Media, Culture and Communication (802P4)

30 credits, Level 7 (Masters)

Spring teaching

On this module, you’ll explore principal theories and methods within a cultural studies approach to media. You’ll consider how these shape the ways we might think about and research particular questions to do with media culture and communication.

The module begins with a focus on media texts, and their production, distribution and consumption. In the latter part of the course, we pay attention to a variety of methodological approaches which draw attention to different ways of conceptualising the relation between the media and concepts such as:

  • subjectivity
  • identity
  • perception
  • experience.

The module will introduce you to the key thinkers, traditions and debates in media and cultural studies and contributing disciplines.


33%: Lecture
67%: Seminar


100%: Coursework (Essay)

Contact hours and workload

This module is approximately 300 hours of work. This breaks down into about 33 hours of contact time and about 267 hours of independent study. The University may make minor variations to the contact hours for operational reasons, including timetabling requirements.

We regularly review our modules to incorporate student feedback, staff expertise, as well as the latest research and teaching methodology. We’re planning to run these modules in the academic year 2024/25. However, there may be changes to these modules in response to feedback, staff availability, student demand or updates to our curriculum. We’ll make sure to let you know of any material changes to modules at the earliest opportunity.