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2021/22 Taught Postgraduate Module Catalogue

SLSP5316M Sociology of Media and Culture

30 creditsClass Size: 140

Module manager: Dr Nick Piper

Taught: Semester 1 (Sep to Jan) View Timetable

Year running 2021/22

This module is not approved as an Elective

Module summary

The module equips students with a high-level interdisciplinary and critical understanding of media and culture. By exploring applied examples students will be able to apply conceptual, theoretical and empirical insights from recent sociology to the study of contemporary issues within the media and culture.


The module provides an advanced understanding of contemporary approaches to the study of media and culture. It critically explores flows and networks whilst drawing on pertinent examples to illustrate the ways in which culture can be read and resignified.

Learning outcomes
On successful completion of this module, students should be able to:
- demonstrate an understanding of and critical engagement with the key conceptual, theoretical, empirical and critical debates within the sociological study of culture and the media,
- apply conceptual understanding to the analysis of contemporary debates and issues
- demonstrate a mastery of the key texts from the field of the social science concerned with the study of media and culture
- display advanced abilities for critical thinking and in-depth analysis of existing scholarship on media and culture;
- demonstrate the ability to produce and present a piece of individual analysis of media and culture that employs appropriate conceptual frameworks and critical inquiry.


Students will engage with a range of sociological approaches to the study of media and culture including the Frankfurt School and Feminists approaches and will draw on the work of a number of authors including but not limited to Bauman, Bourdieu, Skeggs, Mulvey and hooks. In order to understand the implications of flows and networks the module will also consider cultural imperialism, cosmopolitanism, and migration. Topical issues in relation to fashion, youth, subculture and popular music will provide the substance as reading and resignifying culture are critically examined.

Teaching methods

Delivery typeNumberLength hoursStudent hours
Private study hours269.00
Total Contact hours31.00
Total hours (100hr per 10 credits)300.00

Private study

Synthesise and critically review appropriate theoretical / conceptual material as preparation for lectures and seminars [162 hours]
Prepare for formal assessment [107 hours]

Opportunities for Formative Feedback

Student attendance and participation in seminars.

Methods of assessment

Assessment typeNotes% of formal assessment
Essay1 x 3,000 words80.00
Literature Review1 x 1,000 words20.00
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: 20/07/2021


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