SOAS, University of London

Course Introduction

Understanding journalism is crucial in today's mediated world. The spread of the Internet, social media and the advent of comparatively cheap communications technology holds out the promise of enabling a more diverse range of actors to shape journalism. The forms and practices involved in such journalism could also enable greater inclusivity, supporting a range of progressive aims such as advocacy, peace, development and greater intercultural understanding. At the same time, widespread cost'cutting in mainstream journalism and the speeded'up journalistic practices used to service multiple delivery platforms threaten to further entrench the norms and definitional advantages of the wealthy and powerful because of their greater ability to subsidise journalism through public relations material. This course draws upon the unique positioning of SOAS in higher education in order to examine how such tensions affect contemporary journalistic representations of the Global South and how they relate to different cultural, political, technological and historical contexts. Therefore this course springs from a pluralistic critical perspective: seeking to analyse how others represent Southern countries and events and how Southern actors seek to represent themselves.

Course Additional Entry

Minimum good 2nd Class Honours degree (or equivalent).

Duration & Attendance Qualification Tuition fees
1 year
Full Time
MA (Postgraduate) £17,490  Academic year. First year overseas fees
1 year
Full Time
MA (Postgraduate) £8,295  Academic year. First year home fees
2 years
Part Time
MA (Postgraduate) £8,745  Academic year. First year overseas fees
2 years
Part Time
MA (Postgraduate) £4,148  Academic year. First year home fees