MA International Journalisms

Minimum Entry Requirements: Minimum good second class honours degree (or equivalent)

Start of programme: September intake only

Mode of Attendance: Full Time or Part Time

Understanding journalism is crucial in today’s mediated world. The spread of the Internet, social media and the advent of comparatively cheap communications technology holds out the promise of enabling a more diverse range of actors to shape journalism. The forms and practices involved in such journalism could also enable greater inclusivity, supporting a range of progressive aims such as advocacy, peace, development and greater intercultural understanding. At the same time, widespread cost-cutting in mainstream journalism and the speeded-up journalistic practices used to service multiple delivery platforms threaten to further entrench the norms and definitional advantages of the wealthy and powerful because of their greater ability to subsidize journalism through public relations material.

This course draws upon the unique positioning of SOAS in higher education in order to examine how such tensions affect contemporary journalistic representations of the Global South and how they relate to different cultural, political, technological and historical contexts. Therefore this course springs from a pluralistic critical perspective: seeking to analyze how others represent Southern countries and events and how Southern actors seek to represent themselves. This contrasts strongly with other Journalism MAs taught in the UK, which is usually constrained by the norms and priorities of British professional accreditation bodies.


Core Modules

  • Dissertation in International Journalisms 15PMSC992 (60 credits) Full Year
  • Qualitative Research Methods 15PMSC033 (15 credits) Term 1
  • Theoretical Approaches to International Journalisms 15PMSC032 (30 credits) Full Year

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

  • Topics in Global Digital Cultures 15PMSC034 (15 credits) Term 2
  • Studies in Global Digital Cultures 15PMSH029 (15 credits) Term 1
  • International Political Communication 15PMSH009 (15 credits) Term 2
  • Mediated Culture in the Middle East: Politics and Communications 15PMSH003 (15 credits) Term 1
  • The Transnational News Environment: Production, Representation and Use 15PMSH006 (15 credits) Term 1
  • Transnational Communities and Diasporic Media: Networking, Connectivity, Identity 15PMSH004 (15 credits) Term 2
  • Theoretical Issues in Media and Cultural Studies 15PMSH005 (15 credits) Term 1
  • Studies in Global Media and Post-National Communication 15PMSH007 (15 credits) Term 1
  • Emerging Digital Cultures in Asia and Africa - Theory and Practice 15PMSH018

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

  • Anthropology of Development 15PANC090 (30 credits) Full Year
  • Culture and Society of East Africa 15PANH063 (15 credits) Term 1
  • Culture and Society of West Africa 15PANH068 (15 credits) Term 2
  • Cultural Understandings of Health 15PANC093 (30 credits) Full Year
  • Comparative politics of the Middle East 15PPOC026 (30 credits) Full Year
  • Government and politics in Africa 15PPOC205 (30 credits) Full Year
  • Politics of Globalisation and Development in Asia and Africa 15PPOC017 (30 credits) Full Year
  • Aid and Development 15PDSH027 (15 credits) Term 1
  • Civil society, social movements and the development process 15PDSH001 (15 credits) Term 1
  • Gender and Development 15PDSH010 (15 credits) Term 1
  • Global Commodity Chains, Production Networks and Informal Work 15PDSH024 (15 credits) Term 2 Not Running 2017/2018
  • Music in Development 15PMUC034 (15 credits) Term 2
  • The Music Business (Masters) 15PMUH003 (15 credits) Term 2
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Last updated January 22, 2019
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9,225 GBP
Full-time UK/EU Fees: £9,225; Full-time Overseas Fees: £18,980 per academic year
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