Media and Identity - MSTU4002

Location Term Level Credits (ECTS) Current Convenor 2019-20
Canterbury Spring
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This introductory module examines the concept of 'identity' through the prism of cultural capital. Students will be introduced to key concepts and theories surrounding issues of gender, class, race, ethnicity and sexuality. These topics are considered through a series of case studies that may include theories of aesthetics, taste formations, sub-cultural theories, film and representations of class, teenage fan cultures, online streaming platforms and consumer choice, identity politics and cultural production. Students will be asked to consider the role that media processes play in constructing identity, community, inclusion and exclusion.


This module appears in:

Contact hours

Total contact hours: 63
Private study hours: 237
Total study hours: 300

Method of assessment

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

Indicative reading

Levine, Lawrence W. (1988), Highbrow Lowbrow: The Emergence of Cultural Hierarchy in America. Cambridge, MA: Harvard University Press
Stanfield, Peter. (2011), Maximum Movies: Film Culture and the Worlds of Samuel Fuller, Mickey Spillane, and Jim Thompson. New Brunswick, NJ: Rutgers University Pres
Suáez, Juan A. (2007), Pop Modernism: Noise & the Reinvention of the Everyday. Urbana: University of Illinois Press
Taylor, Greg. (1999), Artists in the Audience: Cults, Camp, and American Film Criticism. Princeton, NJ: Princeton University Press
Gelder, Ken. (2005). Subcultures Reader. London: Routledge
Thornton, Sarah. (1995), Club Cultures: Music, Media and Subcultural Capital. London: Polity
Gill, Rosalind. (2006), Gender and the Media. London: Polity

Learning outcomes

On successfully completing the module students will be able to:
- Demonstrate basic knowledge about the relationship between culture and identity, and how this relationship is contingent on historical context;
- Demonstrate basic knowledge about how critics, curators and other figures in the creative industries and academy serve as gatekeepers and tastemakers for cultural products;
- Demonstrate basic knowledge about the dialogue between 'high' and 'low' culture and the role of cultural capital in identity formation;
- Demonstrate basic knowledge about youth culture and sub-cultures;
- Demonstrate basic knowledge about identity politics that will include an understanding of the role of gender, race, sexuality, ethnicity and class.

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