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SLSP5360M Researching Inequality in the Media

30 creditsClass Size: 130

Module manager: Dr Maria Rovisco

Taught: Semester 2 (Jan to Jun) View Timetable

Year running 2021/22

This module is not approved as an Elective

Module summary

On completion of this module students will be able to:identify the epistemological underpinnings of social research relating to the media representations of inequality;- understand ethical debates;- critically analyse research practice;- review and critically appraise media representations in relation to a range of social inequalities including lifecourse, disability, gender, race, ethnicity, sexuality and social class;- synthesize information and knowledge from a range of sources and perspectives;During the course of the module students will also have had the opportunity to: - engage with a range of viewpoints on research practice in relation to representations of inequality;- demonstrate knowledge of a range of methodologies and strategies for research;- demonstrate their developing skills, knowledge and understanding in a variety of learning and assessment contexts


The aims of this module are to provide students with higher level skills and understanding in a range of research methods appropriate to investigation of inequality in the media. Through engagement with a range of substantive topics and forms of media students will be enabled to develop a critical appreciation of the appropriateness of particular methods to different research scenarios.

Learning outcomes
On successful completion of this module, students should be able to:
- demonstrate an understanding of and critical engagement with the key theoretical and critical debates within social science concerning inequality in the media
- analyse and evaluate different theories, definitions of the representation of inequality in the media
- relate theories of identity and inequality to media analysis
- critically engage with the main methodologies of social science appropriate to the researching of inequality in the media and evaluate the strengths and limitations of different conceptual frameworks
- demonstrate a mastery of the key texts from the field of the social science concerned with inequality in the media.


Students will consider the multiple ways in which the media intervenes in the social, with a particular emphasis on inequality and how such interventions relate to, class, disability, gender, the life course nationhood and sexuality.. Students will critically engage with range of research appropriate for understanding these investigating these interventions in the media including critical discourse analysis, visual methods encompassing semiotics and audience research; qualitative work with viewers, qualitative work with professionals from the creative industries.

The overarching idea would be to look at how media intervenes into the social and specifically in social divisions/inequalities/ identities in relation to class/gender/race/nationhood/disability.

Teaching methods

Delivery typeNumberLength hoursStudent hours
Private study hours278.00
Total Contact hours22.00
Total hours (100hr per 10 credits)300.00

Private study

Preparation for lectures and tutorials 150 hours, 128 hours preparation for the assessment.

Opportunities for Formative Feedback

Students will be able to submit a short (1,500 max) formative version of their final assessment by Week 8

Methods of assessment

Assessment typeNotes% of formal assessment
Essay1 x 4,000 words100.00
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: 18/10/2021


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