MSc Global Media and Communications (with Fudan or USC)

Programme code: TMGLMECO (LSE & USC)

Programme code: TMGLMECO2 (LSE & Fudan)

Full-time programme taken over two calendar years. Students must take courses at LSE as shown below and follow either the programme at Fudan or USC in year two.

Year 1 at LSE

Students take a total of three LSE units and a dissertation as shown


Course number and title



Theories and Concepts in Media and Communications I (Key concepts and interdisciplinary approaches) (H)



Media and Globalisation (H)


One of  the following courses:



Representation in the Age of Globalisation (H) (n/a 15/16)


Identity, Transnationalism and the Media (H)


Global Media Industries (H)


Media Culture and Neoliberalism in the Global South (H)



Methods of Research in Media & Communications (including Qualitative & Quantitative Analysis) (H)


Courses to the value of one unit from the following:



Anthropology and Media (H)  


Globalisation, Conflict and Post-Totalitarianism (H)  


Multiculturalism (H) (n/a 15/16)


Globalisation and Democracy * (H)


Globalization, Regional Development and Policy


Cities, Politics and Citizenship (H)


Social Computing, Data and Information Services (H) (formerly IS418)


The Audience in Media and Communications (H)


Contemporary Issues in Media and Communications Policy (H)


Political Communication (H)


Current issues in Media and Communications: Policies for ICTs, Society and Development


International Media and The Global South (H)


Media, Technology and Everyday Life (H)


Information, Communication and Knowledge Systems (H)


Representation in the Age of Globalisation (H) +



Identity, Transnationalism and the Media (H) +


Critical Studies in Media and Journalism (H)


Global Media Industries (H) +


Media and Communication Governance (H)


Interpersonal Mediated Communication (H)


Film Theory and World Cinema (H)


Media Culture and Neoliberalism in the Global South (H) +


Humanitarian Communication: vulnerability, discourse and power (H)


Globalisation: Economy, Politics and Power (H) (withdrawn 15/16)


Cultural Theory (H) (n/a 15/16)


Any other MSc-level course which is offered in the School, subject to the consent of the candidate's programme director.



Dissertation (10,000-12,000 words)**


Year 2 at Fudan


Core and optional courses in Chinese language, culture and media, including:
Chinese Language and Culture - (Chinese Civilization-Oriented)
Covering China - China's Print Journalism
CMC and New Media
Speciality Chinese: Media and Communication in China
Chinese Politics
Theories and Practices of China Journalism (Part I and Part II)
Chinese Broadcasting: An overview of the Industry and Programming
Studies on Chinese Documentaries
Research on China's Economy


Year 2 at USC. Students take a total of 24 USC units.


