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Theoretical Perspectives on Media


  • Credit value: 30 credits at Level 7
  • Convenor: Professor Tim Markham
  • Assessment: a 2500-word essay (40%) and 3500-word essay (60%)

Module description

In this module we combine foundational scholarly approaches to understanding ‘media’ with more recent interdisciplinary debates and developments in academic research and theory. We will draw not only on media theory but politics, sociology, geography, cultural studies and philosophy, surveying how different theoretical perspectives might help us think through what media are, how we live with and through media in our everyday lives, and why media are so often an object or subject of social and cultural anxieties.

Indicative syllabus

  • Public life
  • Everyday life
  • Technological life
  • Located life
  • Globalisation
  • Social media politics
  • Witnessing
  • Infrastructure
  • Bodies and environments
  • Creative labour

Learning objectives

By the end of this module you will:

  • have a deeper understanding of the different and evolving ways that media can be conceptualised, interpreted and explained
  • be able to apply these perspectives to various practical and creative contexts.