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Programme Specifications

Programme Specification

MA Media programmes

Academic Year: 2013/14

This specification provides a concise summary of the main features of the programme and the learning outcomes that a typical student might reasonably be expected to achieve and demonstrate if full advantage is taken of the learning opportunities that are provided.

This specification applies to delivery of the programme in the Academic Year indicated above. Prospective students reviewing this information for a later year of study should be aware that these details are subject to change as outlined in our Terms and Conditions of Study.

This specification should be read in conjunction with:

  • Summary
  • Aims
  • Learning outcomes
  • Structure
  • Progression & weighting

Programme summary

Awarding body/institution Loughborough University
Teaching institution (if different) N/A
Owning school/department Department of Social Sciences
Details of accreditation by a professional/statutory body

N/A

Final award MA/PGDip/PGCert
Programme title Media and Cultural Analysis; Global Media and Cultural Industries; Digital Media and Society
Programme code SSPT36, SSPT46, SSPT47
Length of programme One year
UCAS code N/A
Admissions criteria

Media and Cultural Analysis: http://www.lboro.ac.uk/study/postgraduate/courses/departments/socialsci/mediaculturalanalysis/

Global Media and Cultural Industries: http://www.lboro.ac.uk/study/postgraduate/courses/departments/socialsci/globalmediaandculturalindustries/

Digital Media and Society: http://www.lboro.ac.uk/study/postgraduate/courses/departments/socialsci/digitalmediaandsociety/

Date at which the programme specification was published Wed, 04 Dec 2013 09:18:18 GMT

1. Programme Aims

  • to provide an intellectually stimulating environment and an academic context where the value of interdisciplinary analysis is explored;
  • to enable students to gain a deeper knowledge and understanding of issues in communication and media through specialist study and research;
  • to develop students’ skills and competences in the full range of research methods and techniques relevant to the investigation of media and culture;
  • to enhance students’ ability to question existing theories and research findings on the basis of a thorough knowledge and understanding of relevant theoretical frameworks and research methods;
  • to enable students to appreciate alternative models and perspectives in the social sciences;
  • to require students to demonstrate their command of relevant concepts, theories and methods by undertaking a series of research-based coursework assignments, and devising and executing a sustained piece of original research on a topic of their choice to be presented in their dissertation;
  • to enhance students’ career and employment opportunities on graduating;

Specific to the Media and Cultural Analysis degree pathway:

  • to provide students with a comprehensive introduction to current thinking and debate in the key areas of media and cultural analysis;

Specific to Global Media and Cultural Industries degree pathway:

  • to provide students with a comprehensive introduction to current thinking and debate in the key areas of global media and cultural industries.

Specific to Digital Media and Society degree pathway

  • to provide students with a comprehensive  introduction to current thinking and a critical awareness  of debates in the key areas of digital cultures and their social and economic implications.

2. Relevant subject benchmark statements and other external and internal reference points used to inform programme outcomes:

The Benchmark Statement for Communication, Media, Film and Cultural Studies

3. Programme Learning Outcomes

3.1 Knowledge and Understanding

On successful completion of the programme, students should be able to demonstrate and apply knowledge  and understanding in the following areas:

K1.  the major traditions, theories and frameworks of inquiry relevant to the analysis of Media and culture;

K2. contemporary  debates on appropriate frameworks and theories;

K3. the historical expansion of communications media, the institutionalisation of media systems, various audience uses of the media and the responses that have been made to them, and the implications of new media for cultural life during the modern period;

K4. the full range of relevant research methods employed in the analysis of media and cultural systems;

K5. how to critically evaluate the conceptual and methodological strengths and weaknesses  of contending positions.

Specific to the Media and Cultural Analysis degree pathway

K6. the major arguments and issues in contemporary debates in media and cultural analysis;

K7. the ways media and communicative forms construct the shared meanings that comprise public cultures and subcultures and of the issues of representation these practices raise;

Specific to Global Media and Cultural Industries degree pathway

K8. the major arguments and issues in contemporary debates about media and cultural industries;

K9. the development  of the global character of media and cultural industries

Specific to Digital Media and Society degree pathway

K10. the major arguments and issues in contemporary debates about the social and cultural impact of digital media;

K11. the relationships and tensions between old and new socio-economic practices and structures in the digital environment.

