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MA Journalism War and International Human Rights

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Introduction

This practical and theoretical MA focuses the study of war reporting, international human rights and the role of journalism in conflict resolution.

This course aims to offer a challenging postgraduate programme of study with the opportunity to gain hands-on experience in print and online media, radio and TV. It is designed to provide a professional education in journalism, which allows you the chance to develop the practical and intellectual skills necessary for careers in the media.

The course is designed to appeal to those who are concerned with human rights and issues relating to war and peace, and who are looking for the opportunity to develop the journalistic skills necessary to communicate this to a wider public.

You will have the opportunity to undertake the academic analysis of a range of critical approaches to the study of war and the media, journalism and conflict resolution and journalism and international human rights. Your final project provides the chance to focus on a specific relevant area.

Research Areas, Projects & Topics

Key research areas in the department include:

  • War and the Media
  • Journalism and Conflict Resolution
  • International Human Rights for Journalists
  • Core Broadcast
  • Core Writing
  • Law and Institutions
  • Research and Professional Placement
  • Final Project or Dissertation

Days Taught

Thursday and Friday. Full time students should expect approximately 12 hours of contact time per week and should be prepared to undertake at least two hours of self-study for every taught hour.

How You Study

Teaching is conducted in a variety of ways such as seminars, lectures, workshops and individual tutorials. You will have the opportunity to develop your skills to work as an individual and as a member of a group to produce essays and projects.

Some modules are shared with other programmes in Journalism, which provides opportunities to interact with students from other courses.

Our library provides study and IT facilities and access to a collection of books and journals relating to Journalism Studies.

How You Are Assessed

Assessments are a mixture of essays, presentations, portfolios of journalism, broadcast media packages and timed examinations. However, it should be noted that assessments can be varied from time to time to reflect changes in good practice in both academic and vocational disciplines.

The University of Lincoln's policy on assessment feedback aims to ensure that academics will return in-course assessments to you promptly – usually within 15 working days after the submission date.

Entry Requirements

A minimum 2:2 honours degree

International Students will require English Language at IELTS 7.0 with no less than 6.5 in each element, or equivalent. http://www.lincoln.ac.uk/englishrequirements

Key Contacts

Academic:
Dr Sanem Sahin
ssahin@lincoln.ac.uk
+44 (0)1522 886012

Enquiries:
unilincolnarts@lincoln.ac.uk

Masters Level

Core Broadcast

This module provides you with the opportunity to develop the key skills required by broadcast journalists and you have the chance to adapt those skills to your specialist field. Over twelve weeks, you will be given the chance to focus on newsgathering and writing news features for radio and video journalism.

The first set of workshops will concentrate on the basic radio production skills of writing for radio bulletins, recording sound and editing, interview and presentation skills and studio operation. In the second half of the term, the focus switches to basic video journalism, including camera work, editing and production.

Core Writing

This module provides the opportunity to learn the skills required to write as a journalist and then focus those skills in different areas of journalism. The module offers an essential introduction to reporting, researching, interviewing, news values and news writing necessary for employment in all areas of the profession.

International Human Rights (Journalism)

This module aims to highlight the importance of a critical and comparative knowledge of human rights issues to the practice of journalism. You have the chance to explore human rights issues (such as privacy, confidentiality and freedom of expression) that are particularly relevant to the practice of journalism.

Journalism and Conflict Resolution

This module is designed to explore critically the concept of conflict sensitive journalism (e.g. Peace Journalism). Students will have the opportunity to study the theoretical underpinnings and apply that knowledge to an advanced practical assignment which draws upon a range of journalistic skills.

Law and Institutions

This module is designed to examine all aspects of law relating to the media with some focus on issues in science. This challenging module uses real case studies and up-to-date research to provide you with the opportunity to develop an understanding of the framework within which the industry operates, and the ethical dilemmas involved.

This module seeks to provide you with a basic appreciation of systems of power, covering national and local government structures and institutions.

MA Journalism - Final Project or Dissertation

The Final Project or Dissertation module consists of either a dissertation, portfolio of articles, radio or television documentary or chapters for a book or webpages. Students are expected to spend the final term during the summer on self-directed learning, having already decided on the form of media product that they will produce. Each student is allocated their own tutor for support and guidance. This final project provides an opportunity to research and make an in-depth study of the student's chosen study area.

