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2019/20 Taught Postgraduate Programme Catalogue

MA Society, Culture and Media

Programme code:MA-SCMUCAS code:
Duration:12 Months Method of Attendance: Full Time
Programme manager:Prof Ruth Holliday & Dr Maria Rovisco Contact &

Total credits: 180

Entry requirements:

2:1 BA (Hons) in the Social Sciences or related discipline
English language requirements as directed by School Policy.

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

School of Sociology and Social Policy

Examination board through which the programme will be considered:

School of Sociology and Social Policy examination board

Relevant QAA Subject Benchmark Groups:

There are no QA benchmarks relevant to this programme. However new modules from SSP will be subject to the usual internal QA processes and those from COMMS form part of existing programmes that are well received by external examiners.

Programme specification:

This programme examines culture and the media from a distinctively sociological perspective. The programme will provide students with an understanding of the key issues, debates and theoretical perspectives needed to critically analyse the relationship between culture, media and society and provide research training that will allow them to undertake research in this area. Taught by leading researchers in the field, this programme covers key issues and concepts such as: media and social media; consumerism; audiences; representation; globalisation; migration and place; tourism; creative work and material culture. Through its grounding in sociological approaches to the study of culture and media, a concern with questions of power, inequality and identity will be threaded through the course, enabling students to think critically about the relationship between gender, class, race and ethnicity, and the cultural realm. Specialist knowledge in this field will be enhanced through the delivery of two additional core modules providing solid grounding in key sociological theories for the study of society, culture & media; and methodological debates and approaches. The programme allows students to choose from a range of modules delivered by the School of Media and Communication through which they can pursue specialist interests, for example in more practice-based media courses. A dissertation project allows students to design, develop and implement their own critical research enquiry into an aspect of culture and media.

Students will encounter a range of teaching and learning methods including guest lectures, presentations and group work, blended learning and independent critical enquiry. Not only will students develop specialist knowledge in this field but a range of transferable skills in research, communication, analytical skills, self-management and group working, that will open up a range of career pathways within the media and creative industries and beyond such as: media and social research; communications and media policy, and into further postgraduate study.

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

Compulsory modules:

Candidates will be required to study the following compulsory modules:

SLSP5314MUnderstanding Society and Culture30 creditsSemester 1
SLSP5316MSociology of Media and Culture30 creditsSemester 2
SLSP5365MApproaches and Methods for Media and Culture30 creditsSemester 1
SLSP5400MDissertation60 credits1 Oct to 30 Sep (12mth)

Optional modules:

Candidates will be required to take 30 credits from the following list of optional modules:

COMM5630MCommunication and Public Opinion30 creditsSemester 2
COMM5655MJournalism Practice and Policy30 creditsSemester 2
COMM5705MIdentity and Culture30 creditsSemester 1
COMM5730MThe Cultural History of Promotional Communication30 creditsSemester 2
FOAR5000MEngaging the Modern City: The Civic Researcher30 creditsSemesters 1 & 2
PIED5547MPopular Culture: World politics, Society and Culture30 creditsSemester 1
PIED5736MPolitics, Media and Democratic Engagement30 creditsSemester 1
PIED5738MTechnology, Media and Politics: Research and Real World Cases30 creditsSemester 2
SLSP5240MRacism, Decoloniality and Migration30 creditsSemester 2
SLSP5360MResearching Inequality in the Media30 creditsSemester 2
SLSP5370MReality TV: Truth or Fiction?30 creditsSemester 2
SLSP5380MVideogames and Society30 creditsSemester 2

Last updated: 11/11/2019


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