Programme/Approved Electives for 2020/21
Available as a Free Standing Elective
The media and our notions of leisure are inextricably connected, and our leisure time and activities are often expressions of the relationships we have with different media forms: from early picture postcards of the seaside, to Instagram images of nights out. This module uses theoretical discussions of leisure - as well as our own experiences of leisure practices - to take a critical look at the media, the leisure industry and the relationship between the two.The module asks questions such as: ┐ How can we understand the transformation of leisure practice such as shopping or eating out, by examining media representations?┐ What part did the media play in `constructing┐ certain leisure activities to be part of our collective identity and popular culture? Have new media technologies changed how leisure is depicted and popularised?┐ How has the media redefined our experience of city living and domestic life?We will interrogate how the media have shaped our ideas and our experiences of leisure through various forms and practices, spaces and places; through processes such as rationalization, commercialization and globalization, which are rooted in material social, political and economic contexts. We will consider various theoretical perspectives about media representations and locate them through looking at a range of historic and contemporary examples, such as the carnival, the seaside, shopping, restaurants, tourist destinations, the home and even interactions with other animals.
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.