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COMM1970 Introduction to Media and Communication Theory

20 creditsClass Size: 120

Module manager: Professor David Hesmondhalgh
Email: d.j.hesmondhalgh@leeds.ac.uk

Taught: Semester 2 View Timetable

Year running 2017/18

This module is not approved as a discovery module

Module summary

This module examines some of the main theoretical perspectives and arguments that underpin the study of media and communication. It considers the ways in which these perspectives are linked, why they continue to hold relevance for contemporary media scholars and how they help us to understand the role of mediated communication in society.

Objectives

On completion of this module, students should be able to ...
This module examines some of the main theoretical perspectives and arguments that underpin the study of media and communication. It considers the ways in which these perspectives are linked, why they continue to hold relevance for contemporary media scholars and how they help us to understand the role of mediated communication in society.

Learning outcomes
On completion of the module, students should be able to:
1. Demonstrate understanding of the role of theory in media and communications studies and the importance of its critical evaluation
2. Describe the work of key media theorists and their contribution to media and communications theory
3. Compare competing theories of media and communication identifying strengths and limits
4. Use media and communications theory to explain the relationships between media, technology and society
5. Develop a theoretical argument in the form of an academic essay


Syllabus

This module examines in detail the main theoretical arguments put forward to account for the role played by the media in contemporary society.

The following themes are covered: theorising interpersonal communication; theories of mass media effects; cultural studies; political economy; the public sphere; visual theories; representing otherness: feminism and orientalism; Marxist approaches to the media; technological determinism and beyond.

Teaching methods

Delivery typeNumberLength hoursStudent hours
Lecture102.0020.00
Seminar101.0010.00
Private study hours170.00
Total Contact hours30.00
Total hours (100hr per 10 credits)200.00

Private study

Students should devote private study time to reading and preparation for lectures and seminars (est 60 hours), essay preparation (est 70 hours) and exam revision (est 42 hours).

Opportunities for Formative Feedback

Students are expected to attend all lectures and seminars. Progress is monitored through the assessment and feedback of the assessed essay. In addition, students are expected to participate and contribute to discussions in seminars and will receive feedback on their comments during these sessions.

Methods of assessment


Coursework
Assessment typeNotes% of formal assessment
Essay1 x 2000 - 2,500 words50.00
Total percentage (Assessment Coursework)50.00

If you are required to resit the essay for this module you must select an alternative question from the module handbook.


Exams
Exam typeExam duration% of formal assessment
Standard exam (closed essays, MCQs etc)2 hr 50.00
Total percentage (Assessment Exams)50.00

Resit information: Students are able to resit both components of the module. Students must submit a new essay and/or sit a supplementary exam as required.

Reading list

The reading list is available from the Library website

Last updated: 27/04/2017

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