Programme information

This programme explores the link between national and global security and the role of peace-building in developing multi-layered communities and nations. 

Our students will benefit from specialised, systematic and in-depth study focused on the relationship between diplomacy and international security and peace-building. 

They will utilise appropriate theories, concepts and methods associated with this area, while exploring the relationships between development and peace-building, civil-military relations, cyber security, as well as the wider global security context in which politics, trade and conflict occur.

Entry requirements

An honours degree (2:2 or above) or equivalent overseas qualification in a wide range of subjects.

Overseas qualification equivalencies

English Language requirements

All applicants for admission to Loughborough University must have a qualification in English Language before they can be admitted to any course or programme, whether their first language is English or not.

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Fees and funding

Tuition fees cover the cost of your teaching, assessment and operating University facilities such as the library, IT equipment and other support services. The tuition fees for 2019/20 entry are:

  • £10,550 (UK/EU)
  • £19,000 (International)

University fees and charges can be paid in advance and there are several methods of payment, including online payments and payment by instalment. Special arrangements are made for payments by part-time students.

 

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Programme aims

  • To provide specialised, systematic and in-depth knowledge of the study of and the relationship between diplomacy and international security and peace-building deploying appropriate theories, concepts and methods associated with the specific subject area
  • To enable students to acquire a critical awareness of the current issues involved in the study of the relations between diplomacy, international security and peace-building
  • To provide training in the concepts and applications of research appropriate for the study of diplomacy, international security and peace-building
  • To offer opportunities for independent study and research within the related fields of diplomacy, international security and peace-building
  • To equip students with the skills to pursue careers as trained specialists in diplomacy with particular reference to international security and peace-building

Programme modules

This programme covers a wide range of topics; to give you a taster we have expanded on some of the core modules affiliated with this programme and the specific assessment methods associated with each module.

To qualify for the award of the MSc degree in Security, Peace-Building and Diplomacy you must complete five compulsory modules, choose any two optional modules and choose one module from the second subject modules list, totalling 120 credits. Students must also complete a Dissertation worth 60 credits.

In the first semester, students will pick a subject from the list of nominated Second Subject modules offered by the other Loughborough University London Institutes.

All students taking MSc Security, Peace-Building and Diplomacy will be given specific guidance on optional choices to help them make the correct choice for their chosen career development path.

Core modules

Collaborative Project

With a multi-talented group of students, you will work on a brief from a real company looking to solve a real social or business problem.
 
Together with your student team, you will research and build solutions to a business problem, supported by our project tutors, clients and staff. Previous clients include Foster + Partners, Speedo, The London Legacy Development Corporation as well as many other companies, start-ups and charities.
 
The Collaborative Project provides a means for you to engage in critical enquiry and to be exposed to project-based teamwork in multicultural and interdisciplinary settings. By undertaking this module, you will strengthen your cooperative and collaborative working skills and competencies, whilst raising your awareness and appreciation of cultural and disciplinary diversity and differences.
 
The Collaborative Project aims to provide you with a hands-on experience of identifying, framing and resolving practice-oriented and real-world based challenges and problems, using creativity and appropriate tools to achieve valuable and relevant solutions. Alongside the collaborative elements of the module, you will be provided with opportunities to network with stakeholders, organisations and corporations, which will give you the experience and skills needed to connect to relevant parties and potentially develop future employment opportunities.

Learning Outcomes

On completion of this module, you will be able to:
  • Work effectively in diverse and interdisciplinary teams
  • Undertake and contribute towards a project-based development process
  • Apply critical enquiry, reflection, and creative methods to identify, frame, and resolve issues and problems at hand
  • Identify user and stakeholder needs and value creation opportunities, whilst collecting and applying evidence-based information and knowledge to develop appropriate insights, practices and solutions
  • Identify, structure, reflect on key issues and propose solutions to problems in creative ways
  • Enhance your appreciation for diversity and divergent individual and disciplinary perspectives
  • Be able to provide structured, reflective and critical feedback to peers and other stakeholders
  • Plan and execute a project plan including scope, resources and timing
  • Effectively communicate ideas, methods and results to a diverse range of stakeholders
  • Use multiple, state-of-the-art date media and technologies to communicate with collaborators
  • Make informed, critical and reflective decisions in time-limited situations.

