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Key information


  • Course length: 3 years
  • UCAS code: P900
  • Year of entry: 2018
  • Typical offer: A-level : ABB / IB : 33 / BTEC : Applications considered
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Module details

Programme Year One

In Year One, you will be introduced to a variety of approaches to the study of media institutions, language, film and journalism, but the focus is also on developing study skills, learning how to use information resources and working independently and in groups.

Year One Compulsory Modules

  • Media, Politics and the Everyday (COMM104)
    Level1
    Credit level30
    SemesterSecond Semester
    Exam:Coursework weighting50:50
    Aims
  • To develop an understanding of the relationships between media, politics and society and the ways in which we use media and media use us. 

  • To develop an understanding of some of the key concepts and theories which seek to explain the communication and mediatisation of public and political life.

  • ​To develop an understanding of the ways in which media operations and news discourse affect the representation of issues such as race, gender, war and the environment

  • ​To explore the ways in which the public are becoming both conusmers and producers of media texts as well as their subjects, and the implications of new technologies and social media on everyday politics and social life.

  • Learning Outcomes

    ​An understanding of the central role of the media in circulating and mediating democratic information

    An understanding of key theories and debates concerning journalistic practices, including what makes news and issues of objectivity, bias and framing

    ​An understanding of the importance of media represntations in generating public perceptions of and responses to significant issues in society

    ​An understanding of the ways in which new media technologies are transforming realtionships between the public, medai and those whom the media depict

  • Analysing Communication: Forms, Texts and Contexts (COMM106)
    Level1
    Credit level30
    SemesterFirst Semester
    Exam:Coursework weighting60:40
    Aims
  • This module will introduce you to the analysis of communication and in identifying and understanding the forms that communication takes i.e., the discussion of meaning and how it is created through words, images, images and sounds. As well as analysing these various forms of communication,

  • We will also examine the ways in which we consume and enjoy the products of the communication and media industries (radio programmes, films, TV series and games). This is one of two foundational modules for students seeking to study Communications in years 2 and 3. Either of these foundational modules will be regarded as offering adequate preparation for Level 2 study, though students who are taking Communications as a Joint or a Major subject will do both.

  • Learning OutcomesHave some familiarity with the role of still and moving images in mass communications along with the implications they have for media messages.

    Have gained an understanding of the role of sound, and sound and image, in the production of meaning within cinema and television.

    Be able to engage in critical debates about the nature and use of language in written, spoken and online contexts.

    ​Understand at a foundational level how linguistic and non-linguistic modes of communication interact with one another.

    Have extended your familiarity with the role of moving images in mass communications with reference to genre, realism and narrative structure

    ​Be able to identify media texts as a product of particular economic, institutional, cultural and technological environments.

  • Language and Media (COMM151)
    Level1
    Credit level15
    SemesterSecond Semester
    Exam:Coursework weighting60:40
    Aims

    ​ This module aims to/seeks to provide students with skills for analysing the linguistic aspects of media texts whilst developing their understanding of other communicative modes in relation to language proper. It will provide a foundation for students to undertake more advanced topics in subsequent modules e.g., English Voices, Literacy and Society, Understanding Magazines. It will also create opportunities for specific kinds of Independent Project or Dissertation in the final year of the programme, with a linguistic focus.

    Learning Outcomes

    ​Learn to identify similarities as well as differences between language modes literally understood and ''language'' understood metaphorically when applied to other communicative systems.

    ​Learn to apply linguistically-derived concepts to a range of media texts.

    ​Develop an understanding of theoretical issues within which the study of media language may have a part to play.

    ​Work with other students in a group situation to identify and discuss important communicative/linguistic features in a collectively chosen media text.

  • Sound, Image and Meaning (COMM152)
    Level1
    Credit level15
    SemesterFirst Semester
    Exam:Coursework weighting0:100
    Aims

    This module aims to provide students with a foundational understanding of:

    Notions of influence within work in Communication Studies

    The role of sound and visuals in signifying meaning in media texts

    The role of regulation, and the assumptions that underlie it, in determining what media audiences may see and hear.

    In helping students to develop these types of knowledge and understanding, it seeks to provide skills that can be drawn on in subsequent modules that involve formal analysis of media texts and work on media content and institutional organisation more broadly.

