Media Now: Texts, Practices and Events

Kingston University

Course Description

  • Course Name

    Media Now: Texts, Practices and Events

  • Host University

    Kingston University

  • Location

    London, England

  • Area of Study

    Media Studies

  • Language Level

    Taught In English

  • Course Level Recommendations


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    Hours & Credits

  • Credits

  • Recommended U.S. Semester Credits
  • Recommended U.S. Quarter Units
  • Overview

    Course Content:

    This module enables students to gain an understanding of the ways in which media texts
    are constructed and grounded in their social and cultural contexts. Students will develop
    and understanding of how media texts materialise in diverse media practices, which are
    subsequently staged and portrayed as 'media events'.

    The module is organised in two major blocks focused of:
    1) the definition of media texts and the analysis of media practices in the representation
    of everyday life, cultural identities and social formations.
    2) the definition and analysis of media events within the framework of media spectacles,
    moral panics, media scandals and media campaigns.

    Summary of autumn semester content:
    ? Reading image representations
    ? Framing media events
    ? Celebrity Culture
    ? Participatory Culture
    ? Ceremonial Events
    ? Sound Events
    ? Media as a Spectacle
    ? Advertising Events

    Teaching: Lectures, seminars, workshops and tutorials

    ? 1000 word blog entry (40%): students will be required to develop a series of blog
    posts in response to seminar readings, tasks and activities related to the analysis
    of media texts. Students will the select one blog entry for formal assessment
    ? 2000 word analysis of a current media event (60%)
    STUDY OPTION 2: Portfolio
    STUDY OPTION 3: Portfolio

    Study Option 1 = Whole Year
    Study Option 2 = Autumn
    Study Option 3 = Spring/summer

Course Disclaimer

Courses and course hours of instruction are subject to change.

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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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Please note that some courses with locals have recommended prerequisite courses. It is the student's responsibility to consult any recommended prerequisites prior to enrolling in their course.


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