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Undergraduate Module Descriptor

SOC1028: Media and Society

This module descriptor refers to the 2023/4 academic year.

Module Content

Syllabus Plan

Introduction: Media in Society, Society in Media
Media Forms and Technologies
Media as Manipulation
Media Industries
Media Content: Messages and Meanings
Constructing “News”
Media and Gender
Media and Politics: The Public Sphere
Media Audiences
Media Communities: Subcultures, Fans, Identities
From Modern to Postmodern Media Landscapes
Media Globalization

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 222 hour lectures x 11 weeks
Guided Independent study48Preparing for the lectures and tutorials
Guided Independent study80Reading/research/writing the essays

Online Resources

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

Graeme Burton, Media and Society, Open University Press, 2010

Paul Hodkinson, Media, Culture and Society: an Introduction, Sage, 2010

David R. Croteau et al, Media/Society: Industries, Images, and Audiences, Sage, 2011

Asa Briggs and Peter Burke, Social History of the Media: From Gutenberg to the Internet, Polity, 2010

John B. Thompson, Media and Modernity: A Social Theory of the Media, Polity, 1995