PROGRAMME SPECIFICATION: MSc Media and Communications (Data and Society) 1. Awarding Body 2. Details of accreditation by a professional/statutory body, e.g. ESRC; BPS etc 3. Name of final award 4. Programme Title 5. Duration of the course 6. Based in the Department/Institute: 7. Relevant QAA subject benchmark statements 8. Application Code 9. First written/last amended LSE N/A MSc Media and Communications (Data and Society) 12 months Media and Communications N/A P3U4 October 2014 10. The programme aims to: Provide postgraduate level training and research involving: A broad based understanding of the development and forms of media systems in relation to political economy, regulation and power, production and organisation, processes of mediation and influence, communication content and audience response; A broad-based understanding of data, information and knowledge as aspects of contemporary society, including theoretical and analytic perspectives; An up to date engagement with diverse theoretical, conceptual and empirical developments in research on media and communications, including in relation to the implications of data, both historically and in the present, for social, political and economic organization; A mix of core and optional courses, culminating in an independent research project in media and communications, that provides an ideal preparation for research or employment in media and communications and data related fields; The flexibility to tailor the programme to pursue particular topics of interest by selecting from a wide range of courses taught by leading experts in the Department of Media and Communications and other departments at LSE, , with a focus on data, communications and society. 11. Programme outcomes: knowledge and understanding; skills and other attributes After studying on the programme, students are expected to have: Acquired a broad based understanding of the development and forms of media systems from multiple perspectives; Acquired a broad understanding of data, information and knowledge within the context of an understanding of contemporary society, including familiarity with historical, theoretical, and analytic approaches to data and information; Acquired a knowledge of a range of theoretical, conceptual and empirical developments in research on media and communications, and in particular recent research on the embedding of data and information processes in society; Completed a mix of core and optional courses, culminating in an independent research project in media and communications, that provides an ideal preparation for research or employment in media and communications and data related fields; Within the context of broader social science research skills, to have acquired methodological skills intended for understanding how data are analysed using different methods.Acquired the ability to conduct research to a postgraduate level involving appropriate social scientific methodologies, either quantitative or qualitative, and combine theory and research. 12. Teaching, learning and assessment strategies to enable outcomes to be achieved and demonstrated Teaching and learning strategies: To enable students to develop an understanding of a range of theoretical and methodological approaches to the study of media and communications; To provide students with access to knowledge of conceptual developments and debates in the related fields of research; To provide students with a foundation of relevant skills (qualitative, quantitative empirical and theoretical); To allow flexibility for students to pursue in class and independent research on particular topics of interest in their field of studies; To combine diverse teaching and learning methods that include lectures, seminars and workshops in order to maximize analytical thinking, as well as to advance transferable skills; Formal teaching takes place in Michaelmas and Lent Term. Examinations for most courses are held during May and June, but some may be held in January. Dissertations are completed during the summer months. Assessment strategies: Students are assessed by essays, other written or practical assignments, written examinations and the dissertation which must be submitted at the end of the academic year. Students are expected to submit formative essays in both Michaelmas and Lent Term for which they receive detailed feedback. 13. Programme structures and requirements, levels, modules and awards See the MSc Media and Communications (Data and Society) programme regulations. Additional information 14. Criteria for admission to the programme Students will need to have at least an upper second class honours degree or its equivalent in social sciences. Applications are particularly welcome from those with professional experience in the media, communications, data or information technology field. 15. Indicators of quality High and strict entrance requirements (see 14) Research quality: The department demonstrated its excellent research quality in the 2008 RAE, being rated third in the country on grade point average. Members of the Department are authors of key texts in their areas of expertise and enjoy international reputation. External Examiners’ reports for programmes reaffirm the excellent quality of teaching in the department. The Department is one of the pioneering programmes to use online teaching and learning resources. 16. Methods for evaluating and improving the quality and standard of teaching and learning School survey of teaching quality; Department survey of graduates; Teaching Committee meetings at least once a term; Annual departmental programme review reports; Annual departmental course review reports; Peer to peer teaching reviews; All members of staff are assigned a mentor; Student Staff Liaison Committee termly meetings; Review and promotion process includes an assessment of teaching; Academic advisers monitor student progress; External Examiners’ Reports. School level quality assurance processes include: 1. a system of initial programme approval, with input from the providers of resourcebased services (including the Library, IT Services and the Academic Planning and Resources Committee) and including an external assessor's report, to be conducted by the School's central academic bodies; 2. a system of initial course approval, with input from the providers of resource-based services and conducted by the School's central academic bodies; 3. a system of approval of major modifications to programmes and courses, conducted by the School's central academic bodies; 4. a system of central review of departmental taught provision every five years or so, informed by available evidence, including student views, the main purposes being to promote development, identify and disseminate good practice, and to flag any concerns over standards to departments, without adjudicating on them; 5. a system of gaining student feedback on their teaching and learning experience in the School; 6. periodic review by the School's academic bodies of its internal Codes of Practice; 7. due and appropriate consideration of national quality assurance requirements through the School's committee structure; and 8. departments have the following arrangements in place for assuring their quality and standards: 8.1. Staff-Student Liaison Committees for all students that meet regularly, with minutes of meetings produced and circulated to staff and students; 8.2. Departmental Staff meetings that involve all staff, meet at least three times per academic year, and consider information from any other extant departmental committees. Minutes should be produced and circulated to staff; 8.3. A Teaching Committee that involves appropriate departmental staff, meets regularly each academic session and considers all aspects of departmental learning and teaching, including new programme and course proposals. Minutes should be produced and circulated to members; 8.4. A system for ensuring the effective participation in the School's annual programme monitoring exercise; 8.5. A system for considering course and programme results annually, and revising taught provision as appropriate; 8.6. A system for considering student survey course results annually, and revising taught provision as appropriate; 8.7. A system for considering external examiners' reports, and acting on them, on an annual basis, with the School having an associated responsibility (a) to ensure that the system functions and (b) for any School-wide lessons on both good practice and areas of concern from the reports collectively.