2019/20 Taught Postgraduate Module Catalogue
SLSP5360M Researching Inequality in the Media
30 creditsClass Size: 30
Module manager: Maria de Ascensao Rovisco/Andrea Hollomotz
Taught: Semester 2 View Timetable
Year running 2019/20
This module is not approved as an Elective
Module summaryOn completion of this module students will be able to:identify the epistemological underpinnings of social research relating to the media representations of inequality;- understand ethical debates;- critically analyse research practice;- review and critically appraise media representations in relation to a range of social inequalities including lifecourse, disability, gender, race, ethnicity, sexuality and social class;- synthesize information and knowledge from a range of sources and perspectives;During the course of the module students will also have had the opportunity to: - engage with a range of viewpoints on research practice in relation to representations of inequality;- demonstrate knowledge of a range of methodologies and strategies for research;- demonstrate their developing skills, knowledge and understanding in a variety of learning and assessment contexts
ObjectivesThe aims of this module are to provide students with higher level skills and understanding in a range of research methods appropriate to investigation of inequality in the media. Through engagement with a range of substantive topics and forms of media students will be enabled to develop a critical appreciation of the appropriateness of particular methods to different research scenarios.
On successful completion of this module, students should be able to:
- demonstrate an understanding of and critical engagement with the key theoretical and critical debates within social science concerning inequality in the media
- analyse and evaluate different theories, definitions of the representation of inequality in the media
- relate theories of identity and inequality to media analysis
- critically engage with the main methodologies of social science appropriate to the researching of inequality in the media and evaluate the strengths and limitations of different conceptual frameworks
- demonstrate a mastery of the key texts from the field of the social science concerned with inequality in the media.
Students will consider the multiple ways in which the media intervenes in the social, with a particular emphasis on inequality and how such interventions relate to, class, disability, gender, the life course nationhood and sexuality.. Students will critically engage with range of research appropriate for understanding these investigating these interventions in the media including critical discourse analysis, visual methods encompassing semiotics and audience research; qualitative work with viewers, qualitative work with professionals from the creative industries.
The overarching idea would be to look at how media intervenes into the social and specifically in social divisions/inequalities/ identities in relation to class/gender/race/nationhood/disability.
|Delivery type||Number||Length hours||Student hours|
|Private study hours||278.00|
|Total Contact hours||22.00|
|Total hours (100hr per 10 credits)||300.00|
Private studyPreparation for lectures and tutorials 150 hours, 128 hours preparation for the assessment.
Opportunities for Formative FeedbackStudents will be able to submit a short (1,500 max) formative version of their final assessment by Week 8
Methods of assessment
|Assessment type||Notes||% of formal assessment|
|Total percentage (Assessment Coursework)||100.00|
Normally resits will be assessed by the same methodology as the first attempt, unless otherwise stated
Reading listThe reading list is available from the Library website
Last updated: 29/01/2019
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