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.
For the second year at the University of Southern California, please see details below.
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 Annenberg, USA
In your second year at USC Annenberg, you will complete a research practicum as well as 20 elective units (four courses) from the School of Communication graduate curriculum. You may choose one of your elective courses from a department outside Annenberg with the approval of your advisors.
More information about the year at USC Annenberg.
You will produce a final research project on global communication that will be the product of work done at both LSE and Annenberg. You complete a dissertation during the summer after your year at LSE. You will continue to develop the thesis during the year at Annenberg in the research practicum.
Global students can continue to take courses in global media and cultural studies and other courses in the MA and PhD programmes in seven tracks:
- Global and Transnational Communication
- Media, Culture and Community
- Rhetoric, Politics and Publics
- Health Communication and Social Dynamics
- Groups, Organizations and Networks
- Information, Political Economy and Entertainment
- New Media and Technology.
You can take practical courses in the Communication Management programme, with area studies in:
- Marketing Communication
- Media and Entertainment Management
- Health and Social Change Communication
- International and Intercultural Communication
- Organizational and Strategic Corporate Communication.
You can also take courses in Public Diplomacy, in Journalism and Strategic Public Relations, and in addition take a class outside the Annenberg School.
To find the most up-to-date list of optional courses please visit the relevant School Calendar page.
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