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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 a 3500-word essay (60%)

Module description

Theoretical Perspectives on Media combines foundational scholarly approaches to understanding ‘media’ with the more recent interdisciplinary debates and developments in academic research and theory. The module draws 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. By the end of the module you will have a deeper understanding of the different and evolving ways that media can be conceptualised, interpreted and explained, and be able to apply these perspectives to various practical and creative contexts.

Indicative module Content

  • Public Life
  • Everyday Life
  • Technological Life
  • Located Life
  • Globalisation
  • Social Media Politics
  • Witnessing
  • Infrastructure
  • Bodies and Environments
  • Creative Labour