2021/22 Taught Postgraduate Module Catalogue
COMM5135M Critical Issues in Media and Communication
30 creditsClass Size: 67
Module manager: Nancy Thumim
Taught: Semester 2 (Jan to Jun) View Timetable
Year running 2021/22
|COMM5140M||Media and Communication Theory|
This module is not approved as an Elective
ObjectivesBy the end of the module, students should be able:
- to develop critical insights into major issues in the field of media and communications;
- to apply theoretical knowledge to contemporary issues;
- critically to analyse the relationship of media and communication theory to real-world issues;
- critically to evaluate key theoretical and analytical paradigms in media and communication theory.
Throughout the module students will exercise and develop skills in oral
presentation, teamwork, organization, and peer review, as well as their general academic and research capabilities.
(1) Understanding of the academic research process; including the relationship between research rationale, theory, method and analysis.
(2) Understanding of the nature and requirements of academic research
(3) Understanding how to effectively present research (In written and/or oral form)
- Skills in the application and use of media and communication theory
- Skills in communicating media and communication research
- The ability to maintain a reflective record of the research process
The module requires students to use key theoretical ideas in media and communications in applied group research projects under the supervision of the module leader.
The module enables students to address contemporary issues and critically to engage with theory in a sustained way.
Group presentations in a formal academic style conference and individual essays together provide students with experience of two key modes of academic research presentation.
The module begins with a series of lectures which showcase the application of theory to critical issues and its presentation. These lectures are research led, drawing on research taking place in the School. Students then move on to develop their own interests through group research projects supported by a seminar leader.
Critical Issues explored in recent years include:
- Copyright and Creativity in the digital age
- Journalism in crisis: Leeds ecology project
- Audiences and Reality TV
- Mediation and Self-representation
|Delivery type||Number||Length hours||Student hours|
|Private study hours||277.00|
|Total Contact hours||23.00|
|Total hours (100hr per 10 credits)||300.00|
Private studyStudents should dedicate the following times to activities outside of class:
Seminar preparation – 55 hours
Group project – 100 hours
Presentation preparation 25 hours
Individual research proposal – 90 hours
Opportunities for Formative FeedbackProgress will be monitored weekly in seminars
Methods of assessment
|Assessment type||Notes||% of formal assessment|
|Group Project||15 minute presentation||30.00|
|Project||Proposal 1 x 2,800 - 3,200 words||70.00|
|Total percentage (Assessment Coursework)||100.00|
If a presentation receives a failing grade resulting in a module fail it can be replaced by a 3,500-4,000 word individual literature review on a new topic.
Reading listThere is no reading list for this module
Last updated: 16/09/2021 10:47:59
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