Research and Professional Placement

On this module, you are expected to take up a work placement in one or several different media organisations of your choice. The module provides prior guidance, together with career advice. Tutors will help with research of the employment market, help to arrange international, national or local work placements and support you as you build an individual career profile, CV and work experience.

Please see the Features tab for more information regarding the potential costs associated with these placements.

This module also provides the opportunity to develop a methodological understanding and to receive support and advice on the final project. You will then be expected to prepare a written proposal for a dissertation, a documentary project, or a portfolio of articles.

War and the Media

This module is designed to explore the history of war reporting, examining the evolution of war-making by major Western powers and the ways in which journalists have represented those conflicts. In addition, it will consider the reasons why some conflicts are marginalised, ignored altogether or given extensive coverage by the mainstream media. It will also look at alternative ways of covering conflicts such as alternative websites and blogs.

Special Features

Guest Speakers

During term time, prominent journalists give guest lectures to audiences of undergraduate and postgraduate students from the School. Recent speakers have included John Pilger, Nick Davies, William Lewis, Libby Purves, Dorothy Byrne, Angela Rippon and Martin Bell.

Placements

As part of the Research and Professional Placement module, you will be expected to complete a two-week assessed work placement at the Lincolnshire Echo and one other media outlet or body/NGO involved in war, peace or international human rights.

Media such as Peace News have previously accepted students on work attachments. Foreign students will often arrange attachments with media or human rights bodies in their home country.

Please note that students are expected to cover their own accommodation, travel and general living expenses while on these placements.

Facilities

This course benefits from a suite of newsrooms, with associated work stations and specialist print production software.

Broadcast journalism is catered for with exclusive access to the School’s radio and television presentation studios and opportunities for output on the University’s Ofcom-licensed community radio station.

Students also have access to a TV studio, where they have the opportunity to use the latest virtual studio technology to produce television news programmes.

Career and Personal Development

Core modules are designed to support and prepare you for a career in journalism and there are a number of opportunities to gain experience by working on community radio, a multi-platform website, the student newspaper and the Students' Union magazine.

Graduates' skills specialising in war and international human rights can relate directly to roles in the media, public relations, press offices, government bodies and international organisations.

Other Costs

For each course you may find that there are additional costs. These may be with regard to the specific clothing, materials or equipment required, depending on your course.

With regards to text books, the University provides students who enrol with a comprehensive reading list and you will find that our extensive library holds either material or virtual versions of the core texts that you are required to read. However, you may prefer to purchase some of these for yourself and you will be responsible for this cost.

Tuition Fees

   2016/17 Entry*
Home/EU £7,100
Home/EU
(including Alumni Scholarship 30% reduction)
£4,970
Home/EU 
(including Non-Alumni Scholarship 20% reduction)
£5,680
International £15,700
International
(Including International Alumni / Global Postgraduate Scholarship £2,000 reduction)
£13,700
   
 Part-time Home/EU  £39 per credit point
 Part-time International  £87 per credit point

* Academic year September- July
** Subject to eligibility

Loans

A new system of postgraduate loans for Masters courses will be introduced in the UK, beginning from the 2016-17 academic year. Under the new scheme Individuals will be able to borrow up to £10,000 for the purpose of completing an eligible postgraduate Masters qualification.

Scholarships

As a postgraduate student you may be eligible for scholarships in addition to those shown above.

Guidance for Part-time Postgraduate Fees

To complete a standard Masters Taught programme, you must complete 180 credit points.

Full time students will be invoiced for the programme in full upon initial enrolment.

For part-time students, tuition fees are payable each credit point enrolled. To calculate your part-time fees, multiply the part-time fee per credit point by the number of credits you intend to complete within that academic year. This is usually between 60 and 90 credit points per year.

For example, if the fee per credit point for your programme is £38, and you enrol on 60 credits, the tuition fee payable for that academic year will be £2280.

 

For further information and for details about funding your study, scholarships and bursaries, please see our Postgraduate Fees & Funding pages [www.lincoln.ac.uk/home/studyatlincoln/postgraduateprogrammes/feesandfunding/].

The University intends to provide its courses as outlined in these pages, although the University may make changes in accordance with the Student Admissions Terms and Conditions.