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This Master’s is an innovative programme which addresses current theories, practice and research surrounding the relationship between media and development. Graduates have gone on to work in a range of fields including humanitarian communication, NGO communications, development journalism, media development, journalism and academia.

Overview

"A well organised and well taught course which is... acting as a model for other courses being developed in the field."

 - Professor Colin Sparks, former external examiner.

The MA Media and International Development degree is a unique and innovative Masters programme which addresses current theories, practice and research surrounding the relationship between media and development.

This Masters programme;

  • combines theory and practice through its two specialist media and development modules.
  • gives students the opportunity to either write a dissertation in the summer term or take a work-experience module.
  • is embedded in the local community, with strong links to a number of local NGOs and media organisations.
  • is connected with the Public Media Alliance, the largest global association of public broadcasters, who are based within the School and provide teaching and resources.
  • has, in recent years, included seminars, lectures and workshops from Intermedia, The Guardian, Mediae, World View, One World Media, the International Broadcasting Trust, BBC Media Action and academics from the London School of Economics, the University of Westminster and City University.
  • contains an optional five-day practical training course entitled, Film-making for Development, run by Postcode Films
  • is situated in the School of International Development (DEV) which has a world-class reputation for research in development studies.
  • allows for a unique range of choice and specialisation, with students able to choose module options from within DEV and from other departments at UEA.

Careers and employability

Graduates from this Masters programme have gone on to work in a range of fields including humanitarian communication, NGO communications, development journalism, media development, journalism and academia. Recent examples include:

  • Assistant Communication Officer, UNICEF, Kenya.
  • Communications Officer, Ministry of Foreign Affairs, International Cooperation Bureau, Japan.
  • Design, Marketing and Communications officer, TACT Fostering and Adoption, UK.
  • Editorial Assistant, Institute of Development Studies, UK.
  • Freelance Communications Consultant, UK.
  • Head of Marketing and Communications, British Council, Bangladesh.
  • Marketing Communications Associate, HOPE International, USA.
  • Marketing Coordinator, Inter Press Service, Uruguay.
  • Media and Communications Coordinator, Oxfam, Malawi.
  • Media Program Coordinator, Open Society Foundation, UK.
  • Media Team Leader, Greenpeace Southeast Asia, Thailand.
  • National News Editor, Diligent Media Corporation, India.
  • PhD student.
  • Project Co-ordinator, Video Volunteers, India.
  • Project Director, Nab'Ubomi Development Project, South Africa.
  • Project Officer, CreditEase, China.
  • Public Information Officer, United Nations Organization Stabilization Mission, DR Congo.

"This MA has been just brilliant. I get to use a lot of what I learnt at my job but more importantly, also in life in general. It's changed the way I see things."

 - Kayonaaz Kalyanwala, Project Co-ordinator at Video Volunteers, India.

"I am really applying what I studied at UEA to my job, especially about communication for development. So most of the time when am working I remember our classes and smile."

 - Daisy Serem, Assistant Communication Officer, UNICEF, Nairobi.

“I am proud to be a product of this department because the skills acquired are being applied in my present position at the United Nations. Due to my training at UEA, I now understand the complexities of the role of the media, especially in peacekeeping operations in the world.”

 - Sam Howard, Public Information Officer, United Nations Organization Stabilization Mission, DR Congo.

Further information

The MA Media and International Development degree is offered over one year full-time, or two years part-time.

This Masters will be relevant to those who have recently completed undergraduate study with an interest in the relationship between media and development as well as those who have already worked in the media or in the field of development. Applicants should have a good first degree in the social sciences. Some relevant work experience would be desirable.

Please contact the course convener, Martin Scott, for further information about the course or to arrange a visit to the campus.

Course Modules 2018/9

Students must study the following modules for 60 credits:

Name Code Credits

MA IN MEDIA AND INTERNATIONAL DEVELOPMENT: EXAM

This is a 3 hour exam taken by all students on the MA in Media and International Development.

DEV-7031B

20

MEDIA AND INTERNATIONAL DEVELOPMENT

The media play an increasingly important role in international development - from promoting mass mobilisation and participation to facilitating the flow of information locally, nationally and internationally. Media are also central to encouraging charitable donations, promoting democracy and human rights, and delivering public health messages during emergencies. The aim of this module is to provide you with a critical introduction to the broad range of issues relevant to the relationship between media and development. It addresses the fields of development communication, media development and media representations of development. This module is accessible to development students who have not studied media before and to students on degrees relevant to media, with no previous experience of studying international development.

