SM5077 - Media and Communities (2022/23)
|Module specification||Module approved to run in 2022/23|
|Module title||Media and Communities|
|Module level||Intermediate (05)|
|Credit rating for module||15|
|School||School of Computing and Digital Media|
|Total study hours||150|
|Running in 2022/23(Please note that module timeslots are subject to change)||
This module combines critical engagement with theories of community and participatory culture; study of how media have been used to rebel and empower; and training in research and media practice.
Students will study the theory and practice of community media, oral history, and documentary traditions. They will engage in interviewing, audio recording and editing. They will research community-based organisations and initiatives. They will use a range of media in researching, producing and presenting their own audio document.
The module aims to:
● Enable students to develop a critical understanding of participatory culture and contemporary citizenship, with particular focus on community media, including their use by different social groups, and community development
● Enable students to research into community-based organisations and initiatives
● Enable students to research, produce and present their own audio document
Prior learning requirements
Successful completion of Level 4
Theories of community and community development
History and theory of participatory culture
Social movements and participatory and rebellious media
Politics of representation
Significance of oral history
Independent research for audio document
Theory and practice of interviewing
Scriptwriting for radio
Research, production and presentation of audio document
Evaluation of process of producing audio document
Learning Outcomes LO 1 - 4
Balance of independent study and scheduled teaching activity
Teaching methods include lectures, workshops, seminars, screenings, fieldwork/visits, media lab work, library sessions on research methods and tutorials. Students are expected to attend lectures and seminars: in the seminars they will at times work in small groups and be given practice in listening to each other’s contributions and offering constructive criticism, and in chairing and reporting discussion to the plenary seminar group. The module booklet will be available online, as will lecture outlines and some readings. Weblearn or its equivalent will also be used for communication with students individually and as a cohort. Students are expected to engage in self-directed learning including reading, use of Weblearn, and assessment preparation. In addition to guided reading, students are expected to read and to use variety of sources (primary and secondary) and use seminars and tutorials to raise issues, questions and seek feedback.
On successful completion of this module students will be able to
LO1) Critically appraise concepts of community, community development, participatory culture and representation
LO2) Evaluate the theory and practice of community media and oral history
LO3) Conduct independent research drawing on a range of sources and the conceptual frameworks and methods taught
LO4) Produce and evaluate an audio document on an issue of concern to a community group or organisation
Students will be asked to
● Write a 2,000-word essay (50%) [LO1, LO2, LO3, LO4]
● Produce an audio document and critical evaluation (50%) [LO3, LO5, LO6, LO7, LO8]
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