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2022/23 Taught Postgraduate Module Catalogue

COMM5140M Media and Communication Theory

30 creditsClass Size: 67

Module manager: Sara Tafakori

Taught: Semester 1 (Sep to Jan) View Timetable

Year running 2022/23

Pre-requisite qualifications

This module is not approved as an Elective


This module aims to give students an overview of major cultural, political and social approaches to the study of media and communication. We will consider the contribution of selected approaches and students are encouraged to pursue individual academic interests in relation to such approaches.

Learning outcomes
- Familiarity with central issues in Media and Communications theory including the development of key ideas.
- Understanding of the nature of theory in media and communication studies, including the strengths and limitations of a range of theoretical approaches.
- Ability to critically evaluate theoretical approaches in Media and Communications theory


Topics addressed include:
Interpersonal communication
Political economy approaches to the media
Media and power
Public Sphere
Media and Politics
De-westernizing Media and Communications Studies
New Media

Teaching methods

Delivery typeNumberLength hoursStudent hours
Private study hours280.00
Total Contact hours20.00
Total hours (100hr per 10 credits)300.00

Private study

Students should spend approximately 10 hours a week preparing for seminars and lectures. Remaining private study time should be devoted to researching and writing the essays.

Opportunities for Formative Feedback

Monitoring takes place through classroom discussions, contributions in seminars and student presentations. Students will meet regularly with academic staff in informal tutorials.

Methods of assessment

Assessment typeNotes% of formal assessment
Essay1 x 2,500-3,000 words70.00
Literature ReviewAnnotated Bibliography 1,500 - 2,000 words30.00
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: 29/04/2022 15:23:01


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