    Learning Outcomes

    Develop a critical understanding of the complexities of influence claims made for media texts, including the contingency of influence upon interpretation

    ​​Learn to analyse the ways in which different components of media texts are organised to signify meanings

    ​Gain an understanding of the role of regulation, and the assumptions that underlie it, in enabling or constraining the content of texts in one or more media

    ​Practise and develop an ability to apply research, understanding and analysis in seminar and group discussion and in producing coursework

Year One Optional Modules

    Programme Year Two

    All communication and media modules will be open for you to choose modules to suit your interests or focus on a specialist strand of study such as political communication, screen studies or English language.

    Year Two Optional Modules

    • Documentary (COMM231)
      Level2
      Credit level30
      SemesterSecond Semester
      Exam:Coursework weighting50:50
      Aims
    • Students will be encouraged to develop an analytical knowledge of the range of purposes claimed for documentary



    • ​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​Students will be encouraged to develop an analytical knowledge of key forms and approaches employed at different moments in the history of documentary

    • ​​​​​Students will be encouraged to develop an analytical knowledge of relationships between documentary work and the ''real world'' to which it refers

    • ​​Students will be encouraged to develop an analytical knowledge of issues of ''truthfulness'' and the ethics of documentary represntations

    • ​Students will be encouraged to develop an analytical knowledge of documentary-makers'' strategies to appeal to audiences or yield repsonses from them

    • Learning Outcomes

      ​Demonstrate a critical awareness of debates surrounding the representation of ''the real'' in film and television texts

      ​Demonstrate familiarity with and understanding of the terms and concepts used in describing and evaluating documentary work in film and television

      ​Demonstrate a familiarity with and understanding of key visual and verbal components of documentary organisation

      ​Demonstrate the ability to read and critically evaluate film and television texts based on real subjects

    • English Voices (COMM230)
      Level2
      Credit level30
      SemesterFirst Semester
      Exam:Coursework weighting0:100
      Aims
    • Aims:

      To introduce the basic study of segmental phonology in its application to the English language

    • To introduce skills of transcription of English phonology in a standard Southern/RP accent; and to recognise and record, as appropriate, small variations on that accent on a national and international basis (i.e., to include American pronunciation, Indian pronunciation, Geordie pronunciation etc.)
    • To use a social semiotic approach to other aspects of vocal meaning (van Leeuwen 1999) with reference to the rhythm of speech, the melody of speech and voice qualities. Students learn how to analyse these aspects of performance using the social semiotic approach. They also learn to recognise where the wording of particular performances has been chosen for the sake of particular vocal effects such as rhyme, metric rhythm, alliteration, repetition, contrasts, three part lists etc. The study of vocal performance is incorporated within a more general dramaturgical approach to social interaction based on the work of Erving Goffman, with particular reference to footing arrangements.

    • Learning Outcomes

      Students will be introduced to the International Phonetic Alphabet and some of its uses, and will learn to recognise and use the symbols commonly use to transcribe English speech in a Received Pronunication accent.

      ​Students will be introduced to some of the variations on a Received Pronunciation accent such as General American and Cockney.

      ​Students will be introduced to Erving Goffman''s dramaturgical model for the analysis of speech events in terms of production format and participation framework (aspects of footing).

      ​Students will be introduced to the work of Theo van Leeuwen on the social semiotics of sound, with particular reference to vocal sound and specifically the timing and melody of English speech and the voice qualities of speakers.

      ​Students will be introduced to the work of Max Atkinson and others on the scripting of texts with reference to vocal patterning - metric rhythm, rhyme, alliteration, repetition, contrasts and three part lists.

    • Gender and Media (COMM228)
      Level2
      Credit level30
      SemesterFirst Semester
      Exam:Coursework weighting0:100
      Aims
      1. To introduce students to key concepts and debates relating to gender and the media

      2. To encourage students to recognise gendered discourses in news- and other media​

      3. To provide students with the opportunity to reflect on the relationship between gender and media and ways of disrupting normative gender constructions

      Learning Outcomes

      Students should be able to recognise the ways that women and men are treated differently in mainstream media and to reflect on their own consumption of texts and discourses.

