Module Catalogue 2020/21

MCH3013 : Global Public Relations

  • Offered for Year: 2020/21
  • Module Leader(s): Dr Altman Peng
  • Owning School: Arts & Cultures
  • Teaching Location: Newcastle City Campus
Semester 1 Credit Value: 20
ECTS Credits: 10.0
Pre Requisites
Code Title
MCH1028Introduction to Professional Communication
MCH2034Introduction to Public Relations
Pre Requisite Comment


Co Requisites
Co Requisite Comment



• To develop awareness of the complexities of cross-cultural communication within the NGO sector.

• To recognise the differences in public relations’ role and practice in other countries by proposing an international public relations campaign.

• To develop a range of techniques for PR campaign planning in an international, cross-cultural context.

• To articulate a creative, persuasive and culturally appropriate response to a PR brief.

This module will build on students' knowledge of key PR concepts, including media relations, PR in the voluntary sector, strategic PR planning, and develop professional writing skills they acquired in MCH1028 and MCH2034 and apply them in a global context.

Students will be required to develop an NGO-linked profile article suitable for placement in an international publication and offer a rationale for their personality and publication choice.

At the end of the module, students will be required to propose a communications campaign for an NGO operating overseas. The proposal will be delivered as a group verbal pitch, presented in response to a real-life scenario brief.

Outline Of Syllabus

• Role of PR in NGO management
• PR in developing countries
• Client briefing
• Features writing: profile
• Big Ideas
• How to write a PR proposal
• Competitive PR pitches
• Globalising strategies, localising tactics
• Alternative communication channels
• Measurement and evaluation in PR

Learning Outcomes

Intended Knowledge Outcomes

Identify the principles of the role PR plays in NGOs management.
Understand the challenges in PR development internationally.
Recognise the difficulties in media relations practice and cross-cultural communication.

Intended Skill Outcomes

• Develop research skills for campaign planning in an international context.
• Develop professional writing skills, including PR for the media writing.
• Learn the principles of the production and delivery of PR pitches.
• Develop media relations and cross-cultural communication skills.

Teaching Methods

Teaching Activities
Category Activity Number Length Student Hours Comment
Guided Independent StudyAssessment preparation and completion140:0040:00Assessment 2 preparation: Group presentation
Guided Independent StudyAssessment preparation and completion125:0025:00Assessment 1 preparation: Profile
Scheduled Learning And Teaching ActivitiesLecture122:0024:00N/A
Scheduled Learning And Teaching ActivitiesSmall group teaching121:0012:00Seminars
Scheduled Learning And Teaching ActivitiesDrop-in/surgery11:001:00N/A
Guided Independent StudyIndependent study198:0098:00N/A
Teaching Rationale And Relationship

To nurture curriculum internationalisation and develop students’ global perspectives of the discipline, the lectures will focus on the examination and analysis of international PR case studies with the emphasis on the voluntary sector. Some of the lectures will be delivered by guest speakers, including academics and PR practitioners from overseas.

The seminar sessions will focus on students’ critical assessment of the extent to which theory can be applied in relation to their campaign planning.

The Guided Independent Study time will be dedicated to students’ research and subsequent preparation for writing assessments and campaigns proposals with tutors’ guidance provided via Discussion Board on Blackboard.

The assessment strategy will be presented to students as a valuable PR experience providing them with the opportunity to apply their knowledge of and skills through the planning of a creative PR campaign for an overseas NGO. It will enhance their critical thinking, professional writing, media relations as well as cross-cultural communication skills and have the potential to serve as a showcase for future employment.

Reading Lists

Assessment Methods

The format of resits will be determined by the Board of Examiners

Description Length Semester When Set Percentage Comment
Oral Examination301M50Group Oral Presentation. PR pitch with accompanying slides and notes delivered in groups in response to a brief.
Other Assessment
Description Semester When Set Percentage Comment
Written exercise1A50Profile article (1000 words) with images and a chosen publication rationale (500 words).
Assessment Rationale And Relationship

Module assessment will be divided into two parts related to the same project delivered by students.

Students will be required to develop a profile article suitable for placement in international publication supported by relevant images and a strong rationale for the choice of selected media outlet in which the story will run.

The second piece of assessment will comprise of a persuasive PR pitch in response to a client brief. Students will be marked on their ability to deliver an engaging pitch outlining a creative PR campaign in line with their client’s organisational goals. Students will be required to submit slides notes accompanying their presentations.


Past Exam Papers

General Notes


Disclaimer: The information contained within the Module Catalogue relates to the 2020/21 academic year. In accordance with University Terms and Conditions, the University makes all reasonable efforts to deliver the modules as described. Modules may be amended on an annual basis to take account of changing staff expertise, developments in the discipline, the requirements of external bodies and partners, and student feedback. Module information for the 2021/22 entry will be published here in early-April 2021. Queries about information in the Module Catalogue should in the first instance be addressed to your School Office.