BA Society, Culture and Media

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Our Politics courses offer students a broad range of options and opportunities – from politics to international relations, media and popular culture to public policy and management, and beyond. Our students benefit from an excellent research programme, regular guest speaker seminars and a range of exciting internship opportunities to build experience and employability.

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Lee Jarvis has published a new book on Terror and Neoliberalism. The book is co-edited with Charlotte Heath-Kelly and Christopher Baker-Beall, and attempts to situate contemporary counter-terrorism discourse and practice within historical contexts which include the evolution of capitalism and the state.

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Lee Marsden has written a new blog 'After Paris: time to rethink the usual responses' on Eastminster Professor Lee Marsden discusses how in light of the Paris attacks, we should rethink the usual responses and think again.

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Imagine a world with no media – no newspapers, broadcasters, mobile phones or tablets, no social media platforms or apps. Would it be anything like the world we currently inhabit? This is the sort of question you’ll ask on this course. You’ll explore the ways in which various media shape, influence and even control the way people behave and the way societies are organised.

Overview

On this course you’ll examine the ways in which media and culture shape our societies and the people in them.

This degree programme offers a great deal of choice in what you study. In your core modules you’ll explore media power and the history of social and political thought. You’ll also develop social research skills and learn how to analyse media, such as TV. As you progress you’ll build on that core foundation of skills and knowledge with optional modules. You’ll choose from topics such as gender and power, digital media and society, animation, journalism, American music, promotional culture, public opinion, digital politics, magazines, Japanese film, and much more besides. You could even choose to study a foreign language, or spend a semester studying abroad, as well as research and write a dissertation on a topic of your choosing.  

Each year you’ll be able to select the areas and topics that you’re most interested in. You’ll be able to look at how media and culture construct people’s individual and collective identities. Or you can consider how globalisation both affects, and is affected by, media and culture. You can explore the ways music, television and film connect to citizens’ everyday lives. Alternatively, you can study the impact of digital media on social and political processes. You’ll also have the opportunity to acquire journalistic skills or the skills necessary to become a campaigner.

UEA has a strong reputation for its teaching and research on media and culture. We have specialists in media and cultural studies, in the law and economics of media, on media policy and on the politics and sociology of media and culture. 

Course Structure

Year 1

In your first year you’ll establish the foundations of the course. You’ll study media power, how to analyse television, and the history of social and political thought. At the same time you’ll be able to choose from a range of optional modules which may include a foreign language or other aspects of media and culture.

Year 2

Aside from a compulsory module on methods of social research, which will equip you with techniques to carry out your own research and to see the strengths and weaknesses of the methods used by others, study in your second year will be guided by your personal interests. You’ll be able to choose from topics such as gender and power or digital media and society, animation, journalism, American music and promotional culture.

Year 3

In your final year, you get to choose from a range of more specialised modules, the topics of which may include public opinion, digital politics, magazines, Japanese film, and much else besides. It’s in your third year that you may opt to write a dissertation, drawing on your own interests and questions.

Teaching and Learning

You’ll be taught in a variety of environments, from lectures to small group seminars and one-to-one tutorials. Our teaching is focused, interactive, and up-to-date, incorporating current world events and cultural trends. You’ll learn crucial skills, such as how to summarise and analyse information, how to develop and criticise arguments and texts, and how to communicate that information and those arguments in public.

From your first year onwards you’ll spend time reading, analysing, and critiquing the arguments of others. As you progress, you’ll cultivate your essential independent study skills. You’ll have the chance to develop, research and present your own ideas. For instance, you’ll have the opportunity to write a dissertation on a topic of your choice under the supervision of an academic expert.

Assessment

You’ll be assessed in several ways including essays, exams, presentations, group work and portfolios. You may also be prepared for your future career with assessment of work with professional organisations outside of the University. Throughout your studies you’ll receive feedback and guidance to aid your learning. 

Optional Study abroad or Placement Year

During the course you’ll have the opportunity to take part in study trips, internships and placements in Britain and Europe. You’ll also have the option of a semester abroad in your second year at one of UEA’s partner universities. For further details, visit our Study Abroad section of our website.

After the course

You’ll graduate with the knowledge and skills for a wide array of careers, directly related to your areas of study and well beyond. These might include jobs in publishing, international organisations, parliaments, political parties or the civil service. Alternatively you might choose to enter media, marketing or advertising industries, or in a non-governmental organisation, a think-tank, or other research organisation. 

Career destinations

Examples of careers you could enter include:

  • Web development
  • Teaching
  • Voluntary sector organisations
  • Social media and digital marketing
  • Public relations

Course related costs

Please see Additional Course Fees for details of other course-related costs.