DEV-7030A

20

MEDIA AND SOCIETY

This module will provide you with a broad, current and inter-disciplinary understanding of the media today. Our guiding philosophy is that in order to properly understand the media, whether as a lawyer, economist, development studies professional, media studies specialist or political scientist, it is essential to have a wide-ranging and multi-disciplinary understanding of the modern media. You'll be looking at the structure of media today in the UK and globally. You'll consider, from several different academic perspectives, how media content is constructed, what shapes content and how content may be controlled and even censored. You'll explore the media industry, examining how it is currently organised and managed, what factors influence its current organisation and consider how it might develop. You'll also examine how media affects peoples and societies, particularly with the rise of social media, and review the debates about media influence and power.

DEV-7044A

20

Students will select 40 credits from the following modules:

Name Code Credits

DEVELOPMENT WORK PLACEMENT

This module gives you an opportunity to identify, apply for and do an internship or work placement, worth 40 credits, as an integral part of your Masters programme. You would take this module in the summer semester as an alternative to the Dissertation module, and it is open to most MA /MSc programmes. The placements are for a period of 8-10 weeks between May and, preferably, the end of July. In recent years, students have done placements across a range of United Nations institutions, in specialist consultancy and research organisations, and non governmental organisations both in the UK and across the world. You are responsible for finding a suitable placement but will be given a range of support from Development which includes giving you access to the Development internship host data base compiled over nearly a decade; advice on identifying appropriate placements; advice on CV design, fund-raising (where necessary), health and safety, ethical considerations etc.; facilitate communication between student and potential host, in some cases acting as a mediator. Whilst we cannot guarantee a placement we are confident that most students who take this module and apply themselves to identifying an internship, will be successful. The module is assessed by the production of an Analytical Report based on the internship which allows you to reflect both on the content of the placement, and the personal expense of undertaking this work

DEV-7026X

40

DISSERTATION

You will be required to produce a short (8000-12000 words) dissertation on an approved topic.

DEV-7013X

40

Students will select 0 - 20 credits from the following modules:

Autumn Semester Recommended Options. Students must select a total of 20 credits from Option Ranges B and C.

Name Code Credits

CRITICAL ISSUES IN DEVELOPMENT PRACTICE

The module offers you a critical introduction to and perspectives on development interventions. A key goal of the module is to provide you with a critical and comprehensive overview of project management, how humanitarian management differs, and the innovations shaping contemporary development practice. The module does this by setting out key aspects of development practice, from the tools used in development planning such as project management cycles to complexity theory, and taking a critical and analytical approach to their implications. We start off with a review of the overarching history of development interventions and thought, exploring how different approaches have been used over the years, with varying effects and influenced by varied political agendas. This includes trends in aid finance, which provides an important framing for then exploring how projects are constructed, with tools such as log frames and monitoring and evaluation plans, the variations when planning a rapid onset humanitarian intervention, and how overall planning systems and actors shape these processes. The module will help you understand how the diversity of development actors and agencies, their positionality and their interactions, shape interventions and affect their ability to have positive impact. We also reflect on these from an anthropological perspective, standing away from the development enterprise and thinking critically about how those involved in aid are also challenged by the processes in which they are involved.

DEV-7052A

20

DEVELOPMENT PERSPECTIVES

You will explore different theoretical ideas and debates about development, and place these in their historical and political contexts. You will critically assess the various ways in which development has been conceptualised, from the end of the Second World War to the present day. You will cover topics including modernisation theory; dependency theory; the role of the state; neo-liberalism and the Washington Consensus, neo-institutionalism and the post-Washington Consensus; poverty and basic needs; human development and capabilities; equity and justice; rights and empowerment; and sustainable development. A key point of the module is to show how ideas in development emerge and how they shape policies and practice in development in the present day.

DEV-7001A

20

GENDER PERSPECTIVES IN INTERNATIONAL DEVELOPMENT

The aim of this module is to provide you with a solid grounding in gender analysis of development, and to enable students to understand the link between gender and key debates within development studies such as poverty, violence, religion and the role of men in gender and development. The module introduces and explains the range of ideas, debates and tools, which are the foundations of gender analysis, within a discussion of key issues in gender analysis of development: the nature of the household and kinship, gender roles, power and empowerment, and environmental change. The unit stands alone as a foundation for gender analysis of development, it also builds the necessary basis for the more applied units which follow in the spring semester, and for dissertations based on gender topics. If you are writing a dissertation on a gender topic you will need to have completed this module.

