The first year at LSE lays solid theoretical and methodological foundation for future media and communications professionals to examine issues of media and communication within their political, social and cultural context. Please note that at LSE we do not provide practical training in journalism, production, campaigning or media management.
First year, at LSE
(* denotes a half unit)
Theories and Concepts in Media and Communications I (Key concepts and interdisciplinary approaches)*
Addresses key theoretical and conceptual issues in the study of media and communications.
Media and Globalisation*
Explores and demonstrates the role of the media and communications in the processes of globalisation.
Methods of Research in Media and Communications (including Qualitative and Quantitative Analysis)*
Provides general training in research methods and techniques.
An independent research project of 12,000 words on an approved topic.
Courses to the value of one and a half units from a range of options.
Second year, at University of Cape Town
During the second year at the University of Cape Town, you will examine global media and communications from an African vantage point. You will do an internship in Cape Town and take a core course in Advanced Media Methodology. You can choose to write a dissertation or to complete a creative media production.
In addition, you will select two courses from a range of theoretical and practice-oriented options offered by the Centre for Film and Media Studies (CFMS), or by other departments at UCT (with a maximum of one optional course from outside CFMS).
Optional courses offered by CFMS include: Avant-Garde Film, Travel Writing, Narrative Literary Journalism, Media Markets and Media Strategy, Political Communication, Political Journalism, Environmental Documentary, Advanced Television Analysis, Crisis Communication in Africa, South African Public Rhetoric, Understanding Public Argumentation, Screenwriting, Forms and Theories of Adaptation, Film and Environment, Media and the Public Domain, Media and National Development Policy, Creative Non-Fiction, Rhetoric of SA Social Memory, Mobile Media and Communications, Approaches to African Cinema and Conceptualising South Africa cinema.
More information about the second year at UCT
You can find the most up-to-date list of optional courses in the Programme Regulations section of the current School Calendar.
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