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Module Code: COM403
Module Title: Contemporary Media Theories
Module Level: Level 4
Module Credits: 5.00
Academic Year: 2020/21
Semester: SEM1
Originating Department: School of Film and TV Arts
Pre-requisites: N/A
This module aims to give students a concise overview of contemporary theories informing the mediated world of today and how they in turn are informed by outside forces. Building on a broad basis of past theories, the module will furnish students with applied knowledge of contemporary media theories and discuss how they relate to media phenomena such as media ethics, education, digitalisation, media conversion, globalisation and others.
Learning outcomes 
A be familiar with and critically engage in the discussion of the history of communication theory leading up to the present.

B be able to analyse media phenomena in relation to individual theories.

C evaluate the relations between different schools of thought, such as Marxist feminist and post-modern media theories .

D comprehend and discuss the relationships between media theory and practice.

E Discuss and react to the advent of globalisation in relation to media theory.

Method of teaching and learning 
Through tutor led presentations and discussions, and supporting seminars, students will develop individual research proposals and written papers. Student will give in-class group presentations and engage in research discussions
The syllabus will typically contain these themes and subjects:

The module begin with a summary of older models and theories of communication and then continue on the contemporary theories and theorists of media and communication. Theorists whose work will be discussed would include Bruno Latour, Henry Jenkins, Slavoj Zizek, Jarod Lanier, Douglas Hofstadter, Lev Manovich, Rosi Braidotti and others. Theory topics will include the move from modernist to postmodernist communication theories, the arrival of mobile communication, posthumanism, convergence and transmedia storytelling, the globalising of media theories and their localisation in specific Asian contexts and the future of media theory.

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


Sequence Method % of Final Mark
1 Presentation 20.00
2 Essay 30.00
3 Final Exam 50.00

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