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2019/20 Undergraduate Programme Catalogue

BA Cultural and Media Studies

Programme code:BA-CMSUCAS code:9K8J
Duration:3 Years Method of Attendance: Full Time
Programme manager:Diane Morgan Contact address:d.l.morgan@leeds.ac.uk

The part-time programme will be delivered over 6 years. Placements for part-time courses will be full-time placements.

Total credits: 360

Entry requirements:

AAB/ABB and other accepted equivalents (EPQ considered), see UG Admissions Policy.

School/Unit responsible for the parenting of students and programme:

School of Fine Art, History of Art and Cultural Studies

Examination board through which the programme will be considered:

School of Fine Art, History of Art and Cultural Studies

Relevant QAA Subject Benchmark Groups:

School of Fine Art, History of Art and Cultural Studies

Programme specification:

Students must study a total of 120 credits per academic year.

The distinctive features of this programme lie in the combination of humanistic Cultural Studies (drawing together theoretical, textual, aesthetic and historical approaches to major formations of culture since the period of the European Enlightenment to globalized and postcolonial present) with a theoretical and analytical approach to the concepts of media, specifically linking it to the extended historical and theoretical analysis of mediation and medialisation.

The programme offers a distinctively interdisciplinary mode of study that enables students interested in literature, philosophy, history, the arts, film or contemporary forms of social and cultural experience shaped by and articulated through widespread forms of media and mediation, some formal and institutional and many informal, social, and self-operated, to engage with major histories and core concepts in a structured, progressive and research-oriented scheme of study that aims to develop a range of research, writing and presentation skills in the process.

Drawing on the most recent directions in advanced media theory, which is based on the critique of existing 'Media Studies' and overused notions of 'New Media' as well as on the legacies of continental critical and philosophical theory about language, mediation and communication, the critical project combining Cultural and Media Studies in a Russell Group university aims to offer students an intellectually challenging programme of interdisciplinary study that advances both the state of cultural and media studies. For this reason the situation of the programme within a School of Fine Art, History of Art and Cultural Studies and in a Faculty including a School of Media and Communications promises to develop a singular critical space between what would appear to be opposing models: art and communication. Additionally requiring students to develop a historical perspective on culture and a philosophical perspective on mediation and medialization ensures that students will be critical of contemporary abuses of concepts of the 'new' with its attendant dangers of instant amnesia and the false valuation of novelty per se.

The programme will also aim to be distinctive in its fostering of awareness of issues of difference and plurality across all the levels of the programme. The focus on gender and sexual difference, postcoloniality and the analysis of migratory and diasporic experience, aesthetics and media, trauma and cultural memory in a world context of historical catastrophe, will be addressed through a range of cultural forms and mediated cultural practices.

Returning the foundations of the project of British Cultural Studies in the struggle to expand education, enable wider participation and to enlarge the forms and practices susceptible to rigorous intellectual analysis and interpretation, this degree in Cultural and Media Studies aspires to take the field of studies in directions that establish the singular value of interdisciplinary studies as a substantial method appropriate for the present conditions facing students in the second and third decades of the twenty-first century.

The programme specifically aims to address and actively incorporate the priorities established for all degrees offered by the University of Leeds: ethics and responsibility, international perspectives and awareness of the implications of globalization, research-led studies and employability.


Year1 - View timetable

[Learning Outcomes, Transferable (Key) Skills, Assessment]

Compulsory modules:

ARTF1003Introduction to Cultural Analysis 120 creditsSemester 1
ARTF1004Introduction to Cultural Analysis II20 creditsSemester 2
COMM1960Studying Media20 creditsSemester 1

Optional modules:

Students may take 40-60 credits from the following optional modules

ARTF1023Cultural History20 creditsSemester 1
ARTF1026Cinema and Media History20 creditsSemester 2
COMM1210The History of Communication20 creditsSemester 2
COMM1970Introduction to Media and Communication Theory20 creditsSemester 2

Discovery modules:

Candidates may take up to 20 credits of Discovery modules


Year2 - View timetable

[Learning Outcomes, Transferable (Key) Skills, Assessment]

Compulsory modules:

ARTF2127Keywords20 creditsSemester 1

Optional modules:

You will be required to take one of the following optional core modules.

