SOC-10025 - Mediated World
Coordinator: Lydia D Martens Room: CBC0.018 Tel: +44 1782 7 34125
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Level: Level 4
Credits: 15
Study Hours: 150
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Programme/Approved Electives for 2020/21


Available as a Free Standing Elective






Barred Combinations


Description for 2020/21

Mediated World aims to introduce students to the main theories and debates found in contemporary media, communication and cultural studies. The module begins by examining how media has been conceived historically before questioning if traditional media theory remains relevant in today's digitised environment. Centrally, we question how power and ideology are reproduced and challenged in a diverse range of media forms and content in order to think through the ways in which media may help to shape our understanding of the world.

- To introduce students to the key ideas, theories and thinkers in media, communications and cultural studies
- To enable students to critically examine the key works in this area and to understand how they relate to contemporary debates in media, communication and cultural studies
- To introduce students to university level academic skills such as using the library, essay writing, and debating

Talis Aspire Reading List
Any reading lists will be provided by the start of the course.

Intended Learning Outcomes

Identify specific theories related to media, communication and cultural studies and discriminate between these and 'common sense' views: 1
Demonstrate an understanding of the roles of mass communication systems, modes of representation and systems of meaning in the ordering of societies: 1
Demonstrate an awareness of the social, economic and political forces that influence and affect the creative industries: 1
Demonstrate an understanding of how mass media technologies have emerged through historical process: 1
Evaluate and apply theoretical approaches to the study of media, communications and cultural studies: 1
Demonstrate an understanding of the necessity to conform to academic conventions: 1

Study hours

20 contact hours (10 lectures and 10 seminars)
65 hours seminar preparation
65 hours assessment preparation

School Rules


Description of Module Assessment

1: Essay weighted 100%
1500 word essay
Students will write one 1500 word essay from a list of questions.