MC408 Half Unit
Theories and Concepts in Media and Communications I (Key concepts and interdisciplinary approaches)
This information is for the 2013/14 session.
Dr Shani Orgad STC. S110
This course is compulsory on the MSc in Global Media and Communications (LSE and Fudan), MSc in Global Media and Communications (LSE and USC), MSc in Media and Communications, MSc in Media and Communications (Media and Communications Governance), MSc in Media and Communications (Research), MSc in Media, Communication and Development and MSc in Politics and Communication. This course is available on the MSc in Culture and Society, MSc in Gender, Media and Culture, MSc in Management, MSc in Management (CEMS MIM) and MSc in Political Sociology. This course is available with permission as an outside option to students on other programmes where regulations permit.
This course addresses key theoretical and conceptual issues in the study of media and communications, within a broadly interdisciplinary social science perspective. It grounds the analysis of media and communications phenomena within broader sociological and political theories of social order and social change, thereby revealing the shifting significance of the media environment for relations among the state, market and public sphere in a globalising knowledge society.
The course is divided into two main sections. The first examines key concepts underpinning the analysis of media and communications phenomena in order to understand processes of power and mediation in contemporary societies. The second explores selected critical perspectives which have proved influential in the field of media and communications. As a team taught course that combines weekly lectures and seminars, its purpose is to expose students to a range of research-led debates at an advanced level, and to enable students to develop their understanding and critical appraisal of the relation between media and power at the levels of institutions, culture and social processes.
The course also includes an invited speaker series (‘Media Agenda Talks’) which addresses the interface between academic issues taught on the Media and Communications programmes and professional issues facing the media and communications industry. Speakers will normally include a mix of journalists and executives working for UK and global media companies in London. The purpose of the seminar is to provide an opportunity for students to relate the topics and themes addressed within their academic studies to the debates and concerns currently facing practitioners.
10 hours of lectures and 13 hours and 30 minutes of seminars in the MT. 1 hour of lectures and 1 hour and 30 minutes of seminars in the ST.
13 hours and 30 minutes of Polis Media Agenda Talks in MT.
All students are expected to complete advance reading, prepare seminar presentations, and submit one essay of 1,500 words during MT.
A reading list will be provided for each topic. General works relevant to the course include:
Bennett, L. & Entman, R. (Eds) (2001) Mediated Politics: Communication in the Future of Democracy, Cambridge University Press; Bhabha, H. K. (2004) The Location of Culture, Routledge; Briggs, A. and Burke, P. (2002) A Social History of the Media: From Gutenberg to the Internet. Polity; Butsch, R. (ed.), (2007) Media and Public Spheres. Palgrave Macmillan; Castells, M. (2009). Communication Power, Oxford University Press; Chadwick, A. (2006) Internet Politics: States, Citizens, and New Communication Technologies, Oxford University Press;; Curran, J. (2002) Media and Power, Routledge; Curran, J. & Gurevitch, M. (eds) (2005) Mass Media and Society. 4th ed. Arnold; Dahlgren, P. (1995) Television and the Public Sphere, Sage; Mackay, H. & O'Sullivan, T. (eds.) (1999) The Media Reader: Continuity and transformation. Sage; McChesney, R. (2000) Rich Media Poor Democracy. New Press; Calabrese, A. & Sparks, C. (eds) (2004) Toward a Political Economy of Culture, Capitalism and Communication in the 21st Century, Rowman & Littlefield; Tomlinson, J. (1999) Globalization and Culture. University of Chicago Press; Thompson, J.B. (1995) The Media and Modernity: A social theory of the media. Polity.
Exam (100%, duration: 2 hours) in the main exam period.
Department: Media & Communications
Total students 2012/13: 215
Average class size 2012/13: 15
Value: Half Unit
Personal development skills
- Team working
- Specialist skills