University of Westminster, London: Social Media and Digital Communication

InstitutionUniversity of Westminster, London View institution profile
Department School of Media and Communication
Web http://www.westminster.ac.uk/
Email course-enquiries@westminster.ac.uk
Telephone +44 (0)207 915 5511
Study type Taught

Summary

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.

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University of Westminster

 

University of Westminster

The University of Westminster is a vibrant international education institution with a distinguished history dating back to 1838. With three campuses in the heart of Central London (Cavendish, Marylebone and Regent) and one in Harrow, it is home to almost 19,000 students from 169 countries, among them over 4,000 postgraduate students.

The first polytechnic in London the University of Westminster continues to offer practical, rounded education to students from a wide range of backgrounds. Our academic research is recognised both in and outside of academia, with two-thirds of our work being awarded world-leading …

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