DEV-7003A

20

GOVERNANCE, DEMOCRACY AND DEVELOPMENT

"Good governance" and durable democracy are key items on the international development agenda. However, despite their prominence in the development discourse, it remains contested not only how to achieve these political development goals, but also how to define them in the first place. The aim of the "Governance, Democracy and Development" module is to critically assess the possible definitions, contested causes and arguable consequences of "good governance" and democracy. Key topics to be discussed in the module include how to define and measure democracy and "good governance", explanations for the emergence of democracy, theories on the survival of democracy and dictatorship, local forms of governance and democracy, aid and governance, trust and cooperation, the effects of democracy and dictatorship on prospects of economic development, and key challenges to democracy in the 21st century. Throughout the module, you will be expected to assess the strengths and limitations of central concepts and theories from the academic debate by applying them to relevant empirical evidence, such as political regime trends in Turkey or the economic effects of recent elections in Kenya.

DEV-7023A

20

INTRODUCTION TO EDUCATION FOR DEVELOPMENT

The aim of the module is for you to gain an understanding of current debates on the principles and theories linking education to development in a range of social contexts. The module will introduce you to theories of education and development including international and comparative education. These are examined in relation to the broader challenges of development. Topics in the module may include: theories of human development and capabilities, human capital and rights based approaches, theories of equity, social justice and inclusive education. You will examine schooling in contexts of chronic poverty, models of schooling and de-schooling, formal and non-formal education, the challenges of linguistic and cultural diversity, inclusive education and disability, gender inequalities, and the education of nomads and other migratory groups.

DEV-7002A

20

PERSPECTIVES ON GLOBALISATION

Globalisation refers to the increasingly interconnected nature of social life on our planet. It has been described as 'the most important change in human history'. You will critically examine a number of key debates about globalisation: about what is driving the process, and about what impacts it is having - for example, on economic development, poverty and inequality, conflict, and the environment. This module takes an inter-disciplinary approach, presenting different conceptual frameworks within which contemporary globalisation is analysed.

DEV-7028A

20

POLITICS AND MEDIA

Working from the assumption that the media are an integral part of modern political life, we will examine the way in which politics is represented in the media and reviews critically the argument about 'bias'. We will also explore the arguments around the ownership and control of media, the increasing use of the media by political parties and the changing relationship between citizens and politics engendered by new communication technologies.

PPLM7002B

20

RESEARCH TECHNIQUES AND ANALYSIS

The course lectures and seminars will include the following topics: # Development research and research ethics # Research design and method; sampling, questionnaire design, interviews # The role of qualitative methods in quantitative research and mixed methods # Participatory and action research # Design and implementation of household surveys on various topics, e.g. income, consumption, employment, health, nutrition, education, etc. Basic data processing and statistical analysis and presentation are shown based on tools such as Excel, SPSS and STATA.

DEV-7005A

20

RURAL LIVELIHOODS AND AGRARIAN CHANGE

Poverty and hunger remain key developmental challenges, driving poor health and ill-being on the one hand and conflict and violence on the other. This is the central question addressed by this module. In this module, you will explore different approaches to understanding rural livelihoods. You will be equipped with the tools and frameworks to critically assess different strategies for livelihoods-building and their implications for poverty and inequality, including those of class and gender, at the micro-level. Starting with an understanding of key concepts of poverty, food security, gender, capabilities, capitals and entitlements, you will apply these to a host of contexts and programmes through seminar discussions. This will enable a deeper understanding of the interconnections between the wider policy context, the social structure that shapes entitlements, the assets available to groups and individuals and their livelihood strategies. You will also explore the links between the rural and urban, and the changes over time. You will have an opportunity to experience some of the dilemmas confronting the rural poor through an experiential game.

DEV-7020A

20

SOCIAL ANALYSIS FOR INTERNATIONAL DEVELOPMENT

Effective social development and policy are based on sound conceptual foundations, and this module focuses on the conceptual tools that underpin policy relevant social analysis. You will develop skills to analyse social contexts which influence interventions and social change ('development'), using concepts from sociology, anthropology and political analysis. There is an old development adage that 'if you give a man a fish you feed him for a day, but if you give him a fishing rod you feed him for a lifetime'. Think about social theory and concepts as a fishing rod! The module is about social concepts and theory, but we always apply these concepts to practical social development issues and interventions. You will apply your knowledge and understanding of social concepts to important international development issues, for example (and these can vary each year) the social analysis of HIV, the social analysis of poverty and micro-credit interventions, or the social analysis of conflict and peace.

DEV-7021A

20

WATER SECURITY - CONCEPTS

The module 'Water Security - Concepts' examines the competing and complementing issues related to water security and international development, from a theoretical and conceptual perspective - but tested with real-world examples. The objectives of this module are to acquire the knowledge, skills and confidence required to interpret, analyse, understand, and begin to respond to water challenges in so-called 'development' contexts. By the end of this module you will: -Gain experience writing concisely and critically about water security issues in general -Have acquired numerous concepts and be familiar with different theoretical approaches -Be encouraged to think critically about water security projects and policy -Be able to analyse water security projects and policy -Gain experience presenting your water security analysis in public -Be aware of and able to engage in the most current water security debates -Be much more familiar with the water challenges of particular cases of your greatest interest. This module is one of the cornerstones (and requisites) for the Water Security and International Development MSc. It typically attracts students from across the School of International Development, as well as from the Schools of Environmental Sciences and Medicine , and complements the 'Water Security - Practice' module, which is geared more towards implementation (and also open to others).

