Media and Society

University of Cape Town

Course Description

  • Course Name

    Media and Society

  • Host University

    University of Cape Town

  • Location

    Cape Town, South Africa

  • Area of Study

    Film Studies, Media Studies, Radio - Television - Film

  • Language Level

    Taught In English

  • Course Level Recommendations


    ISA offers course level recommendations in an effort to facilitate the determination of course levels by credential evaluators.We advice each institution to have their own credentials evaluator make the final decision regrading course levels.

    Hours & Credits

  • Host University Units

  • Recommended U.S. Semester Credits
  • Recommended U.S. Quarter Units
    4 - 5
  • Overview

    First -year, first -semester course, two lectures, screenings, weekly tutorials.

    This course examines the importance of the mass media in modern society and questions the roles that the media play in public life. We look conceptually at how meanings are constructed, using semiotic concepts to interrogate the relationship between audiences, media texts, technology and society. Debates around media effects and media ethics are also explored in the course. In addition to discussing theoretical media debates, the course also introduces students to a diverse range of writing styles for multiple media platforms such as newspapers, television and the Internet.

    DP requirements: All written work must be submitted by the stipulated dates. Students who miss more than two tutorials will lose their DPs.

    Assessment: Two-and-a-quarter-hour examination 30%, writing exercises 35%, media analysis 35%.

    NOTE: Credit will not be given for both FAM1001F and FAM1009F.

Course Disclaimer

Credits earned vary according to the policies of the students' home institutions. According to ISA policy and possible visa requirements, students must maintain full-time enrollment status, as determined by their home institutions, for the duration of the program.


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