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MSc Politics & 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 Politics & 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: http://www.lse.ac.uk/collections/media@lse/study/newsletter2010.htm|.

We also suggest you look at the LSE New Arrivals webpage http://www.lse.ac.uk/collections/studentServicesCentre/newArrivals/|. 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 other criteria and that this availability can change each year.  In particular it is worth nothing that for instance while MC417Democracy & The Media is available only to students on the MSc Politics & Communication, there will be other courses which are restricted to students on other programmes.  You can find further information about each course here: http://www.lse.ac.uk/resources/calendar2010-2011/courseGuides/graduate.htm|.  

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 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.  http://www2.lse.ac.uk/study/undergraduate/informationForSchools/PGemailAStudentProfiles.aspx|.

You may like to note that I will be on sabbatical leave during Lent and Summer Term 2011.  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.

  •   Bennett, Lance and R. Entman (2001) Mediated Politics. CUP
  •   Cammaerts, B. and Carpentier, N. (eds.) (2007) Reclaiming the Media: Communication Rights and Democratic Media Roles. Bristol: Intellect
  •   Corner, John and Pels, Dick (eds) (2003) Media and the restyling of politics: consumerism, celebrity and cynicism. London: Sage.
  •   Curran, James and Gurevitch, Michael (ed) (2005) Mass media and society, London: Arnold
  •   Dahlberg, Lincoln and Siapera, Eugenia (eds.) (2007) Radical democracy and the Internet. Basingstoke : Palgrave Macmillan.
  •   Esser, Frank and Pfetsch, Barbara (2004) Comparing Political Communications, Cambridge: Cambridge University Press
  •   Fenton, Natalie (ed.) (2009) New Media, Old News: Journalism and Democracy in the Digital Age. London: Sage.
  •   Gunther, Richard and Anthony Mughan (2000) Democracy and the Media: A comparative perspective. CUP
  •   Hallin, D. and P. Mancini (2003) Comparing Media Systems. CUP
  •   McNair, Brian (2007) An Introduction to Political Communications, London: Routledge
  •   Negrine, Ralph (2008) Transformation of Political Communication. Basingstoke: Palgrave-Macmillan.
  •   Norris, Pippa (2000) A virtuous circle: political communications in postindustrial societies, Cambridge: Cambridge University Press
  •   Scammell, M. and Semetko (eds.) (2000) Media, Journalism and Democracy. Ashgate
  •   Voltmer, Katrin (2006) Mass Media and Political Communication in New Democracies. Routledge

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 Bart Cammaerts
Programme Director
MSc Politics & Communication