MA Media, Culture and Society


Attendance
Part Time
Award
Degree of Master of Arts



Explore the role of media in shaping and transforming society in the new global order. Study media of all kinds – news, film, and social media – and at all aspects of its operation: economics, law, politics, and culture. This highly interdisciplinary programme provides students with the opportunity to study contemporary media from a variety of perspectives.

This distinctive approach is best illustrated by the core module, Media and Society, which brings together key aspects of modern media and approaches them from the perspective of politics, economics, law and international development. Through your choice of optional modules (including practical media options) and your dissertation, you will tailor the degree to your interests, focusing on those aspects of media and society that you feel are most important.

Overview

This MA provides students with an opportunity to study contemporary media from a variety of perspectives and disciplines. Its distinctive approach is best revealed in the compulsory module which brings together key aspects of modern media. It looks at the role of media in global citizenship, at media law and economics, and at different media systems. This module provides a foundation to explore in more detail a number of related issues on the rest of the course.

WHY STUDY MEDIA, CULTURE AND SOCIETY AT UEA?

Launched in 2008-2009 this highly popular Masters degree draws on the University’s international reputation for teaching in media and culture. The MA is fully interdisciplinary and you will be taught by experts in media law, economics, political communication, social media and identity politics.

COURSES, CONTENT AND STRUCTURE

The MA lasts twelve months for full-time students and two years for those studying part-time. You will have seminars and lectures during the first two semesters and then over the summer you will work on your dissertation which is handed in at the start of September.

TRANSFERABLE SKILLS

Over the course of the MA, you will develop a variety of transferable skills. These include debating, giving oral presentations, team work, project work and essay writing. Students also receive training in research skills. This will enable you to write a better dissertation; it will also be useful if you decide to take up a career in research.

DISSERTATION

The dissertation is a very important part of the MA. Students choose their own topic and are allocated an individual supervisor who gives advice on all aspects of writing and researching a dissertation. We also organise a Postgraduate Day when all MA students meet together and discuss their research. There is a session set aside when MA students have a chance to discuss their dissertation proposals.

COURSE ASSESSMENTS

Assessment is based on a mix of dissertation, essays, research papers and performance in seminars.

BRUSSELS TRIP

Most years, a trip to Belgium is organised for MA students. The trip includes two or three nights in a hotel, and the opportunity to meet journalists and other media specialists living in Brussels and to develop your media skills.

PRACTICAL MEDIA

We offer a module called Practical Media, which is designed to give you an opportunity to work in a state-of-the-art TV studio in Norwich. It is a chance to get advice from professionals and to take part in the production of a TV news programme.

CAREERS

The career centre at the University is an excellent resource, and it helps us put on special days for students studying our degrees in media, culture and politics. People working in the field come to the university and discuss their jobs and how they got into them. Recent graduates from our MA programmes have taken up jobs in a wide variety of fields, including: business, teaching, research, and journalism, as well as working for the UN and many other international organisations.

This course is also available on a full time basis.

Course Modules

Students must study the following modules for 40 credits:

Name Code Credits

MEDIA AND SOCIETY

This module is intended to provide all students studying media related postgraduate degrees with a broad, current and inter-disciplinary understanding of the media today. The guiding philosophy informing this module is the belief that in order properly to 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. What we shall be doing over the year therefore is looking at the structure of the media industry today in the UK and globally. We will consider, from several different academic perspectives, how media content is constructed, what factors and influences go to shape content and how content may be controlled and even censored. We will also look at the media industry, examining how it is currently organised and managed, what factors influence its current organisation and consider how it might develop. We will also examine how media affects people and society and consider also the assumptions that are made about the impact of the media. Finally, we will seek to draw together key aspects of modern media.

PPLM7009Y

40

Students will select 40 credits from the following modules:

Students with a non-UK first degree MUST also take PPLM7004A Studying Media in their first year of study unless a waiver is obtained from the Course Director.

