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.


Students must take the equivalent of 4 units.

Core Modules

  • Communication, Culture and Politics in the Middle East: Theoretical and Analytical Approaches 15PMSC005 (30 credits) Full Year
  • Dissertation in Media and the Middle East 15PMSC996 (60 credits) Full Year
  • Qualitative Research Methods 15PMSC033 (15crredits) Term 1

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

  • Emerging Digital Cultures in Asia and Africa - Theory and Practice 15PMSH018
  • Topics in Global Digital Cultures 15PMSC034 (15crredits) Term 2
  • Studies in Global Digital Cultures 15PMSH029 (15crredits) Term 1
  • International Political Communication 15PMSH009 (15crredits) Term 2
  • The Transnational News Environment: Production, Representation and Use 15PMSH006 (15crredits) Term 1
  • Transnational Communities and Diasporic Media: Networking, Connectivity, Identity 15PMSH004 (15crredits) Term 2
  • Theoretical Issues in Media and Cultural Studies 15PMSH005 (15crredits) Term 1
  • Studies in Global Media and Post-National Communication 15PMSH007 (15crredits) Term 1
  • Media Spectacle and Urban Space in East Asia 15PMSH026 (15crredits) Term 2
  • Studies in Media, Information Communication Technologies and Development 15PMSH019 (15crredits) Term 1

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 (15crredits) Term 1
  • Critical Perspectives on Palestine Studies II: Culture and Society 15PNMH007 (15crredits) Term 2

Options available in Cinemas of Asia and Africa

  • Japanese Post-War Film Genres and the Avant-Garde 15PJKH008 (15crredits) Term 2
  • Japanese Television since 1953 15PJKC006 (30 credits) Full Year Not Running 2017/2018
  • Genders and Sexualities in South East Asian Film 15PSEH011 (15crredits) Term 2
  • (Post) Colonialism and Otherness in South East Asia on Screen 15PSEH010 (15crredits) Term 2 Not Running 2017/2018
  • Indian Cinema: Its History and Social Context 15PSAH001 (15crredits) Term 1
  • Indian Cinema: Key Issues 15PSAH002 (15crredits) Term 2

Options available in Department of Anthropology

  • Anthropology of Development 15PANC090 (30 credits) Full Year
  • Culture and Society of Near and Middle East 15PANH067 (15crredits) Term 2
  • Perspectives On Development 15PANH033 (15crredits) Term 1

Options available in Department of Development Studies

  • Aid and Development 15PDSH027 (15crredits) Term 1
  • Civil society, social movements and the development process 15PDSH001 (15crredits) Term 1
  • Gender and Development 15PDSH010 (15crredits) Term 1

Options available in Comparative Literature and Gender

  • Theory and techniques of Comparative Literature 15PCSC002 (30 credits) Full Year
  • Postcolonial Theory and Practice 15PCSC003 (30 credits) Full Year
  • Modern Arabic Literature and the West 15PNMC002 (30 credits) Full Year Not Running 2017/2018

Options available in the Department of Music

  • Music in Development 15PMUC034 (15crredits) Term 2

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

  • Approaches to Critical Interpretation & Aesthetic Theories 15PARC004 (30 credits) Full Year
  • Arts and Society in sub-Saharan Africa 15PARH052 (15crredits) Term 1 Not Running 2016/2017
  • Diaspora Contexts and Visual Culture 15PARH042 (15crredits) Term 2 Not Running 2017/2018
  • Representing Conflict: A Cross-Cultural and Inter-Disciplinary Approach 15PARH039 (15crredits) Term 2
  • Jewishness on Screen 15PSRH044 (15crredits) Term 1 Not Running 2017/2018

Options available in the Department of Economics

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

  • The economic development of South East Asia 15PECC004 (30 credits) Full Year Not Running 2017/2018
  • Economic problems and policies in modern China 15PECC035 (30 credits) Full Year
This school offers programs in:
  • English

Last updated January 23, 2018
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