DEV-7040A

20

WELFARE AND EVALUATION IN DEVELOPMENT

This module provides an introduction to the theory and practice of impact evaluation. The focus of the module will be on issues around evidence-based policy making, approaches to wellbeing, and their practical application in terms of evaluating the effect of development interventions on the quality of people's lives. The first part discusses the notion of evidence-based policy, introduces the students to the area of evaluation and reviews the role of programme theory in evaluation. The second part addresses the theory of welfare, with particular reference to poverty, inequality, and multi-dimensional ill-being as well as cost effectiveness. The third part considers policy and evaluation in practice looking at a range of sectors and contexts.

DEV-7038A

20

Students will select 0 - 20 credits from the following modules:

Autumn Semester other. Students must select a total of 20 credits from Option Ranges B and C.

Name Code Credits

CONCEPTUALISING SOCIAL SCIENCE RESEARCH

This module will provide you with a generic introduction to social science research. This includes introductory material on the nature of social science research, and examines the process and procedural aspects of social science research. The module is the core module for MRes Social Science Research. The module focuses on social science research in terms of research impact and complements other modules being offered in the School of International Development and other schools on social science research methods and tools.

PSY-7000A

20

ISSUES IN MEDIA AND CULTURAL POLITICS

The rise of cultural and media studies, themselves shaped by the changing character of systems of communication and entertainment, has prompted detailed consideration of the power of cultural and media forms, whether as sites of oppression and manipulation or of expression and resistance. Such concerns have served to challenge (as has feminism, for example) traditional accounts of human action and traditional definitions of the political realm. This MA module provides an introduction to, and an exploration of, the issues and debates that shape the study of Media and Cultural Politics. The first part of the unit is devoted to understanding the ideas behind the development of cultural politics and the politics of media. The second part explores particular issues that arise from these fields and draws upon the research interests of those teaching these sessions.

PPLM7014A

20

STUDYING MEDIA

This module is intended to provide you with an introduction to the key study skills in media and cultural studies. It will be particularly useful if you are unfamiliar with the British university system and its expectations. You will apply theoretical and methodological approaches to contemporary media texts and discuss recent scholarship on changes in the global media and cultural landscape.

PPLM7004A

20

UNDERSTANDING DIGITAL MEDIA

Digital technologies are often hyped as revolutionising society. You will be introduced to the ways in which the internet and other digital technologies are (and are not) affecting society from theoretical and empirical perspectives. This module is divided into three blocks: the first introduces the theoretical debates surrounding digital media; the second discusses how our everyday interpersonal relations are affected by digital media; the third addresses the impact of digital technology on media and politics. Topics covered include: the network society; social networking and virtual communities, surveillance, digital journalism and online activism.

PPLM7000A

20

Students will select 0 - 60 credits from the following modules:

Spring Semester Recommended Options. Students must select a total of 60 credits from Option Ranges D and G.

Name Code Credits

ADVANCED QUALITATIVE RESEARCH AND ANALYSIS

The broad aim of the module Advanced Qualitative Research and Analysis (AQRA) is to prepare students who already have a basic grasp of qualitative research methods for carrying out data analysis using different techniques. It will also aim at understanding how to link research questions, theory and methods and the research design more generally, as well as how to collect and manage data, and produce a piece of written work from the data. Coursework will therefore involve producing a piece of written analysis based on existing qualitative datasets. Examples of tecnhiques covered are semi-structured and life history interviews, focus groups, and participant observation. Classes will be practice-oriented in a workshop format, where students can experiement with conducting discourse analysis, thematic analysis, and narrative analysis of the datasets that will be provided.

DEV-7036B

20

APPLIED METHODS FOR IMPACT EVALUATION

This module aims to provide you with a comprehensive overview of the most important methods of impact evaluation. For that purpose, it will provide you with instruction in and hands-on experiences of the main quantitative and qualitative impact evaluation methods, with an emphasis on the quantitative.

DEV-7037B

20

CLIMATE CHANGE AND DEVELOPMENT II: GOVERNANCE, POLICY AND SOCIETY

This module critically examines international/national climate change governance, policy and societal impacts from and responses to climate change and climate change policy. The first half of the semester will discuss the history and politics of the international climate change negotiations and then critically examine the way the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change operates. You'll look in detail at several items under negotiation with significant implications for developing countries and we will discuss global carbon markets. The second half of the semester will turn to the interface of climate change and society. It will discuss participatory governance and urban responses to climate change as well as critically examining ethical/justice related debates, the role of energy demand and lifestyle in tackling climate change. The seminars will be interactive and enable you to understand the international negotiating process and ways to engage positively with climate change.

