This programme allows you to build on a broad introduction to media and communication research and specialise by studying the developments that have occurred around the world in the provision of electronic government. The programme examines the political, economic and social reasons for the establishment of e-government and examines online government developments in the wider context of debates about e-democracy and the civic engagement of citizens. The establishment of e-government is critically examined against the rapid spread and adoption of new information and communication technologies. It also considers the importance of e-government in offsetting growing political alienation and distrust of politicians and governments.
Key Issues and Approaches in Media Study
Media History and Social Regulation
Media in Global Context
Communications and Globalization
Media Industries: Convergence, Divergence
Audience and Reception
E-Governance and E-Democracy: Theory and Practice
Teaching and assessment methods
The course is studied by distance learning. In Year 1 there are five written assignments and one examination. In Year 2 there are four written assignments and a dissertation of 12,000-15,000 words.