Faculty of Arts

Postgraduate - Unit

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12 points, SCA Band 1, 0.250 EFTSL

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FacultyFaculty of Arts
Organisational UnitCommunications and Media Studies
OfferedNot offered in 2014
Coordinator(s)Dr Daniel Black


Through an in-depth analysis of current issues impacting upon international media and communications, this unit provides students with an understanding of the key quantitative and qualitative methodological approaches deployed in the discipline of Communications and Media Studies. This unit presents students with the opportunity to gain empirical and policy-based research skills, together with an awareness of the social and political issues of traditional and new media communications. Issues covered include, for example, the convergence of media and communications industries, international and national legislation, intellectual property regimes, and the 'public interest'.


Short essay (3000 words): 30%
Research essay (5000 words): 50% +
Seminar presentation (c.1000 words): 10%
Seminar participation: 10%

Chief examiner(s)

Workload requirements

One 2-hour seminar per week