DEV-7051B

20

CONFLICT, CIVIL WARS AND PEACE

The number of violent intrastate conflicts has outweighed the number of violent interstate conflicts for more than five decades. Yet it was only with the end of the Cold War that academics and policy-makers started paying more attention to the possible causes and consequences of large-scale intrastate violence. Today, questions of effective conflict management, especially of large-scale civil wars, are among the top priorities of international development agencies. The aim of the "Conflict, Civil Wars and Peace" module is to critically assess the possible causes and consequences of violent intrastate conflicts as well as their implications for the wider development agenda. Key topics to be discussed in the module include causes, dynamics and consequences of different types of violent conflict, strategies and causes of terrorism, the role of gender during and after violent intrastate conflicts, the (contested) relationship(s) between natural resource wealth and civil wars, institutional approaches to conflict management, the rationale and possible effects of third-party intervention in civil wars, and post-conflict reconstruction efforts, including state- and peace-building as well as transitional justice. Throughout the module, you will be expected to assess the strengths and limitations of central concepts and theories from the academic debate by applying them to relevant empirical evidence, such as the role of gender during the Rwandan genocide in 1994 or the performance of Bosnia and Herzegovina's post-civil war power-sharing arrangement.

DEV-7015B

20

CONTEMPORARY WORLD DEVELOPMENT

The objective of Contemporary World Development is to examine key debates around development objectives, processes and agencies. While issues discussed here are of contemporary significance, references will be made to the historical contexts in which these debates have arisen. Concerns central to development policy making will be reviewed through theoretically grounded critical perspectives. Topics covered include the Millennium Development Goals, donors and aid politics, state and non-governmental organisations, and poverty.

DEV-7000B

20

CRITICAL ISSUES IN DEVELOPMENT PRACTICE 2

You will develop an advanced understanding of some of the challenges and changes in aid delivery that are introduced in Critical Issues in Development Practice 1, in the autumn semesters. Together these modules serve as the core foundations for the MA in Development Practice. With the grounding the previous module provides, Critical Issues in Development Practice 2 will expand your understanding to new different areas of concern and practice, across a wide range of approaches and topics in contemporary aid delivery. Themes explored will include specific approaches to aid delivery, such as human rights based approaches to development, and how this intersects with concerns around good governance as a key pillar for development. You will also be exposed to debates about global aid architecture and institutions, and wider global conditions in which aid operates, including around the politicisation of aid and the implications of the 'securitisation' agenda. A complementary strand of the module will examine shifting parameters of aid delivery, including around businesses and private sector involvement, for example in how public private partnerships might operate for the sustainable development goals. Examining such approaches includes considering the potential conceptual contradictions underlying social or human development objectives and business motives, and ways forward, such as looking at business ethics, corporate social responsibility, and social enterprise. The overall goal is to give you a deep and broad understanding of the key issues driving change in the sector for coming decades.

DEV-7052B

20

EDUCATIONAL POLICY AND PRACTICE FOR DEVELOPMENT

The aim of this module is to help you understand and critically examine, policy-making processes and specific policies for educational development. You will discover the relationships between policy and practice in a range of international, national and local development contexts. Through this module you will explore different approaches to policy development and familiarise yourself with dominant global policy agendas in education - asking who makes or influences policy, and considering policies as socially situated documents, practices and processes. The module introduces you to educational policy-making to address a range of development challenges and how related strategies are enacted in practice; drawing on policy theory and ethnographic and school-based research, as well as practical sessions to unpack the approaches and skills needed for successful advocacy and campaigning.

DEV-7011B

20

GENDER DIVERSITY AND SOCIAL DEVELOPMENT

This module equips you with the knowledge and skills to understand and explore relations between social policies, practice and key actors in addressing various forms of difference and diversity, with a particular focus on gender. You will develop analytical and conceptual skills to critically assess social policies - including gender - and social development at the international, national and institutional levels. This module considers current issues of gender and a range of intersecting inequalities (e.g. disability, migrant status) with reference to addressing social exclusion and deficit modes of development. The module has both theoretical and more practical components, and you will have the opportunity to work on your own projects through linked seminar sessions.

DEV-7024B

20

GLOBALISATION, BUSINESS AND DEVELOPMENT

This module provides an analysis of the way in which global production is organized and the roles played by the state, business and civil society and the relations between them. It focuses on key business actors such as transnational and looks in depth at issues of resource extraction in developing countries. Various aspects of Corporate Social Responsibility including relations with local communities and workers, as well as the impacts on the environment and human rights, are discussed.