COMM2125Visual Communication20 creditsSemester 1
COMM2910Communication Research Methods20 creditsSemester 2

You will be required to study 60-80 credits from the following optional modules. The module list is indicative and may vary each year depending on staff availability.

ARTF2044Cinema and Culture20 creditsSemester 1
ARTF2047Image, Music, Text: Reading Roland Barthes20 creditsSemester 2
ARTF2049The State of Utopia20 creditsSemester 1
ARTF2051Seeing in Asia20 creditsSemester 1
ARTF2052Showing Asia20 creditsSemester 2
ARTF2054State of the Art: Contemporary Perspectives in Art, Science and Technology20 creditsSemester 2
ARTF2064Live Issues and Contemporary Art Practice20 creditsSemester 1
ARTF2065Post-Colonial Critique20 creditsNot running in 201920
ARTF2074African Art I: Context Representation Signification20 creditsSemester 2
COMM2125Visual Communication20 creditsSemester 1
COMM2375Issues in Journalism20 creditsSemester 1
COMM2725Digital Cultures20 creditsSemester 2
COMM2777Working in Digital Media Teams20 creditsSemester 2
COMM2910Communication Research Methods20 creditsSemester 2
COMM2950Media, Power and Social Justice20 creditsSemester 2
COMM2960Videogames: Identities in Play20 creditsSemester 2

Candidates may study the following optional module

ARTF2800Careers Preparation for Arts and Culture20 creditsSemester 2

If taking ARTF2800 students cannot also take a discovery module

Discovery modules:

Candidates may study 0-20 credits of discovery modules


Year3 - View timetable

[Learning Outcomes, Transferable (Key) Skills, Assessment]

Compulsory modules:

Optional modules:

Students MUST chose one of the following dissertation options. If taking the 60 credit dissertation students cannot enrol on any discovery modules

ARTF3060Dissertation40 creditsSemesters 1 & 2
ARTF3170Dissertation60 creditsSemesters 1 & 2

Students will be required to study 20 credits from the following core modules. The module list is indicative and may vary each year depending on staff availability.

ARTF3003Deconstruction Reading Politics20 creditsSemester 1
ARTF3034From Trauma to Cultural Memory: The Unfinished Business of Representation and the Holocaust20 creditsSemester 1, Semester 2
ARTF3058Reading Sexual Difference20 creditsSemester 2
ARTF3077Humanity, Animality and Globality20 creditsSemester 1
ARTF3173Movies, Migrants and Diasporas20 creditsSemester 2

Students will be required to study 40-60 credits from the following optional modules;

ARTF3003Deconstruction Reading Politics20 creditsSemester 1
ARTF3014Making Sense of Sound20 creditsNot running in 201920
ARTF3034From Trauma to Cultural Memory: The Unfinished Business of Representation and the Holocaust20 creditsSemester 1, Semester 2
ARTF3042Cultural Diversity in Museum and Material Culture - Case Study20 creditsSemester 2
ARTF3057The Frankfurt School and Critical Theory20 creditsNot running in 201920
ARTF3058Reading Sexual Difference20 creditsSemester 2
ARTF3059Critical approaches to photography20 creditsSemester 1
ARTF3063Postcolonial Feminisms20 creditsSemester 1
ARTF3077Humanity, Animality and Globality20 creditsSemester 1
ARTF3173Movies, Migrants and Diasporas20 creditsSemester 2
COMM3120Film Theory and Aesthetics20 creditsNot running in 201920
COMM3130The Documentary and Reality20 creditsSemester 2
COMM3250Feminism, Identity and Media20 creditsSemester 1
COMM3260Understanding the Audience20 creditsSemester 1
COMM3899Social Issues on Screen20 creditsSemester 1
COMM3925War and Media20 creditsSemester 2
COMM3930Media Philosophy: Technological Dasein20 creditsNot running in 201920
COMM3960Creative Work in the Cultural Industries20 creditsSemester 2
COMM3980Radio Technologies, Industries and Cultures20 creditsNot running in 201920

Discovery modules:

Candidates may study 0-20 credits of discovery modules

Last updated: 30/08/2019

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