Course Modules 2018/9

Students must study the following modules for 60 credits:

Name Code Credits

ANALYSING TELEVISION

You will explore the many ways television has been examined, explored, understood, and used. You will focus particularly on the specifics of the medium; that is, how television is different from (and, in some ways, similar to) other media such as film, radio, and the internet. Each week will focus on a particular idea which is seen as central to the examination of television. The medium will be explored as an industry, as a range of texts, and as a social activity.

AMAM4010A

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MEDIA POWER

How was a reality TV star elected President? Should sexist media content be banned? Do popular media forms rot our minds? These sorts of questions are complex and different perspectives offer different sorts of response. This module helps you answer challenging and important questions like these by introducing key media theories and using them to think about power in our society. You will practice key skills of academic reading and writing in a structured and supportive environment. You will reflect on the importance of reading for academic research and learn how to assess and discuss the relevance and impact of milestones in media and mass communications theory from the nineteenth century to the present. You will explore theoretical approaches to media content, production, regulation and reception, including key themes such as freedom of speech, public sphere and political economy.

PPLM4054A

20

SOCIAL AND POLITICAL THEORY

This module introduces you to a few important and interesting writers and thinkers whose ideas have been so influential that they have become part of, and have even transformed, our society, culture and politics. As you read their work, learning how to make sense of it and arguing about it with others, you will come to think more deeply about the workings and politics of contemporary society and culture: the forces that shape it and the contradictions that define it. You will pay special attention to the three fundamental values that have shaped modern society and politics since the French Revolution: liberty, equality and fraternity. This will underpin your studies on other modules (in Political Science, International Relations, Media, History and Literature) and provide you with a strong basis upon which to develop your knowledge in Levels 2 and 3.

PPLX4051A

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Students will select 40 - 60 credits from the following modules:

Name Code Credits

AN INTRODUCTION TO POPULAR CULTURE IN LATIN AMERICA

From salsa to samba, futbol to capoeira, telenovelas to Tex-Mex: Latin American popular cultures combine Indigenous, African and European elements in unique ways found nowhere else on earth. In this module, you'll examine several Latin American popular cultural forms, and the historical, religious, social and political significance they have for Latin Americans.

PPLH4004B

20

BROADCASTING

You will explore a range of audio-visual and audio formats, including television, radio and more recent audio formats, such as Internet streaming, and podcasts. Throughout the module you will be introduced to key theoretical approaches to the analysis of broadcasting content, programming, policy and regulation and reception. Areas of interest will include topics such as narrative and soundtrack, flow, seriality, liveness, innovation and funding, and domesticity.

AMAM4032B

20

DISCOURSE AND POWER

Why may politicians say that andquot;'immigration is a problemandquot; rather than andquot;immigrants are a problemandquot; and why am I addressing you as andquot;youandquot; rather than andquot;the studentsandquot; throughout this module outline? Can there be unbiased news reporting? In this module you will explore some of these questions and how the language and images that make up our texts and interactions reflect their purpose in specific contexts. We will explore the powerful expressive means by which agency, responsibility and blame are attributed to or removed from key players in the language of media, advertising and politics. We will see how the representation of events affects and is affected by ideology and socio-cultural assumptions and by the power relationship between individuals and social groups. Essentially, this module is for those who are curious about the practical impact of expressive choices in everyday written and oral communication and wish to find out more about the creative but also manipulative power of language in context (discourse). By the end of this module, you will have learnt how particular linguistic and visual patterns may be used to report, persuade or instruct. You will have acquired the skill to critically assess and challenge others' perspectives, attitudes and values but also consider more critically how you may produce or change your language to achieve your desired aims, from increasing the cohesion of your writing to producing a more engaging website. These are highly valuable skills in any work environment. In the seminars, you will be encouraged to apply the new analytical tools presented in the lecture and you will be able to select your own material for analysis for formative exercises and the final assignment so that it relates to your studies and interests.

PPLL4011B

20

FORM AND FUNCTION

Most works of art - whether objects, buildings, or performances - are designed to serve a set of purposes. How their forms and functions relate may be straightforward and practical, or complex and elusive. Through a range of case studies, presented in lectures by our staff in Art History and World Art Studies, you will examine the connections between the uses, meanings, and appearances of art, culture, space, and landscape. You will also consider how these connections may change over time, especially in the context of cross-cultural contact. The opportunity to analyze texts on your own and in discussion groups will help you understand different points of view and construct an argument supported by evidence.

