Politics and Media

Course overview

MA Politics and Media in East Asia

Entry requirements: 2:1 undergraduate degree from a UK university or equivalent
Duration: 12 months full time
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Information about our Pre-Masters course

East Asia is the most dynamic region in the world, where both cooperation and competition continue in political, economic, and cultural arenas among countries in the region. The interaction between politics and media has strongly influenced the region-wide situation as well as domestic politics and socio-cultural trends in China, Japan, South and North Korea, and Taiwan.

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 at University of Sheffield. The School has committed experts in both East Asian politics, and media with some having experience of working in media in East Asia before coming to the school to take up an academic career. Our expert knowledge in these areas is strengthened by the rich and diverse expertise of the rest of our staff whose research interests lie in related topics such as business, politics, society, culture, and languages of East Asia.

Studying an East Asian Language
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.

Your future

Knowledge about both political and media trends in East Asia is highly valuable for careers in the media industry, journalism, consulting, and NGOs, specializing in East Asia and the Pacific region. They will also be excellent candidates for government posts, including Ministries of Foreign Affairs, Cultural Affairs, Defence, Intelligence, Home Office, and Customs. Its broad conceptual training will also prepare students for further studies in the doctoral level in the field of politics and media.

Compulsory modules

Project/Dissertation
All students are required to undertake a dissertation as part of their degree. The dissertation will give you the opportunity to conduct an in-depth study of a topic of your choice and you will be supervised by a member of staff whose research interests are relevant to your dissertation topic.

International Politics of East Asia
This module examines the major structures, actors, and ideas shaping international politics in East Asia today. A major aim is to introduce students to new theories about international order and identity linked to emerging trends in the region. Central themes address changing power dynamics and international order; regional identity and Asian centrism; leadership and the emerging multilateral architecture among other topics

Media, Culture and Society in East Asia

This module introduces key ideas surrounding media and culture in the context of East Asian society. Via selected case studies we will explore issues such as power and control, propaganda, politics of memory, politics of representation, media production and consumption, globalisation, transnational cultural exchange, media and nationhood and the changing status of the creative industries in East Asia.

Optional modules

You will be able to take 3 - 6 optional modules (60 credits), these may include the following
(Modules are subject to change and the list below is given as a sample only)
See the full list of modules available in SEAS

Optional modules
Media, State and Society in China Politics and Governance in Contemporary China Work and Organisation in East Asia East Asian Research Methods
Contemporary Chinese Society and Media Postwar Japanese Politics State and Economy of Contemporary China Chinese, Japanese or Korean language
Media and Public Communication in Japan Global Governance and Japan The Political Economy of China

* The example modules listed above may be subject to change in future years. The content of our courses is reviewed annually to make sure it's up-to-date and relevant. Individual modules are occasionally updated or withdrawn. This is in response to discoveries through our world-leading research; funding changes; student or employer feedback; outcomes of reviews; and variations in staff or student numbers. In the event of any change we'll consult and inform students in good time and take reasonable steps to minimise disruption.