Manchester Metropolitan University

Politics

Professional Development & Short Courses


Contemporary US Foreign Policy

About the course

This unit examines the making and content of contemporary US foreign policy. It examines the policy-making process; theories of the policy process; US foreign policy traditions and ideologies; the role of the President, Congress and the national security bureaucracy; the impact of interest groups and the media; the impact of new media and ICTs. We then go on to look at US foreign policy since the end of the Cold War with a particular focus on these topics; US hegemony, rise and decline? The role of Soft Power; relationships with Russia, China and the EU; the US and the Middle East.

Further details and course contacts

This short course is taught by research-active staff from the Politics and Information and Communications programmes at Manchester Metropolitan University.

The cost is £350 for those who wish to attend the sessions, or £1,260 for Home/EU students and £2,175 for overseas students who want to submit assessed coursework to gain 30 Masters-level credits.

To apply, download our application form.

For further details about the course, please contact: Dr Steven Hurst.


Current Issues in Media and Communication

About the course

This unit provides a critical exploration of debates on media audiences, users, institutions and globalisation, emphasising relations of power at play in each case. Issues covered include: audience theories and audience research, European Union audio-visual policy; audio-visual policy issues, globalisation and the World Trade Organisation; interests and power in the control of the Internet; EU Internet policy; global governance developments and the Internet.

Further details and course contacts

This short course is taught by research-active staff from the Information and Communications and Politics programmes at Manchester Metropolitan University. 

The cost is £350 for those who wish to attend the sessions, or £1,260 for Home/EU students and £2,175 for overseas students who want to submit assessed coursework to gain 30 Masters-level credits.

To apply, download our application form.

For further details about the course, please contact: Dr Steven Hurst.


Digital Rights

About the course

This unit explores how use of ICTs is regulated and governed, and whether there is adequate balance and protection for the competing interests of government, business and the individual. Issues covered include: International and European law; International treaties, protocols and co-operation; European Directives and the Single Market; Liability of intermediaries; Cross-border law and jurisdiction; Copyright and licensing; Patents; Trade-marks, passing off and domain name disputes; Designs; Law of breach of confidence; Freedom of Expression; Privacy and Surveillance Society; Data Protection; Freedom of Information; Defamation; Electronic mail and unsolicited communications.

Further details and course contacts

This short course is taught by a team of fully research-active staff from the Information and Communications and Politics programmes at Manchester Metropolitan University.

The cost is £350 for those who wish to attend the sessions, or £1,260 for Home/EU students and £2,175 for overseas students who want to submit assessed coursework to gain 30 Masters-level credits.

To apply, download our application form.

For further details about the course, please contact: Dr Steven Hurst.


Europe in Turmoil

About the course

This unit examines both internal and external contexts of European integration. The content is divided into smaller thematic blocks designed to cover the following key topics: the structure of European integration (including institutional architecture, major treaties and decision-making structure), the policy portfolio of the European Union (internal and external policies). Among other things the unit evaluates how effectively the EU responds to such issues as global terrorism, climate change, financial crisis and immigration.

Further details and course contacts

This short course is taught by research-active staff from the Politics and Information and Communications programmes at Manchester Metropolitan University.

The cost is £350 for those who wish to attend the sessions, or £1,260 for Home/EU students and £2,175 for overseas students who want to submit assessed coursework to gain 30 Masters-level credits.

To apply, download our application form.

For further details about the course, please contact: Dr Steven Hurst.


Globalisation: Media, Culture and Consumption

About the course

This unit explores the political economy of the global media, media regulation, news production, new media technologies and media ideologies. It then examines culture and consumption in a global world and the history of global consumerism, including examples such as sport and music; global threats and panics; global cities; popular culture and responses to globalisation.

Further details and course contacts

This short course is taught by research-active staff from the Information and Communications and Politics programmes at Manchester Metropolitan University.

The cost is £350 for those who wish to attend the sessions, or £1,260 for Home/EU students and £2,175 for overseas students who want to submit assessed coursework to gain 30 Masters-level credits.

To apply, download our application form.

For further details about the course, please contact: Dr Steven Hurst.


International Relations Theory

About the course

This unit examines the development of International Relations theory throughout the twentieth century, looking in particular at the historically dominant traditions of realism, liberalism and Marxism. It goes on to consider more contemporary theories such as feminism, post-colonialism, critical theory, and social-constructivism. The unit has a particular focus on the epistemological and ontological debates that underpin the development of post positivist approaches.  

Further details and course contacts

This short course is taught by research-active staff from the Politics and Information and Communications programmes at Manchester Metropolitan University.

The cost is £350 for those who wish to attend the sessions, or £1,260 for Home/EU students and £2,175 for overseas students who want to submit assessed coursework to gain 30 Masters-level credits.

To apply, download our application form.

For further details about the course, please contact: Dr Steven Hurst.


The Policy-Making Process

About the course

This unit offers an introduction to the field of comparative public policy. The course material will consider the aims and methods of comparative inquiry. It will survey a range of theoretical approaches used to make sense of policy processes and outcomes and consider the important issues confronting policymakers, with an eye to making sense of variation and convergence in states’ policies in these areas. Throughout the course, students will be encouraged to consider how theories of policy-making fare in explaining ‘real world’ outcomes and the degree to which comparison yields insights beyond what might be expected from single country studies. Students will be encouraged to consider how they could apply lessons from the case studies to future careers as policymakers.

Further details and course contacts

This short course is taught by research-active staff from the Politics and Public Service and Administration programmes at Manchester Metropolitan University.

The cost is £350 for those who wish to attend the sessions, or £1,260 for Home/EU students and £2,175 for overseas students who want to submit assessed coursework to gain 30 Masters-level credits.

To apply, download our application form.

For further details about the course, please contact: Dr Steven Hurst.

Postgraduate Courses