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MSc Media & Communication - Letter to Offer-holders

9th April 2010

Dear Student

On behalf of the Department of Media and Communications teaching and administrative team, we would like to congratulate you on being offered a place on the MSc Media & Communication.

The purpose of this letter is to convey some pre-arrival information that will help ease your transition into the LSE system.

Most LSE information is online - if you would like more information about the department, please go to Department of Media and Communications|.

It is important to note that access to some courses is restricted by numbers, or other criteria. Course availability can change each year. In addition, from time to time, courses may be suspended from the teaching programme. As an example, I will be on sabbatical from September 2010 until January 2012 and so during that period MC413 New Media, Information & Society will not be running. There will be a new course, MC424 Media & Communication Governance, running in 2010-11 and a number of other courses, such as MC403 and MC407, will be offered in a revised format. You can find further information about each course on the Graduate Course Guides| page.

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 a more advanced statistics course (see MI452 - Quantitative Analysis 2: The Generalised Linear Model).

You may wish to use the Email An Alum| to contact a graduate student to ask about life at LSE and life in the UK.

Term dates for 2010/11 are:

  • 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)

Below, are readings offering an overview of our field. It is not expected that you read everything on the list – it is the intention only to give you an idea of the level and range of material and to help you select courses relevant to your interests when you arrive. If you cannot access these materials from your country, you will not be disadvantaged in any way.

  • Allen, Stuart (ed). (2010) The Routledge Companion to News and Journalism. London: Routledge.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • Freedman, D. (2008) The Politics of Media Policy. Cambridge: Polity Press.
  • Mattelart, A. (2003) The Information Society: An introduction. London: Sage.
  • McChesney, R (2000) Rich Media Poor Democracy. New York: New Press.
  • Silverstone, R. (2007) Media and Morality. Cambridge: Polity.
  • Silverstone, R. (1999) Why Study the Media? London: Sage.
  • Tomlinson, J. (1999) Globalization and Culture. Chicago: University of Chicago Press.
  • 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.

Media and Communication Governance stream

The above, plus:

  • Brousseau, E. and Curien, N. (eds) (2007) Internet and Digital Economics, Cambridge: Cambridge University Press

  • Correa, C. M. (2000), Intellectual Property Rights, the WTO and Developing Countries. London: Zed Books.
  • Doyle, G. (2002) Media Ownership: Concentration, Convergence and Public Policy. London: Sage.
  • Fransman, M. (2007) New ICT Ecosystem: Implications for Europe. Oxford: Oxford University Press.
  • Hall, C., Hood, C. and Scott, C. (2000) Telecommunications Regulation: Culture, Chaos and Interdependence Inside the Regulatory Process. London: Routledge.
  • 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.
  • Mansell, R. and Collins, B. S. (eds) (2005) Trust and Crime in Information Societies, Cheltenham: Edward Elgar Publishers.
  • Mansell, R., Avgerou, C., Quah, D. and Silverstone, R. (eds) The Oxford Handbook of Information and Communication Technologies. Oxford: Oxford University Press.
  • 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


We look forward to meeting you in September. If you have any questions or concerns, please do not hesitate to contact us.

Yours sincerely


Professor Robin Mansell
Director of Graduate Studies
Department of Media & Communications