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MA International Communications

Course Description

The media, communications and information landscapes have changed beyond recognition, and they continue to change. Communications technologies develop at such a pace that all users, including governments, militaries, NGOs, diplomats and the media themselves struggle to keep pace with the latest trends. International communications has become not only an exciting subject to study, but also a means of understanding global developments in political, economic and cultural affairs. In 2011, events in the Middle East were influenced by new communications technologies and the use of new methods to share information. Meanwhile, China’s Got Talent has become the first non-Chinese programme format that Chinese television has bought for local audiences, though the political implications of Supergirl are not forgotten. If you wish to know more about these processes – how they affect China, the Middle East and elsewhere – the MA in International Communications is for you.

We offer a wide range of modules which together provide an interdisciplinary perspective on international communications. These modules will focus on issues of public diplomacy, international broadcasting and journalism, communications policy and industry, democratisation, and the cultural and political aspects of transnational practices. Some of the key questions we ask include:

•What is global about ‘global media’?
•What is the relationship between communications and national/international politics? Are they a cause or an effect on change?
•How do the media report international conflict, and how do governments and militaries try to manage information about war and crises?
•Are national cultures threatened by developments in international communications?
•How do audiences around the world make sense of global media products, such as Friends or Disney cartoons?
•Do new communications technologies encourage a more democratic world?
•Is the world divided between the communication rich and the communication poor? What are the consequences of such divisions?

The MA in International Communications consists of two core modules which are Communications and International Affairs (taught in Semester 1) and Communications and Global Change (in Semester 2). Students also have the opportunity to choose two options from a range of modules on offer in any given year. These optional modules will help you develop your particular interests and expertise in communications studies. Some of the optional modules that may be offered are:

•Democratisation and the Media in Asia
•Public Diplomacy, Propaganda and Psychological Operations
•East Asian Cinema
•New Media and Citizenship
•Audio-Visual Communications
•Media Production Analysis
•Crisis, Crisis Management and the Media
•Media, Culture and Globalization

Visit the MA International Communications page on the University of Leeds website for more details!

Entry Requirements

We review each application on its merits, but we normally only accept candidates who hold the equivalent of a UK BA Honours degree at First or Upper Second level.Candidates whose first language is not English must provide evidence that their English language is sufficient to meet the demands of their study. In particular, we require one of the following qualifications:1. An IELTS Band Score 6.5 (7.0 preferred) with not less than 6.0 in any skill area or 2. Internet Based TOEFL 92 overall, 21 listening, 21 reading, 23 speaking, 22 writing

Course Fees

Full-time international students 2013-14: £13,100. Full-time home/EU students 2013-14: £5,100

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