Media and Meaning - MSTU3010

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Module delivery information

Location Term Level1 Credits (ECTS)2 Current Convenor3 2024 to 2025
Autumn Term 4 30 (15) Oscar Zhou checkmark-circle


This module introduces students to the ways in which various media create and communicate meaning. 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 narrative forms, aesthetic shapes, and communication uses, producers and users.


Contact hours

Total contact hours: 36
Private study hours: 264
Total study hours: 300

Method of assessment

Main assessment methods:
Digital Portfolio (70%)
Examination, 2 hours (30%)

Reassessment methods:
100% coursework

Indicative reading

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The most up to date reading list for each module can be found on the university's reading list pages:

See the library reading list for this module (Canterbury)

Learning outcomes

The intended subject specific learning outcomes.
On successfully completing the module students will be able to:

1 Demonstrate an understanding of the history of mediated forms.
2 Demonstrate an understanding of the ways in which specific media and their technologies make different kinds of understanding and communication possible.
3 Demonstrate an introductory understanding of some major thinkers, debates and key texts relevant to the study of media.
4 Demonstrate an introductory understanding of media as a process of transmission that shapes and constrains what can be communicated.

The intended generic learning outcomes.
On successfully completing the module students will be able to:

1 Critically analyse a wide range of reading material.
2 Demonstrate effective communication skills, focusing upon the cogency, structure and presentation of an argument to a variety of audiences and/or using a variety of methods
3 Use information technology appropriately.
4 Demonstrate the ability to deliver level-4 quality critical analysis under time constraints.


  1. Credit level 4. Certificate level module usually taken in the first stage of an undergraduate degree.
  2. ECTS credits are recognised throughout the EU and allow you to transfer credit easily from one university to another.
  3. The named convenor is the convenor for the current academic session.
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