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Manchester Metropolitan University, Full Time MA Degrees in Politics & Government

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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. Read more
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

Placement options

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 details

Assessment across the programme takes a wide variety of forms including oral presentations, policy papers and reports, group projects, essays and a dissertation.

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This course explores how processes of globalisation and internationalisation affect people's lives across the world. You will examine the processes in the global South as well as the global North and will develop your knowledge of perspectives on social movements, gender, ethnic and class divisions and analysis. Read more
This course explores how processes of globalisation and internationalisation affect people's lives across the world. You will examine the processes in the global South as well as the global North and will develop your knowledge of perspectives on social movements, gender, ethnic and class divisions and analysis. This will be supported by a thorough grounding in social science research methods and ways of interpreting data and change.

Placement options

There are no formal placements offered, but dissertations can relate to relevant work experience, volunteering or internships.

About the Course

Throughout the course you will explore sociological debates and the impacts of large scale processes in the economy, society and politics as well as social divisions, inequality, intersectionality and globalisation. There will also be an opportunity to explore how identities and divisions are created through media culture and consumption and how these processes combine and intersect in practice. The course culminates in a dissertation which will take the form of self-directed research (although undertaken with supervision) related to your own area of interest in international issues.

Assessment details

You will be assessed through a series of focused essays, a portfolio and research proposal and a self-directed, research-based dissertation.

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