Assessment

Assessment consists of 100% coursework which is made up of:
  • Individual Reflective Essay (55%)
  • Team Project Report (40%)
  • Peer Evaluation (5%)

Concepts and Controversies in Diplomacy and International Governance

This insightful module will look at the latest controversies and debates affecting diplomacy and international governance, alongside the evolution of the international system. You will develop an understanding of how the Vienna convention influences diplomatic relations, whilst considering the role of institutions and actors in contemporary international governance. Diplomatic negotiation and international bargaining is also a key aspect of this module, as well as the study of international diplomacy and governance in the 21st Century. 

Learning Outcomes 

On completion of this module you should be able to:
  • Critically evaluate the concepts and theories of diplomacy as the exercise of political influence that includes strategies, tactics and techniques
  • Critically evaluate the concepts, theories and controversies of contemporary international governance
  • Analyse the processes of diplomatic policy-making including alternative models of how policy evolves
  • Critically evaluate the importance of assessment, advocacy, bargaining and persuasion as dynamic features of the study of diplomacy
  • Critically assess the concepts and ethics of diplomacy in a professional environment
  • Identify appropriate sources pertaining to the study of diplomacy and international governance
  • Formulate research questions and research strategies for studying diplomacy and international governance
  • Demonstrate oral communication skills appropriate for professional use
  • Demonstrate research management and self-learning skills, as well as enhanced communication and ICT skills
  • Manage research, resource materials, data and referencing, and research findings relating to the study of diplomacy.

Assessment

Assessment is courswork based, consisting of:

  • Presentation (30%)
  • Critical Essay (70%)

Peace-Building

Frameworks of contemporary peace-building; key approaches and critiques; case studies; The Nature of Peace-building in a Liberal World, what role for diplomacy in peace-building; diplomatic strategies, outcomes and failures.
 
The module aims to introduce, discuss and contrast orthodox and emancipatory approaches to the building of peace after war, via empirical case studies as a means of testing competing theories that explain the intervention, success and failure of contemporary (post-Cold War) peacebuilding.

Learning Outcomes

On completion of this module you should be able to:
  • Explain the rise of Liberal peacebuilding
  • Discuss key forces, processes and institutions involved international peacebuilding
  • Apply systemic theories of intervention in the post-Cold War Era to contemporary phenomena of international peacebuilding
  • Discern between orthodox and emancipatory peacebuilding
  • Discuss literature and sources that critically examine the rise and praxis of Liberal peacebuilding
  • Apply contemporary case studies to a range of theories of peace and conflict studies
  • Take responsibility for planning and executing tasks within a specific timescale and framework
  • Show evidence of independent, critical thinking in problem solving and analysis
  • Engage in debate and present complex ideas and sustained arguments, in a clear and fluent form; - work in an independent and self-reliant manner
  • Deploy a range of IT skills common in the workplace.

Assessment

Assessment consists of a 3,000 word critical essay (100%).

The Art of Governance: Diplomacy, Negotiation and Lobbying

The aim of the the module is to familiarise students with the theory, frameworks and practice of governance in every aspect. The module will provide you with a thorough overview of all of the different ways, including questions of professional practice, in which governance is undertaken, negotiated and influenced.

Learning Outcomes

On completion of this module, you should be able to:
  • Critically evaluate the academic concepts and theories of diplomacy, negotiation and lobbying as the exercise of political influence that includes strategies, tactics and techniques
  • Analyse and assess the processes of policy-making including alternative models of how policy evolves
  • Critically evaluate the importance of diplomacy, assessment, advocacy, bargaining, negotiation and persuasion as dynamic features of the art of governance
  • Evaluate the best means to approach different real-life, professional situations using the frameworks of diplomacy, negotiation and lobbying
  • Evaluate the appropriateness of differing problem-solving skills for differing governance problems
  • Critically assess which concepts and skills from diplomacy, negotiation and/or lobbying are most relevant for specific professional contexts and problem-solving
  • Identify appropriate information sources pertaining to the study of diplomacy, negotiation and lobbying
  • Formulate research questions and research strategies for informing diplomatic practice
  • Demonstrate excellent IT and presentation skills
  • Demonstrate understanding of the linkages between academic scholarship and practitioner experience in this field
  • Demonstrate research management and self-learning skills
  • Demonstrate enhanced communication and negotiation skills
  • Manage research, resource materials, data and referencing, and research findings relating to all aspects of governance.
Assessment
  • Critical Self-Reflection (40%)
  • Case Report (60%)

International Security

Critical evaluation of the changing landscape of international security; theories and approaches to the study of international security; emerging trends in contemporary issues and practices; examination and assessment of past and evolving cases of inter-state as well as intra-state security issues.
 
