Undergraduate Module Descriptor
SOC2014: Media in Society
This module descriptor refers to the 2016/7 academic year.
|Term(s) and duration|
This module ran during term 1 (11 weeks)
Dr Dana Wilson-Kovacs (Convenor)
|Available via distance learning|
This module explores how sociologists, anthropologists and cultural theorists understand the place, role and significance of traditional and new media in Western society. The module asks: how are media, culture and communication related? How is media changing and what are the implications of this process? How do people use and interpret media? In what ways are our identities mediated? What, for instance, do celebrity and gaming tell us about ourselves and our cultural values? With the use of specific examples, the module examines key issues and provides a basis to situate and critically appraise individual and collective experiences and socio-cultural change.
No prior knowledge of sociological perspectives is necessary. This module is suitable for both specialist and non-specialist students and its interdisciplinary outlook will appeal to students in social sciences and humanities.