      ​Students should know and be able to discuss theories of the relationship between gender and media

      Students should know and be able to discuss research on various aspects of the relationship between gender and media ​

      Students should develop the confidence to discuss means of challenging normative gender constructions, including appreciating the limitations ​of such means

    • Global Media and Entertainment B (COMM223)
      Level2
      Credit level30
      SemesterFirst Semester
      Exam:Coursework weighting40:60
      Aims
    • To examine the ways in which media texts circulate within a global culture of commerce

    • To identify the strategies the global entertainment conglomerates use in their attempt to dominate media production, distribution and exhibition​
    • To examine recent arguments about media convergence and the globalisation of entertainment

    • Learning Outcomes

      demonstrate a critical awareness of the reasons behind the emergence of global entertainment conglomerates and their role in shaping global media industries

      demonstrate an understanding of the ways in which media conglomerates changed formerly clearly defined individual industries (film industry, television industry, music industry, etc.)​

      demonstrate a critical awareness of the ways in which economic and industrial factors shape media texts

      demonstrate an ability to analyse media texts and identify their commercial imperatives

      demonstrate skills in researching and locating materials through the effective use of library and information services, bibliographies and electronic sources of knowledge and informationdemonstrate developing word processing and computer skills (study skills objective, follows from information and digital literacy workshops in Comm 144)​

      demonstrate the ability to write under pressure (study skills objective, follows from exam preparation sessions in Comm 144)​

    • Hollywood Cinema (COMM205)
      Level2
      Credit level15
      SemesterSecond Semester
      Exam:Coursework weighting70:30
      Aims

      Aims:

      1. To introduce students to Hollywood Cinema from the studio era to the present day.

      2. To encourage students to differentiate between historical periods of Hollywood cinema.

      3. To encourage students to widen their knowledge of the industrial, social, political, and aestheic contexts of Hollywood filmmaking.

      4. To introduce students to the classical/post-classical debate as a key idea in the study of Hollywood.

       

       

      Learning Outcomes

      ​Demonstrate an understanding of the different historical periods of Hollywood​ Cinema.

      ​Demonstrate an ability to explain the industrial, social, political, and aesethtic contexts of Hollywood Cinema from 1930s to the present.

      ​Demonstrate familiarity with key genres, debates, and theories relative to the study of Hollywood Cinema.

      ​Demonstrate an ability to conduct textual anlaysis of Hollywood ​films.

    • Investigating Media Audiences (COMM248)
      Level2
      Credit level30
      SemesterFirst Semester
      Exam:Coursework weighting0:100
      Aims

      ​To introduce the major approaches to the study of audiences

      To assess and examine specific theories of the relationship between media texts and their audiences

      To give students practical experience of designing and carrying out audience research amongst their peers

      Learning Outcomes

      ​Students will be familiar with the media effects tradition of audience research

      ​Students will gain a good understanding of cultural studies approaches to theorising and researching audiences

      ​Students will gain a good understanding of the key methods used in audience research

      ​Students will be able to design and carry out a piece of qualitative audience research

      ​Students will be able to assess the strengths and weaknesses of the key approaches to theorising and researching audiences

    • Media and War (COMM229)
      Level2
      Credit level30
      SemesterFirst Semester
      Exam:Coursework weighting60:40
      Aims
    • To examine key debates relating to the interaction between news media and foreign policy in times of war

    • ​To subject the underlying rationale for media relationship to foreign policy-making to scrutiny​

    • ​To assess and examine specific cases of media-foreign policy interaction

    • Learning Outcomes

      Students will possess a basic knowledge of key International Relations schools of thought 

      Students will be familiar with the characteristic features of international crises after the end of the Cold War

      ​Students will possess a good understanding and be able to analyse critically the main claims of the ‘CNN Effect’ and the ‘Manufacturing Consent’ theories and their critiques

      Students will be familiar with the recent research into the media-foreign policy relationship

      ​Students will be able to identify and analyse the differing ways in which media coverage frames war and humanitarian crisis and the theoretical perspectives that underpin such frames

      ​Students will be able to show knowledge of the role of media in traditional wars and in humanitarian crises

      ​Students will possess an understanding of the media-state relations post-9/11

      ​Students will possess an understanding of future trends in world politics caused by new information technologies

    • Media, Self and Society (COMM235)
      Level2
      Credit level30
      SemesterSecond Semester
      Exam:Coursework weighting40:60
      Aims
      • To critically examine key debates and perspectives relating to issues of selfhood, body and identity in a global media age.
      • To develop critical insights into the construction, consumption and regulation of selfhood and identity in a global media age.
      • To develop critical insights into the impacts of digital cultures and technologies on practices of selfhood and identity in a global media age.

