MA Media and the Middle East

SOAS University of London

Program Description

MA Media and the Middle East

SOAS University of London

MA Media and the Middle East

Start of programme: September intake only

Mode of Attendance: Full Time or Part Time

This unique degree takes up the study of the relationship between politics, culture and communication in the Middle East. The course draws on theoretical approaches central to the study of culture, politics, society and communication to critically assess the continuously changing media and cultural landscape in the Middle East. During the course of study, students are expected to examine different aspects of these changes, place them in their historical contexts, explore diverse perspectives and consider specific case studies in order to encourage new ways of thinking about the region beyond conventional theoretical and methodological approaches to understanding the Middle East and its peoples.

Building on the Centre of Media Studies’ commitment to theoretically and empirically challenge the Eurocentric approach of media studies, this programme is taught thematically and through comparative analyses of case studies and considers the role of media in relation to processes of social, political and cultural change.

The programme is designed for anyone seeking a more critical and richer knowledge and understanding of the relationship between communications, culture, politics and society in the Middle East. It provides a basis from which students may proceed to MPhil/PhD research.

Structure

Students must take the equivalent of 4 units.

Two Compulsory Units

  • Communication, Culture and Politics in the Middle East: Theoretical and Analytical Approaches - 15PMSC005 (1 Unit) - Full Year
  • Dissertation in Media and the Middle East - (1.0 Unit)

At least two half-units from the range of options in the Centre for Media

  • International Political Communication - 15PMSH009 (0.5 Unit) - Term 2
  • The Transnational News Environment: Production, Representation and Use - 15PMSH006 (0.5 Unit) - Term 1
  • Transnational Communities and Diasporic Media:Networking, Connectivity, Identity - 15PMSH004 (0.5 Unit) - Term 2
  • Theoretical Issues in Media and Cultural Studies - 15PMSH005 (0.5 Unit) - Term 1
  • Qualitative Research Methods - 15PMSC033 (0.5 Unit) - Term 1
  • Studies in Global Media and Post-National Communication - 15PMSH007 (0.5 Unit) - Term 1
  • Media Spectacle and Urban Space in East Asia - 15PMSH026 (0.5 Unit) - Term 2
  • Studies in Media, Information Communication Technologies and Development - 15PMSH019 (0.5 Unit) - Term 1
  • Iranian media and film - 15PMSH010 (0.5 Unit) - Term 1 - Not Running 2016/2017

Up to two half units or one full unit from approved options from other departments of the school

  • Critical Perspectives on Palestine Studies I: History and Politics - 15PNMH006 (0.5 Unit) - Term 1
  • Critical Perspectives on Palestine Studies II: Culture and Society - 15PNMH007 (0.5 Unit) - Term 2

Options available in Cinemas of Asia and Africa

  • Japanese Post-War Film Genres and the Avant-Garde - 15PJKH008 (0.5 Unit) - Term 2
  • Japanese Television since 1953 - 15PJKC006 (1 Unit) - Full Year - Not Running 2016/2017
  • Genders and Sexualities in South East Asian Film - 15PSEH011 (0.5 Unit) - Term 2 - Not Running 2016/2017
  • (Post) Colonialism and Otherness in South East Asia on Screen - 15PSEH010 (0.5 Unit) - Term 2 - Not Running 2016/2017
  • Indian Cinema: Its History and Social Context - 15PSAH001 (0.5 Unit) - Term 1
  • Indian Cinema: Key Issues - 15PSAH002 (0.5 Unit) - Term 2 - Not Running 2016/2017

Options available in Department of Anthropology

  • Anthropology of Development - 15PANC090 (1 Unit) - Full Year
  • Anthropology of Urban Space, Place and Architecture - 15PANH029 (0.5 Unit) - Term 2 - Not Running 2016/2017
  • Culture and Society of the Near and Middle East - 15PANC097 (1.0 Unit)
  • Perspectives On Development - 15PANH033 (0.5 Unit) - Term 1

Options available in Department of Development Studies

  • Aid and development - 15PDSH027 (0.5 Unit) - Term 1
  • Civil society, social movements and the development process - 15PDSH001 (0.5 Unit) - Term 2 - Not Running 2016/2017
  • Gender and development - 15PDSH010 (0.5 Unit) - Term 1

