This MA reflects an important and developing area in the social sciences, the impact of which can be detected in the rise of identity politics and the new social movements, as well as in the emergence of an alternative, broader conception of politics, one that does not refer only to formal political agencies, but to the private realm and to cultural life more generally. The impact of cultural politics is apparent in the rise of nationalism, the politics of multiculturalism and the importance attached to the mass media. It can also be witnessed in the debate about, and response to, globalisation.
Why Study the Media and Cultural Politics at UEA?
This MA is different because it offers a genuinely inter-disciplinary approach to the study of cultural politics, building on the common interests of political scientists, philosophers, economists, literary theorists, historians as well as experts in media and cultural studies. The MA will give you the opportunity to analyse the changing politics of contemporary culture and communication, and to reflect on their effect on the conduct and character of social practice.
Courses, Content and Structure
The MA lasts twelve months for full-time students and two years for those studying part-time. You will have seminars and lectures during the first two semesters and then over the summer you will work on your dissertation which is handed in at the start of September.
Over the course of the MA, you will develop a variety of transferable skills. These include debating, giving oral presentations, team work, project work and essay writing. All students also take a module called Methods of Social Enquiry which is specifically designed to help you improve your research skills. This will enable you to write a better dissertation, but it will also be useful if you decide to take up a career in research.
The dissertation is a very important part of the MA. Students choose their own topic and are allocated an individual supervisor who gives advice on all aspects of writing and researching a dissertation. We also organise a Postgraduate Day when all postgraduates, including MA and PhD students, meet together and discuss their research. There is a session set aside when MA students have a chance to discuss their dissertation proposals. You will also be able to meet a leading scholar who comes to the university to lecture on their current research.
Assessment is based on a mix of dissertation, essays, research papers and performance in seminars.
Most years, a trip to Brussels is organised for MA students. The trip includes two or three nights in a city centre hotel at a subsidised rate. We visit regional organisations, including the EU and NATO, and meet with their communications officers, we also meet journalists and other media specialists living in Brussels.
We have recently introduced a new module, called Practical Media, which is designed to give you an opportunity to work in a state-of-the-art TV studio in Norwich. It is a chance to get advice from professionals and to make your own TV programme.
Post-Graduate Online Journal
At their own initiative, MA students recently set up an e-journal, called Irrational, which publishes the work of students. It can be found at the PSI website: www.irrationalmagazine.org
It is difficult at the moment to find good jobs, but it is always good to have an extra qualification, and an MA is a good way of making yourself look a bit different from the rest. The career centre at the University is an excellent resource, and it helps us put on special days for students studying our degrees in media, culture and politics. People working in the field come to the university and discuss their jobs and how they got into them. Recent graduates from our MA programmes have taken up jobs in a wide variety of fields, including: business, teaching, research, journalism, the UN and many other international organisations.
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Last updated August 1, 2016