Media in Contemporary Society
University of Roehampton
Area of Study
Media Studies, Sociology
Taught In English
Course Level Recommendations
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Recommended U.S. Semester Credits5
Recommended U.S. Quarter Units7
Hours & Credits
OverviewAssessment: essay (1500 words) [40%], essay (2500 words) [60%]
The role of the media in either our shaping perceptions of the social world, or acting as a mirror reflecting the world back to us, is a question that has been hotly debated in sociology. New media is often a focus of anxiety associated with declining moral standards, and dangerous for young minds in particular. In addressing these questions, we will discuss the growth of digital media, which is widely regarded as transforming the ways in which we communicate in contemporary society. This module will allow students to move away from common-sense views about media, and consider in depth social science research that provides a nuanced understanding of questions of impact and audience response. The module will draw on contributions from sociology; criminology; cultural studies; childhood studies and will be taught by staff across the department with particular specialisms.
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