3.2 Skills and other attributes

a. Subject-specific cognitive skills:

On successful completion of this programme, students should be able to:

C1.generate research data according to set procedures and methods;

C2.organise and classify information gathered in the course of their projects and assignments;

C3.analyse particular cases in terms of principles and generalisations;

C4.apply and adapt conceptual tools to new data;

C5.modify existing approaches in relation to a range of empirical evidence;

C6.think reflexively about their research and the issues it raises.

Specific to the Media and Cultural Analysis degree pathway

C7.interpret media texts, representations  and cultural identities;

Specific to Global Media and Cultural Industries degree pathway

C8.1nterpret industry data and policy documents

Specific to Digital Media and Society degree pathway

C9.analyse and interpret social, cultural and economic practices.

b. Subject-specific practical skills:

On successful completion of this programme, students should be able to:

P1.engage with major thinkers, debates and intellectual paradigms within the fields of media, communication and culture, productively employing the insights gained in their own work;

P2.demonstrate  their capacity to develop appropriate research strategies to address the issues they have selected for sustained investigation in self-chosen projects;

P3.analyse new and emerging trends and interrogate both common sense understanding and received wisdom in relevant areas of inquiry;

P4.understand historical transformations in media, communication, and culture and wield this understanding  in appraising current patterns of development, such as cultural globalisation and media convergence.

c. Key transferable skills:

On successful completion of this programme, students should be able to:

T1.retrieve information from both electronic and hard-copy sources and critically evaluate these sources;

T2.demonstrate  well-developed  writing and interpersonal communication abilities;

T3.deliver required work to a given brief, format, length and deadline;

T4.deploy a broad range of quantitative and qualitative research techniques effectively, and with a full awareness of their relative strengths and weaknesses;

T5.plan, organise and manage, with appropriate supervision,  a significant self-directed project;

T6.work flexibly, creatively and independently, displaying a high degree of self-direction and initiative;

T7.think critically and apply this ability to new issues in various situations.

4. Programme structure

MEDIA AND CULTURAL ANALYSIS (SSPT36):

Compulsory Subjects (total modular weight 140)

Code

Title

Modular Weight

Semester

SSP301

Media and Modernity

20

2

SSP302

Media and Cultural Industries: Political Economy and Public Policy

20

1

SSP303

The Politics of Representation

20

1

SSP317

Production and Reception Analysis

15

1

SSP503

Textual Analysis Research Techniques

15

2

SSP399

Dissertation

50

1 + 2

Optional Subjects (choose two optional modules, with a total modular weight of 40)

Students must choose one option module in either semester or two option modules in semester two. Excluding the dissertation module, this will give a semester one/two  module credit ratio of 55:75 or 75:55 respectively, depending on which optional modules they choose.  In addition a 50 wgt dissertation module will run for the whole year.

A selection from the following list will be offered each year. The selection for 13-14 is denoted with an asterisk: 

SSP305*

Digital Futures: Explorations in New Media

20

1

SSP306

Culture, Media and Everyday Life

20

2

SSP307

Culture, Media and Globalisation

20

2

SSP308

Visual Cultures

20

2

SSP309

Popular Music and Modern Times

20

2

SSP310

Audiences and Consumers

20

2

SSP311

Citizenship and Communications

20

2

SSP312

Cultural Policy

20

2

SSP314

Global Communications

20

2

SSP315

Rhetoric and Discourse

20

2

SSP316*

Media and Cultural Work

20

2

SSP318*

Digital Economies

20

2

SSP319*

Digital Cultures

20

1

SSP320

Tourism, Culture and Society

20

2

SSP321

Sex Industries

20

2

SSP322

Capitalism and Culture

20

2

SSP323

Marketing Politics

20

1

SSP324*

Cultural Memory and the Heritage Industries

20

2

 

