Media and Sociology 

(2018 Entry)

BA (Hons)

If you are curious about society or about cultural representations and identities in our modern, globalised world then our Media and Sociology programme might enable you to develop your interests in an academic context.

Combined Honours
Study abroad
Learn a language
International year
3 years/ 4 years with international year

UCAS code: PL33

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Course Overview

Media and Sociology

School link:
School of Humanities

Media and Sociology is a distinctive combined degree which enables you to explore the sociological implications of social media, popular culture, and the mass media, whilst offering opportunities to engage in creative media practice such as film-making and photography.

With 24/7 access to facilities and support from an engaged community of academics specialising in cultural studies, sociological and media theory, the degree will enable you to analyse society and contemporary media cultures and to produce critically-informed cultural artefacts of your own. Our teaching is often interdisciplinary and research-led, and we offer a distinctive combination of theory and practice based modules.

The Media and Sociology programme enables you to develop as a critical, analytic, and creative thinker, gaining social and communication skills which are useful for a wide range of careers.

What will this mean for my future?

Our graduates have entered occupations including the creative industries, social care, the health sector, advertising and marketing, the charity sector, youth services, and local government. You might go on to work in broadcasting, the movie industry, journalism, publishing or web design. Alternatively, you might become a public relations executive, a presenter, a researcher, an exhibition designer, an advertising executive or a radio, TV or video producer. Some of our graduates choose to pursue further academic study at masters or doctoral level.

Indicative modules

First year

  • Understanding Culture
  • Social Inequalities in the Modern World 
  • Classical Sociology 
  • Digital Video 
  • The Photographic Message

Second year

  • Documentary Theory and Practice 
  • Creating Awareness Campaigns 
  • Contemporary Social Theory  
  • Research Methods 
  • Analysing Culture 
  • Globalisation and its Discontents 
  • Modernity and its Dark Side 
  • DIY Broadcasting

Third year

  • Dissertation in Sociology 
  • Creative Magazine Production 
  • Sustained Media Practice Independent Study Project  
  • Virtual Revolution 
  • Streets, Skyscrapers, and Slums 
  • Home and Belonging 
  • Visual Pleasures 
  • From Carnival to Disney 
  • Parody in British Film and TV