Name Code Credits

ANALYSING MEDIA DISCOURSES

This module examines the relationship between language, images and social meaning. Media products from film and advertising to newspaper articles and even music are examined as 'texts' that shape and are shaped by the socio-political reality. After discussing some of the main theories of textual analysis like semiotics, psychoanalysis and discourse analysis, we will adopt a hands on approach in order to demonstrate how the visual and linguistic techniques can advance our understanding of the processes of representation and communication of meaning.

PPLM7003A

20

ASIAN CINEMA

'Asian Cinema' is a category of films increasingly in evidence in diverse places ranging from cinemas to high street shops. Recent years have seen a variety of Asian cinema incursions into global film culture, from Bollywood in UK multiplexes to Hong Kong action styles used in the Hollywood blockbuster. Inherent within the label are debates of resistance, industry, art, technology and aesthetics that have held sway since the dawn of cinema worldwide. In this module we break down these discourses and address the significant cultural, economic and political influences that Asian cinemas have had, and indeed still have, within world culture.

AMAM7000B

20

BRICS - EMERGING POWERS IN GLOBAL POLITICS

This module examines how the large group of dynamic emerging powers are at the forefront of global change. The growing influence of these emerging global powers is a key component of the shifting world power. We are seeing new international governance through stronger regional blocs, new South-South alliances, the progress of international institutions such as the BRICS Development Bank, and pressure to change the distribution of power in existing intergovernmental organisations. Focus in this module will be on analysis of social, political and economic change underway in world order.

PPLI7011B

20

CONFLICT AND CONFLICT RESOLUTION IN INTERCULTURAL COMMUNICATION

The module introduces students to the study of intercultural conflict and conflict resolution, through case studies of miscommunication at the levels of everyday language use, business communication, international political disputes and the public representation of cross-cultural conflicts. The module enables students to apply discourse- and face/politeness-analytical methods to conflicts in intercultural communication on the basis of applied linguistics (contrastive semantics, pragmatics and sociolinguistics) and cultural studies. By the end of the course students will have an understanding of the linguistic dimensions of conflicts (and their mediation) in intercultural communication. Formative work includes oral and written presentations.

PPLC7008B

20

FEMINISMS AND TELEVISION FROM WONDER WOMAN TO HANNAH HORVATH

This module is about the relationship between feminisms and the cultural history of (primarily) US and UK television from second wave feminism to the present. It thus 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

20

NEW MEDIA AND SOCIETY

New media and mobile technologies are often hyped as having revolutionised society. This module will provide students with an introduction to the ways in which the internet and other digital technologies are (and are not) affecting society from theoretical and empirical perspectives. The module is divided into four blocks: the first introduces the theoretical debates surrounding new media; the second discusses how interpersonal relations are affected by new media; the third addresses the impact of new media on politics; finally, the fourth block introduces methodological implications and future directions of new media research. Topics covered include: the "network society"; social networking and virtual communities e-democracy, citizen journalism and online activism.

PPLM7000A

20

POLITICS AND MEDIA

Working from the assumption that the media are an integral part of modern political life, this module examines the way in which politics is represented in the media and reviews critically the argument about 'bias'. It also explores 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

POLITICS AND POPULAR CULTURE

This module explores the ways in which popular culture and politics are linked. It works from the assumption that popular culture 'matters', and the key question is how it matters. Hence it examines the different ways in which, and the different theories through which, popular culture is interpreted as expressing or constituting national or sexual identity, propaganda or political insight, means of resistance or of compliance. It also considers the political economy of popular culture (especially the role of the state) and the political uses of popular culture (especially in political communication). It ends by considering the debates about the political influence of popular culture and about the 'value' of popular culture.

