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Postgraduate Module Descriptor

SOCM046: Meaning, Making Consuming

This module descriptor refers to the 2022/3 academic year.

Module Content

Syllabus Plan

Whilst the module’s precise content may vary from year to year, it is envisaged that the syllabus will cover some or all of the following topics: 

  • Differing views of what “culture” and “society” are 
  • Culture and social structure 
  • Culture and social agency 
  • Culture and social power 
  • The politics of Art and culture 
  • The socially-patterned nature of consumption 
  • The nature of representation 
  • Aesthetics 
  • Differing ways of understanding what ‘art’, ‘artists’ and ‘artistic practice’ are 
  • The globalization of culture 

Learning and Teaching

This table provides an overview of how your hours of study for this module are allocated:

Scheduled Learning and Teaching ActivitiesGuided independent studyPlacement / study abroad

...and this table provides a more detailed breakdown of the hours allocated to various study activities:

CategoryHours of study timeDescription
Scheduled Learning & Teaching activities2211 x 2 hours per week comprising of lectures and seminars
Guided Independent Study78A variety of private study tasks directed by the module leader. These tasks may include: reading set texts
Guided Independent Study100wider reading
Guided Independent Study20preparation for individual, paired or group presentations
Guided Independent Study80preparing drafts of coursework

Online Resources

This module has online resources available via ELE (the Exeter Learning Environment).