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MSc Media, Communication & Development - 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, Development & Communication.

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

Most LSE information is online - if you would like more information about the department, please continue to check our online Newsletter: Media@LSE|

We also suggest you look at the LSE New Arrivals webpage|. This page includes all the information you will need for induction week.

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.

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).

You can find further information about each course on the Graduate Course Guides| page. In particular you may be interested to note that the content of course MC407 will be revised for 2010/11.

You may like to use the Email An Alum |service 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. unusually this year a nine week term)

Set out below, you will find some readings that offer an overview of the field. 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.

  • Bailey, O., Cammaerts, B. and Carpentier, N. (2007) Understanding Alternative Media, Maidenhead: Open University Press.
  • Downing, J., with Ford, T. V., Gil, G. and Stein, L. (2001) Radical Media: Rebellious Communication and Social Movements, London: Sage.
  • Freire, P. (1970) Pedagogy of the Oppressed, New York: Continuum.
  • Hall, S. (ed.) (1997) Representation: Cultural Representations and Signifiying Practices, Thousand Oaks, CA: Sage Publications.
  • Haynes, J. (2001) Democracy and Political Change in the ‘Third World’, London: Routledge.
  • Held, D. (ed.) (1993) Prospects for Democracy: North, South, East, West, Cambridge: Polity Press
  • Mansell, R. and Wehn, U. (eds) (1998). Knowledge Societies: Information Technology for Sustainable Development. Oxford, Published for the United Nations Commission on Science and Technology for Development by Oxford University Press. Download at www.sussex.ac.uk/spru/ink/knowledge.html
  • Melkote, S. R. and Steeves, H. L. (2001) Communication for Development in the Third World: Theory and Practice for Empowerment, 2nd Edition. London: Sage.
  • Mody, B. (ed.) (2003) International and Development Communication: A 21st Century Perspective. 2nd Edition. Thousand Oaks, CA: Sage Publications.
  • Mohanty, C. et al. (eds.) (1990) Third world women and the politics of feminism, Bloomington: Indiana University Press.
  • Nyamnjoh, F. B. (2005). Africa's media, democracy and the politics of belonging. London: Zed Books.
  • Roy, S. (2005) Globalisation, ICT and Developing Nations: Challenges in the Information Age, New Delhi: Sage.
  • Servaes, J (2008) Communication for Development and Social Change. New Delhi, Thousand Oaks, CA and Singapore: Sage.
  • Voltmer, K. (forthcoming, 2008) The Media in Transitional Democracies, Cambridge: Polity.
  • Wilkins, K. G. (ed.) (2000) Redeveloping Communication for Social Change. Theory, Practice and Power, Lanham, MD: Rowman and Littlefield.

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

Yours sincerely


Dr Linje Manyozo

Programme Director
MSc Media, Communication & Development