PPLM7001A

20

PRACTICAL MEDIA

The Practical Media module offers students an introduction to video news production as practised in Broadcast TV and, increasingly, online media. The module enables students 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. The module introduces the skills of television news - story selection, report construction, news interviewing, shooting and post production. The module also teaches the skills of writing to picture for news. The module is first and foremost practical - the skills taught will enable students working in small teams to produce their own short TV news reports, which will be compiled into a TV format news programme. Production takes place on location and in the studio. Students will be required to work outside the taught periods on their production and post-production activities. PLEASE NOTE that this module is frequently oversubscribed, so priority will be strictly given to students on PPL Media courses.

PPLM7005B

20

PRACTICAL MEDIA

The Practical Media module offers students an introduction to video news production as practised in Broadcast TV and, increasingly, online media. The module enables students 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. The module introduces the skills of television news - story selection, report construction, news interviewing, shooting and post production. The module also teaches the skills of writing to picture for news. The module is first and foremost practical - the skills taught will enable students working in small teams to produce their own short TV news reports, which will be compiled into a TV format news programme. Production takes place on location and in the studio. Students will be required to work outside the taught periods on their production and post-production activities. PLEASE NOTE that this module is frequently oversubscribed, so priority will be strictly given to students on PPL Media, Culture and Society course.

PPLM7006A

20

PUBLIC PROTEST LAW

State authorities have an obligation to protect and facilitate peaceful protest - from temporary encampments to far-right rallies, from Pride parades to funeral pickets and wedding protests, and from 'Critical Mass' bicycle rides to prayer vigils in public places. This course will examine the ways in which law commonly seeks to regulate protest - what kinds of protest (including forms of direct action) are (or ought to be) protected? What kind of regulation is (or might legitimately be) permitted? How should the authorities respond to spontaneous and/or unorganized gatherings, simultaneous meetings and counter-protests, protests on private property?

LAW-7025B

20

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

20

STUDYING MEDIA

This module is intended to provide an introduction to the key study skills in media and cultural studies. It will be particularly useful for students unfamiliar with the British university system and its expectations. Students will apply theoretical and methodological approaches to contemporary media texts and discuss recent scholarship on changes in the global media and cultural landscape. In addition to introducing key study skills and debates in the discipline, the workshop sessions will provide a supportive environment for critical reflection and intercultural communication.

PPLM7004A

20

THE BIG PICTURE: CONTEMPORARY HOLLYWOOD CINEMA

Hollywood has remained a dominant force in film production, distribution and exhibition in recent decades, despite competition from other local and transnational cinemas. This module aims to explore the success of the Hollywood system through a focus on the industry itself, and the films it produces, particularly those that have been most successful at the domestic and international box office. The module will, therefore, cover a range of relevant topics that may include: what kind of films does Hollywood invest in? Is financial gain the best lens to judge issues of 'popularity'? Who are the target audiences for those films? What is the role of the audience in receiving and popularising these hit movies? What is the relationship between domestic theatrical release, circulation in foreign markets and distribution in other media such as television, film, and DVD?

AMAM7011B

20

THE PROTECTION AND MANAGEMENT OF PRIVACY AND REPUTATION

In the intrusive, multi-faceted world that exists today, with 24/7 media and an ever-expanding internet, the potential for damage to reputation and interference with privacy has never been greater. This module focuses on the various ways in which the law protects rights to reputation and privacy and examines ways in which the law can be used to manage reputations in this complex world. The module will focus on the law of defamation, the laws relating to the protection of privacy interests, and the developing interplay between law and technology. While the approach taken by English law will form a significant part of the module's content, comparative study will also be made of the laws of America and other common law jurisdictions as well as the laws of the European Union and some specific European countries.

LAW-7004B

20

Students must study the following modules for 60 credits:

Name Code Credits

PSI DISSERTATION

For all MA students registered in PSI except those undertaking a Dissertation by Practice . Students are required to write a dissertation of 10,000 words on a topic approved by the Course Director or other authorised person. The dissertation is to be submitted the first working day of September 2016.

PPLX7010X

60

Students will select 40 credits from the following modules:

Please note that students are not allowed to choose 2nd year modules which they have taken during the 1st year of the course.

