MC418 Half Unit
Communication: Cultures and Approaches
This information is for the 2020/21 session.
Professor Myria Georgiou
This course is compulsory on the MSc in Media and Communications. This course is available on the MPhil/PhD in Data, Networks and Society, MPhil/PhD in Media and Communications, MSc in Gender, Media and Culture, MSc in Media and Communications (Media and Communications Governance) and MSc in Media and Communications (Research). This course is not available as an outside option.
In order to accommodate academic staff leave, and in order to maintain smaller group sizes, this course is capped, meaning there is a limit to the number of students who can be accepted.
This course examines key concepts and critical perspectives on the processes of communication that underpin social, economic and cultural relations across diverse spheres of modern life. It takes an interdisciplinary and theoretical perspective, comparing the claims and contribution of selected key approaches of communication in order to understand and critique the symbolic and material power of communication media. With a substantive focus on the shifts from mass to networked media and from national to globalised communication processes, the course offers a selective introduction to key approaches in communication. It examines a series of critical perspectives, drawing on current research debates in the field of media and communications and beyond. The course is team taught by active researchers in the field of media and communications and aims to enable students to develop their critical understanding of the communication processes central to the contemporary media and communications environment.
This course is delivered through a combination of lectures and seminars totalling a minimum of 20 hours across Michaelmas Term. This year, some or all of this teaching will be delivered through a combination of virtual classes and flipped-lectures delivered as online videos. This course includes a reading week in Week 6 of term.
All students are expected to complete advance reading, prepare seminar presentations, and submit an essay of 1,500 words.
- Banet-Weiser, S. (2018) Empowered: Popular Feminism and Popular Misogyny, Duke University Press.
- Castells, M. (2009) Communication Power, Oxford University Press.
- Chadwick, A. (2013) The Hybrid Media System, Oxford University Press.
- Couldry, N. (2012) Media, Society, World, Polity.
- Curran, J. and Park, M.J. (ed) (2000) De-Westernizing Media Studies (Communication and Society), Routledge.
- Dutton, W.H. (2013) The Oxford Handbook of Internet Studies. Oxford University Press.
- Georgiou, M. (2013) Media and the City, Polity Press.
- Hall, S. (ed.). (1999) Representation: Cultural representations and signifying practices, Sage.
- Iqani, M. and F. Resende (eds.) (2019) Media and the Global South: Narrative Territorialities, Cross-cultural Currents, Routledge.
- Mansell, R. (2012) Imagining the Internet: communication, innovation, and governance, Oxford University Press.
- McLuhan, M. (2001); Understanding Media: The Extensions of Man, Routledge.
- Meyrowitz, J. (1985) No Sense of Place, Oxford University Press.
- Silverstone, R. (2007) Media and Morality, Polity Press.
- Udupa, S. (2018) Making news in Global India,Cambridge University Press.
- van Dijck, J. (2013) The Culture of Connectivity, Oxford University Press.
Essay (100%, 3000 words) in the LT.
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Important information in response to COVID-19
Please note that during 2020/21 academic year some variation to teaching and learning activities may be required to respond to changes in public health advice and/or to account for the situation of students in attendance on campus and those studying online during the early part of the academic year. For assessment, this may involve changes to mode of delivery and/or the format or weighting of assessments. Changes will only be made if required and students will be notified about any changes to teaching or assessment plans at the earliest opportunity.
Department: Media & Communications
Total students 2019/20: 96
Average class size 2019/20: 14
Controlled access 2019/20: Yes
Value: Half Unit
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