Undergraduate Module Descriptor

SOC1028: Media and Society

This module descriptor refers to the 2016/7 academic year.

Module Content

Syllabus Plan

Introduction: Media in Society, Society in Media
Media Forms and Technologies
Media as Manipulation
Media Industries
Media Content: Messages and Meanings
Constructing “News”
Media and Gender
Media and Politics: The Public Sphere
Media Audiences
Media Communities: Subcultures, Fans, Identities
From Modern to Postmodern Media Landscapes
Media Globalization

Learning and Teaching

This table provides an overview of how your hours of study for this module are allocated:

Scheduled Learning and Teaching ActivitiesGuided independent studyPlacement / study abroad

...and this table provides a more detailed breakdown of the hours allocated to various study activities:

CategoryHours of study timeDescription
Scheduled Learning and Teaching activity 202 hour lectures x 10 weeks
Scheduled Learning and Teaching activity 1Introduction to the module
Scheduled Learning and Teaching activity 2Revision session
Scheduled Learning and Teaching activity 5Fortnightly 1 hour tutorials
Guided Independent study305 tutorials x 2 readings x 3 hours/reading
Guided Independent study12Preparing for the lectures and tutorials
Guided Independent study40Reading/research/writing the essay
Guided Independent study40Exam preparation

Online Resources

This module has online resources available via ELE (the Exeter Learning Environment).

Graeme Burton, Media and Society, Open University Press, 2010

Paul Hodkinson, Media, Culture and Society: an Introduction, Sage, 2010

David R. Croteau et al, Media/Society: Industries, Images, and Audiences, Sage, 2011

Asa Briggs and Peter Burke, Social History of the Media: From Gutenberg to the Internet, Polity, 2010

John B. Thompson, Media and Modernity: A Social Theory of the Media, Polity, 1995