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2021/22 Undergraduate Module Catalogue

LLLC0143 Communications

20 creditsClass Size: 40

Module manager: Madeleine Newman

Taught: Semester 2 (Jan to Jun) View Timetable

Year running 2021/22

This module is not approved as a discovery module

Module summary

This module is aimed at you if you are a student interested in exploring how the way in which media and new media communicates impacts on our perceptions of the world around us.


This module will explore issues relating to communications and media, including new media and digital media in our contemporary context. It will help students to develop an understanding of the relationship between the media and social change by focusing on a case study of a current media story. The focus within this module will also be on the development of critical thinking and an understanding of the use of different types of evidence. These skills will add to the essay writing skills developed in previous modules and will be used to help the student to write a more substantive essay.’

Learning outcomes
1. Demonstrate inherent strengths and weaknesses in a given argument
2. Analyse source materials
3. Analyse use of language
4. Critically explore issues in communication and media, including new media and digital media.
5. Have an understanding of different forms of communication, the impact of communication on society and the representation of diversity.
6. Analyse developments in contemporary communication

Skills outcomes
Critical analysis
The use of case studies
Ability to compare and contrast different sources
Use of evidence


Indicative Content
Histories and theories of communication, new media and digital media
-Impact of communication on society and contemporary issues
-Communication studies
-Contemporary case studies relating to communication now
-Reliability of sources
-Media semiotics, language and meaning
-Representation of diversity, such as: age, gender, race, disability, sexual orientation and class

Teaching methods

Due to COVID-19, teaching and assessment activities are being kept under review - see module enrolment pages for information

Delivery typeNumberLength hoursStudent hours
Group learning11.001.00
Independent online learning hours40.00
Private study hours126.00
Total Contact hours34.00
Total hours (100hr per 10 credits)200.00

Private study

Time for private study is expected to break down as follows:

Reading and research 50
Preparation for seminars 20
Assignment Preparation 56

Opportunities for Formative Feedback

There will be ongoing monitoring of student progress throughout the module via student engagement in each taught session and via the VLE.

Methods of assessment

Due to COVID-19, teaching and assessment activities are being kept under review - see module enrolment pages for information

Assessment typeNotes% of formal assessment
Essay2,500 words75.00
PresentationIndividual presentation 5 minutes25.00
Total percentage (Assessment Coursework)100.00

Normally resits will be assessed by the same methodology as the first attempt, unless otherwise stated

Reading list

The reading list is available from the Library website

Last updated: 30/06/2021 16:23:10


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