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Course content

This course offers a sophisticated insight into the role and function of media in contemporary society. It focuses on the centrality of modern media forms and practices in our daily communication, and examines the ways in which they facilitate and constrain the way we communicate with each other.

Key features
-The choice of option modules allows you to tailor the course to your personal interests, and the dissertation gives you the chance to study an area of interest in greater depth and gain valuable research skills.
-Teaching is research-led by internationally renowned academics and therefore reflects the most recent ideas and innovations in the field.
-You will have the chance to attend many research seminars and talks presented by a range of guest speakers, professors and professionals visiting the University.

What will you study?

The course offers a variety of core and option modules, with the compulsory core modules providing a comprehensive grounding in the theoretical and empirical approaches to studying media institutions, texts and communication practices. The option modules allow you to specialise in research areas that interest you within this broad field, and enable you to examine various media industries and communication practices within their historical, economic, political and social contexts.

You will explore, among other things, how the question of power - whether political, economic or cultural - is inextricable from the analysis of media, and will focus on the ways in which new media technologies have dramatically altered the dissemination and reception of knowledge. You will also look at the inherent role that mediated communication plays in globalisation - one of the defining characteristics of the contemporary world.

Assessment

Assessment takes a variety of formats, such as seminar presentation, exams, essays and a dissertation.

Course structure

Please note that this is an indicative list of modules and is not intended as a definitive list.

Core modules
-From Mass Media to New Media: Theories, Approaches, Applications
-Media and Cinema in a Global Context
-Media and Communication Dissertation

Optional modules
-British Cinema 1960s to Today
-Freedom, Censorship and Subversion
-Gender and Sexuality in Contemporary Cinema
-Psychoanalysis and Media
-Special Study: Multi-Platform Political Communication
-Special Study: Screaming out Loud: International Horror Television and Film

Visit the Media and Communication - MA page on the Kingston University website for more details!

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