MA in Global Media and Postnational Communication

Duration: 1 Year Full Time, 2 or 3 Years Part Time

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

Start of programme: September intake only

Mode of Attendance: Full Time or Part Time

This programme focuses on the dynamic developments in media and communications within Asia, Africa and the Middle East. It examines the growing significance of these regions as the locations of new media players and new cultural genres, of complex audience involvements with mediated communication and as the sites of critical and creative responses to globalization processes. It challenges Eurocentric approaches to the study of media and provides a unique opportunity to study the media and communications environments of the non-Western world.

Students consider the dynamics of globalization and its critiques, the roles and nature of communications technologies and mediated content within these processes, and consequent changes in the nature of the political, economic, financial, social and cultural activity. They develop advanced knowledge and understanding of the theoretical, methodological and empirical issues involved in the analysis of non-western media and communications within historical and contemporary contexts, and explore media dynamics in global civil society. A particular focus is the role that media have played in both defining and challenging processes of nation-building and providing spaces for the articulation of other forms of identity-formation, including those among minority ethnic, diasporic, exilic and refugee populations.

The programme suits anyone with an interest in non-Western media and communications; journalists who wish to take time out to analyse critically their profession; NGO and development practitioners who wish to better understand the role of media in political and social change; and students who wish to continue on to MPhil/PhD research in Media and Communications.


Each student takes 4 units in total: the Compulsory Course (1 unit), the Dissertation (1unit), at least two half units from list 3 below, and up to one unit of Options of their choice (list 4).

In choosing their courses, MA students are advised to pay careful attention to the balance of coursework across the two terms. In particular, it is important to ensure that each term you have three taught courses. However much you might wish to take a mixture of courses that require more coursework in one term than the other, it is most unwise to attempt to take four courses in one term and two in the other. Experience has shown that students simply cannot manage the load during the heavy term with the result that they either do very badly, fail or are unable to complete the courses in question. As a result Directors of Studies for the degrees and the Faculty staff will not approve a selection of courses which results in an imbalanced workload. An imbalance of courses between terms is only possible with the written permission of the convenor of the degree.

1. Compulsory Course:

  • Global Media and Postnational Communication: Theoretical and Contemporary Issues
  • Course Assessment:
    • A critical essay of 5,000 words based on reading relevant to issues in global media and postnational communication.
    • A critical essay based on a short research project (which may include a multimedia component).
  • Qualitative Research Methods

2. Dissertation in Global Media and Postnational Communication

Dissertation in Media Studies (supervisor to be allocated according to the dissertation topic).

3. Courses in Media Studies

Students are required to take at least TWO half unit courses from List 3.

  • Emerging Digital Cultures in Asia and Africa - Theory and Practice 15PMSH018
  • International Political Communication 15PMSH009 (15 credits) Term 2
  • Media Spectacle and Urban Space in East Asia 15PMSH026 (15 credits) Term 2
  • Mediated Culture in the Middle East: Politics and Communications 15PMSH003 (15 credits) Term 1
  • Topics in Global Digital Cultures 15PMSC034 (15 credits) Term 2
  • Studies in Global Digital Cultures 15PMSH029 (15 credits) Term 1
  • Studies in Media, Information Communication Technologies and Development 15PMSH019 (15 credits) Term 1
  • Theoretical Issues in Media and Cultural Studies 15PMSH005 (15 credits) Term 1
  • The Transnational News Environment: Production, Representation and Use 15PMSH006 (15 credits) Term 1
  • Qualitative Research Methods 15PMSC033 (15 credits) Term 1
  • Transnational Communities and Diasporic Media:Networking, Connectivity, Identity 15PMSH004 (15 credits) Term 2

4. Optional Courses:

Students may take a course or courses up to the value of one full unit from the following lists:

  • Digital traditional broadcasting communication 15PMSH022 (15 credits) Term 2

Courses in Cinemas of Asia and Africa

  • Japanese Post-War Film Genres and the Avant-Garde 15PJKH008 (15 credits) Term 2
  • Japanese Television since 1953 15PJKC006 (30credits) Full Year Not Running 2017/2018
  • Genders and Sexualities in South East Asian Film 15PSEH011 (15 credits) Term 2
  • Media Spectacle and Urban Space in East Asia 15PMSH026 (15 credits) Term 2
  • (Post) Colonialism and Otherness in South East Asia on Screen 15PSEH010 (15 credits) Term 2 Not Running 2017/2018
  • Indian Cinema: Its History and Social Context 15PSAH001 (15 credits) Term 1
  • Indian Cinema: Key Issues 15PSAH002 (15 credits) Term 2
  • The Story of African Film: Narrative Screen Media in Africa 15PAFH006 (15 credits) Term 1
  • Aspects of African film and video 2 15PAFH007 (15 credits) Term 2 Not Running 2017/2018
  • Curating Africa: African Film and Video in the Age of Festivals 15PAFH010 (15 credits) Term 2 Not Running 2017/2018
  • Modern Chinese Film and Theatre (MA) 15PCHH001 (15 credits) Term 2
  • Modern Film from Taiwan and the Chinese Diaspora 15PCHH002 (15 credits) Term 1

Courses in Social Anthropology

  • Culture and Society of China 15PANH062 (15 credits) Term 2
  • Culture and Society of East Africa 15PANH063 (15 credits) Term 1
  • Culture and Society of Japan 15PANH065 (15 credits) Term 1
  • Culture and Society of South Asia 15PANH064 (15 credits) Term 1
  • Culture and Society of South East Asia 15PANH066 (15 credits) Term 2
  • Culture and Society of West Africa 15PANH068 (15 credits) Term 2
  • Culture and Society of Near and Middle East 15PANH067 (15 credits) Term 2
  • Anthropology of Development 15PANC090 (30credits) Full Year
  • Perspectives On Development 15PANH033 (15 credits) Term 1

Courses in the Department of Development Studies

  • Civil society, social movements and the development process 15PDSH001 (15 credits) Term 1

Courses 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 (30credits) Full Year Not Running 2017/2018
  • Economic problems and policies in modern China 15PECC035 (30credits) Full Year

Courses in the Department of Politics

  • Government and politics of modern South Asia 15PPOC003 (30credits) Full Year
  • Government and politics of modern South East Asia 15PPOC247 (30credits) Full Year

Courses in the Department of the Languages and Cultures of Africa

Courses in the Department of the Study of Religions and Art and Archaeology

  • Jewishness on Screen 15PSRH044 (15 credits) Term 1 Not Running 2017/2018
  • Photography and the Image in Africa 15PARH082 (15 credits) Term 2 Not Running 2017/2018
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