2023/24 Taught Postgraduate Module Catalogue
COMM5710M The Media Industries
30 creditsClass Size: 48
Module manager: Dr Anna Zoellner
Taught: Semester 1 (Sep to Jan) View Timetable
Year running 2023/24
This module is not approved as an Elective
Objectives- To introduce students to the principal debates regarding change in the media industries since 1980.
- To allow students to understand the conditions which shape media production in modern societies, including technological, policy, sociocultural and economic factors.
- To enable students to evaluate contemporary developments in the media industries.
On completion of the module, students should be able to:
- Outline the main debates and theoretical approaches relevant to an understanding of the media industries as they relate to questions of power and social communication.
- Understand the interactions and connections between media production, media consumption and media meaning/representation.
- Demonstrate knowledge of the historical development of the media industries internationally.
- Demonstrate knowledge of national and regional differences in media industries and their role in societies.
- Compare and evaluate explanations of media processes relevant to media industries, derived from different theoretical perspectives.
- Examine media forms critically with appropriate reference to the social and cultural contexts in which they were produced and consumed.
This module will cover topics such as: the definition, relevance and characteristics of the media industries, approaches to analysing the media industries, size and ownership of media organisations, the role of government policy for the media and the media industries, the impact of digitalisation and convergence, and issues surrounding internationalisation, globalisation and cultural imperialism.
|Private study hours
|Total Contact hours
|Total hours (100hr per 10 credits)
Private study- Directed study of primary and secondary sources in preparation for seminar discussions: est. 100 hours.
- Preparation for presentation of a theoretical position in relation to media industries: est. 30 hours.
- Essay preparation: est.148.5 hours.
(approximate and provisional figures)
Opportunities for Formative FeedbackStudent progress will be monitored via attendance and contribution at seminars and via mid-semester formative and summative assessment.
Methods of assessment
|% of formal assessment
|1 x 1,500-2,000 words
|1 x 3000 - 3,500 words
|Total percentage (Assessment Coursework)
All assignments have multiple topics/questions to choose from. A resit would use the same type of assignment i.e. essay or presentation but needs to cover a different topic/question than the original submission.
Reading listThe reading list is available from the Library website
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