The aim of this module is to examine international security through a variety of traditional and non-traditional frames of reference. The overarching aim of the module is to provide students with a wider understanding of the security context in which politics, trade and conflict occur.

Learning Outcomes

On completion of this module you should be able to:
  • Evaluate various approaches to the study of international security
  • Evaluate the causes of international insecurity
  • Assess the utility of 'securitizing' policy issues, and the impact of securitization on public policy responses
  • Evaluate the role and behaviours of international organisations and states in the international system
  • Construct reasoned argument that synthesizes and analyses the merits of competing disciplinary, conceptual and theoretical perspectives outlined in the course of the module
  • Recognise established and emergent phenomena in international security and in crises that impact on the international system
  • Critically debate established and emergent security phenomena and crises
  • Apply - in a written submission - a strong understanding of key security concepts, and theories which contribute to the analysis of crises
  • Present critiques of empirically grounded case study materials
  • Reflect on their own learning and make use of constructive feedback
  • Gather and organise evidence, data and information from a variety of secondary and primary sources
  • Work in small groups
  • Translate scholarship into practice.

Assessment

  • Policy Brief (40%)
  • Coursework (60%)

Diplomatic Communication

The modules includes: speech art theory; critical discourse analysis; diplomatic drafting framing/reframing; handling/withholding information; explicit/implicit language, genres and registers, creative ambiguity and speech writing/analysis.
 
The aim of this module to introduce students to the theoretical approaches to the study of diplomatic communication and to develop competence in effective diplomatic language and communication.

Learning Outcomes

On completion of this module you should be able to:
  • Critically evaluate verbal and written diplomatic texts, norms and conventions;
  • Analyse diplomatic discourses and diplomatic speech/speech-writing;
  • Critically demonstrate awareness of language choices in diplomatic exchanges and dialogue;
  • Critically assess diplomatic texts, argumentation and persuasion;
  • Identify appropriate sources of diplomatic language, speech and speech-writing and information handling; - formulate research questions and research strategies for studying diplomatic discourse;
  • Demonstrate excellent oral communication skills;
  • Apply scholarship to communicate research findings to practitioner audience;
  • Demonstrate research management and self-learning skills;
  • Communication and ICT Skills;
  • Manage research, resource materials, data and referencing, and research findings relating to the study of diplomatic discourse and communication.

Assessment

100% Coursework consisting of:
  • Speech Analysis (40%)
  • Presentation (60%)

Dissertation

The Dissertation module will equip you with the relevant skills, knowledge and understanding to embark on your own research project. You will have the choice of three dissertation pathways:
  • A desk based research project that could be set by an organisation or could be a subject of the student's choice
  • A project that involves collection of primary data from within an organisation or based on lab and/or field experiments
  • An Internship within an organisation during which time students will complete a project as part of their role in agreement with the organisation (subject to a suitable placement position being obtained)
  • By undertaking a dissertation at master's level, you will achieve a high level of understanding in your chosen subject area and will produce a written thesis or project report which will discuss your research in more detail.