Options available in Comparative Literature and Gender

  • Theory and techniques of Comparative Literature - 15PCSC002 (1 Unit) - Full Year
  • Postcolonial Theory and Practice - 15PCSC003 (1 Unit) - Full Year
  • Modern Arabic Literature and the West - 15PNMC002 (1 Unit) - Full Year - Not Running 2016/2017

Options available in the Department of Music

  • Music in Development - 15PMUC034 (1 Unit) - Full Year

Options available in the Study of Religions and in History of Art

  • Approaches to Critical Interpretation & Aesthetic Theories - 15PARC004 (1 Unit) - Full Year
  • Arts and Society in sub-Saharan Africa - 15PARH052 (0.5 Unit) - Term 1 - Not Running 2016/2017
  • Diaspora Contexts and Visual Culture - 15PARH042 (0.5 Unit) - Term 2 - Not Running 2016/2017
  • Representing Conflict: A Cross-Cultural and Inter Disciplinary Approach - 15PARH039 (0.5 Unit) - Term 2
  • Critical Theory and the Study of Religions - 15PSRC037 (1 Unit) - Full Year - Not Running 2016/2017
  • Jewishness on Screen - 15PSRH044 (0.5 Unit) - Term 1 - Not Running 2016/2017

Options available in the Department of Economics

For the following courses a background is required - admission is on a case-by-case basis

  • Economic problems and policies in modern China - 15PECC035 (1 Unit) - Full Year
  • Economic dynamics of the Asia-Pacific region - 15PECC334 (1 Unit) - Full Year

Teaching & Learning

Knowledge

All learning outcomes will be acquired through readings of recommended texts and issues explored in seminars and lectures. Assessment: Through unseen examinations, course work, seminar presentations and research for and writing of the dissertation.

Intellectual (thinking) skills

All learning outcomes will be acquired through discussion in seminars and the required readings. Assessment: Through unseen examinations, course work, seminar presentations and research for and writing of the dissertation.

Subject-based practical skills

All learning outcomes come from discussion in seminars and the expectation that students undertake the required reading each week, as well as the requirement to write. Assessment: Through unseen examinations, course work, seminar presentations and research for and writing of the dissertation.

Programme Aims

  • A sophisticated and broad-ranging knowledge of communications uses and practices in the changing Middle East environment.
  • The ability to understand and explain international, transnational and global processes of communication using the concepts, theories and methods of the field of media studies, critical cultural studies and politics.
  • The ability to conduct independent research based on the analytical foundations provided by student coursework

Programme Learning Outcomes

Knowledge

  • of the role of media in the contemporary Middle East.
  • of the different approaches to studying the media and the Middle East, paying attention to particular situations and contexts rather than making generalised assumptions.
  • of the role of media, particularly social media, in processes of political, cultural and social change
  • of the relationship between the analysis of cultural production economics, power and politics in a fluid environment, with with reference both to normative and empirical issues

Intellectual (thinking) skills

  • be able to think critically – conceptually, politically, theoretically, empirically, and normatively
  • be able to apply conceptual and theoretical material to empirical data of a variety of kinds
  • be able to analyse and interpret empirical data of a variety of kinds
  • be able to demonstrate independence of judgment, especially in relation to differing interpretations of political phenomenon

Subject-based practical skills

  • be able to locate, retrieve, sift and select data and evidence from a variety of sources, including manuscripts and digital sources
  • be able to deploy appropriate research techniques in a variety of specialised research libraries, institutes and other locations
  • be able to solve problems of conflicting sources and conflicting interpretations
  • develop the initiative and capacity to define research questions/hypotheses, and to adjust hypotheses and approach in the light of work undertaken for the dissertation
  • be able to read rapidly and effectively a variety of types of report/paper, incorporating different types of evidence, methodology and disciplinary perspectives

Transferable skills

  • How to structure and communicate ideas effectively both orally and in writing
  • how to work independently, manage time and work to deadlines
  • how to work effectively in and contribute to groups to marshal and present evidence and arguments both orally and written
  • how to retrieve, sift, select, analyse and digest information from a variety of sources

A Student's Perspective

"The Media and Middle East degree is one in a million. It was truly a unique and unforgettable experience for anyone wanting a critical and introspective look at the ever-dynamic relationship between media, politics, and society in the Middle East."

Mounira Lisa Sabella

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