GLOBAL MEDIA AND CULTURAL INDUSTRIES (SSPT46):

Compulsory Subjects (total modular weight 140)

Code

Title

Modular Weight

Semester

SSP302

Media and Cultural Industries: Political Economy and Public Policy

20

1

SSP305

Digital Futures: Explorations in New Media

20

1

SSP316

Media and Cultural Work: inequality and discrimination in the creative industries

20

2

SSP317

Production and Reception Analysis

15

1

SSP503

Textual Analysis Research Techniques

15

2

SSP398

Dissertation in Global Media and Cultural Industries

50

1+2

Optional Subjects (choose two optional modules, with a total modular weight of 40)

Students must choose one option module in either semester or two option modules in semester two. Excluding the dissertation module, this will give a semester one/two module credit ratio of 55:75 or 75:55 respectively, depending on which optional modules they choose. In addition a 50 wgt dissertation module will run for the whole year.

A selection from the following list will be offered each year.  The selection for 13-14 is denoted with an asterisk:

SSP301*

Media and Modernity

20

2

SSP303*

The Politics of Representation

20

1

SSP309

Popular Music and Modern Times

20

2

SSP311

Citizenship and Communications

20

2

SSP314

Global Communications

20

2

SSP318*

Digital Economies

20

2

SSP319*

Digital Cultures

20

1

SSP320

Tourism, Culture and Society

20

2

SSP321

Sex Industries

20

2

SSP322

Capitalism and Culture

20

2

SSP323

Marketing Politics

20

1

SSP324*

Cultural Memory and the Heritage Industries

20

2

 

DIGITAL MEDIA AND SOCIETY (SSPT47): 

Compulsory Subjects (total modular weight 140)

code

title

modular weight

semester

SSP319

Digital Cultures

20

1

SSP305

Digital Futures: explorations in new media

20

1

SSP318

Digital Economies

20

2

SSP317

Production and Reception Analysis

15

1

SSP505

Media Ethnographies

15

2

SSP397

Dissertation in Digital Media and Society

 50

1+2

 
Optional Subjects (choose two optional modules, with a total modular weight of 40)

Students must choose one option module in either semester or two option modules in semester two. Excluding the dissertation module, this will give a semester one/two module credit ratio of 55:75 or 75:55 respectively, depending on which optional modules they choose. In addition a 50 wgt dissertation module will run for the whole year.

A selection from the following list will be offered each year. The selection for 13-14 is denoted with an asterisk:                                                                                                                                                

SSP301*

Media and Modernity

20

2

SSP302* 

Media and Cultural Industries: Political Economy and Public Policy

20

1

SSP303*

The Politics of Representation

20

1

SSP309

Popular Music and Modern Times

20

2

SSP311

Citizenship and Communications

20

2

SSP314

Global Communications

20

2

SSP316*

Media and Cultural Work: inequality and discrimination in the creative industries

20

SSP320

Tourism, Culture and Society

20

2

SSP321

Sex Industries

20

2

SSP322

Capitalism and Culture

20

2

SSP323

Marketing Politics

20

1

SSP324*

Cultural Memory and the Heritage Industries

20

2

 

5. Criteria for Progression and Degree Award

In order to be eligible for the award, candidates must satisfy the requirements of Regulation XXI. 

MEDIA AND CULTURAL ANALYSIS:

In accordance with Regulation XXI, but with the exclusion of module SSP399 (Dissertation), candidates who have a right of reassessment in a module may choose to be reassessed in the Special Assessment Period.

GLOBAL MEDIA AND CULTURAL INDUSTRIES:

In accordance with Regulation XXI, but with the exclusion of module SSP398 (Dissertation), candidates who have a right of reassessment in a module may choose to be reassessed in the Special Assessment Period.

DIGITAL MEDIA AND SOCIETY

In accordance with Regulation XXI, but with the exclusion of module SSP397 (Dissertation), candidates who have a right of reassessment in a module may choose to be reassessed in the Special Assessment Period.

6. Relative Weighting of Parts of the Programme for the Purposes of Final Degree Classification

This section relates to undergraduate degrees only.

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