School of Media, Film and Music

Media Theory and Research I (801P4)

Media Theory and Research I

Module 801P4

Module details for 2010/11.

30 credits

FHEQ Level 7 (Masters)

Module Outline

The course aims to offer you the chance to explore at an advanced level a number of principal theories and methods within a cultural studies approach to Media Studies, and to consider how these shape the ways we might think about and research particular media industries, forms and issues.
¿ The Theory element aims to introduce you to the key thinkers, traditions and debates in Media and Cultural Studies and contributing disciplines. It investigates media as institutions and systems of representation and explores problems of production and consumption in a variety of social and geo-political contexts. You will be encouraged to prepare informal presentations and to engage in discussion with other members of the seminar group. Each week there will also be a short introduction to the following week¿s topic in the lecture given by members of the Media and Film faculty.
¿ The Research element aims to develop a systematic and critical understanding of the practical, epistemological and ethical issues involved in conducting different kinds of media and cultural research. It also aims to make you methodologically self-conscious in your own research and written work.

Short Term Paper (5000 words)Spring Term Week 2 Mon 16:00100.00%

Submission deadlines may vary for different types of assignment/groups of students.


Coursework components (if listed) total 100% of the overall coursework weighting value.

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Prof Ben Highmore

Convenor, Assess convenor

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