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.
Recent dissertation topics have included:
•Social media and the Israeli-Palestinian Conflict
•UK-EU relations in the Twitter-sphere
•Media discourse on the Ebola Crisis and International Aid in Africa
•Media coverage of the Somalian piracy issue
•US government use of social media against ISIS
You will also have the opportunity to undertake a voluntary placement as part of this course. This will be with a local Non-Governmental Organisation (NGO) and we will help you to arrange this.
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.
Assessment across the programme takes a wide variety of forms including oral presentations, policy papers and reports, group projects, essays and a dissertation.