Learning Outcomes

On successful completion of this module, you should be able to demonstrate knowledge and understanding of:
  • The importance of project planning
  • The importance of a clear hypothesis or research question
  • The ethical implications of research
  • The relevant empirical data and methodologies for data collection or knowledge assimilation for the subject area
  • Methods of data analysis and their suitability for the intended data
  • The areas of expertise or publications of the major individuals or organisations in the subject or business area
  • The previous research or current knowledge in the specific subject or business area
  • Theoretical perspectives relevant to your chosen topic
  • The most effective methods of presentation for data or knowledge
  • Developing a clear, coherent and original research question, hypothesis or business problem in a suitable subject area
  • Synthesising relevant sources (e.g. research literature, primary data) to construct a coherent argument in response to your research question, hypothesis or business problem
  • Analysing primary or secondary data collected by an appropriate method
  • Critically evaluating data collected in context with previously published knowledge or information
  • Engaging in critical debate and argumentation in written work
  • Applying principles of good scholarly practice to your written work
  • Performing appropriate literature searching/business information searching using library databases or other reputable sources
  • Planning a research project and producing a realistic gantt chart demonstrating your intended timelines
  • Synthesising information from appropriate sources
  • Demonstrating rational use of research method tools
  • Selecting and using appropriate investigative and research skills
  • Demonstrating effective project planning skills
  • Finding and evaluating scholarly sources
  • Engaging in critical reasoning, debate and argumentation
  • Demonstrating effective report writing skills
  • Recognising and using resources effectively
  • Successfully managing a project from idea to completion
  • Demonstrating commercial awareness or the impact of knowledge transfer in a business or research environment.

Assessment

100% Coursework consisting of:
  • Research proposal (10%)
  • Dissertation report (90%)

Optional modules (choose one)

Foreign Policy Analysis

This module is likely to cover:
  • What is foreign policy analysis?
  • Explaining foreign policy: the system level.
  • Explaining foreign policy: the nation-state level.
  • Explaining foreign policy: the level of the individual decision-maker.
  • Interests, norms and ethics: the critical evaluation of foreign policy.
  • The Future of Foreign Policy Analysis I: Resilience and International Crisis Management.
  • The Future of Foreign Policy Analysis II: Interplay of International Institutions and Global Arena.
The module will use a number of case studies as part of the teaching.
 
The aim of this module is to the aim of this module is for you to understand the conceptual tools of Foreign Policy Analysis (FPA), acquire specific knowledge relevant to an understanding of the foreign policies of key state actors in the global arena, and develop awareness of the issues and policy contexts that shape these policies.

Learning Outcomes

On completion of this module you should be able to:
  • Situate the analysis of foreign policy within the field of International Relations
  • Identify and deploy the key concepts and terminology of Foreign Policy Analysis (FPA)
  • Identify and evaluate key issues shaping the formulation and implementation of foreign policy
  • Apply this knowledge to specific cases of foreign policy decision-making and compare these cases in a systematic manner
  • Locate FPA information and evidence from primary and secondary sources
  • Identify the main approaches to the study of Foreign Policy Analysis (FPA) and Comparative Foreign Policy (CFP)
  • Critically assess foreign policy practice
  • Employ critical judgement in relation to case studies of US and UK foreign policy
  • Locate and use appropriate evidence base in a critical essay
  • Reflect on their own learning and use constructive feedback from the module tutor, and peers.

Assessment 

  • In-class test (30%)
  • Essay (70%)

International Business and Trade

 The aim of this module to introduce you to the international perspectives of business, to assess the complex relationship between international business and trade and diplomacy and to understand the role of governments, diplomacy and diplomatic missions in promoting business and trade.
 
This module is likely to cover:
  • The role of International Business and Trade in the Global System
  • Internationalisation of Multinational Companies
  • FDI
  • Cultural Approaches to Capitalist Diversity
  • Institutional Approaches to Capitalist Diversity
  • The National Business Systems of the USA and Germany
  • Emerging Markets and Players
  • The importance of Diplomacy in Promoting Business and Trade
  • The Role of Governments
  • Organising Diplomatic and Trade Missions

Learning Outcomes

On completion of this module you should be able to:
  • Critically evaluate the role of international business and trade
  • Analyse the relationship between international business and diplomacy
  • Critically evaluate the role of governments and diplomatic missions in promoting business and trade
  • Critically assess concepts and practice of international business and trade
  • Identify appropriate sources pertaining to the study of international business and diplomacy
  • Formulate research questions and research strategies for studying international business, diplomacy and governments and diplomatic missions
  • Demonstrate excellent oral communication skills
  • Apply scholarship to communicate research findings to practitioner audience
  • Demonstrate research management and self-learning skills
  • Communication and ICT Skills
  • Manage research, resource materials, data and referencing, and research findings relating to the study of international business, diplomacy, and governments and diplomatic missions.

