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

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Course Overview

Media and Sociology

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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

Course structure

Our degree courses are organised into modules. Each module is usually a self-contained unit of study and each is usually assessed separately with the award of credits on the basis of 1 credit = 10 hours of student effort.  An outline of the structure of the programme is provided in the tables below.

There are three types of module delivered as part of this programme. They are:

  • Compulsory modules – a module that you are required to study on this course;
  • Optional modules – these allow you some limited choice of what to study from a list of modules;
  • Elective modules – a free choice of modules that count towards the overall credit requirement but not the number of subject-related credits.

Modules Summary

Combined Honours

Media Students must accumulate at least 135 credits in Media to graduate with a named Combined Honours Degree in Media and, equally, at least 135 credits in the other subject they have chosen to study. Combined Honours students must take at least 45 credits in each Principal Subject in each Level. All students must take one compulsory module in each semester in Years 1 and 2. In Year 3 students must take at least 45 credits during the year, but they can choose from a range of taught modules and two independent study modules (a double module studied in both semesters, worth 30 credits, not compulsory). As an alternative to the dissertation students may opt to take the Sustained Media Project, a double module of 30 credits, which is assessed through the production of a substantial piece of creative work. This would typically be an art work, installation, video production, or performance, supported by evidence of focused research and self-reflective practice.

 

Sociology A minimum of 90 subject credits (compulsory plus optional) required for each year across both of your Principal Subjects. This document has information about Sociology modules only; please also see the document for your other subject.

 

At Levels 4 and 5 you MUST take a minimum of 45 credits in Sociology achieved by taking two compulsory modules and one optional module. You must also take a minimum of 45 credits in your other principal subject.
Your remaining 30 credits may be selected from the list of Sociology optional modules, modules from your other principal subject, or from the range of elective modules provided by other disciplines.

 

At level 6 you MUST take a minimum of 45 in credits in Sociology achieved by taking at least three optional modules. You must also take a minimum of 45 credits in your other principal subject. Your remaining 30 credits may be selected from the list of Sociology optional modules, modules from your other principal subject, or from the range of elective modules provided by other disciplines.

 

In year 3 there is the option to choose to specialise in one of your subjects, taking a minimum of 90 credits in this subject rather than taking modules from both subjects.

 

Modules - Year One

Year 1 (Level 4)

Media Year 1 (Level 4)

Compulsory modules

Credits

Optional modules

Credits

Mediated World*

15

Digital Video*

15

The Photographic Message*

15

Reading Film

15

   

Popular British Cinema from the 90s to the Present Day

15

   

Approaches to Film

15

   

Understanding Culture*

15

   

Introduction to European Cinema

15

   

Popular Music

15

   

Introduction to Television Studies

15

   

Film Texts and Contexts I

15

 

Sociology Year 1 (Level 4)

Compulsory modules

Credits

Optional modules

Credits

Social Inequalities in the Contemporary World

15

Mediated world

15

Classical Sociology

15

Investigating  Social Issues

15

   

The Anthropological Imagination

15

   

Researching British Society

15

Modules - Year Two

Year 2 (Level 5)

Media Year 2 (Level 5)

Compulsory modules

Credits

Optional modules

Credits

Creating Awareness Campaigns*

15

Making the News*

15

Researching Media, Communication and Culture*

15

Analysing Culture*

15

   

Adaptation

15

   

Gender and the Cinematic Gaze

15

   

Teenage Dreams: Youth Cultures in Fiction, Film and Theory*

15

   

Unheard Melodies: Music in the Narrative Film

15

   

Documentary: Theory and Practice*

15

   

Thinking Photography*

15

   

DIY Broadcasting: Digital Media and You*

15

   

Politics and Cinema

15

   

French Cinema

15

   

Film Texts and Contexts II

15

   

Science Fiction Cinema

15

   

Race, Racism and Resistance

15

   

Globalisation and its Discontents

15

 

Sociology Year 2 (Level 5)

Compulsory modules

Credits

Optional modules

Credits

Contemporary Social Theory

15

Sociology Work Placement

15

Research Methods*

15

Families and Households: Diversity and

Change

15

   

Health and Society

15

   

