Drawing on a range of key thinkers across different fields (philosophy, media theory, media archaeology, cultural studies, sociology, science and technology studies, and social theory), this module will give you a critical overview of the place of media within theories of society and/ or the social. The module aims to inform students about the different historical traditions of understanding the relationship between media and society, as well as how these traditions inform more contemporary debates and practices.
You’ll examine a range of perspectives on the relationship between media and society, including different accounts of what qualifies as ‘media’; the power of media in relation to its users; the role of media in relation to social change; and how different thinkers draw upon media as explanatory devices for the social (i.e. the ‘network society’ or the ‘digital age’).
Timing and CATS
This module will run in the Spring Term and is worth 20 CATS.