Assessment

  • Group presentation (15%)
  • Seminar attendance and participation (15%)
  • Essay (70%)

Political Risk in Emerging Markets

This programme asks the question: what are political risks and how are they defined for emerging markets. You will uncover the lure of emerging markets and the range of risks that can be associated with such collectives, including geopolitical risks, regulatory risks and international political risks. Time will also be dedicated to the consideration of emerging markets as nodes in the global market. By the end of the module, you will have a thorough grasp of the political and geographical risks at play for emerging markets, as well as the politics of 'doing business' for particular groups.

Learning Outcomes

On completion of this module, you should be able to:
 
  • Discuss diversity of political risks within emerging markets
  • Explain the various factors that make emerging markets important nodes in international business activities
  • Critically evaluate existing literature and understandings of emerging markets.
  • Construct reasoned arguments, synthesise and analyse relevant information and exercise critical judgement
  • Reflect on your own learning and make use of constructive feedback
  • Analyse current events and discuss them in groups as part of an editorial meeting
  • Discuss essay questions as part of a group and plan possible outlines
  • Communicate effectively in speech and writing
  • Use communication and information technology for the retrieval and presentation of information
  • Work individually, demonstrating initiative, self-organisation and time management
  • Explain events as they are reported in media coverage, and examine their contents.

Assessment

One individual assignment in the form of an investor report of up to 4000 words (100%).

Optional modules (choose one)

Global Economic Governance

Introduction; Understanding the global economy; Global Governance and Global Economic Governance; The Workings of Global Governance; Issues and Challenges; The global financial system; The Challenges of Interdependence; Public Policy; Corporate Actions and the Global Economy; Diplomacy and Global Governance.
 
The aim of this module to assess the validity of economic factors in international affairs and to understand the development and dynamics of the global economy and global governance.

Learning Outcomes

On completion of this module you should be able to:
  • Critically evaluate the role of economic factors in international affairs
  • Analyse the development and dynamics of the global economy and global governance
  • Critically demonstrate awareness of the workings of global governance today
  • Critically assess concepts and practice of global governance
  • Identify appropriate sources pertaining to the study of the global economy and global governance; - formulate research questions and research strategies for studying global governance
  • Demonstrate excellent oral communication skills
  • Apply scholarship to communicate research findings to practitioner audience
  • Demonstrate research management and self-learning skills
  • Communication and ICT Skills
  • Manage research, resource materials, data and referencing, and research findings relating to the study of global economic governance.

Assessment

  • Timed essay (90%)
  • Country review (10%)

The BRICS and the Changing World Order

This module will investigate the rise of Brazil, Russia, India, China and South Africa ("The BRICS") at the turn of the 21st century, and explore how their development has come to challenge the Western-led order in world politics. The module will focus on each of the five BRICS countries, and investigate how the evolution of their domestic and foreign policies has influenced their rise in world politics. An emphasis will be put on foreign policy and diplomacy, together with the tools, capabilities or resources employed by the BRICS in order to project their power in world politics.

Simultaneously, the module will engage with different interpretations of power in world politics, drawing on various theories of international relations. This allows the module to probe into the rise of the BRICS in influencing power shifts in world politics. In broader terms, the module evaluates various policy consequences of emerging power shifts and the (potential) responses of the BRICS and the West.

Learning Outcomes

On completion of this module you should be able to:
  • Summarise and explain the main aspects of the rise of the BRICS since the beginning of the 1990s
  • Identify appropriate sources pertaining to the BRICS and their external relations
  • Link and relate theoretical concepts from international relations and political economy to the empirical analysis of power in world politics, and particularly the role of the BRICS
  • Select, synthesise and critically assess academic and policy texts
  • Devise policy solutions and recommendations for policymakers in the BRICS countries
  • Translate academic knowledge into policy relevant work
  • Formulate research questions and research strategies for studying the role changing nature of the world order
  • Apply scholarship to communicate research findings to practitioner audience.

Assessment

  • Individual Essay (50%)
  • Individual Policy Report (50%)

London as a Global City

The past twenty years has witnessed an unprecedented growth in global cities in both the developed and developing world. This module will introduce students to the politics, economics, society and international relations of London as the main case study through which to examine some of the key debates and controversies surrounding global cities and their place in the world.

