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Politics and Media in East Asia

School of East Asian Studies, Faculty of Arts and Humanities

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

This course offers comprehensive training addressing both international political issues and media trends in East Asia. You will learn about major international and domestic political trends in the region, while developing a comprehensive understanding of the role media plays in these developments.

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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
  • Chinese, Japanese, Korean language


There are lectures and small-group seminars.


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


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.

English language requirements

Overall IELTS score of 6.5 with a minimum of 6.0 in each component, or equivalent.

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


You can apply for postgraduate study using our Postgraduate Online Application Form. It's a quick and easy process.

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