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Course content

This MA offers teaching that is critical, innovative and diverse. It combines theory with practical, applied elements, and draws on a range of research and contemporary examples- http://www.gold.ac.uk/pg/ma-political-communications/

These come from current work in politics, political science and media studies, and also from political sociology, cultural theory and journalism. The curriculum covers political communication, from the national and international down to the local and personal, from governments and parties to NGOs and local activist groups. It engages with cultural, alternative and digital, interactive communication as well as traditional mass media.

This dynamic programme, first and foremost, offers critical engagement. It asks difficult questions about politics, economic policy, society and the media. Taking this course will not just give you an understanding of the the forms and impacts of political communications. It will also help you contextualise that knowledge in relation to the structures, institutions and actors that are at the heart of politics and media.

This course is broadly conceptual in focus, but also offers several practical, applied options as well as skills-based components. All students take a research skills course and are supervised through a dissertation with a research component. There are options, such as Campaign Skills, Social Media Campaigning, Digital News Writing and Media Law, which are entirely practice-based and taught by professionals in the field. There are also several speaker series running each year with guests from the worlds of politics, journalism, business and campaigning coming to talk.

Studying in London

Goldsmiths’ London location means that students remain in close proximity to a range of national and international political institutions, political parties, interest groups and media centres.

The MA also attracts a stimulating combination of recent graduates and experienced professionals, as well as a mix of UK and international students from across Continental Europe, the Americas, Asia and Africa.

Contact the department

If you have specific questions about the degree, contact Dr Aeron Davis.

The programme’s core curriculum will address a range of contemporary issues, debates and theory in political communication, including work on:

-comparative media systems
-theories of communication and democratisation
-global media, international governance and transnational communication
-economic, financial and industrial policy
-digital media and online politics
-media sociology and news production
-political parties, party ideologies and party-member dynamics
-public relations, political marketing and spin
-government communication systems and media management
-media audiences, effects and agenda-setting
-public opinion and public sphere debates
-interest groups, social movements and alternative media
-advocacy, civil society and public affairs
-new technologies and the information society
-citizenship and public engagement
-the policy process and government decision-making
-politics and culture
-social theories of power, culture and communications

Theory is usually applied to a number of case study areas on, for example: conflict and war; elections; social and environmental debates; foreign affairs; the economy, finance and business; crime and disorder. Theory and discussion is always related to current events and debates.

Structure

The MA in Political Communications is built up of modules that must count up to 180 credits. The programme comprises:

Two core modules taught in the Department of Media and Communications (60 credits in total)
A research skills module
60 credits' worth of modules chosen from the Department of Politics or Department of Media and Communications. These can be a combination of 30 and 15 credit modules
Up to 30 of the 60 credits of options may be chosen from the departments of Sociology, Anthropology, English and Comparative Literature, and the Centre for Cultural Studies

Assessment

The MA is assessed primarily through coursework essays and written projects. Practical modules may require audiovisual elements to be submitted. It will also include a dissertation of approximately 12,000 words.

Skills

On completing the programme you'll come out with a mixture of:

-field expertise
-new analytical skills
-an understanding of research methods
-practical, applied knowledge

Careers

The programme caters to both recent graduates and those with experience who are looking for career change or advancement. Recent graduates have found (re)employment in:

-political journalism,
-olitical parties
-government institutions
-interest groups
-international bodies

Funding

Please visit http://www.gold.ac.uk/pg/fees-funding/ for details.

Visit the Political Communications (MA) page on the Goldsmiths, University of London website for more details!

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