      Learning Outcomes

      ​A critical awareness of debates and perspectives relating to issues of selfhood, body and identity.

      ​To gain understandings and knowledge of some of the key concepts used in theoretical approaches to media, self and society in the media and cultural studies literature.

      ​To demonstrate knowledge of issues and debates relating to selfhood and the media.

      ​To critically apply knowledge of these issues and debates to specific examples and case studies.

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    • New Media, Technology and Society (COMM217)
      Level2
      Credit level30
      SemesterSecond Semester
      Exam:Coursework weighting40:60
      Aims
    • To provide students with an understanding of the social issues generated or augmented by new media and technology
    • ​To develop students'' abilities to think critically about these social issues

    • ​To connect conceptual issues regarding new media and technology to empirical exploration

    • Learning Outcomes

      critical awareness of the impact of new media and technology on society and social life

      ​ability to analyse key conceptual issues around personal identity, community, digital dualism and time as they relate to social life and the development of new media

      ​an ability to analyse socio-political issues through study of mobile media, presentation of global events, surveillance through social networking, digital labour and online activism

      ​understanding of how conceptual issues around new media and the social relate to empirical matters (such as site design, monetization and third party involvement)

    • Public Relations, Media and Society B (COMM233)
      Level2
      Credit level15
      SemesterFirst Semester
      Exam:Coursework weighting0:100
      Aims

      ​To provide students with anunderstanding of the historical development of PR in the West, and tocritically reflect on its relationship with the wider reporting media and itsindustries;

      To provide students with knowledge of mainstream and alternativeorganisations’ perspectives on the role of public relations in building images,reputations and brands as part of wider promotional activities:

      To provide students with an understanding of the institutions,structures and processes in the contemporary PR industry;

      To develop knowledge andexperience of PR skills including writing through case studies and practicalexercises.

      Learning Outcomes

      ​Students will be able to demonstrate a theoretical understanding of mainstream and alternative organisations’ use of public relations in their marketing and distribution practices, as part of changes to wider society and media landscapes, from historical and contemporary perspectives.

      ​Students can critically evaluate research in the field of public relations and the media.

      ​Students can communicate an understanding of the way organisations use PR in their promotional strategies.

      ​Students can demonstrate creativity and written ability in a number of PR practices.

    • Social Media A (COMM247)
      Level2
      Credit level30
      SemesterSecond Semester
      Exam:Coursework weighting90:10
      Aims

      ​This module aims to develop an understanding of social media use, to develop understanding of aspects of social media analysis, and to develop techniques for analysis on the part of the students ​This module aims to develop an understanding of social media use, to develop understanding of aspects of social media analysis, and to develop techniques for analysis on the part of the students.  

      Learning Outcomes

      ​To develop an awareness of the debates which surround bigdata and the use of social media (ethics, privacy, validity)​

      ​To learn about the tools which have been used to capture and storeappropriate social media data​

      ​To learn how resarchers approach the analysis of this data​

      ​To gain an understanding of the basics of quantitativeanalysis​

    • Video Game Cultures: Texts, Players, Industries (COMM249)
      Level2
      Credit level30
      SemesterFirst Semester
      Exam:Coursework weighting0:100
      Aims

      ​1. To introduce students to the study of games from a communication and media perspective.

      2. To introduce students to the specificity of video games as a particular media text, media audience, and media industry.

      3. To encourage students to widen their knowledge of media forms and industries through video game culture and the contexts in which we make sense of them.

      4. To introduce students to key concepts, theories, and debates related to the study of video games.

      Learning Outcomes

      ​Demonstrate an ability to conduct textual analysis of video games.

      ​Demonstrate familiarity with key concepts and theories related to the study of video games.

      ​Demonstrate an ​ability to explain the different aesthetic, social, political and industrial contexts of video games.

      ​Demonstrate an abilitty to write a report on a key aspect of the video game industry.  

    Programme Year Three

    In Year Three, you may select the dissertation option and complete a piece of sustained, original work on a topic of your own choice. You will also be able to apply for a place on our assessed work placement scheme.

