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Issues in Contemporary Media and Culture

  • Module code: MD6001
  • Year: 2018/9
  • Level: Year 6
  • Credits: 30.00
  • Pre-requisites: Successful completion of Level 5 Media and Cultural Studies or equivalent
  • Co-requisites: None

Summary

This module seeks to synthesize and draw together your understanding of theoretical and contextual approaches to the interpretation of media and culture you have learnt about in the first two years of the degree and enable you to apply this in an analysis of contemporary issues, practices and debates. This heightened understanding of theory will, at the same time, enhance your analysis of the contemporary issues and concerns reviewed in the module.

Aims

  • To allow students to identify and frame topics for study on the module, and to enhance their understanding of these debates.
  • To reinforce students' ability to read, analyse, and contribute to these debates in relation to appropriate theoretical and contextual positions.
  • To further develop students' critical and analytical skills in synthesising complex ideas.

Learning outcomes

On successful completion of the module, students will be able to:

  • Identify and analyse critically using relevant theoretical and contextual perspectives current and topical debates in media and cultural studies
  • Synthesise ideas, make comparisons and evaluations and interpret particular issues in relation to theoretical positions in media and cultural studies
  • Apply the appropriate skills of research, writing, production/editing and creativity required to produce a summative piece of work

Teaching and learning strategy

The module begins with 1 hour whole-group lecture in the first week of TB1 that set out the parameters of the programme. Students will then be allocated to seminar groups according to their option choices. The options will then be  taught as 2 hour blended lecture seminars.The same pattern will be repeated for the next teaching block, when students select a second option.

Breakdown of Teaching and Learning Hours

Definitive KIS Category Indicative Description Hours
Scheduled learning and teaching Lecture 44
Guided independent study Independent Study 256
Total (number of credits x 10) 300

Assessment strategy

Students are required to produce an extended researched essay or a piece of practice informed research related to each optional strand. This will be submitted at the end of each teaching bloc. The module tutor will provide a pool of options for both the essay and practice based assessments, although there will be a scope to tweak these, if needed, after discussion between tutor and students.

Formative assessment and feed forward opportunities will be provided through, class based exercises and discussion and work-in-progress seminar presentations. These will also offer opportunities for peer review.

Breakdown of Major Categories of Assessment:

      I.          Assessment 1: Coursework (50%)

a) Practice portfolio:

Students will be required to produce a Portfolio of two pieces of work as part of their practice informed research project. 

1.      Practical Project(80%)

2.      Rationale (20%) (max. 1000 words)

b)  3000 words research essay.

     ii.              Assessment 2: Coursework (50%)

a) Practice portfolio:

Students will be required to produce a Portfolio of two pieces of work as part of their practice informed research project. 

1.      Practical Project?(80%)

2.      Rationale (20%) (max. 1000 words)

b)  3000 words research essay.

Students can choose the practice portfolio or research essay for both assignments or do different ones.

Mapping of Learning Outcomes to Assessment Strategy (Indicative)

Learning Outcome Assessment Strategy
1. Demonstrate in-depth knowledge of a range of current and topical debates in media and cultural studies Summatively assessed through coursework.
2. Link the these debates to theoretical and contextual perspectives and apply this understanding in the appropriate use of techniques of media analysis Summatively assessed through coursework.
3. Demonstrate an understanding of the social and political contexts in which media and cultural productions are created and performed Summatively assessed through coursework.
4. Synthesise ideas, make comparisons and evaluations and interpret particular issues in relation to theoretical positions in media and cultural studies Summatively assessed through coursework.
5. Apply the appropriate skills of research, writing, production/editing and creativity required for the production of small-scale module-based research journal Summatively assessed through coursework.

Breakdown of Major Categories of Assessment

Assessment Type Assessment Name Assessment Weighting
CWK Practice Portfolio or Essay 50
CWK Practice Based or Extended Essay Coursework 50
Total (to equal 100%) 100%

Achieving a pass

It IS NOT a requirement that any major assessment category is passed separately in order to achieve an overall pass for the module

Bibliography core texts

These will vary, depending on the issues covered in the module.

Bibliography recommended reading

Journal for Cultural Research

Theory, Culture and Society

Cultural Studies

The Chicago manual of style, 16th ed. (Chicago, Univ. of Chicago Press, 2010) 

Harvard Law Review Association, The bluebook: a uniform system of citation (Cambridge, Mass., Harvard Law Review Association, 2005)

http://www.aresearchguide.com/styleguides.html 

Paradigm Online Writing Assistant: http://www.powa.org/

Research and Documentation Online: http://bcs.bedfordstmartins.com/resdoc5e/RES5e_ch10_s1-0001.html

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