Topics in Media and Communication

Module code: MS1002

Module co-ordinator: Professor Mark Banks

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.

Topics covered

  • TBC


  • 20 lectures
  • 10 seminars


  • Essay, 2,000-2,500 words
  • Group presentation
  • Exam, two hours