Media and Communications MSc (MSc)

Brunel University London the United Kingdom

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The award
MSc

How long you will study
1 Years

Domestic course fees
GBP 4665

How you will study
full-time

Course starts
September

International course fees
GBP 10335

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About Media and Communications MSc at Brunel University London

This course offers students an interdisciplinary approach to the study of new media and communications practices. It focuses on a critical understanding of the rapid changes in media and communications and their social and cultural consequences within an international context. The course combines theoretical and empirical study of the media including issues of media audiences together with the study of developments in information and communication technologies.Entry RequirementsNormally a good Honours degree from a UK institution; preferably in the field of sociology; media; communications; or information; an equivalent overseas qualification or an equivalent professional qualification. Students whose first language is not English must have IELTS of at least 6.5 or equivalent. Course AimsHow do the media shape culture and society? What role does the media play in people's lives? Is the media creating a global culture? This course offers students an interdisciplinary approach to the study of new media and communications practices. It focuses on a critical understanding of the rapid changes in media and communications and their social and cultural consequences within an international context. The course combines theoretical and empirical study of the media including issues of media audiences together with the study of developments in information and communication technologies. The course will meet the needs of advanced students with backgrounds in media, sociology and other relevant disciplines, as well as professionals in the communications/broadcast industry seeking to gain a more sociologically informed understanding of those industries.Course ContentModules are subject to variation and students are advised to check with the School on whether a particular module of interest will be running in their year of entry.Modules (all core)Media AudiencesMain topics of study: theoretical approaches to media audiences, gender and genre: cross-national and 'subversive' audiences; Domestic technologies; media power and 'minority' readings; media production and audiences; television audiences and contemporary public issues (news and politics, health and illness, sexual violence); media effects/ influence debates; 'active' audience theory. Qualitative Methods in Social and Cultural ResearchMain Topics of Study: Conceptual and practical issues in qualitative research design; Interview research; Research in and on the Internet; Media analysis: research in practice; Approaches to qualitative data analysis; Planning and writing a dissertation.The Information SocietyMain topics of study: the relationships between current transformations in the areas of new media communications and global governance; the interplay between new media, the public sphere, and processes of globalisation; the work of key information society and communications theorists such as Castells; the work of contemporary cultural and social theorists of global capitalism such as Hardt and Negri, Beck, Jessop and Urry.Global Media and Popular CultureMain Topics of Study: The clash of civilisations, the alternative media, national identity and the media, the digital divide., celebrity and popular culture, pornography, advertising, the cultural industries, media markets. Issues and Controversies in Media and CommunicationsMain Topics of Study: Media Ethics, Media and Moral Panics, Media Power, Media Effects.DissertationA dissertation of approximately 15,000 words is completed over the summer period in consultation with a supervisor. You are encouraged to conduct primary research in an area relevant to the course in preparation for the dissertation. Examples of recent dissertations undertaken by students on the course include: British Press Coverage of the Iraq Invasio TV Consumption, Identity and Lifestyle: A study of the Chinese Community in Los Angeles The construction of femininity in Sex and the City Media bias and the Israeli-Palestinian conflict Constructing a female cyberspace? A case study of Chinese women and the web For further details, go to Sociology & Communications Postgraduate Programmeshttp://www.brunel.ac.uk/about/acad/sss/postgraduate/sociologyTeaching and LearningTaught modules are delivered via the traditional lecture/seminar format along with workshops and other set group activities (eg, critical analysis of print and audio visual media; keeping diaries of technology consumption).AssessmentAssessment is by a mixture of essays or report writing.CareersStudents typically go on to further advanced academic research or to pursue careers within the media industries (eg press/communications officer).

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  • The award How you will study How long you will study Course starts Domestic course fees International course fees
  • The awardMScHow you will studyFull-timeHow long you will study1 year
    Course startsSeptemberDomestic course feesGBP 4665International course feesGBP 10335

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