This module will explore such issues as how to define global cities, the history of global cities, the social, infrastructure, economic and governance pressures facing global cities, the role of cities in international relations (for example, the concept of paradiplomacy) and the effect of Brexit on London. This course will allow students to understand the role of cities in global politics, not least their importance to the states that still shape international affairs. The course will also allow students to better understand the global city they have chosen to study in.

Learning outcomes

On completion of this module students should be able to:

  • Summarise/explain the main aspects of a global city and how London fits or does not fit with these
  • Identify appropriate sources pertaining to global cities, especially London
  • Link and relate theoretical concepts from international relations and political economy to the empirical analysis of London as a global city
  • Devise policy solutions and recommendations for policymakers in London and other global cities
  • Formulate research questions and research strategies for studying the role of global cities in world affairs
  • Apply scholarship to communicate research findings to practitioner audience

Assessment

100% coursework consisting of:

  • Book review (40%)
  • Essay (60%)

International Organisations

This module will explore:

  • What is an International Organization (IO)?
  • What is an International Governmental Organization (IGO) and what is an International Non-Governmental Organization (INGO)?
  • What do IGOs do? What functions do they have? How effective are they? What is enforcement and compliance?

You will also look at international organisations in practice, studying organizations such as the UN Security Council, the European Union, the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change, and Medecins Sans Frontieres. You will assess how they function, how they work in practice, how well they accomplish their goals, do they achieve results, and what are the current challenges for these organizations?

The aim of this module is to understand the functions, workings and practices of international organisations.

Learning outcomes

On completion of this module students should be able to:

  • Understand what international organisations are and how they operate
  • Understand what role international organisations play in the making of international rules
  • Apply this knowledge to specific cases of international organisations and international decision-making
  • Locate information and evidence on international organisations from primary and secondary sources
  • Critically assess the workings of international organisations
  • Learn practical aspects of international advocacy
  • Apply critical evidence to produce convincing arguments
  • Reflect on own learning and practices
  • Practice problem-solving skills
  • Practice modalities of working together.

Assessment

  • Coursework (70%)
  • In-class exercise (30%)

Institutional Foundations of Capitalism and Entrepreneurship

By studying Institutional Foundations of Capitalism and Entrepreneurship, you will understand the nature the institutions that structure modern market economies. You will appreciate how key institutions interlock together to create circumstances for innovation, entrepreneurship and growth, alonside appreciating the importance of institutional analysis for economic and business policy-making.

This module aims to: provide students with an understanding of the institutions underlying modern market economies and of the institutional conditions that enable finance, innovation and entrepreneurship; introduce students to prominent multi-disciplinary approaches to the analysis of economic institutions; and introduce students to some key methods used for theoretical and empirical research in this area.

Learning outcomes

On completion of this module students should be able to:

  • Explain the general nature of institutions and organizations and their role in modern market economies
  • Describe the particular institutional features of property, markets, finance, corporations and states, and their functions in modern market economies
  • Compare and contrast the diverse and uneven evolution of these institutions in different countries
  • Critically evaluate some prominent but different approaches to the analysis of economic institutions
  • Identify the drivers of economic and business activity in modern market economies
  • Summarise the key roles of different institutions in modern market economies
  • Critically evaluate different theoretical approaches in the area
  • Grasp abstract concepts and deploy them in complex empirical circumstances
  • Develop some capacity for interdisciplinary research
  • Critically evaluate theories and methods used to analyse economic and business activity.

Assessment

Assessment consists of 100% coursework, broken down into two assignments (3,000 words in total).

Diversity in Global Organisations

This module will address diversity management in multinational organisations. It will provide an understand the dimensions of diversity within organisations operating across borders and their implications for management of organisations, careers and teams. It will identify differences and complementarities between cultural and institutional framework. The module will teach students to assess the ways in which diversity affects micro-level managerial and team behaviour and to critically assess the extent to which approaches to diversity management are shaped by organisations and external forces. It will introduce debates and theories on how diversity and cross-cultural differences relate to corporate social responsibility and international human resource management practices and organisational performance.
 