    Year Three Optional Modules

    • American Independent Cinema (COMM316)
      Level3
      Credit level15
      SemesterSecond Semester
      Exam:Coursework weighting60:40
      Aims
      1. To examine the ways in which American independent cinema represents a distinct mode of filmmaking from mainstream Hollywood by exploring the industrial and economic conditions that have given birth to independent films, especially in the post-1980 period 
      2. To examine the ways in which American independent cinema represents a distinct mode of filmmaking from mainstream Hollywood by exploring the aesthetic choices and representational strategies filmmakers of independent films have made and how those might differ from choices and strategies associated with dominant aesthetic and representational regimes.  ​
      3. To examine the ways in which American independent cinema represents a distinct mode of filmmaking from mainstream Hollywood by exploring the relationship of a number of independent films to broader social, cultural, political and ideological landscapes (such as Reaganite politics, the politics of counter-culture, racial and gender politics, etc.) 

      Learning OutcomesDemonstrate an understanding of the debates that have surrounded the concept of independence in American cinema
      Demonstrate an understanding of the manner in which independent film has been mobilized to respond to particular economic and social-cultural changes in the United States

      Be able to identify the key aesthetic choices employed in a number of such films and the ways in which they differ from dominant regimes of representation

      ​Be able to understand American independent cinema as an industrial product determined by a specific mode of production and circulation/distribution
    • Discourse, Rhetoric and Society (COMM322)
      Level3
      Credit level15
      SemesterFirst Semester
      Exam:Coursework weighting50:50
      AimsThis module seeks to:
      • give students a critical understanding of the crucial role and functions of rhetorical discourse in human society and its different contexts.
      • introduce students to fundamental theories and instruments of rhetorical and argumentation analysis that support the critical examination of persuasive communication in politics, business and other contexts of social interaction.
      • provide students with an enhanced awareness of the components of a sound argumentation and of typical techniques of manipulation and propaganda in political and business discourse.




      Learning Outcomes

      Acquire critical understanding of the role and relevance of rhetorical discourse in different contexts of society

      Familiarize themselves with theories of rhetorical and argumentative analysis to examine discourse practices and interactions in social contexts

      Understand and explain how context create constraints and opportunities for rhetorical discourse and strategies.

      Demonstrate ability to critically evaluate public discourse, in particular by identifying sound and fallacious rhetorical moves

    • Dissertation (COMM401)
      Level3
      Credit level30
      SemesterWhole Session
      Exam:Coursework weighting0:100
      Aims
      1.    To facilitate students to construct an extended and original research project on an appropriate topic which is clear and realistic in scope and seeks to make a distinct contribution both to your own learning and to debates within your chosen field


             

      2. ​To facilitate students to develop independent research skills

      3. ​To facilitate students to develop professional standards for the presentation of research material

      Learning Outcomes

      ​​​​ Students will demonstrate a deep knowledge and understanding of their chosen topic and a critical awareness of the relationship of their own research to other work in the field

      ​Students will identify and apply research methods which are appropriate for their project

      ​​​​Students will apply core theoretical and conceptual approaches in the study of communication and media in order to construct a coherent and sustained argument as appropriate to the research project and method of enquiry

      ​Students will present research information and argument in an appropriate form and to a professional standard, applying recognised academic methods of referencing to bibliographic material

    • Ethics of Media (COMM321)
      Level3
      Credit level15
      SemesterFirst Semester
      Exam:Coursework weighting60:40
      Aims
    • ​To provide students with an understanding of the ethical issues of media production and consumption

    • ​To develop students'' abilities to think critically about these ethical issues

    • ​To furnish students with the ability to both understand media through ethical theory and to interrogate ethical theory in light of media developments

    • Learning Outcomes

      ​critical awareness of the impact of media on moral life and the ethical issues that arise from media production and consumption

      familiarity with relevant ethical theories and moral concepts

      an ability to utilise ethical theory and moral concepts to explore empirical ethical issues in media

      an ability to reflexively engage with ethical theory in response to developments in media production and consumption

    • Independent Study Project (COMM319)
      Level3
      Credit level15
      SemesterSecond Semester
      Exam:Coursework weighting0:100
      Aims
      1. to develop independent learning activities in the field of the communication and media studies.