COMM 598 Global Communication Research Practicum (4 USC units)
20 USC units (normally total of 5 courses; all Communication courses 4 units each):
500 Managing Communication (4, Sp/Sm)
501 Communication Management Pro-Seminar (4, Fa/Sp)
502 Strategic Corporate Communication (4, Sp)
504x Seminar in Interpersonal Communication (4, Fa, even years)
505 Communication in Work Settings (4, Fa)
506 Images and Image Management (4, Sp)
507 Information Management (4, Fa)
508x Power, Politics and Conflict in Communication (4, 2 years, Sp)
509x Seminar in Classical Rhetorical Theory (4, Fa)
510 Communication, Values, Attitudes, and Behavior (4, Fa/Sp)
511x Seminar in Contemporary Rhetorical Theory (4, Sp)
512x Seminar in Rhetorical Criticism (4, Fa)
513x Seminar in Neoclassical Rhetorical Theory (4, 2 years, Sm)
514x Seminar: Social Movements as Rhetorical Form (4, 2 years, Sp)
515x Seminar in Postmodern Rhetorical Theory (4, 2 years, Fa)
516x Seminar: Feminist Theory and Communication (4, 2 years, Sp)
517x Seminar in Rhetorical Theory and Culture (4, Sp)
518x American Public Address (4, Sp, odd years)
519x Seminar: Cultural Studies in Communication (4, 2 years, Fa)
520 Social Roles of Communication Media (4, Fa/Sp)
521x Seminar in Argumentation (4, 2 years, Sp)
522x Seminar in Kenneth Burke's Dramatistic Theory (4)
524x Seminar in Small Group Process (4, Sp, even years)
528 Web Designs for Organizations (4, Fa/Sp)
530 Social Dynamics of Communication Technologies (4, Sp/Sm)
531 Communication and the International Economy (4, Fa)
532 Development of American Media Industry (4, Fa)
533 Emerging Communication Technologies (4, Fa/Sp)
534 The Culture of New Technologies (4, Fa/Sp)
535 Virtual Groups and Organizations (4, Fa/Sp)
540 Uses of Communication Research (4, Fa/Sp)
541 Integrated Communication Strategies (4, Sp)
542 Business Strategies of Communication and Entertainment Firms (4, Sp)
543 Managing Communication in the Entertainment Industry (4, Fa)
544 The Arts and New Media (4, Fa)
545 Communication and Global Competition (4, Sp)
546 Seminar in Diffusion Theory and Research (4, 2 years, Sp)
547 Distribution of Recordings: Media, Retail and Online Channels (4, Sp)
548 Issues in Children's Media (4, Sp)
553 Political Economy of Global Telecommunications and Information (4, Sp)
557 Communication Policy in the Global Marketplace (4, Fa)
558 The International Entertainment Marketplace (4, Fa)
559 Globalization, Communication and Society (4, Fa)
560 Communications Policy (4, Fa/Sm)
562x Cognitive Approaches to Communication (4, 2 years, Fa)
565 Communication Law and Broadcasting (4, Fa/Sp)
566 Communication Law and New Technologies (4, Sp)
567 Internet Policy, Practice and Regulation (4, Fa/Sp)
570 Economics of the Communication Industries (4, Fa)
571 Communications Technologies (4, Fa/Sp)
572 Telephone, Data, and Video Telecommunication Systems (4, Sp)
573 Evaluating Communication Needs (4, Sp)
574 Tele-Media: A Strategic and Critical Analysis (4, FaSp)
575 Advocacy and Social Change in Entertainment and the Media (4, Fa)
576 Communication Strategies for Conflict Management (4, Sm)
580 Media and Politics (4, Fa/Sp)
581 Media in Social Services: Design and Evaluation of Campaigns (4, Fa)
582 International Communication: National Development (4, Sm)
583 Global Entertainment Education Programs (4, Sp)
584 Seminar: Interpreting Popular Culture (4, Fa)
585x Organizational Communication (4, 2 years, Sp)
587 Audience Analysis (4, Fa)
605 Advanced Macro Theories of Communication I (4, 2 years, Sp)
610 Studies in Rhetorical Theory (4, max 8, Fa/Sp/Sm)
618 Mass Media Effects (4, Fa)
620 Studies in Communication Theory (2-4, max 8, Fa/Sp)
625 Theory Construction in Communication (4, Sm)
629 Global Culture (4, Fa)
630 Communication Technology and Social Change (4, Sp)
631x Minds and Media (4, Sp)
635 Economics of Information (4, Sp)
636 Interpretive and Cultural Approaches in Organizational Communication (4, 2 years, Fa)
637 Current Readings in Organizational Communication (4, 2 years, Sp)
638 Global, International and Intercultural Communication in Organizations (4, 2 years, Fa)
640 Communication and Organizational Change (4, Fa)
645 Communication Networks (4, 2 years, Sp)
646 Negotiating Boundaries in Environmental Research (2)
647x Seminar on the Network Society (4, Fa)
599 Special Topics (various special one-time course offerings


In addition to coursework offered at the Annenberg School of Communication, students may take up to a maximum of 4 units of graduate-level coursework from other schools or departments at the University of Southern California towards their remaining 20 unit requirement, subject to the consent of the candidate's USC adviser.


* Courses are subject to availability and the permission of the course lecturer.
** Passing this course is a requirement for passing the programme.
+ Only available to students if they did not take it under Paper 2
(Fa) means Fall semester
(Sp) means Spring semester
(Sm) means Summer semester