Social Movements

15

   

City, Culture, Society

15

   

Witchcraft, Zombies and Social Anxiety

15

   

‘Race’, Racism and Resistance

15

   

Cultures of Consumption

15

   

Globalisation and its Discontents

15

   

Producing Sociological Knowledge

15

 

* Students taking Sociology as one of their combined honours subjects must take the compulsory module in each semester. However, due to significant similarities between the year two Research Methods modules in Criminology, Education, and Sociology, students studying Sociology and Education or Sociology and Criminology must choose only one year two Research Methods module. This can be from either discipline but students are advised to consider this in connection with the ISP module they anticipate selecting in year three. Students should replace the other research methods module with an optional module from either discipline offered in the same semester.

 

Modules - Year Three

Year 3 (Level 6)

 

Media Year 3 (Level 6)

Optional modules

Credits

Optional Modules

Credits

Dissertation in Media, Culture and Creative Practice (ISP)*

30

Parody in British Film and Television

15

Sustained Media Practice (ISP)*

30

Creative Magazine Production*

15

British Society through the Eyes of British Film: 1960s to the Present

15

Streets, Skyscrapers and Slums: The City in Social, Cultural and Historical Context

15

Visual Pleasures: From Carnival to Disney*

15

Celebrity

15

Postmodernism: Fiction, Film and Theory

15

British Women Directors

15

Work Experience in MCCP*

15

World Cinema in the 21st Century

15

Home, Belonging, Locality and Material Culture

15

English for Media Professionals

15

Modernist Manifestos and Magazines

15

Virtual Revolution

15

 

* Media, Culture and Creative Practice delivered modules

These modules are indicative of the diet that will be offered but not all will run every year due to staffing rotas, research leave in Media and other Programmes.

In addition to the programme options listed in this table, students may choose to study modules which are offered as part of other programmes in the Faculty of Humanities and Social Sciences and across the University. These include:

  • Modules in other subjects closely related to Media, Culture and Creative Practice such as English, Sociology, Music, History and American Studies.
  • Modules in other subjects in which they may have a particular interest such as Criminology, Law, Philosophy, Politics or International Relations.
  • Modules designed to help students for whom it is not their first language to improve their use of English for academic purposes.
  • Modern foreign languages modules at different levels in French, German, Spanish, Italian, Russian, Chinese, Arabic, and Japanese.

 

 

Sociology Year 3 (Level 6)

Optional modules

Credits

Dissertation

30

Home: Belonging, Locality and Material

Culture

15

Gender and Consumption

15

Moving People: Migration, Emotion, Identity

15

The Virtual Revolution: New Technologies, Culture and Society

15

Streets, Skyscrapers, Slums: The City in

Social, Cultural, and Historical Context

15

Sociology of Parenting and Early Childhood

15

Sex, Death, Desire: Psychoanalysis in Social Content

15

The Ecological Imagination: Environment and Society

15

Celebrity

15

Home: Belonging, Locality and Material

Culture

15

Gender and Consumption

15

 

Modules - Year Four

If you choose to specialise in Sociology in your final year you may study the following modules:

Compulsory modules

Credits

Optional modules

Credits

Dissertation

30

Home: Belonging, Locality and Material

Culture

15

   

Gender and Consumption

15

   

Moving People: Migration, Emotion, Identity

15

   

The Virtual Revolution: New Technologies,

Culture and Society

15

   

Streets, Skyscrapers, Slums: The City in

Social, Cultural, and Historical Context

15

   

Sociology of Parenting and Early Childhood

15

   

Sex, Death, Desire: Psychoanalysis in Social

Content

15

   

The Ecological Imagination: Environment and

Society

15

   

Celebrity

15

   

Home: Belonging, Locality and Material

Culture

15

   

Gender and Consumption

15

 

A selection of the optional modules listed will be offered annually for students in years two and three. Additionally, students are able to select up to two elective modules in each year of study. The elective modules can include modern foreign languages at different levels in French, German, Spanish, Russian, Italian, Japanese, and Chinese (Mandarin).

For further information on the content of modules currently offered, including the list of elective modules, please visit: www.keele.ac.uk/recordsandexams/az