Programme/Approved Electives for 2021/22
Available as a Free Standing Elective
Visual representations of leisure activities help to construct the ways we perceive ourselves and our cultural identity. This module explores how different leisure practices shape our everyday lives and identities, and reinforce particular cultural relations related to class, taste and power. It has a particular focus on the role of the media, and how particular media ¿ such as advertising, reality TV and holiday selfies ¿ shape how we understand and experience leisure. We consider various critical perspectives about the relationship between leisure and the media and locate them through a look at a range of particular historic and contemporary examples and contexts of leisure, such as the carnival, the seaside, shopping, tourist destinations, fast food and fine dining. Looking at specific examples and locations will help us to see how particular representations and ethnographies may be used to assist in an understanding of our relationship with the media and our leisure. Examples will be drawn from local as well as national and international contexts, as a basis for assessed work as well as to foster an exploration of the relationship between the local and the global and what we `do¿ and how we think when we engage in leisure activities.
Talis Aspire Reading ListAny reading lists will be provided by the start of the course.http://lists.lib.keele.ac.uk/modules/mds-30017/lists
-To develop understanding of various critical approaches to the media.-To use forms, practices and spaces of leisure as contexts for understanding various critical approaches.-To understand how various visual media are used and act to communicate and shape cultural identity. -To be able to apply an understanding of visual media and critical approaches to relevant contexts.
Intended Learning Outcomes
recognise and explain various critical and contextual approaches to the media : 1,2analyse how various visual media are used and act to communicate and shape cultural identity: 1,2apply an understanding of visual media and critical approaches to relevant contexts: 1,2use forms, practices and spaces of leisure as contexts for understanding various critical approaches: 1,2examine how, particularly, visual media can be used to communicate and express ideas and concepts: 2
24 hours teaching (lectures, seminars, online activities)42 hours project preparation 42 hours essay preparation 42 hours self/guided independent study
1: Essay weighted 50%
Description of Module Assessment
2500 word critical essayStudents will negotiate the title of their own essay with their tutor/s. Essay questions will be based on the critical and contextual content of their practical assessment and should draw for the topics/content covered on the module.2: Practical Assessment weighted 50%
A workbook, principally comprising a portfolio of photos.Students with produce a portfolio of photos on a topic/subject/idea relevant to, and articulated within, the critical and contextual content of the module.