         

      2. to enhance students'' knowledge and understanding of the world of media through a personal exploration of a topic in communication and media studies

      Learning Outcomes

      be able to formulate a research project in the area of communication and media studies 

      be able to demonstrate how a research methodology influences the shaping of a research project

      be able to produce a substantial research-led, written piece of work following standard academic convention​

      be able to critically engage with a range of critical, conceptual or historical insights which are produced by different perspectives in communication and media studies research

    • Issues in 'cult' Television (COMM300)
      Level3
      Credit level15
      SemesterSecond Semester
      Exam:Coursework weighting0:100
      Aims

      ​To provide students with an understanding of the key debates about the definitions and histories of ''cult television'' in the UK and US;

      To develop students understanding of key issues in the UK and US television industries at an advanced level through various case studies relating to the study of ''cult '' television;

      To enhance students skills in textual, genre and industy analysis in relation to ''cult'' televsion texts;

      To develop students abilities to critically engage with debates in TV studies and their intersections with political economy, social theory and identity politics.


      Learning Outcomes

      ​​​ Students will be able to understand the key debates around defining ''cult'' and ''cult'' television including: its development across recent TV history; and similar and conflicting conceptions of ''cult'' TV by the reporting media, the TV industry and audiences.

      ​Students can critically evaluate complex research in the field of television. ​

      Students can communicate an understanding of ''cult'' television in terms of different genres and associated traits.

      ​Students can apply relevant theoretical models to the study and analysis of key topics in the study of cult television.

    • Issues in Photography (COMM323)
      Level3
      Credit level15
      SemesterSecond Semester
      Exam:Coursework weighting60:40
      Aims

      ​To develop students’ abilities to read, discuss and write critically about the photographic image, by recognizing its aesthetic components, its role in memory politics, and the ethics of the photographic gaze and consumption.

      To provide students with an introduction to the history of photography, from the daguerreotype to the digital photograph.   To examine key theoretical frameworks and contemporary debates on photographs of suffering and human rights violations. 
      Learning Outcomes

      ​Capacity to distinguish all the components of a photographic image, its different private and public uses, and its historical changes.

      Facility in discussing relevant theories, debates and key concepts in the analysis of photographs.

      ​Critical awareness and reflexivity of the impact of photography in key events related to the violation of human rights that took place during the second half of the twentieth century and the twenty-first century

    • Literacy and Society (COMM311)
      Level3
      Credit level15
      SemesterFirst Semester
      Exam:Coursework weighting60:40
      Aims
    • ​​

      To introduce students to theoretical debates about the nature and function of literacy 

    • ​​To analyse the the role of literacy in a range of different social contexts.

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    • Learning Outcomes

      Bythe end of this module, you should:

       to discuss various uses of the term ‘literacy’ in different academic and public debates

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      be able to assess critically the views of various authors on the importance of literacy in society.​​

      Demonstrate a certain level of analytic ability in relation to English language texts (note: this is not designed as a formal English language course and the emphasis upon terminology etc. will be relatively light)​

      Further develop your essay writing skills in respect of the ability to marshal an argument using textual evidence as well as reasoning capabilities and information from texts.​​

      Demonstrate innovative literacy skills, e.g., creative use of PowerPoint for presentation purposes; imaginative use of hypertext or multimodal web page design.​

      ​Get further experience/expertise in retrieving information from the World Wide Web.


    • Media and Campaigning (COMM302)
      Level3
      Credit level15
      SemesterFirst Semester
      Exam:Coursework weighting50:50
      Aims

      ​This module aims to develop students with knowledge and understanding of the role of the media in the conduct of public life. 

      Learning Outcomes

      ​To gain a knowledge of the role the media plays in theshaping of political opinions and political outcomes​

      To be aware of theseeffects within the broader context of the forces that affect electoral outcomes​

      ​To become aware of the history of campaigns and the media​

      ​To develop appropriate ''data literacy'' via examples and case studies ofdata used in the press / media​

    • Media and Human Rights (COMM317)
      Level3
      Credit level15
      SemesterSecond Semester
      Exam:Coursework weighting60:40
      Aims
    • Aims: 

      To examine key debates relating to the interaction between news media and human rights

    • To subject the underlying rationale for media representation and reporting of critical human rights issues to scrutiny​

    • To assess and examine specific cases of media and human rights interaction​

    • Learning Outcomes

      Learning Outcomes:

      Students will be familiar with the key theories of human rights and the development of international norms of human rights 

      ​Students will be familiar with political and institutional structures involved in addressing human rights

      ​Students will be familiar with the historical and current changes in the relations between media and human rights

      ​Students will be able to understand and explore a range of salient media issues which relate specifically to the definition, construction, protection or abuse of human rights

      ​Students will acquire in-depth knowledge, using case studies of specific issues that are problematising and, at times, re-defining the relations between media and human rights

