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MA

Politics and Media in East Asia

School of East Asian Studies, Faculty of Social Sciences

Focusing on East Asia, learn about how news and current affairs coverage can influence the way we see the world and how countries can influence each other, while setting political agendas.
East Asian Studies postgraduate at desk

Course description

Due to high demand, this course starting in September 2019 is now closed to new applications.

If you have applied for this course and need more information about your application, please contact study@sheffield.ac.uk


The MA in Politics and Media in East Asia addresses both international political issues and media trends in East Asia. You will learn about major political trends in the region, while developing in-depth knowledge about the role media plays in these developments by influencing public opinion and shaping mutual perception of people in the region. Depending on your interests, you can specialise in either politics or media trends, while acquiring essential knowledge about both fields. This course offers theoretical and practical training drawing on the interdisciplinary strength in the School of East Asian Studies. The School has committed experts in both East Asian politics and media which is strengthened by the rich and diverse expertise of the rest of our staff whose specialise in business, society, culture, and the languages of East Asia.

If you wish to study an East Asian language, we offer a flexible, innovative and highly-rated language programme in Chinese, Japanese and Korean at a variety of levels for non-native speakers.

Modules

Core modules

  • International Politics of East Asia
  • Media, Culture, and Society in East Asia
  • Project

Optional modules

Choose from a range of modules which may include:

  • Contemporary Chinese Society and Media
  • Media and Public Communication in Japan
  • Global Governance and Japan
  • The Political Economy of China

Teaching

There are lectures and small-group seminars.

Assessment

You’ll be assessed on your essays, exams, presentations and an extended project.

Duration

1 year full-time

Entry requirements

You will need a good first degree in any subject. This will normally mean a 2:1 from a university in the UK.

Native speakers of Chinese, Japanese or Korean are welcome to apply to any of our courses but won’t be able to take optional language modules in their native language.

English language requirements

Overall IELTS grade of 6.5 with a minimum of 5.5 in reading, 6.5 in writing, 5.5 in listening and 5.5 in speaking, or equivalent.

Entry requirements for international students

EAST Professor Hugo Dobson, Department of East Asian Studies

I’m currently looking into the transition from G7 to G20. I’m interested in the global rebalancing of power with the rise of countries like China and India. In particular, I'm interested in understanding how Japan as a 'risen' power is managing this process in a forum like the G20.

Professor Hugo Dobson
Teaches Global Governance and Japan, plus Japanese language teaching

This course starting in September 2019 is now closed to new applications.

If you have applied for this course and need more information about your application, please contact study@sheffield.ac.uk

The course information set out here may change before you begin, particularly if you are applying significantly in advance of the start date.