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Media & International Conflict

MA Media & International Conflict

Graduate Taught (level 9 nfq, credits 90)

This MA programme is designed to enable students to develop understanding of the ways in which media interact with war, conflict and security in international contexts.

The programme analyzes the complex roles played by the media in the enactment and presentation of conflict situations and addresses the relationships among media, governments, the military, and NGOs in framing perceptions of international conflict.

Only graduate programme in Ireland and one of very few in the world that blends together elements of media studies and international affairs to provide an innovative and challenging course of study

Students can expect to take modules similar to: Media and US Foreign Policy, New Media and New Conflict, Public Diplomacy, Challenges facing US Foreign Policy. In addition they can select an optional modules for other Schools in the College. In addtion student will submit a thesis 12,000 - 15,000 words.

The programme is available on a full and part time basis.

Vision and Values Statement

This is an academic programme but is also suited to practitioners/professionals in a related field who wish to gain a broader understanding of the cultural and political dimensions of media responses to international conflicts. We value and therefore encourage our students to be active, motivated, autonomous learners who have a critical and reflective approach to the subject. We aim to provide a learning environment that will encourage students to think critically about the ways in which media interact today with war, conflict, and security in international contexts, both individually and as part of a group. As a result of this approach to learning, the programme uses teaching, learning, and assessment approaches such as seminar discussions, short and longer writing assignments, one-on-one advising, small group activities, presentations, internships, and engagement with practitioners.

Programme Outcomes

Students should be able to communicate in interdisciplinary, academic language about the cultural and political dimensions of media responses to international conflicts, with special emphasis on contemporary events.

apply knowledge in a variety of professional settings or in the form of further study, including at the doctoral level.

develop a sophisticated understanding of the ways in which media interact with war, conflict and security in international contexts.

display an understanding of interdisciplinary modes of study.

demonstrate an ability to communicate in writing and in public speaking with a variety of specialist and non-specialist audiences.

learn skills that will enable them independently to accumulate further knowledge in this or other subjects.

develop significant expertise in a chosen subject by writing a MA thesis of approximately 12,000 words with an individual supervision from an academic member of staff.

Entry requirements

An upper second class honours degree, or the international equivalent in the subject area such as the Humanities, Politics, International Relations, Journalism or Media Studies but this is not an exhaustive list. Consideration will be given to students with a lower GPA but they will require an interview (via SKYPE or in person). And maybe asked for additional material

Applicants whose first language is not English must normally demonstrate English language proficiency of IELTS 7.0 (no band less than 6.5 in each element), or equivalent.

Duration

Z137: 1 year full-time or Z138: 2 years part-time.

Careers or further progression

Careers & Employability

The programme will interest those seeking a career in international communications, professionals seeking more critical understanding of the international dimensions of their industry, and those wishing to prepare for advanced research in this area.

Students who have undertaken this programme now work in a variety of areas including, Media, Think Tanks, Technology, Marketing, NGOs

Employers include: , Microsoft, Kantar Media, Google, RTE, The Washington Marketing Group, Celtrino, Institute for International and European Affairs.

Further enquiries

Contact Name: Catherine Carey
Contact Number:+353 (0)1 716 1560

Subjects taught

Stage 1 - Core

Media and US Foreign Policy
AMST40030

Public Diplomacy and Soft Power
AMST40130

Dissertation Media & International Conflict
AMST40150

Challenges in US Foreign Policy
AMST40310

Research Skills Seminar
AMST40480

New Media New Conflicts
AMST40490

Stage 1 - Option

Theories of Intern Relations
AMST40500

The US and the Middle East
AMST40520

Critical Geopolitics of Europe
GEOG40450

International Economic Crisis
GEOG40470

Politics, Capitalism, and Society in Modern America
HIS42340

Politics of Development
POL40100

Politics of Human Rights
POL41020

Psychology of Conflict in the Middle East
POL41930

Application date

Full Time option suitable for:
Domestic(EEA) applicants: Yes
International (Non EEA) applicants currently residing outside of the EEA Region. Yes

Part Time option suitable for:
Domestic(EEA) applicants: Yes
International (Non EEA) applicants currently residing outside of the EEA Region. No

The following entry routes are available:

MA Media & International Conflict PT (Z138)
Duration 2 Years
Attendance Part Time
Deadline Rolling *

MA Media & International Conflict FT (Z137)
Duration 1 Years
Attendance Full Time
Deadline Rolling *

* Courses will remain open until such time as all places have been filled, therefore early application is advised

Enrolment and start dates

Next Intake:2018/2019 September

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