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Module Code: COM401
Module Title: Global Media Cultures
Module Level: Level 4
Module Credits: 5.00
Academic Year: 2020/21
Semester: SEM1/SEM1
Originating Department: School of Film and TV Arts
Pre-requisites: N/A
This module will explore a variety of theoretical issues and debates in global media cultures, typically including Clifford Geertz’s concept of ‘thick description’ to Jacques Rancière’s ‘distribution of the sensible’. Typically, it will link these theories with media practices, taking into account the students' diverse backgrounds in doing so. The module will also analyse various youth cultures and the ways in which media are employed to give voice to previously unheard groups of individuals, as well as to engage in cultural rituals. New forms of sociability, participation and commerce enabled by the production and consumption of media will be investigated via relevant case studies. Students will gain insight into the global shift of media patterns and will be able to use this knowledge as grounding for the other modules in the course
Learning outcomes 
A Further develop an understanding of film and television as social and cultural practices

B Be able to critically reflect on the role played by media in articulating identities and lifestyles

C Employ advanced research methodologies and critical vocabularies in analyses of contemporary media cultures and experiences

D Gain a sophisticated and critically informed understanding of how cultural memory is produced and circulated through various media forms.

Method of teaching and learning 
Seminars with directed reading units, Guest Lectures by international media practitioners, prepared student responses, oral and written.
The syllabus will typically include the following topics (or similar):

Discourses of distinction in media and trash aesthetics

Youth (sub)cultures, media creativity and resistance

Film and television cultures

Redefining the notion of belonging through media engagement

The consumption of images in contemporary cultures

Sexualisation debates

The relation between media and collective memory

Media and tourism practices

The movement of media formats across cultures and markets

Delivery Hours  
Lectures Seminars Tutorials Lab/Prcaticals Fieldwork / Placement Other(Private study) Total
Hours/Semester   39        111  150 


Sequence Method % of Final Mark
1 Oral Presentation 15.00
2 Essay 70.00
3 Position Paper 15.00
1 Oral Presentation 15.00
2 Essay 70.00
3 Position Paper 15.00

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