Joint-honours information for 2016 entry

(BA) Media and Cultural Studies

Entry for 2016

FHEQ level

This course is set at Level 6 in the national Framework for Higher Education Qualifications.

Course Aims

The BA in Media and Cultural Studies aims to:
1) offer an intellectual framework in which to examine the histories, institutions, technologies, forms and meanings of the media.
2) provide a broad awareness of the contested nature of culture, including the diverse historical implications of that term.
3) equip students with an understanding of how media practices and representations relate to questions of cultural politics.

Course learning outcomes

Understanding of the historical development of media and cultural practices

An awareness of critical theories and research about media and culture

Understanding cultural production, consumption and representation, and of cultural contexts (regional, national, global)

Appreciation of the complexity of the term 'culture' and an understanding of how it has developed

A critical, interdisciplinary and creative perspective on media, communication and culture that synthesizes a range of traditions and approaches

Demonstrate an understanding of how factors such as class, gender, ethnicity, nationality, disability and sexuality affect media representations and cultural practices

Demonstration of ability to develop research and formulate critical questions in relation to the field

Ability to work in flexible, creative and independent ways, showing self-discipline, self-direction and reflexivity

Work to a given length, format, brief and deadline, properly referencing sources and ideas and making use, as appropriate, of a problem-solving approach

Demonstration of skills in research, project design, presentation, teamwork, independent work, and time and information management

Full-time course composition

YearTermStatusModuleCreditsFHEQ level
1Autumn SemesterCorePractising Cultural Studies (V3047)304
  CoreQuestioning the Media A (P4006)304
 Spring SemesterCoreCulture Across Space and Time (V3049)154
  CoreCulture and the Everyday (V3003)154
  CoreDebates in Media Studies A (P4061)304
YearTermStatusModuleCreditsFHEQ level
2Autumn SemesterCoreNews, Politics and Power A (P4080)305
  CoreTheory Taste and Trash A (V3051)305
 Spring SemesterOptionAdvertising and Social Change B (P3080)155
  Culture, Race and Ethnicity (V3026)155
  Culture and Representation (L6075)155
  Debates in Screen Documentary A (P4107A)305
  Debates in Screen Documentary B (P4107B)155
  Digital Cultures B (P3067)155
  Gender, Space and Culture (V3053)155
  Journalism in Crisis B (P3074)155
  TV: Fictions and Entertainments B (P3068)155
YearTermStatusModuleCreditsFHEQ level
3Autumn SemesterOptionCities, Capital, Culture (P5039)306
  Class and Popular Culture (P4109)306
  Consuming Passions (V3036)306
  Documentary, Reality TV and 'Real Lives' (P4041)306
  Globalisation and Communication (P4114)156
  Identity and Interaction (L4066A)306
  Media, War and Terrorism (P4110)306
  Media and Communications Dissertation Preparation (P5018)156
  Public Relations (P5038)306
  Revolutionary Media (P5040)306
  Sexualities and the Cinema (P3057)306
  Social Media and Critical Practice (P4113)156
  The Film Festival Circuit (P4122)306
  The Politics of Representation (P4112)156
 Spring SemesterOptionAdvertising and Social Change B (P3080)155
  Alternative Societies (Spr) (L4090B)306
  Celebrity, Media and Culture (P5014)306
  Comedy and Cultural Belonging (V3035)306
  Digital Cultures B (P3067)155
  Digital Industries and Internet Cultures (P4102)306
  Everyday Life and Technology (P3020)306
  Landscape, Nature and Representation (F8085S)306
  Media, Publics and Protest (P4016)306
  Media and Communications Dissertation (P4121)306
  Performing the Urban: postcolonial perspectives (P4101)306
  Race, Ethnicity and Identity (L6090D)306
  Sociology of Fun (L4063B)306

Course convenors

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Michael Bull
Professor Of Sound Studies
Subject area: Media
T: +44 (0)1273 678788

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Margaretta Jolly
Professor of Cultural Studies
T: +44 (0)1273 873585

Sarah Maltby
Professor of Media & Communication
T: +44 (0)1273 877855

About your joint honours course

Sussex has always promoted interdisciplinary study by encouraging students to combine different subjects and different approaches to learning. Joint-honours courses are an ideal option if you want to study more than one subject in depth. A key idea behind joint-honours is to experience the range of ways that different academic disciplines use to teach, learn and research. Those differences are stimulating and challenging, but they can also be confusing, so you will find some useful information below to help you get the most out of your course.

  • To find information about the individual modules that make up your course, go to the school that teaches the module. Each module is assessed by the school that teaches it, so on their website you will find (under “student information”) information about the assessment criteria being used, the referencing style you need to use for your work, contact times for your tutors, information about the student reps scheme and lots of other useful information.
  • To find general information about joint honours, use the Frequently Asked Questions list
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