DEV-7047B

20

GLOBALISED AGRICULTURE AND FOOD SYSTEMS

Our aim is to understand how forces operating at the global scale affect food and agriculture. These forces include trends in farming and trade, environmental change, policy developments, and social movements. Food security is a central theme: we explore different ways food security is defined, and how it is contested internationally, considering global institutions like FAO, interest groups, and diverse policy agendas (e.g. food sufficiency, nutrition, sustainability). We consider a range of issues currently affecting food and farming systems: environmental change, changing diets (more meat, processed foods), `post-production' concerns with food safety or farming's impact on ecosystems, global agribusiness, agricultural innovation systems, and global-scale changes in food prices. Students will gain critical understanding of debates around these issues and of how different policy actors engage with them. These actors include firms, public RandD institutions, farmers' movements, and major donors and philanthropic organizations. An abiding concern is understanding impacts for the poor and vulnerable, particularly smallholder farmers, but also consumers in the North and South, and those involved in value chains. The module will help students develop a critical and inter-disciplinary understanding of key international policy debates that have relevance to agriculture.

DEV-7045B

20

HEALTH AND DEVELOPMENT

This module provides a broad introduction to health issues in a context of development. It reviews different cultural understandings of health, and relationships between health, socio-economic change, livelihoods and poverty. The module also examines health policies of particular relevance to developing countries. While we look at health issues in general, we pay particular attention to links between HIV/AIDS and development.

DEV-7027B

20

MEDIA AND DEVELOPMENT IN PRACTICE

You will be working in the university and in the local community to design, implement and evaluate your own 'live' media and development project. The aim of this module is not only to provide you with the opportunity to gain experience of media and development in practice but also to provide the opportunity to reflect on that experience. Past projects have involved content production, audience research, social media strategy, project design and capacity building. This module is not taught through conventional lectures and seminars. Instead, there are opportunities to talk, listen and reflect on our work and the issues and processes encountered. An important element of this process is peer review.

DEV-7039B

20

POLITICAL ECOLOGY

This course seeks to provide students with a solid understanding of political ecology theory and to enable them to apply this theory for analyzing environment and development problems. After a brief introduction to key theoretical concepts in political ecology, students review key contributions to major policy fields in environment and development. They do this in a series of reading seminars, covering agriculture and biotechnology, climate change, conservation, fisheries, forestry, water management and other fields. The course ends with a workshop on the role of policy in political ecology.

DEV-7033B

20

POLITICS AND MEDIA

Working from the assumption that the media are an integral part of modern political life, we will examine the way in which politics is represented in the media and reviews critically the argument about 'bias'. We will also explore the arguments around the ownership and control of media, the increasing use of the media by political parties and the changing relationship between citizens and politics engendered by new communication technologies.

PPLM7002B

20

RURAL POLICIES and POLITICS

Around three-quarters of the world's poor live in rural areas and within most developing countries the gap between the rural poor and better off urban residents continues to widen. The lives of the rural poor can be greatly influenced by policies in areas such as agriculture, land, social protection, natural resources, health, education and trade. This module reviews important policies and issues in these and other areas. It also guides students to critically analyse policy choices within specific contexts. Rural Policies and Politics recognises the importance of looking at rural policies with consideration of particular socio-economic and political contexts, as well as in relation to larger-scale trends that are affecting rural areas including globalisation, urbanisation, de-agrarianisation, and rapid technological change.

DEV-7004B

20

TOOLS AND SKILLS IN ENVIRONMENT AND DEVELOPMENT

How can sustainable development be achieved in a way that both protects the environment whilst pursuing development that benefits the poorest? Often those who benefit least from development projects are most vulnerable to the costs of development, such as pollution of rivers and loss of land, yet they have little say in development decisions. This module introduces you to important tools and frameworks used by researchers, government agencies, businesses and non-governmental organisations for managing environmental and natural resources for sustainable development. You will learn to critique and apply a range of the most widely used tools. Examples that have been covered in this module previously include Environmental Impact Assessment, livelihoods analysis, climate vulnerability assessment, Geographical Information Systems, participatory decision making and scenarios methods. The module is taught through workshops and practical sessions, lectures and a study visit within Norfolk. There is an emphasis on putting concepts and tools into practice and understanding how environmental assessments guide management actions. Both individual and team projects will be important. You will gain confidence and skills in applying and critiquing the leading tools and frameworks used by sustainable development professionals.