    • Mediating the City (COMM320)
      Level3
      Credit level15
      SemesterSecond Semester
      Exam:Coursework weighting0:100
      Aims
      1. To provide an introduction into the different ways that cities and urban life are represented, experienced, and engaged with as spaces of culture.
      2. To explore the mediation of cities from a number of strategic perspectives, encompassing both representations of cities ''in media'' (e.g. film, advertising, maps, museum displays) and media ''in cities'' (e.g. billboards/urban screens, locating filming, mobile and ''locactive'' screen media)
      3. To introduce students to a wide range of key perspectives and debates on cites from across the film, media and cultural studies literature.








































































        Learning Outcomes

          Students will be able to demonstrate knowledge of some of the core theories and concepts on cities and urban space in the media and cultural studies literature.

            Students will be able to understand and apply these theories to specific examples and case studies.

                  Students will be familiar with debates on the role of culture in processes of urban regeneration and renewal.

                    Students will be able to demonstrate an understanding of the impact of digital cultures and technologies in shaping perceptions, experiences and the consumption of cities.

                1. Mediating the Past (COMM339)
                  Level3
                  Credit level15
                  SemesterFirst Semester
                  Exam:Coursework weighting0:100
                  Aims
                2. The module aims to provide students with an introduction to key issues relating the representation and mediation of cultural heritage and memory​

                3. The module will enable students to acquire both theoretical and practical insights into ​the mediation of heritage and memory.

                4. The module will provide students with a broad knowledge of the range of practices and discourses of cultural heritage, from the broadcast media, to museums, and archives and archival practices. ​

                5. The module will provide students with practical research skills in observing, as part of a heritage/museum field trip, ​and in presentating a report of their observations in a class setting.

                6. The module will enable students to gain practical and creative skills in digital media as part of blog-based coursework assessment.

                7. Learning Outcomes

                  Students will be ​able to demonstrate knowledge of key theories and debates on media, heritage and cultural memory.​

                  Students will be able to understand and apply these theories and debates to specific examples and case studies linked to the media and heritage industries.​

                  Students will acquire practical research and dissemination skills, including orally presenting work based on a group field exercise, and ​designing an online multi-media heritage blog​

                8. News Media and Society (COMM301)
                  Level3
                  Credit level15
                  SemesterSecond Semester
                  Exam:Coursework weighting0:100
                  Aims

                  ​To examine the structures and dynamics of news productionand reception

                  To critically assess the professional practices andideologies of journalists in democratic contexts

                  To examine the effectiveness and quality of journalism in avariety of specific cases

                  Learning Outcomes

                  ​Students will gain a good understanding of the democraticrole and performance of journalists in contemporary society

                  ​Students will possess a good understanding of key theoriesand perspectives within the sociology of news

                  ​Students will be able to discuss contemporary perspectiveson journalism and how social, political, economic and technological changes areaffecting the way news is produced and consumed


                  Students will be able to apply wider theories about newsproduction and representation to analyse a range of particular issues or cases

                9. Political Cinema (COMM310)
                  Level3
                  Credit level15
                  SemesterFirst Semester
                  Exam:Coursework weighting0:100
                  Aims
                  1. To introduce students to historical and contemporary debates concerning the relationship between cinema and politics.

                  2. ​​To encourage students to examine, analyse, and differentiate the political across a range of cinemas.   ​​

                  3. To introduce the relationship between cinema and identity as a political issue.

                  4. To encourage students to widen their knowledge in examining and analysing politics and political cinemas in non-Western contexts. 

                  Learning Outcomes

                  Demonstate an understanding of the tension between films as, on the one hand, vehicles for cultural and artistic expression and/ or entertainment and, on the other, as tools for expressing political themes, ideas and ideologies.

                  ​​​Demonstate an understanding of the role played by films in negotiating ​​​identity politics.

                  ​Demonstrate a practical ability to conceive of a short programme of films for a political film festival.    

                  ​Demonstrate familiarity with a body of terms and concepts used in film criticism and in social and political analysis.

                10. Public Service Broadcasting (COMM315)
                  Level3
                  Credit level15
                  SemesterFirst Semester
                  Exam:Coursework weighting50:50
                  Aims
                  1. Students will be encouraged to develop a critical and analytical understanding of the character of the British broadcasting system in comparison with other models worldwide.