The aims of this module are to:
  • Equip students with the ability to critically assess the implications of diversity in cross-border settings 
  • Generate an awareness of how these differences are shaped by organisational and national contexts

Learning Outcomes

On completion of this module, you will be able to:
  • Critically assess theoretical frameworks underpinning diversity and inter-cultural management 
  • Assess the ways in which diversity shapes organisational behaviour at individual and group level, including leadership, motivation and team processes
  • Identify the differences in formal and informal national institutions that shape diversity in global organisations and their implications for organisational policy and practice 
  • Explain the implications of diversity and cross-cultural management for corporate social responsibility and international human resource management 
  • Critically assess the implications, limitations and complementarity of key theories of diversity management
  • Critically reflect upon the challenges and opportunities associated with managing a diverse workforce with implications for organisational performance
  • Critically analyse organizational practice and managerial behavior in diverse, cross-national contexts
  • Assess the effectiveness of relevant national regulations and corporate codes of conduct 
  • Critically evaluate recommendations for corporate policy.

Assessment

  • Time-limited take home exam (80%)
  • Group presentation (20%)

Media and Social Movements

The module content will include: Theories on "new" media, global media systems, legal and governmental frameworks, surveillance, social-movement, alternative media practices, transnational capitalism.
 
The module introduces the issues around media and social movements, by tracing the theoretical evolution of media and social movements, understanding media within broader social movements in historical processes rather than merely focusing on media technologies or impact media. The model seeks to cover topics on control of media systems on different regions of the world, alternative media practices, anti-imperial protest, non-aligned movements and media and national sovereignty.

Learning Outcomes

On successful completion of the module, you should be able to demonstrate knowledge and understanding of:
  • Analyse and identify theories and trends about media and social movements
  • Contextualise media within specific historical and political conditions
  • Interrogate media’s systems in different regions of the word and its connection to people’s democratic struggles
  • Understand debates around new information technologies including social media and their relation to social change
  • How the media systems are organized and structured
  • The links between current environmental and social issues and media technologies
  • Importance of media in geopolitical conflicts
  • Identify and evaluate alternative media systems
  • Assess material gathered from a range of academic and non-academic sources in order to develop a critical understanding of theories and practices
  • Use material presented in teaching sessions, along with other sources, to produce an in-depth evaluation of an existing research study
  • Evaluate methodologies used in academic research to develop new research questions or hypotheses for investigation
  • Use critical perspectives to analyse emerging trends in media and social movements
  • Design, implement and evaluate an original study in a topic relevant to the field
  • Engage with major thinkers, debates and intellectual paradigms within the fields of media, communication and culture, critiquing and synthesising the insights gained in their own analytical work
  • Analyse new and emerging trends and interrogate both common sense understanding and received wisdom in relevant areas of inquiry
  • Discuss and evaluate transformations in digital media and their social, political, economic and cultural contexts and wield this understanding in appraising current patterns of development, such as cultural globalisation and media convergence
  • Discuss their self-designed research and the issues it raises reflexively
  • Gather, process, analyse and evaluate primary data
  • Locate and critique relevant academic and non-academic sources
  • Communicate effectively in speech and writing, with academic and non-academic audiences
  • Engage in critical reasoning, debate and argumentation
  • Manage time and resources effectively
  • Synthesise different sources of data and identify key arguments and issues at stake in particular fields of practice
  • Understand the impact of digital media on culture
  • Understand emerging trends in digital media
  • Apply skills in written and verbal communication that are relevant to this field
  • Be able to plan, organise and manage coursework assignments, demonstrating independence, initiative and originality.

Assessment

100% Coursework consisting of:
  • Report (30%)
  • Essay (70%)

Future career prospects

This programme will equip you with the skills to pursue a career as a trained specialist in diplomacy, with particular reference to international security and peace-building.

Graduates will also have the opportunity to enhance their knowledge and career prospects further by undertaking an MRes or PhD programme.

Your personal development

The careers and employability support on offer at Loughborough University London has been carefully designed to give you the best possible chance of securing your dream role.

Loughborough University London is the first of its kind to develop a suite of careers-focused activities and support that is positioned as the underpinning of every student’s programme. Opportunities include employability assessments, group projects set by a real businesses and organisations, company site visits and organisation-based dissertation opportunities.

Assessments

Modules are assessed by a combination of essays, group exercises, presentations and time constrained assignments. Subject to your choices, there may also be exams. Take a look at our modules to see what assessments you can expect to undertake.

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