DEV-7022B

20

WATER SECURITY - PRACTICE

The module 'Water Security - Practice' familiarises you with some of the ways that water security and international development challenges may be examined, unpacked and addressed. The course is constructed around the belief that scientists can employ analytical and participatory tools, such as games, to put water users (e.g. drawers, irrigators, households, abstractors) at the very centre of water security policy. This module is one of the cornerstones (and requisites) for the Water Security and International Development MSc. It typically attracts many students from across different faculties and complements the 'Water Security - Concepts' module, which is geared more towards theory.

DEV-7041B

20

Students will select 0 - 60 credits from the following modules:

Spring Semester other. Students must select a total of 60 credits from Option Ranges D and G.

Name Code Credits

FEMINISMS AND TELEVISION FROM WONDER WOMAN TO HANNAH HORVATH

You will learn about the relationship between feminisms and the cultural history of (primarily) US and UK television from second wave feminism to the present. Your module charts the dialogue between feminism and television in Anglophone contexts from the 1970s through to the 2010s, focussing on flashpoint moments for feminism (e.g. the women's liberation movement; millennial postfeminism; the global financial crisis) and touchstone texts (e.g. The Mary Tyler Moore Show, Prime Suspect, Buffy the Vampire Slayer, Sex and the City, Girls, Scandal) that have resonated particularly strongly with female audiences (e.g. soap operas; lifestyle TV; women centred dramas), struck a chord with feminist concerns (e.g. work/life balance, sexual freedoms, empowerment, the politics of relationships/singlehood/friendship), and generated foundational criticism by feminist television scholars. It will be structured chronologically, and topics may include feminism and female audiences; action heroines on television; the figure of the female detective; women's work; intersectional identities (queerness, post-racial discourse, masculinities) and recessionary culture.

AMAM7009B

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FREE SPEECH

You'll examine one of the pressing issues of political theory, constitutional law, democracy, and media regulation: why is free speech important and what if any should be its limits? You'll compare and contrasts the conditions of free speech in China, the UK, and the United States. You'll be introduced to some of the classic defences of free speech found in the writings of J.S. Mill and the judicial decisions of Oliver Wendall Holmes. Following on from this you'll examine the question of free speech as it relates to freedom of the press and new media. You'll also explore the question of the limits of free speech, particularly in relation to hate speech. At this point you will have a chance to examine human rights instruments and laws pertaining to the issues, including the ECHR, the Human Rights Act 2008, and the Racial and Religious Hatred Act 2008, as well as a range of legal cases from courts across the world. You'll be exposed to a range of deeper ideological debates among liberals, libertarians, multiculturalists, and critical theorists. The approach will be multidisciplinary drawing on politics, philosophy, and law. The format will be a two-hour class each week, comprising research-led teaching, seminar discussions, practical exercises, textual reading, balloon debate, and essay writing and research-skills mini-sessions. The assessment comprises of formative feedback on the presentation of an essay plan and summative assessment of two essays. The module compares and contrasts the conditions of free speech in China, the UK, and the United States. Students are introduced to some of the classic defences of free speech found in the writings of J.S. Mill and the judicial decisions of Oliver Wendall Holmes. Following on from this they will examine the question of free speech as it relates to freedom of the press and new media. Students will also explore the question of the limits of free speech, particularly in relation to hate speech. At this point students will have a chance to examine human rights instruments and laws pertaining to the issues, including the ECHR, the Human Rights Act 2008, and the Racial and Religious Hatred Act 2008, as well as a range of legal cases from courts across the world. During the module the students will be exposed to a range of deeper ideological debates among liberals, libertarians, multiculturalists, and critical theorists. The approach will be multidisciplinary drawing on politics, philosophy, and law. Finally, the format of the module will be a two-hour class each week, comprising research-led teaching, seminar discussions, practical exercises, textual reading, balloon debate, and essay writing and research-skills mini-sessions. The module assessment is as follows: formative feedback on the presentation of an essay plan; summative assessment of two essays.

PPLX7007B

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ECONOMIC POLICY ANALYSIS

You will examine a selection of topics in applied development economics that are important for government policy - chosen from areas such as international trade, foreign investment, government taxation and spending, labour markets and employment, agriculture, finance, business regulation, energy and climate change. You will look at the economic theory relevant to each topic, and how government policies have worked in practice.

DEV-7017B

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MACROECONOMICS OF DEVELOPMENT

This module will provide you with an understanding of macroeconomic theory and policy in developing countries. This will include an evaluation of alternative theories of economic growth and their policy implications, and an analysis of the macroeconomic effects of external shocks. By the end of the module, you will have a good understanding of modern theories of economic growth and open economy macroeconomics, and be able to apply those theories to economic policy issues in developing countries.

