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Undergraduate Module Descriptor

SOC3028: Media in Society

This module descriptor refers to the 2020/1 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 themes over one or more week:

  • Traditional and new media: theoretical foundations, issues and questions
  • Audiences, users and consumers
  • The fourth estate: news and broadcasting
  • The entertainment industry and celebrity culture
  • Social networks and digital identities
  • GamingĀ 

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 and Teaching activity 1111 x 1 hour weekly lectures
Scheduled Learning and Teaching activity 1111 x 1 hour weekly seminars
Guided Independent study80Module reading
Guided Independent study48Research/writing for the essay plan and essay

Online Resources

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


Course materials (including lecture slides and tutorial topics/questions) will be provided on ELE prior to each lecture/tutorial.