We live in a communications-saturated world where 24-hour news coverage, access to the internet and the use of social media have become the norm for millions of people. Global events are instantly reported by the news media, analysed and interpreted by them and millions of ordinary citizens. These developments challenge the traditionally secretive practices of international diplomacy and the ability of governments to control information whilst also creating powerful new tools for propaganda; they enhance the importance of cultural or ‘soft’ power in international relations, and they have also transformed the nature of warfare.
This course is run by the Department of History, Politics and Philosophy in conjunction with the Department of Information and Communication.
Features and benefits of the course
- The chance to develop a sophisticated understanding of contemporary international relations and key developments in ICTs and of the interaction between the two.
- The opportunity to develop a wide range of analytical and work-related skills such as oral and group presentations, report and policy-paper writing.
- Individual support available throughout the course.
About the course
This programme combines the study of contemporary international relations with that of key developments in global communications and ICTs. In so doing it adds an extra dimension to the study of international relations which provides graduates with deeper insights than those doing traditional MAs in International Relations. We will provide you with the knowledge, methods and techniques to effectively engage with and critically evaluate the interaction between these two areas of study.
Typical units of study may include
You will study the following core units:
- International Relations Theory
- Current Issues in Media and Communication
- Social Science Research Methods
You will then choose three optional units, taking at least one from each subject area. International Relations options include:
- Contemporary US Foreign Policy
- The EU in Turmoil
- The Policymaking Process and Comparative Public Policy
- Disasters and Emergency Planning
Global Communications options include:
- Globalisation: Media, Culture and Consumption
- Digital Living
- Online Journalism
- Critical Discourse Analysis
- Intercultural Communication
Typical entry requirements
You will normally have at least an upper second class undergraduate UK honours degree (or international equivalent) in a relevant subject, or equivalent academic qualification. If you have a different background, you may be admitted if you have proven experience in a relevant field.
This school offers programs in:
Last updated March 1, 2018