DEV-7029B

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PRACTICAL VIDEO AND TV NEWS PRODUCTION

This module offers you an introduction to video news production as practised in Broadcast TV and, increasingly, online media. The module enables you to contextualise academic study and criticism of news gathering and presentation processes as well as gain first-hand experience of producing video news items using modern technology. You are introduced to the skills of television news - story selection, report construction, news interviewing, shooting and post production. You will master the skills of writing to picture for news. The module is first and foremost practical - the skills taught will enable you, working in small teams, to produce your own short TV news reports, which will be compiled into a TV format news programme. Production takes place on location and in the studio. You will be required to work outside the taught periods on production and post-production activities. PLEASE NOTE that this module is frequently oversubscribed, so priority will be given to students on PPL Media courses.

PPLM7005B

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PUBLIC RELATIONS, PUBLIC AFFAIRS AND THE MEDIA

This module enables students to develop an advanced understanding of the theory and practice of public affairs, interest intermediation, and the strategies used by interest, advocacy groups and others to influence the political process. As well as covering the main debates in the academic literature, it draws directly on the experience of practitioners and offers unique insights into this under-studied area of politics.

PPLX7005B

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ANALYSING HOLLYWOOD CINEMA

'Hollywood' as an industry, cultural institution and maker of films has dominated the global cinematic imagination for decades. On this module, we investigate the history, production cultures and texts made by the US film industry from its classic period to contemporary filmmaking. This will include analysing Hollywood from a range of perspectives, which may include things like studio filmmaking, independent filmmaking, genre filmmaking and the blockbuster. In doing so we will discover the multiplicity of cinemas at work within the concept of Hollywood.

AMAM7011B

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Disclaimer

Whilst the University will make every effort to offer the modules listed, changes may sometimes be made arising from the annual monitoring, review and update of modules and regular (five-yearly) review of course programmes. Where this activity leads to significant (but not minor) changes to programmes and their constituent modules, there will normally be prior consultation of students and others. It is also possible that the University may not be able to offer a module for reasons outside of its control, such as the illness of a member of staff or sabbatical leave. In some cases optional modules can have limited places available and so you may be asked to make additional module choices in the event you do not gain a place on your first choice. Where this is the case, the University will endeavour to inform students.

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  • Our research areas

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Entry Requirements

  • Degree Subject Social Sciences, preferably media or development
  • Degree Classification 2.1 or equivalent
  • Special Entry Requirements Relevant work experience desirable

Entry Requirement

Applicants should normally have a good first degree from a recognised higher education institution. The University will also take into account the employment experience of applicants where relevant.

It is normal for undergraduate students to apply for entry to postgraduate programmes in their final year of study. Applicants who have not yet been awarded a degree may be offered a place conditional on their attaining a particular class of degree.

Students for whom English is a Foreign language

We welcome applications from students whose first language is not English. To ensure such students benefit from postgraduate study, we require evidence of proficiency in English. Our usual entry requirements are as follows:

  • IELTS: 6.5 (minimum 6.0 in all components)
  • PTE (Pearson): 62 (minimum 55 in all components)

Test dates should be within two years of the course start date.

Other tests, including Cambridge English exams and the Trinity Integrated Skills in English are also accepted by the university. The full list of accepted tests can be found here: Accepted English Language Tests

INTO University of East Anglia

If you do not meet the academic requirements for this course, you may be able to study one of the International Graduate Diploma programmes offered by our partner INTO UEA. These programmes guarantee progression to selected masters degrees if students achieve the appropriate grade. For more details please click here:

International Graduate Diploma in International Development

INTO UEA also run pre-sessional courses which can be taken prior to the start of your course. For further information and to see if you qualify please contact intopre-sessional@uea.ac.uk

Fees and Funding

Fees And Funding

Fees for the academic year 2018/19 are:

  • UK/EU Students: £7,000 (full-time)
  • International Students: £15,800 (full-time)

International applicants from outside the EU may need to pay a deposit.

Living Expenses

Approximately £9,135 living expenses will be needed to adequately support yourself.

Scholarships and Funding

A variety of Scholarships may be offered to UK students. Please click here for more detailed information about UK/EU Scholarships and Funding.

The University offers around £1 million of Scholarships each year to support International students in their studies. Scholarships are normally awarded to students on the basis of academic merit and are usually for the duration of the period of study. Please click here for further information about funding for International students. International candidates are also actively encouraged to access the University's International section of our website.

How to Apply

Applications for Postgraduate Taught programmes at the University of East Anglia should be made directly to the University.

You can apply online, or by downloading the application form.

Further Information

To request further information & to be kept up to date with news & events please use our online enquiry form.

If you would like to discuss your individual circumstances prior to applying please do contact us:

Postgraduate Admissions Office
Tel: +44 (0)1603 591515
Email: admissions@uea.ac.uk

International candidates are also encouraged to access the International Students section of our website.

    Next Steps

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    admissions@uea.ac.uk or
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