AMAA4004B

20

FOUNDATIONAL TEXTS OF THE GREAT CIVILISATIONS

In this module you'll explore the ways in which human beings have, from time immemorial, used narratives and poetry to create their models of the universe, and to think about issues relating to mankind's place within it. You'll focus on ancient texts from a variety of major civilisations over the last four millennia, many of them still treated as living sources of wisdom and insight, spiritual guidance and moral vision. It has become customary in modern philosophy to privilege rational discourse, in prose, as the acceptable way of doing philosophy, and to imagine that to be human is to be rational. But is it irrational to explore our world and discover the deeper truths through narrative? Is that even non-rational enquiry? Might it actually be one of the key ways in which philosophy can reach and engage every human being? And might that be why all civilisations have stories and poetry as their foundational texts, not philosophical arguments? In this module you'll acquire a basic knowledge of some key texts (including Homer, key parts of the King James Bible and the Quran) that any citizen of the world should know.

PPLP4067B

20

GLOBAL POLITICS 2

Global Politics 2 explores the most important controversies and debates in contemporary international politics. Because international politics is constantly changing, we review this module every year, altering the precise mix of topics to reflect the world that you see around you. All of our topics involve questions of power, ethics, transnational cooperation and security. Recently we have explored terrorism, nuclear weapons, our moral obligations to foreigners, as well as migration, the fate of the environment, and emerging powers in the international system.

PPLI4055B

20

GLOBALISATION AND FRENCH CULTURAL IDENTITY (LEVEL 4)

Do you want to explore what makes the French so French? Is there any such thing as a French cultural exception? How has society and the relationship between the French and the French state or religion evolved over time and how has that shaped social behaviours, attitudes, laws, and values in France? These are some of the questions that will be the subjects of this module, which is available to students with or without some prior knowledge of the French language. By taking this module, taught and assessed in English, you will gain a deeper understanding of French society and important aspects of its institutions. You will understand France's attempts to retain its cultural identity, despite trends of homogenisation. You will look at themes such as education, arts, politics, literature, and thought, and examine questions such as the role of the state, the support of the film industry, the history and legacy of Cartesian reasoning, and centralisation and universalism. Those themes will be discussed, sometimes challenged, through the exploration of a range of illustrations, documents and readings. By the end of this module, you'll have developed awareness of important and structuring features of French culture, and you'll have developed intercultural skills. If you are a student in international relations, you will have a better understanding of what influences social and political representations, constructions and decisions. As a student of languages, you will be able to support your comprehension and expression skills by a thorough understanding of the French culture.

PPLF4006B

20

HUMANITARIAN COMMUNICATION

This module will critically explore changing trends in humanitarian communication by both the international news media and development actors. This will include a critical review of media coverage of development and poverty in the Global South and the role and responsibility of journalists reporting about humanitarian crises. We will also explore conventional strategies of humanitarian communication used by development charities, such as 'pornography of poverty', as well as more contemporary issues such as the role of celebrities, social media and the rise of 'post-humanitarian' communication. With case studies ranging from Live Aid to Kony 2012, you will be introduced to key concepts and theoretical approaches cutting across a range of disciplines. This module also contains an integral practical skills component. Speakers from leading Non-Governmental Organisations and experienced practitioners will share their insights about the everyday complexities of humanitarian communication and a number of workshops will focus on a relevant hands-on skills such as blogging and the basics of development photography.

DEV-4008B

20

INTRODUCTION TO JAPAN

Would you like to explore Japanese culture and society? Are you curious and would you like to travel to Japan? Your module is designed to offer a critical overview of changes occurring in contemporary Japanese culture and society. Taught in English, you will be introduced to major aspects of the history, society, cultures, and global position of Japan. You'll take a fresh look at stereotypes associated with Japan. You will be provided with a good all-round basic knowledge of Japan that will be of value both to students intending to major in Japanese and those interested in Japan. No knowledge of Japanese language is required. Topics such as overview of Japanese history from ancient to modern times, geography, contemporary politics and economics, society, education, and traditional and contemporary culture will be considered. Exercises and discussions in class will enhance your understanding and motivation to studying Japan in its global and cultural context.

