Media, Culture and Society

Faculteit Letteren
Jaar 2019/20
Vakcode LJX009P05
Vaknaam Media, Culture and Society
Niveau(s) propedeuse
Voertaal Engels
Periode semester I a
ECTS 5
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Leerdoelen After completion of the course unit the student is able:
• To explain how the concepts ‘media’, ‘culture’, and ‘society’ interrelate in media studies based on the assigned literature and lectures;
• To outline, at a general level, the established traditions that explain the place and role of media in society and the differences between them based on the assigned literature and lectures;
• To illustrate the impact of media through the analysis of ‘real world’ examples;
• To demonstrate understanding of the weekly readings in the form of a portfolio consisting of weekly literature assignments and a three minute presentation given at the end of the lecture series to one of the lecturers, in preparation of the final assignment;
• To examine and illustrate, in a 600-800 word assignment answering set questions, the way in which the group case study can be seen as exemplary of the impact of media in one of the five domains discussed in the course, relating the case to the course literature.
Omschrijving Media Studies is a composite discipline, related to literary studies, sociology, anthropology, communication studies, cultural analysis and other disciplines. What holds this composite together is the idea that media help shape and impact cultures and societies. With this fundamental assumption in mind, this course introduces students to important themes, issues and questions related to this assumption about media’s significance. How have political campaigns been transformed by television and new media? How are conflicts represented by the news? How do digital technologies contribute to transforming experiences of collective memory as part of culture and society?

Where Media Industries and Platforms I and II take media themselves as a starting point, this course introduces media in terms of their sociocultural impact. Accordingly, it begins by asking how the three central notions – media, culture, and society –relate to one another and how we can understand the effects and impact of media in society. From there, the course makes these three notions more concrete by exploring different domains in which the impact and influence of media are tangible. We examine the role media in relation to sociocultural aspects and domains, including technology, politics, nationality, gender and participation. By anchoring our general introductory discussion of media with more in-depth topical treatments of its influences in different domains, this course provides students with an applied understanding of how media impact different aspects of society. Case studies are used to help students relate the theoretical discussion of media’s impact to concrete examples. Students will explore these themes for their final assignment, choosing one case study that shows the impact of media. In the assignment they discusses how this case shows the impact of media, raising questions about the relation between media, culture and society based on the literature. To prepare for the assignment, and to show their understanding of the weekly readings, students hand in weekly assignments, which are collated and presented together with their idea for their final assignment in week 7 as a portfolio and presented and discussed with their lecturers.
Uren per week 2
Onderwijsvorm hoorcollege, zelfstudie
Toetsvorm portfolio, schriftelijke opdracht(en)
Vaksoort propedeuse
Coördinator prof. dr. T.A.C. Witschge
Docent(en) dr. S.C. Sauer ,prof. dr. T.A.C. Witschge
Verplichte literatuur
Titel Auteur ISBN Prijs
Media, Culture and Society (second edition, 2016) Paul Hodkinson 9781473902367 ca. €  30,00
Entreevoorwaarden Admission to the bachelor’s degree programme of Media Studies. This course is not open for other students.
Opmerkingen Bureau Studentzaken tekent eerstejaars, premaster en bijvakstudenten in in Progress. De werkgroepintekening in Nestor gebeurt door het secretariaat cluster Nederlands. Indien de werkgroep waarin je bent ingedeeld niet naar wens is kun je zelf in Nestor van werkgroep wisselen tot en met de 1e collegeweek. Dit kan alleen als de werkgroep van je keus niet vol is. Recidivisten die alleen tentamen hoeven te maken wordt ontmoedigd om zich aan te melden voor het vak in Progress. Zij kunnen door het secretariaat worden toegevoegd aan de cursus in Nestor. Je kunt hiervoor een mail sturen naar sec-millc@rug.nl. De faculteit behoudt zich het recht voor wijzigingen aan te brengen in het vakaanbod, het aantal groepen en de roostering.
Opgenomen in
Opleiding Jaar Periode Type
Ba Media Studies  (Pre-master Digital Literacy and Datafication) 3 semester I a verplicht
Ba Media Studies  ( Major) 1 semester I a verplicht
Ba Media Studies  (Pre-master Social Media and Society) 3 semester I a verplicht
Facultaire Minor Mediastudies 3 semester I a verplicht