Name Code Credits

ANALYSING MEDIA DISCOURSES

This module examines the relationship between language, images and social meaning. Media products from film and advertising to newspaper articles and even music are examined as 'texts' that shape and are shaped by the socio-political reality. After discussing some of the main theories of textual analysis like semiotics, psychoanalysis and discourse analysis, we will adopt a hands on approach in order to demonstrate how the visual and linguistic techniques can advance our understanding of the processes of representation and communication of meaning.

PPLM7003A

20

ASIAN CINEMA

'Asian Cinema' is a category of films increasingly in evidence in diverse places ranging from cinemas to high street shops. Recent years have seen a variety of Asian cinema incursions into global film culture, from Bollywood in UK multiplexes to Hong Kong action styles used in the Hollywood blockbuster. Inherent within the label are debates of resistance, industry, art, technology and aesthetics that have held sway since the dawn of cinema worldwide. In this module we break down these discourses and address the significant cultural, economic and political influences that Asian cinemas have had, and indeed still have, within world culture.

AMAM7000B

20

BRICS - EMERGING POWERS IN GLOBAL POLITICS

This module examines how the large group of dynamic emerging powers are at the forefront of global change. The growing influence of these emerging global powers is a key component of the shifting world power. We are seeing new international governance through stronger regional blocs, new South-South alliances, the progress of international institutions such as the BRICS Development Bank, and pressure to change the distribution of power in existing intergovernmental organisations. Focus in this module will be on analysis of social, political and economic change underway in world order.

PPLI7011B

20

CONFLICT AND CONFLICT RESOLUTION IN INTERCULTURAL COMMUNICATION

The module introduces students to the study of intercultural conflict and conflict resolution, through case studies of miscommunication at the levels of everyday language use, business communication, international political disputes and the public representation of cross-cultural conflicts. The module enables students to apply discourse- and face/politeness-analytical methods to conflicts in intercultural communication on the basis of applied linguistics (contrastive semantics, pragmatics and sociolinguistics) and cultural studies. By the end of the course students will have an understanding of the linguistic dimensions of conflicts (and their mediation) in intercultural communication. Formative work includes oral and written presentations.

PPLC7008B

20

FEMINISMS AND TELEVISION FROM WONDER WOMAN TO HANNAH HORVATH

This module is about the relationship between feminisms and the cultural history of (primarily) US and UK television from second wave feminism to the present. It thus 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

20

FREE SPEECH

The module examines 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? 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 will rely heavily on formative feedback on presentation and essay writing skills, building to one assessed long essay and a seminar performance mark.

PPLX7007B

20

NEW MEDIA AND SOCIETY

New media and mobile technologies are often hyped as having revolutionised society. This module will provide students with an introduction to the ways in which the internet and other digital technologies are (and are not) affecting society from theoretical and empirical perspectives. The module is divided into four blocks: the first introduces the theoretical debates surrounding new media; the second discusses how interpersonal relations are affected by new media; the third addresses the impact of new media on politics; finally, the fourth block introduces methodological implications and future directions of new media research. Topics covered include: the "network society"; social networking and virtual communities e-democracy, citizen journalism and online activism.

PPLM7000A

20

POLITICS AND MEDIA

Working from the assumption that the media are an integral part of modern political life, this module examines the way in which politics is represented in the media and reviews critically the argument about 'bias'. It also explores 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

POLITICS AND POPULAR CULTURE

This module explores the ways in which popular culture and politics are linked. It works from the assumption that popular culture 'matters', and the key question is how it matters. Hence it examines the different ways in which, and the different theories through which, popular culture is interpreted as expressing or constituting national or sexual identity, propaganda or political insight, means of resistance or of compliance. It also considers the political economy of popular culture (especially the role of the state) and the political uses of popular culture (especially in political communication). It ends by considering the debates about the political influence of popular culture and about the 'value' of popular culture.

