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2024/25 Taught Postgraduate Module Catalogue

SLSP5317M Sociology of Media and Culture

30 creditsClass Size: 220

Module manager: Prof. Rodanthi Tzanelli

Taught: Semester 1 (Sep to Jan) View Timetable

Year running 2024/25

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 the module students will have demonstrated the following learning outcomes relevant to the subject:
1. 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,
2. apply conceptual understanding to the analysis of contemporary debates and issues
3. demonstrate a mastery of the key texts from the field of the social science concerned with the study of media and culture
4. display advanced abilities for critical thinking and in-depth analysis of existing scholarship on media and culture
5. demonstrate the ability to produce and present a piece of individual analysis of media and culture that employs appropriate conceptual frameworks and critical inquiry.

Skills learning outcomes

On successful completion of the module students will have demonstrated the following skills learning outcomes:
1. They will have developed analytical and critical skills to address particular questions in the subject area at TPG level
2. They will have developed the ability to learn and manage tasks independently and collaboratively
3. They will have acquired advanced decision–making skills across a range of different research areas in the sociology of culture and media.
4. They will have acquired advanced oral and written communication skills to communicate with various audiences and through different media.
5. They will be able to demonstrate flexibility and adaptability to undertake a higher research degree and/or for employment in a higher capacity in an area of professional practice


Details of the syllabus will be provided on the Minerva organisation (or equivalent) for the module

Teaching methods

Delivery typeNumberLength hoursStudent hours
Independent online learning hours11.00
Private study hours258.00
Total Contact hours31.00
Total hours (100hr per 10 credits)300.00

Opportunities for Formative Feedback

Student attendance and participation in seminars.
TEAMS meetings as and if deemed necessary (an additional method of support)
Email exchange between tutor and student (an additional method of support)

Methods of assessment

Assessment typeNotes% of formal assessment
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: 17/04/2024


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