Podcasting - MSTU6002

Location Term Level Credits (ECTS) Current Convenor 2019-20
Canterbury Autumn
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Podcasting is a media form that is increasing its audience reach and size year on year. Unlike supposedly impartial journalists, podcast presenters are often encouraged to give personal perspective allowing these media makers to have creative and intellectual agency often omitted from traditional mediated forms. This module employs both theory and practice-based learning to examine the podcasting genre and consider how podcasts are developed; what are the editorial and ethical issues at stake; and how audiences are acquired and expanded. Students are given the opportunity to research contemporary practitioners, companies and the platforms for the dissemination of podcasts.
In parallel to learning about the podcasting culture and its contexts, students will engage with this more personal form of production, as they design, produce and distribute a podcast that will be available for download.


This module appears in:

Contact hours

Contact hours: 36
Private Study Hours: 264
Total Study Hours: 300

Method of assessment

Creative portfolio (a podcast) 65%
Essay (3000 words) 35%

Indicative reading

Geller, Valerie. (2011) Beyond Powerful radio: a communicator's guide to the Internet Age, Focal Press.

Huber, David Miles. (2010) Modern Recording Techniques, Focal Press.

Llinares, Dario, and Fox, Neill. (2018) Podcasting: New Aural Cultures and Digital Media, Palgrave Macmillan.

McLeish, Robert. (2005) Radio Production, Focal Press.

Richardson, Will (2010) Blogs, Wikis, Podcast, and Other Powerful Web Tools for Classrooms, Corwin.

Rumsey, Francis. (2009) Sound and Recording, Elsevier/Focal Press.

Spinelli, Martin, and Dann, Lance. (2019) Podcasting: The Audio Media Revolution, Bloomsbury.

Learning outcomes

On successfully completing the module students will be able to:
- Demonstrate systematic knowledge and critical understanding of the skills and techniques required to produce a podcast, and using appropriate technology.
- Make critical links between the history of online and downloadable content and their own work on the module.
- Apply techniques for producing a podcast in relation to critical debates around representing reality, ethics, performance, authorship, narrative, truth.
- Produce work that demonstrates a systematic understanding of, and an ability to, critically evaluate relevant theoretical debates students have studied within the programme as a whole.

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