Media and film studies

Questioning the Media E

Module code: P4119
Level 4
15 credits in autumn semester
Teaching method: Seminar, Lecture
Assessment modes: Coursework

This module introduces the study of media forms, texts and systems and their contribution to social life. You will begin to explore the breadth of media studies through attention to the ways in which media matter. In what ways, and how significant are the media in the formation of individual identities and in the practices of everyday life? In the more public world, to what extent are media key to providing knowledge and enabling the debate necessary to the practices of democracy? The module enables you to build on your own experiences of media as a consumer and user. But it also encourages critical attention to how the field of media studies has historically been forged: through argument and contestation between different academic approaches and disciplines.

Module learning outcomes

  • Demonstrate an understanding and deployment of basic theories and concepts, for example, 'identity', 'pleasure', 'representation', 'discourse', public service, 'public sphere', 'ideology' in the analysis of media.
  • Demonstrate a range of relevant study skills, including taking concise and relevant notes on reading; writing an essay; researching bibliography on a set topic; organising time.
  • Demonstrate awareness and knowledge of particular authors and an ability to evaluate some aspects of their scholarship in the media field.
  • Demonstrate qualitative evaluation and interpretation of media texts.