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

Session: One
An interest in contemporary journalism and international politics and fluent understanding of written and spoken English. 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.

Professor Charlie Beckett
Dr Shani Orgad

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|

Lectures: 36 hours    Classes: 12 hours
Assessment: Written essay (30%) and one written examination (70%).