This is an exciting and highly innovative course (developed in collaboration with the Media Diversity Institute) that seamlessly combines theory and modules providing or containing hands-on practical training in journalism or campaigning and public relations related to social and cultural diversity.
The course will give you the opportunity to study and research the main ways in which social scientists analyse the role of the mass media in the social construction, representation and understanding of difference and social diversity and get a critical understanding of the social and media structures and journalistic practices that impact upon these processes. It will also equip you with practical skills that will enable you to produce your own media product on a topic related to social and cultural diversity.
The course combines a portfolio of theory modules aimed to develop your knowledge and critical understanding of the processes of managing and making sense of cultural diversity, key issues in intercultural communication and of various aspects of the sociology of news with a number of practice-oriented modules intended to give you first hand experience in the practice of inclusive journalism.
Drawing upon this unique combination of rigorous theoretical engagement and specialist practical training, this course is designed to equip you with a comprehensive conceptual/theoretical grounding and the practical skills to engage in responsible media coverage of diversity, to practice culturally informed and inclusive journalism and to develop a career (whether practical, strategic, or research-based) involving understanding and responding to the challenges of social diversity.
Our teaching staff are highly experienced academics and journalism professionals with expertise in inclusive journalism.
Two study routes to suit your future plans: You can choose one of two routes for the award: the Dissertation Route or a Practice Route culminating in a final project.
The following modules are indicative of what you will study on this course. For more details on course structure and modules, and how you will be taught and assessed, see the full course document.
Semester one Core module -APPROACHES TO SOCIAL AND CULTURAL DIVERSITY
Option modules -REPORTING DIVERSITY: GENDER, SEXUALITY, AGE, DISABILITY -INTRODUCTION TO INCLUSIVE JOURNALISM -MEDIA PRODUCTION SKILLS -ISSUES IN JOURNALISM: FREEDOM OF SPEECH, ETHICS AND DEMOCRACY
Semester two Core modules -DIVERSITY IN THE MEDIA: MODELS, INSTITUTIONS, PRACTICES
Option modules -REPORTING DIVERSITY: MIGRATION, RACE, ETHNICITY -REPORTING DIVERSITY: FAITH AND RELIGION -PLANNING CAMPAIGN COMMUNICATIONS -MEDIA, ACTIVISM AND POLITICS -SOCIOLOGY OF NEWS -MEDIA AUDIENCES
This course is designed to attract a mix of new graduates, often with a media-related degree or work experience, and people who have already worked in journalism, but want to enhance their understanding of social diversity and their skills in the area of inclusive journalism. It is suitable for existing media professionals that want to reflect on their practice as journalists, as well as students who want to pursue a career in the media, national and local government, IGOs and NGOs or who intend to embark on a relevant research/academic career. It will be a valuable asset for civil servants and local authority staff, NGO workers working on immigration, equality, social inclusion and cohesion and community regeneration whose duties involve communication and media work.
You should possess, or be expecting, at least an Upper Second Class Honours degree (or equivalent). If English is your second language you should have an IELTS score of at least 6.5 with 6.0 in each element.
Recipient: University of Westminster
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