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Social Media, Culture and Society MA

Key information
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Qualification type

MA - Master of Arts

Subject areas

Cultural Studies Using The World Wide Web Film / Video / Television Production

Course type

Taught

Course Summary

The MA in Social Media, Culture and Society offers a flexible interdisciplinary exploration of key contemporary developments in the networked digital media environment. It will benefit those seeking to develop their understanding of contemporary communication and its societal, political, regulatory, industrial and cultural contexts.

The MA in Social Media, Culture and Society provides students with the opportunity to focus at postgraduate level on: Studying the ways in which social media and the Internet shape and are shaped by social, economic, political, technological and cultural factors, in order to equip students to become critical research-oriented social media experts. Developing reflective and critical insights into how social media and the internet are used in multiple contexts in society, and into which roles social media can play in various forms of organisations that are situated in these societal contexts. The aim is that students are equipped to become reflective and critical social media practitioners. Gaining in-depth knowledge and understanding of the major debates about the social and cultural roles of social media and the Internet. Acquiring advanced knowledge and understanding of the key categories, theories, approaches and models of social media's and the Internet's roles in and impacts on society and human practices. Obtaining advanced insights into practical activity and practice-based work that relate to how social media and the Internet work and which implications they have for social and cultural practices.

The Social Media, Culture and Society MA will benefit those seeking to develop their understanding of contemporary communication and its social, political and cultural contexts. This degree will be of particular interest to those who plan to work in the creative industries, as well as those already working in this field. Social Media, Culture and Society MA will also be of interest to students working in non-profit sectors, including NGOs and advocacy groups. The degree will help those seeking a competitive edge in a careers market that values high-level skills in communication, research and critical thinking.

Different course options

Full time | Harrow Campus | 1 year | SEP

Study mode

Full time

Duration

1 year

Start date

SEP

Modules

This is semester one module. A taught module and group workshops in the first semester will guide you in conducting a major piece of independent research or creating a theoretically inspired social media artefact. This module will be supplemented by individual supervisions beginning from the second semester. The aim is to give you a guided framework within which you can demonstrate your ability to carry out advanced independent study and write it up in the form of a dissertation. The dissertation is a 15,000-word piece of original research on a topic agreed with your supervisor and related to the political, economic, cultural and/or sociological factors which shape the practices and outcomes of social media or a social media artefact accompanied by a written report of approximately 7,000 words, in which you critically reflect on your social media project and ground it in relevant theory.

Tuition fees

UK fees
Course fees for UK / EU students

For this course (per year)

£7,750

Average for all Postgrad courses (per year)

£5,202

International fees
Course fees for non-UK / EU students

For this course (per year)

£15,000

Average for all Postgrad courses (per year)

£12,227

Entry requirements

Students should generally have an Upper Second Class Honours degree in any subject; if they have different qualifications and/or work experience, they can contact the Course Leader for advice on making an application.

University information

The University of Westminster provides practical, rounded education so that people from every background can realise their true potential. We foster innovation and creativity, informed by professional practice and inspired by research. Through close links with industry, professional practice and academia in London, overseas and across the world, the University of Westminster creates rewarding connections between research, teaching and...more