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
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.
Seminars with directed reading units, Guest Lectures by international media practitioners, prepared student responses, oral and written.