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Undergraduate Module Descriptor

SOC1028: Media and Society

This module descriptor refers to the 2016/7 academic year.

Module Aims

This module is intended to introduce students to the social scientific study of the media, considered in light of forms of media production, distribution and consumption. It reviews and evaluates the major ways of understanding the media in social scientific ways. In so doing, it also introduces students to how social scientists - including sociologists, anthropologists and political economists - conceptualise and research cultural and social issues more generally. 

Intended Learning Outcomes (ILOs)

This module's assessment will evaluate your achievement of the ILOs listed here – you will see reference to these ILO numbers in the details of the assessment for this module.

On successfully completing the programme you will be able to:
Module-Specific Skills1. demonstrate knowledge of the subject matter of the social scientific study of media, together with an analytical understanding of the subject matter, which takes into account diverse social scientific perspectives
2. demonstrate competence in describing and applying a variety of means of conceptualising and investigating a range of media forms, and diverse modes of media production, distribution and consumption
Discipline-Specific Skills3. relate a body of knowledge to a specific context within inter-disciplinary media studies;
4. think clearly and argue logically about the social roles and locations of media;
5. express social scientific ideas both in writing and verbally;
Personal and Key Skills6. undertake independent study concerning the subject matter of the course
7. select appropriately from a range of suggested material and present key arguments clearly;
8. demonstrate the capacity to reflect critically on the various analytic perspectives presented in the course