Media and Communication

The Media and Communication track focuses on the relationship between media (particularly digital media) and the state, geopolitics, market, and society. It engages with cultural and sociological understandings of internet media through the lens of the Global South and the geopolitics of internet media and digital rights. Courses will emphasize deep engagement with media and social theory and the implications of new digital media geographies for global communications and the development of public policy. Fundamental questions of media rights and freedoms are considered within this track, and the diversity of international policy responses and their impacts are explored. Strategies for advocacy of media freedoms, application of new digital technologies and approaches for data/information gathering for media and communications policy are emphasized in the practice elements of courses.

MPA students may complete a specialization in Media and Communication. To earn a specialization, MPA students must accumulate 12 credits from the list of courses in the track and take two of three specialist Gateway courses. MPA students must take at least two of the following three Gateway courses: Digital Media Activism (4 credits); Geopolitics of the Internet (2 credits); The Internet and Human Rights (2 credits).

One-year MAPP students may complete a concentration in Media and Communication. To complete a concentration one-year MAPP students must:

  • earn a minimum of 6 course credits in the concentration they have selected and
  • write a thesis (also 6 credits) on a topic related to the same concentration.

To view available courses, please see the course directory here.