Introduction to Communication and Media Studies

Universidad Carlos III de Madrid

Course Description

  • Course Name

    Introduction to Communication and Media Studies

  • Host University

    Universidad Carlos III de Madrid

  • Location

    Madrid, Spain

  • Area of Study

    Communication, Media and Journalism, Media Studies, Social Media

  • Language Level

    Taught In English

  • Course Level Recommendations

    Lower

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    Hours & Credits

  • ECTS Credits

    6
  • Recommended U.S. Semester Credits
    3
  • Recommended U.S. Quarter Units
    4
  • Overview

    COMPETENCES AND SKILLS THAT WILL BE ACQUIRED AND LEARNING RESULTS.
    1) Ability to recognize the importance of media theories and processes in the global world.
    2) Familiarization with the most important theories of media.
    3) Introduction the practical works on scriptwriting and moving image analyses.
    4) Ability to work with mature and specialized bibliography.
    5) Knowledge of the main strategies of essay writing.
    DESCRIPTION OF CONTENTS: PROGRAMME
    1) Introduction to communication. Theories and processes of communication. The branches of
    media.
    2) Introduction to Film Studies. Aesthetics and cinema. Film and cultural studies.
    3) Introduction to Radio: Sound, Narration and Society.
    4) Introduction to Television Studies. Audiences and reception. Programming strategies.
    5) Introduction to New Media. Digital culture. The theories of simulacra.
    LEARNING ACTIVITIES AND METHODOLOGY
    All sessions are divided in one LECTURE, based on a theoretical presentation, plus one SEMINAR, in which
    students work on their practical exercises. Students are expected to attend all sessions and participate in the
    debates. Deadlines for written work must be strictly met.
    ASSESSMENT SYSTEM
    For those students in the Bilingual Course, the assessment system is as follows:
    - 50 % end-of-term-examination
    - 50 % of continuous assessment (assigments, laboratory, practicals, presentation): 100
    % end-of-term-examination: 60
    % of continuous assessment (assigments, laboratory, practicals?): 40
    BASIC BIBLIOGRAPHY
    - CRAIG BATTY & SANDRA CRAIN Media Writing. A practical introducion, Palgrave Macmilian, 2010
    - Laura Mulvey Visual and other pleasures, Macmillian Press, 1989
    - RobertmLapsley & Michael Westlake Film Theory: an Introduction, Manchester university press, 2006
    - Maria Pramaggiore and Tom Wallis Film: an Introduction, Laurence King Press, 2011

Course Disclaimer

Please note that there are no beginning level Spanish courses offered in this program.

Courses and course hours of instruction are subject to change.

Eligibility for courses may be subject to a placement exam and/or pre-requisites.

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.

ECTS (European Credit Transfer and Accumulation System) credits are converted to semester credits/quarter units differently among U.S. universities. Students should confirm the conversion scale used at their home university when determining credit transfer.

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