The MSc New Political Communication is for those seeking to understand the interplay between digital new media and communication technologies, political institutions, behaviour and public policy, with emphases on citizen engagement, mobilization, campaigning, and the role of new media in the global system. The course looks at e-democracy, e-government and e-campaigning, as well as studying material on media, war and conflict and is ideal for students either progressing to a career in politics and international relations or continuing to further academic study.
You will study a mixture of core and elective units, including a generous choice of free options, and write a supervised dissertation over the summer. Teaching is conducted primarily in small group seminars that meet weekly for two hours, supplemented by individual tuition for the dissertation.
This course is also offered at Postgraduate Diploma level for those who do not have the academic background necessary to begin an advanced Master's degree. The structure of the Diploma is identical except that you will not write a dissertation. If you are successful on the Diploma you may transfer to the MSc, subject to academic approval.
You will study four core course units (chosen from a total of six options), two elective units, and write a dissertation over the summer. Course units include one of three disciplinary training pathway courses, a course in research design, analysing international politics, and specialist options in international relations.
Students studying for the Postgraduate Diploma do not undertake the dissertation.
Core course units:
New Political Communication-
You will examine the relationship between media, politics and democracy in contemporary political life. This unit focuses on a number of important themes, including theories of media effects, the construction of political news, election campaigning, government communications and spin, media regulation, the emergence of the Internet, the globalisation of media, agenda setting, and propaganda and the role of media in foreign policy and military intervention.
Internet and New Media Politics-
Drawing predominantly upon specialist academic journal literatures, this unit focuses on a number of important contemporary debates about the role and influence of new technologies on the values, processes and outcomes of: global governance institutions; public bureaucracies; representative institutions including political parties and legislatures; pressure groups and social movements.
Introduction to Quantitative Research Methods in Politics and International Relations-
You will be introduced to quantitative methods commonly used in the study of Politics and International Relations. You will acquire the skills to understand, critically analyse, and carry out a range of quantitative techniques, using statistical software packages such as SPSS.
Introduction to Qualitative Methods in Politics and International Relations-
You will be provided with an introduction to core theories and qualitative approaches in politics and international relations. You will examine a number of explanatory/theoretical frameworks, their basic assumptions, strengths and weaknesses, and concrete research applications. You will consider the various qualitative techniques available for conducting search research, the range of decisions qualitative researchers face, and the trade-offs researchers must consider when designing qualitative research.
Foundations of Contemporary Political Theory-
You will explore key texts and ideas that underpin a variety of late 20th and early 21st century approaches in political thought, such as contractarianism, pragmatism, genealogy, deconstruction, and contextual history.
Research Design in Politics and International Relations-
This unit focuses on the process and practice of research in politics and international Relations: the principles and procedures that guide scholars in PIR as they conduct research, the kinds of questions they ask, and the variety of decisions that they must make.
Dissertation (MSc only)-
The dissertation gives you the opportunity to study an aspect of New Political Communication in depth. You will be assigned a dissertation supervisor and the length of the piece will be 12-15,000 words.
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