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2019/20 Taught Postgraduate Programme Catalogue

MA Political Communication

Programme code:MA-COMM/PCUCAS code:
Duration:12 Months Method of Attendance: Full Time
Programme manager:Dr Katy Parry Contact address:k.j.parry@leeds.ac.uk

Total credits: 180

Entry requirements:

First degree BA Honours, Upper Second or equivalent in any subject. Applicants whose first language is not English will be required to provide evidence of their English language proficiency. Recognized tests are IELTS with a required overall score of 6.5, with no element below 6.0, or TOEFL equivalent score.

School/Unit responsible for the parenting of students and programme:

School of Media and Communication

Examination board through which the programme will be considered:

School of Media and Communication

Programme specification:

The MA in Political Communication pursues an interdisciplinary and comparative approach, including not only the experience of established democracies like Britain, Western Europe and the US, but also the particular problems of political communication in emerging democracies and the developing world. Particular attention is paid to innovatory forms of political communication and students will be expected to apply these in the design of a political campaign.

The MA in Political Communication provides cutting-edge competences for a career in political public relations, political journalism and related fields. It is also an ideal foundation course for students who want to pursue an academic career in political communication and related subjects.


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[Learning Outcomes, Transferable (Key) Skills, Assessment]

Compulsory modules:

Candidates will be required to study the following compulsory modules:

COMM5600MDissertation and Research Methods60 credits1 Oct to 30 Sep
COMM5601MInnovations in Political Communication30 creditsSemester 2
COMM5615MKeywords in Political Communication30 creditsSemester 1

Optional modules:

Candidates will be required to study 0 - 30 credits from the following optional modules:

COMM5250MFeminism, Identity and Media30 creditsSemester 1
COMM5260MUnderstanding the Audience30 creditsSemester 1
COMM5380MThe Media and Democratisation: Global Perspectives30 creditsSemester 1
COMM5730MThe Cultural History of Promotional Communication30 creditsSemester 2
EAST5037MTransnational East Asian Cinemas30 creditsSemester 1
MODL5014MRhetoric and Public Speaking15 creditsSemester 1
MODL5028MInternational Organisations: Context, Theory and Practice15 creditsSemester 1
PECI5214MCreativity and Innovation Management30 creditsSemester 1
SLSP5312MTheorising Gender 130 creditsSemester 1
SLSP5355MInequalities: Exploring causes, Consequences and Interventions30 creditsSemester 1
SLSP5414MDebates on Disability Theory and Research30 creditsSemester 1

The optional modules listed are indicative of those available. The School reserves the right to remove and introduce optional modules in line with its annual review and development of teaching.

Candidates will be required to study 0 - 30 credits from the following optional modules:

COMM5160MCritical Studies in Visual Communication30 creditsSemester 2
COMM5540MThe Reporting of Politics30 creditsSemester 2
COMM5550MPopular Music and Society30 creditsSemester 2
COMM5630MCommunication and Public Opinion30 creditsSemester 2
COMM5655MJournalism Practice and Policy30 creditsSemester 2
COMM5695MCommunication and Development30 creditsSemester 2
COMM5705MIdentity and Culture30 creditsSemester 1
EAST5055MStylistic Aesthetics of Chinese Language in Media and Communication15 creditsSemester 2
MODL5016MManaging Business Across Cultures15 creditsSemester 2
MODL5050MWriting for Professional Purposes15 creditsSemester 2
PECI5208MCultural Policy30 creditsSemester 2
PECI5216MArts and Activism30 creditsSemester 2
SLSP5240MRacism, Decoloniality and Migration30 creditsSemester 2
SLSP5360MResearching Inequality in the Media30 creditsSemester 2
SLSP5370MReality TV: Truth or Fiction?30 creditsSemester 2
SLSP5380MVideogames and Society30 creditsSemester 2

The optional modules listed are indicative of those available. The School reserves the right to remove and introduce optional modules in line with its annual review and development of teaching.

Elective modules:

Candidates may study 0 - 30 credits of postgraduate level electives, or Discovery modules aimed at final year undergraduates. (Such modules have a 3 or a 5 as the first digit in the module code)

Candidates may study 30 credits of elective modules in either semester 1 or semester 2.

Last updated: 25/09/2019

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