Media and Meaning - MSTU3010

Location Term Level Credits (ECTS) Current Convenor 2019-20
Canterbury Autumn
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This module introduces students to the ways in which meaning is created and communicated across various media. The primary focus will be upon a range of key forms across the historical continuum of media practice. These trends will span both traditional and new forms of media content, such as print, radio, television, the Internet and user generated content. Media are therefore studied in this module as processes of transmission that shape and constrain what can be communicated through previous generations and into the future.


This module appears in:

Contact hours

Total contact hours: 48
Private study hours: 252
Total study hours: 300

Method of assessment

Critical Essay (2000 words) (40%)
Digital Portfolio (30%)
Examination, 2 hours (30%).

Indicative reading

Alterman, Eric. "The Death and Life of the American Newspaper." The New Yorker, March 31, 2008
Briggs, A. and Burke, P. (2002) A Social History of the Media: From Gutenberg to the Internet, Cambridge: Polity
Couldry, N. (2012). Media, Society, World: Social Theory and Digital Media, Cambridge: Polity.
Corner, John (2004) "Performing the Real: Documentary Diversions" in S. Murray and L. Ouellette, eds. Reality TV: Remaking Television Culture. (pp. 44 -58)
Chion, Michel (1994) Audio-Vision: Sound on Screen, New York: Columbia University Press
Jenkins, Henry (2015) Participatory Culture in a Networked Era: A Conversation on Youth, Learning, Commerce, and Politics, John Wiley & Sons, 2015
Lotz, Amanda. (2017) Portals: A Treatise on Internet-Distributed Television : Michigan Publishing, 2017
Marshall McLuhan (2013) Understanding Media: The Extensions of Man. Berkeley: Gingko Press
Silverstone, Roger (1999) Why Study the Media? London: Sage
Tomlinson, John (1999) "Homogenisation & Globalisation," History of European Ideas. 20: 4-6 (pp. 890 -7)

Learning outcomes

On successfully completing the module students will be able to:
- Demonstrate an understanding of the history of mediated forms.
- Demonstrate an understanding of the ways in which specific media and their technologies make different kinds of understanding and communication possible.
- Demonstrate an introductory understanding of some major thinkers, debates and key texts relevant to the study of media.
- Demonstrate an introductory understanding of media as a process of transmission that shapes and constrains what can be communicated.

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