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SO118 - Life of Media: Past, Present and Future

  • Module code: SO118
  • Module name: Life of Media: Past, Present and Future
  • Department: Sociology
  • Credit: 15

Content and teaching | Assessment | Availability

Module content and teaching

Principal aims

The module aims to provide a historical and theoretical introduction to the formative role of media in constitution of power and knowledge in modern society. By the end of this module, students will be able to: distinguish and explain the major transitions and 'revolutions' in the modern history of media; understand the role that media has played in structuring knowledge and power in modern society; explain the continuities and differences between newer computer-based media (including social media) and older media such as print, radio, and television; account for the various roles that 'journalism' and 'journalists' have played in the modern history of media; discuss critically the rise of 'public opinion' and 'public relations' as distinctive objects of media study; and examine the challenges that the internet has made to traditional sources of authoritative knowledge, especially science.

Timetabled teaching activities

2-hour lecture, and 1-hour seminar per week, over the course of 10 weeks

Departmental link

http://www2.warwick.ac.uk/fac/soc/sociology/prospective/ugstudy/modules/so118

Module assessment

Assessment group Assessment name Percentage
15 CATS (Module code: SO118-15)
A (Assessed work only) 2000 word Essay 100%
B (Examination only) 2 hour examination (Summer) 100%

Module availability

This module is available on the following courses:

Core

N/A

Optional Core

N/A

Optional
  • BA in Sociology (L301) - Year 1
  • BA in Sociology (L302) - Year 1
  • BA in Sociology (L303) - Year 1
  • BA in Sociology (L304) - Year 1
  • BA in Sociology (L305) - Year 1
  • BA in Sociology (with Intercalated Year) (L307) - Year 1
  • BA in Sociology (with Intercalated Year) (L308) - Year 1
  • BA in Sociology (with Intercalated Year) (L309) - Year 1
  • BA in Sociology (with Intercalated Year) (L310) - Year 1
  • Undergraduate Sociology and Quantitative Methods (L311) - Year 1
  • Undergraduate Philosophy, Politics and Economics (V7ML) - Year 1