and role of campaigning.
Diplomacy and International Relations
This unit will provide a framework for understanding the contexts, processes and psychology underpinning interactions between nations and the relations nations have with supranational bodies. The unit will draw on historical perspectives of international relations, theoretical models of power distribution and political economy perspectives to provide a rich understanding of how the world functions and malfunctions.
This unit concentrates on drawing together students’ previous research knowledge and experience at undergraduate level, challenging their understanding of academic research and of applied research within the communications industries. The unit offers students a broad grounding in methods and processes of research and prepares them with the understanding and skills needed to rigorously design, conduct, report and evaluate research. Students will be exposed to a variety of cutting-edge research practices and will also be introduced to opportunities and challenges of conducting applied research using some of the main data collection and analysis techniques used by industry.
MA Dissertation (60 credits)
Students will be required to write an academic dissertation of 15,000 words in their particular subject area and the unit will culminate in a student showcase where students would present their work to peers and academic colleagues.
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