Undergraduate Module Descriptor

SOC2014: Media in Society

This module descriptor refers to the 2017/8 academic year.


NQF Level 5
Credits 15 ECTS Value 7.5
Term(s) and duration

This module ran during term 1 (11 weeks)

Academic staff

Dr Dana Wilson-Kovacs (Convenor)





Available via distance learning


In this module you will explore how sociologists, anthropologists and cultural theorists understand the place, role and significance of traditional and new media in Western society. The module asks: how are media, culture and communication related? How is media changing and what are the implications of this process? How do people use and interpret media? In what ways are our identities mediated? What, for instance, do celebrity and gaming tell us about ourselves and our cultural values? With the use of specific examples, the module examines key issues and provides a basis to situate and critically appraise individual and collective experiences and socio-cultural change.

No prior knowledge of sociological perspectives is necessary. This module is suitable for both specialist and non-specialist students and its interdisciplinary outlook will appeal to students in social sciences and humanities. 

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