Digital Media, Cultural Theory and Education

Digital Media, Cultural Theory and Education

Autumn term

Mode: Mixed mode – residential days in London (2 or 3 depending on the module) and the rest of the course online in Moodle with full participation expected online.

Residential dates: tbc early Oct and early Dec

Lead tutor: Alison Gazzard

Contributing tutors: Diane Carr, Andrew Burn, John Potter

This core module provides a critical overview of key concepts, theories and developments within the interdisciplinary fields of media, digital media, cultural studies and education. The aim is to provide a foundation in concepts which will be applied and developed in different areas throughout the programme, particularly in dissertations. The module provides an introduction to three key aspects of media and cultural studies: the analysis of production, texts and audiences. In each case, we will also be addressing a range of broader themes and topics, including globalization, consumption, ideology and technology; and addressing a range of theoretical approaches, including structuralism, poststructuralism, postmodernism, and social theory more broadly. Concerns to do with education run throughout the module, but are addressed more explicitly towards the end of the term. The links between theories will be highlighted through lectures and discussion; and through a small-scale investigation that will be considered in the second residential. Online components will include conferences related to the readings, and discussion groups connected with particular theories or topics. There will be additional supporting face-to-face seminars available on a weekly basis; further information will be given on their location and timing.

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