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Social Media and Digital CommunicationHarrow
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Start Date: 2021/09/01
Duration: 12 months
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The Social Media and Digital Communication MA will give you the opportunity to develop an in-depth understanding of contemporary digital communication and its seismic impact on politics, culture and society.Social media have challenged how we understand communication, democracy, news, relationships, privacy, advertising and entertainment. Social media have captured the attention and imagination of hundreds of millions of people. They enable their users to develop and display their creativity, to empathize with others, and to find connection, communication and communion. But social media have also captured those users' personal information, and turned their daily lives into commercial data through business models built around surveillance. The course examines social media as industries and as central sites for understanding the cultural politics of everyday life. It explores the meanings of sharing and privacy, of remix cultures and new forms of journalism, of new forms of communication and new forms of citizenship. It connects social media to other digital phenomena such as the internet of things, Big Data, and media convergence. In its core modules, learners engage with questions of media technologies and texts, of platforms and users, and of how networked digital media are adopted and adapted in an environment built around the convergence of personal and public communication. Option modules allow you to develop specialist expertise in areas such as data and society, global media, or activism and politics. All learners will develop high-level skills in research, critical thinking and communication. This Masters is organised in the environment of the Communication and Media Research Institute (CAMRI). CAMRI is a world- leading research centre that studies the role of media and communication in society. In the most recent UK government research audit, the 2014 Research Excellence Framework (REF), 79.7% of CAMRI's research was classified as world-leading or internationally excellent, which makes it one of the UK's top four leading media and communication research institutions.
A minimum of a lower second class honours degree (2:2). The Personal Sstatement must reflect your understanding of the course and how you will contribute to the group. If the Personal Statement is not relavent, applicants will be required to complete a short assignment. If your first language is not English you should have an IELTS 6.5 with 6.0 in writing and speaking. Applicants are required to submit one academic reference.
IELTS: 6.5 (minimum of 5.5 in each element)
Notice: This is the default IELTS grade for University of Westminster.
About this university
Students from around the world travel to the university to study the 300 plus degrees on offer and there is plenty of help and assistance on hand for them. This starts with the application process and there is information on the website divided by country to help with this. The university also offers English language support for those to whom it isn't a native language as well as information about visas and immigration paperwork. There is also support for daily life matters such as getting a bank account, working between studies and bringing family members to London while studying. All university students are automatically members of the Student Union who provide advice and support for students as well as organising the clubs and societies to occupy students outside the classroom. It also operates a bar and nightclub as well as two shops on the Harrow and Cavendish campuses. Student run media opportunities include a radio station, TV station and a magazine. Sports have always played an important part in university life and the athletic club is called the Harriers. It was established in 1883 and for many years was the biggest in England. The university even organised the opening and closing ceremonies of the London Olympic Games of 1912. Among the sports facilities is the boat house, tennis courts and athletics track at Chiswick as well as sports pitches and halls at the Harrow campus.