MSc Media and Communications

Set out below, you will find some suggested readings that will prove helpful to you in preparing for your arrival at LSE, and for finding out about courses you may be interested in taking.

It is not essential that you read everything on the list - the intention is simply to give you an idea of the level and range of material covered. 

  • Allen, Stuart (ed). The Routledge Companion to News and Journalism. Routledge 2010
  • Beckett, Ch. (2008) SuperMedia: Saving Journalism So It Can Save The World.  Malden, MA: Blackwell/Wiley.
  • Briggs, A. and Burke, P. (2002) A Social History of the Media: From Gutenberg to the Internet. Cambridge: Polity.
  • Calabrese, A. and Sparks, C. (eds) (2004) Toward a Political Economy of Culture, Capitalism and Communication in the 21st Century, Lanham MD: Rowman & Littlefield.
  • Castells, Manuel. (2009). Communication Power. Oxford University Press.
  • Couldry, N. (2012). Media, Society, World: Social Theory and Digital Media. Cambridge: Polity.
  • Curran, J. and Gurevitch, M. (eds) (2005) Mass Media and Society. 4th ed. London: Arnold.
  • Curran, J. and Seaton, J. (2003) Power Without Responsibility. London: Routledge.
  • Mansell, R. (2012) Imagining the Internet: Communication, Innovation and Governance. Oxford University Press.
  • Mattelart, A. (2003) The Information Society: An introduction. London: Sage.
  • McChesney, R (2000) Rich Media Poor Democracy. New York: New Press.
  • Papacharissi, Z. A. (2010). A Private Sphere: Democracy in a Digital Age. Cambridge: Polity. 
  • Silverstone, R. (2007) Media and Morality. Cambridge: Polity.
  • Silverstone, R. (1999) Why Study the Media? London: Sage.
  • Thompson, J.B. (1995) The Media and Modernity: A Social Theory of the Media. Cambridge: Polity.
  • Wasko, J. (ed.). (2005) A Companion to Television. Malden, MA: Blackwell.
  • Wu, Tim. (2010) The Master Switch. The Rise and Fall of Information Empires. Borzio Books. 

Media and Communication Governance stream

The above, plus:  

  • Freedman, D. (2008) The Politics of Media Policy. Cambridge: Polity Press.
  • Harcourt, A. (2005) The European Union And The Regulation Of Media Markets. Manchester: Manchester University Press. 
  • Lessig, L. (2006) Code: Version 2.0. New York: Basic Books. 
  • Lessig, L. (2008) Remix: Making Art and Commerce Thrive in the Hybrid Economy, London: Bloomsbury Academic. 
  • Lunt, P., and Livingstone, S. (2012) Media Regulation: Governance and the interests of citizens and consumers. London: Sage.
  • Mansell, R. and Collins, B. S. (eds) (2005) Trust and Crime in Information Societies, Cheltenham: Edward Elgar Publishers.
  • Mansell, R. (2012). Imagining the Internet: Communication, Innovation, and Governance. Oxford: OUP. 
  • Mansell, R., Avgerou, C., Quah, D. and Silverstone, R. (eds) The Oxford Handbook of Information and Communication Technologies. Oxford: Oxford University Press.
  • Picard, V. Reopening the Postwar Settlement for U.S. Media: The Origins and Implications of the Social Contract Between Media, the State, and the Polity. Communication Culture and Critique 3 (2010) 170-189.
  • Puppis, Manuel. Media Governance: A New Concept for the Analysis of Media Policy and Regulation Communication, Culture & Critique 3 (2010) 134-149. 
  • Richards, E., Foster, R. and Kiedrowski, T. (eds) (2006) Communications: The Next Decade. London, Ofcom. 
  • Tambini, D; Leonardi, D and Marsden, C. (2008) Codifying Cyberspace. Self regulation in Convergent Media. London: Routledge
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