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MSc Global Media & Communication - Letter to Offer-holders

16th July 2010

Dear incoming MSc Global Media and Communications students

We look forward to meeting you in LSE Orientation week, beginning 27 September, when you will be registering at LSE and attending School, Department and Programme orientation meetings - for details please see our Department Newsletter for New Arrivals|. You will also find it useful to look at the LSE New Arrivals Page|.

Your courses at LSE

We would like to highlight a few points with regard to the courses which make up the first year of your two-year programme, the MSc in Global Media and Communications at LSE.

1) For the coming academic year, we have slightly reconfigured the structure of compulsory and optional courses for the Global Media and Communications programme, in order to ensure that students both have the best possible grounding in basic theories and concepts of globalisation in relation to media and communications and may select options in line with their particular interests within the field.

 The following courses are now compulsory:

  • Theories and Concepts in Media and Communications 1 (key concepts and interdisciplinary approaches) (half unit).
  • Media and Globalisation (half unit) 
  • Methods of Research in Media and Communications (half unit) 
  • One of the following: Representation in the Age of Globalisation; Global Media Industries; Identity, Transnationalism and the Media. (half unit) (each of these courses, when not taken as a compulsory course, is also available as option courses) 
  • Dissertation (one unit)

In addition, students will choose two more half-unit option courses from an extensive recommended list of courses, within and outside the Department of Media and Communications. Students may also choose as one or both of their option courses any other course offered at LSE at Masters level, subject to timetabling and availability.

2) It is important to note that access to some courses is restricted by numbers or by other criteria and that this availability can change each year. In addition, from time to time, some staff may take sabbatical leave.

3) We would like to stress to offer-holders that part of your methodology training consists of a compulsory course of quantitative statistics (MI451: Quantitative Analysis 1: Description and Inference), which counts for 20% of the total grade for the compulsory course MC4M1 - Methods of Research in Media & Communications. Those who wish, may take more a more advanced statistics course (see MI452 - Quantitative Analysis 2: The Generalised Linear Model).

4) The LSE Calendar and Course Guides, with detailed information on each course, is currently being updated for the 2010-2011 academic year. From August 2010, you will be able to read full information about each course on the Graduate Course Guides| page.

Mandarin Language Classes (LSE/Fudan programme)

All students on the LSE/Fudan programme will also attend 40 hours of Mandarin language classes at the appropriate level in the LSE Language Centre: http://www2.lse.ac.uk/language/Home.aspx or the LSE Confucius Institute for Business: http://www.lse.ac.uk/collections/confuciusInstitute , as arranged by the Department of Media and Communications. Mandarin language assessment does not form part of the MSc assessment, but attendance at these classes, for which there is no additional fee to the student, is required for all students on this programme except those already completely fluent in Mandarin. Students may take additional language classes at their own expense and at the usual reduced rates for LSE students.

'Email a student'

You may like to use the Email A Student service| to contact a graduate student to ask about life at LSE and life in the UK.

Term dates for 2010/11

  • Michaelmas Term (often abbreviated to MT)
Thursday 30 September - Friday 10 December 2010
  • Lent Term (often abbreviated to LT)
Monday 10 January - Friday 25 March 2011 (n.b. unusually this year an eleven week term)
  • Summer Term (often abbreviated to ST)
Tuesday 3 May - Friday 1 July 2011 (n.b. a nine week term)

Preliminary Reading List

Below is a list of some readings that offer an overview of the field and which you may like to look at between now and your start at LSE. It is not essential that you read everything on the list - the intention is to give you an idea of the level and range of material covered and to help you select the courses relevant to your interests. If you cannot access these materials from your country, you will not be disadvantaged in any way.

  • Curran, J. and Park, M.-L. (2000) (eds.) De-Westernizing Media Studies. London: Routledge.
  • Macdonald, M. (2003). Exploring Media Discourse. London: Arnold.
  • Maxwell, R.(ed.) (2001). Culture Works: Essays on the Political Economy of Culture. Minneapolis, University of Minnesota Press .
  • Miller, T. (et al.) (2005). Global Hollywood 2. London: BFI Publishing .
  • Pickering, M. (2001). Stereotyping: The Politics of Representation. Basingstoke: Palgrave.
  • Rantanen, T. (2004) The Media and Globalization. London: Sage.
  • Said, E. (1985) Orientalism. London: Penguin.
  • Silverstone, R. (2007). Media and Morality. Cambridge: Polity Press.
  • Tomlinson, J. (1999) Globalisation and Culture. Cambridge: Polity Press.
  • Vertovec, S. (2009) Transnationalism. London: Routledge

With best wishes

Terhi Rantanen
Programme Director at LSE, Global Media and Communications (LSE/USC)

Bingchun Meng
Programme Director at LSE, Global Media and Communications (LSE/Fudan)

Jean Morris
LSE Global Media Programmes Administrator