                  2. ​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​Students will be encouraged to develop a critical and analytical understanding of notions of the public interest and their role in determining the development and form of broadcasting in Britain.

                  3. ​Students will be encouraged to develop a critical and analytical understanding of the extent to which British broadcasting has been able to develop autonomy from the state and to maintain it at times of government pressure.

                  4. ​Students will be encouraged to develop a critical and analytical understanding of ideological and economic arguments concerning collectivist and libertarian approaches to the distribution of broadcast goods.

                  Learning Outcomes

                  Demonstrate ​​​​​familiarity with and understanding of the place of public service broadcasting within the British broadcasting system.

                  ​​​​Demonstrate familiarity with and understanding of the concept of the public interest as it applies to British broadcasting now and in the past.

                  ​Demonstrate a critical awareness of relationships between British broadcasting and the state.

                  Demonstratefamiliarity with and an understanding of arguments about whether broadcastingshould be considered a public good.​
                11. School of the Arts Work Placements Module (SOTA300)
                  Level3
                  Credit level30
                  SemesterWhole Session
                  Exam:Coursework weighting0:100
                  Aims
                12. To develop materials and/or undertake tasks within a practical or vocational context.

                13. ​To apply within that practical or vocational context professional, pedagogical, theoretical and other knowledge relevant to the development and delivery of the placement materials and/or tasks.

                14. ​To apply academic and/or theoretical knowledge within a practical context, and reflect and report on the relationship between the two.

                15. ​To develop and identify a range of personal/ employability skills, and reflect and report on this development.

                16. Learning Outcomes

                  To demonstrate an ability to develop materials and/or undertake tasks, according to a given specification and requirement, within a practical or vocational context.

                  ​To reflect on and evaluate the efficacy of the materials developed and/or the tasks undertaken.

                  ​To identify the connection between academic and/or theoretical knowledge and its practical or vocational application.

                  ​To identify, reflect and report on a range of personal/employability skills.

                17. Understanding Magazines (COMM337)
                  Level3
                  Credit level15
                  SemesterFirst Semester
                  Exam:Coursework weighting0:100
                  Aims
                18. ​To provide a critical overview of the (predominantly UK) magazine industry from its earliest origins in pamphleteering to the present day

                19. ​To encourage students to consider contexts of production and reception in relation to magazine texts
                20. ​To provide students with opportunities to evaluate existing research on magazines and to condut their own analyses using similar approaches.
                21. Learning Outcomes

                  ​Students will be able todiscuss the conditions of magazine production in different times and contexts. 

                  ​Students will be able to discuss and reflect on the impact of digital technologies on magazine production.

                  ​Students will be able to reflect critically on the relationship between magazines and their readers, and how those are managed.

                  ​Students will be able to analyse magazine texts and evaluate them in relation to key issues in the literature.

                22. Viral VIdeo (COMM342)
                  Level3
                  Credit level30
                  SemesterWhole Session
                  Exam:Coursework weighting0:100
                  Aims

                  ​This module aims to provide students with practical skillswhich will develop their understanding of communication and media roles andindustries and enhance their employability.

                  For the university, the module will strengthen the department''soffer for students wishing to develop practical skills and gain experience of ‘live’communication and media projects.​

                  Learning Outcomes

                  Students will develop a critical awareness of viral video theory, production and practice

                  Studentswill ideate original content by designing and producing viral videos​

                  Studentswill respond professionally and creatively to ‘client’ and tutor briefs​ 

                  Studentswill promote videos on public video-sharing and social media networks​ 

                  Studentswill demonstrate critical reflective thinking  ​

                The programme detail and modules listed are illustrative only and subject to change.


                Teaching and Learning

                Weekly lectures and seminar discussions may be supplemented by screening sessions, presentations and opportunities for group work where appropriate. We regularly invite expert speakers and practitioners to speak to our students about their work. Some modules also make use of our Mac suite. Dissertation and work placement modules involve more independent study, but always under the careful individual supervision of a member of academic staff.

                All students will receive teaching in study skills as part of their core first year programme, with sessions including information literacy, essay writing, assessment and feedback, referencing, and degree progress.


                Assessment

                We are committed to using a range of different forms of assessment, so types of assessment vary widely from module to module. Depending on your choice of modules, these may include coursework projects, essays, blogs, reports, literature reviews, writing exercises, presentations, online tests and unseen examinations.