PPLM7001A

20

PRACTICAL MEDIA

The Practical Media module offers students an introduction to video news production as practised in Broadcast TV and, increasingly, online media. The module enables students 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. The module introduces the skills of television news - story selection, report construction, news interviewing, shooting and post production. The module also teaches the skills of writing to picture for news. The module is first and foremost practical - the skills taught will enable students working in small teams to produce their own short TV news reports, which will be compiled into a TV format news programme. Production takes place on location and in the studio. Students will be required to work outside the taught periods on their production and post-production activities. PLEASE NOTE that this module is frequently oversubscribed, so priority will be strictly given to students on PPL Media courses.

PPLM7005B

20

PUBLIC PROTEST LAW

State authorities have an obligation to protect and facilitate peaceful protest - from temporary encampments to far-right rallies, from Pride parades to funeral pickets and wedding protests, and from 'Critical Mass' bicycle rides to prayer vigils in public places. This course will examine the ways in which law commonly seeks to regulate protest - what kinds of protest (including forms of direct action) are (or ought to be) protected? What kind of regulation is (or might legitimately be) permitted? How should the authorities respond to spontaneous and/or unorganized gatherings, simultaneous meetings and counter-protests, protests on private property?

LAW-7025B

20

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

20

THE BIG PICTURE: CONTEMPORARY HOLLYWOOD CINEMA

Hollywood has remained a dominant force in film production, distribution and exhibition in recent decades, despite competition from other local and transnational cinemas. This module aims to explore the success of the Hollywood system through a focus on the industry itself, and the films it produces, particularly those that have been most successful at the domestic and international box office. The module will, therefore, cover a range of relevant topics that may include: what kind of films does Hollywood invest in? Is financial gain the best lens to judge issues of 'popularity'? Who are the target audiences for those films? What is the role of the audience in receiving and popularising these hit movies? What is the relationship between domestic theatrical release, circulation in foreign markets and distribution in other media such as television, film, and DVD?

AMAM7011B

20

THE PROTECTION AND MANAGEMENT OF PRIVACY AND REPUTATION

In the intrusive, multi-faceted world that exists today, with 24/7 media and an ever-expanding internet, the potential for damage to reputation and interference with privacy has never been greater. This module focuses on the various ways in which the law protects rights to reputation and privacy and examines ways in which the law can be used to manage reputations in this complex world. The module will focus on the law of defamation, the laws relating to the protection of privacy interests, and the developing interplay between law and technology. While the approach taken by English law will form a significant part of the module's content, comparative study will also be made of the laws of America and other common law jurisdictions as well as the laws of the European Union and some specific European countries.

LAW-7004B

20

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. Where this is the case, the University will endeavour to inform students.

Entry Requirements

  • Degree Subject Relevant Humanities or Social Science subject such as Media Studies, Journalism or Broadcasting
  • Degree Classification UK BA (Hons) 2.1 or equivalent

Entry Requirement

Media experience can be taken into account for those with a non-relevant humanities or social science 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 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

Intakes

This course's annual intake is in September of each year.

Alternative Qualifications

If you have alternative qualifications that have not been mentioned above then please contact university directly for further information.

Assessment

All applications for postgraduate study are processed through the Faculty Admissions Office and forwarded to the relevant School of Study for consideration. If you are currently completing your first degree or have not yet taken a required English language test, any offer of a place will be conditional upon you achieving this before you arrive.

Fees and Funding

Tuition fees

Tuition fees for the academic year 2016/17 are:

  • UK/EU Students: £7,150
  • International Students: £14,500

If you choose to study part-time, the fee per annum will be half the annual fee for that year, or a pro-rata fee for the module credit you are taking (only available for UK/EU students).

We estimate living expenses at £820 per month.

Scholarships and Awards

The Faculty of Arts and Humanities has a number of Scholarships and Awards on offer. For further information relevant to Political, Social and International Studies, visit the Scholarships and Funding page for postgraduate students.

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.

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.

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