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This MA unpacks the nitty-gritty of global transformations where media and politics, culture and society converge. Its cutting-edge approach to study provides you with the analytical skills and hands-on experience to grasp these shifts in theory and practice.
The programme addresses key questions central to the relationship between global media and politics, culture and society, such as:
- What is the relationship between ‘everyday life’ – our own and that of others – online and offline?
- Can political institutions ensure that the online environment is safe for all, or should this be left to internet service providers?
- How do we protect fundamental rights and freedoms online such as freedom of expression in the wake of terrorist attacks?
- What are the differences between how public and private broadcasters, activists, artists, and communities make use of social media?
Studying on this MA, you will focus on critical themes like the ‘Digital Divide’, privacy and surveillance, freedom of expression, and the climate crisis. You will also explore the role and impact of governments, international organisations, broadcasters, activists, artists, and communities.
These issues are more important now than ever, in the wake of both climate change activism and the Covid-19 pandemic, as well as worldwide mobilisation such as the #MeToo and Black Lives Matter movements. In the context of fast-changing markets in digital goods and services and technological advances such as Artificial Intelligence, 5G networks, and machine learning programs, these issues underscore our increasing dependence on digital, networked technologies.
This MA programme interrogates these broad trends and their local manifestations from a critical, culturally comparative, and historical perspective. The term “global” works as a critical point of reference as well as a descriptor of how the contemporary domains of politics, media, and communications are interconnected at home and abroad, on an intimate, interpersonal, and planetary scale.
Who can apply
The MA in Global Media and Politics attracts budding scholars, media and communications professionals, journalists, artists and filmmakers, policy-makers, and activists from around the world, and across the spectrum of academic and professional backgrounds. It is particularly suitable for those wanting to move their knowledge and analytical skills up a level, either for further study or career advancement. It is also suitable for anyone with an interest in, or experience with the media and cultural sectors, creative industries, non-profits and other third sector organisations, alternative media outlets, the arts, community networks, international NGOs, as well as governmental and intergovernmental organizations.
Contact the department
If you have specific questions about the degree, contact Professor Marianne Franklin.