Studying Media and Communication

Module code: MS1002
Module co-ordinator: Dr Melanie Kennedy

Module outline

This module offers an introduction to the field of contemporary media and communications, from a social science perspective. We will draw on established theories of media, communication and society to present a series of topical case studies that examine how media have emerged, how they inform and shape social worlds, and how they might be studied, theoretically and empirically.

The approach is based on different case studies – of television, the internet, music and other media – that are designed to reveal the vital role played by media in contemporary societies and how we – as students of the media – might begin to engage with them.


  • 22 hours of lectures
  • 11 hours of seminars
  • 16 hours of practicals/workshops
  • 1 hour of tutorials
  • 250 hours of guided independent study


  • Essay, 1,500 words (40%)
  • Group presentation (10%)
  • Exam, two hours (50%)