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IR245: International Journalism and Society - The Role of the Media in the Modern World



Course Content

This course is suitable for professionals and activists working in journalism or media-related fields as well as students from all backgrounds. Participants should have studied at least one introductory course in either political science, international relations, sociology, economics or media and communications.

This course is a unique opportunity to benefit from the LSE’s outstanding research into modern journalism combined with talks by pioneering media professionals. It is taught by leading academics, including Professor Charlie Beckett who was an award-winning senior journalist with the BBC and who runs the LSE’s international journalism think-tank, Polis. Every day there will a lecture by a senior academic who teaches the LSE’s post-graduate media and communications courses.  There will also be a daily guest talk by a leading media practitioner giving you insights into contemporary cutting edge news media. The seminars will encourage you to think and act like a journalist facing all the dramatic ethical and technological challenges of reporting the complex and dangerous world we live in.

We live in a world where information is an increasingly critical resource. The news media play a crucial role in the production and dissemination of that information. From Twitter to the New York Times, from Al Jazeera to Facebook, journalism is having an impact on our personal and political lives, and so it is vital to understand their role in the modern world.

Participants in this course will emerge with a better understanding of the shifts taking place in the practices, forms and processes within the news media and their consequences for the role of journalism in contemporary society.



C. Beckett, SuperMedia, Blackwell (2008)

R. Silverstone, Media and Morality, Polity (2006)

C. Beckett, WikiLeaks: News In The Networked Era Polity (2012)

Other Sources:

POLIS blog: http://blogs.lse.ac.uk/polis/

POLIS on Twitter: @charliebeckett

*A more detailed reading list will be supplied prior to the start of the programme

**Course content, faculty and dates may be subject to change without prior notice


Session: One

Dates: 20 June - 8 July 2016

Lecturer: Professor Charlie Beckett
Dr Shani Orgad

Level: 200 level

Fees: Click here for information

Prerequisites: An interest in contemporary journalism and international politics and fluent understanding of written and spoken English. More information on this in the course content.

Lectures: 36 hours 

Classes: 18 hours

Assessment*: One essay and one written examination

Typical credit**: 3 credits (US) 7.5 ECTS points (EU)

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**You will need to check with your home institution. Read more about credit transfer here.