PPLJ4029B

20

INTRODUCTION TO POLITICAL COMMUNICATION

Trump's Tweets, Corbyn's "fans", and personalised campaign messages sent by algorithms#political communication has changed drastically in the last five years. Pundits and some scholars warn of serious dangers to democracy. What are the tricks of the trade in modern political communication and how different are they from those of the past? How does one now succeed to get across a message and gain support? Should we be worried about the implications for political discourse and decision-making? This module will enable you to critically assess the role of communication in national and international politics and help you understand the dynamics among political actors, media and citizens in opinion formation and decision-making. This is a professional practice module in which you will gain skills relevant to the conduct of political communications and to many other work environments, as well as experience working in a team on a task that requires critical thinking and collaborative strategizing. This module is ideal for anyone interested in working in politics, diplomacy, journalism, marketing, or for advocacy or activist civil society groups. Ideas about the power of communications and the ways that various political actors use that power are at the heart of this module. You'll examine how these actors use the media in political communications. Lectures and readings will cover media effects, how political communication has changed with changes in media technology, branding and celebrity in politics, and soft power with political communication at the international level, as well as the tools used by various political actors, such as political parties or civic movements. Lectures are interactive, using an audience response system and open discussion. Seminar activities include practical tasks as well as ones to enhance understanding of the readings. The first assessed work is a group project in which you will play the role of junior analysts in a communications consultancy and you will work together to assess the political communications of a real political actor, your "client", producing a report and presentation that includes recommendations for improvement. The second is an essay that gives you the chance to develop your ability to analyse and synthesise. By the end of this module you will be able to identify and describe the actors and their interests in a given political communications contexts, as well as formulate and articulate clear arguments about the relationships between political actors and the media in relation to power and agency. You will have gained experience in a simulated work scenario that will give you skills transferable across a number of professions as you will have delivered analysis and recommendations in a professional-style presentation and report. You will also be able evaluate political communications' role in an international context, something increasingly necessary in the ever more globalized world both for political and corporate actors.

PPLM4001B

20

LANGUAGE, CULTURE AND INTERPERSONAL COMMUNICATION

What does interpersonal communication actually involve? This question is central to this module. You will learn that interpersonal communication requires specific intercultural competences, especially when communicating with others who have different sets of assumptions that may lead to misunderstanding, even if the same language is used. We will equip you with ways of thinking about issues such as language, (non) verbal communication, identity, intercultural interpersonal relationships and intercultural transitions. You will also learn that interpersonal communication involves a high level of self-awareness and critical understanding of issues surrounding the concept of identity. Through lectures and seminars, you will delve deeply into how you present yourself to others who are perceived to be different to you. On successful completion of the module, you will have developed greater self-awareness and sensitivity to intercultural understanding so that you are a more effective interpersonal communicator in international or multicultural settings, such as the year abroad, overseas work, global organisations, multinational companies, foreign volunteering placements, etc. The module is delivered in the English language and you don't need to speak a foreign language to take it.

PPLC4012B

20

MODERN READINGS IN PHILOSOPHY

This module offers a brief introduction to the history of western philosophy from 1600 to 1950 via the work of key figures. We explore different philosophical traditions and several philosophical revolutions, from the rise of modern philosophy and science, to the emergence of analytic philosophy. The module will examine how key questions from different areas of philosophy arose and evolved. These questions typically include: How do mind and body interact? What is real? What do we perceive? What can we know? How should we act? How does language influence thought? Why are philosophical problems so persistent?

PPLP4063B

20

RADICAL PHILOSOPHY

In this module, we study some of the most original thinkers of the twentieth century, in order to reflect in unconventional ways on the ideas of human association and community as well as evaluate the loss of autonomy produced by cultural invasion and the institutionalisation of values. The basic goal of Radical Philosophy is to present you with a constellation of styles of thinking and forms of criticism that will stimulate you to examine in a rigorous way several thought-provoking perspectives on the idea of social transformation.

PPLP4065B

20

THEORISING MEDIA AND CULTURE

This module introduces you to a range of influential thinkers whose work has shaped Media Studies. It provides you with the foundational knowledge you need to progress with confidence onto more specialist modules in your second and third year. You will compare and contrast how different scholars have tried to explain the role of the media in creating communities, in reproducing social inequalities, but also in driving social change. You will discuss whether we need to study media audiences, media content or media industries in order to understand media power. The module will help you develop your own voice as a researcher and writer. You will learn how to effectively compare and contrast complex theoretical arguments and how to place your own argument within the context of academic debate. You will have opportunity to apply your knowledge of media theories to a small piece of media research and to express your research ideas not only through writing, but also through a creative media project.

AMAM4033B

20

Students will select 0 - 20 credits from the following modules:

Name Code Credits

BEGINNERS' ARABIC I (SPRING START)

Its aim is the mastery of the alphabet: the script, the sounds of the letters, and their combination into words. Also, it introduces basic Arabic phrases and vocabulary to help you have introductory conversations. You will develop essential speaking, listening, reading and writing skills as well as a solid understanding of the structure of the language in Modern Standard Arabic (MSA). Some aspects of the Arab world and culture(s) are covered.

PPLB4045B

20

BEGINNERS' CHINESE I (SPRING START)

Did you know you could speak Mandarin in some way already? Try these: coffee as cah-fay, sofa as sharfah, pizza as pee-sah. Yes! Chinese people say these words pretty much as you do! Do you want to get an insight into Chinese culture? Are you planning an adventurous trip in China to explore the diversity of life and communicate with the local people? Your ears will be exposed to pinyin and you will begin to master the deceptively simple Chinese alphabet. You will open your eyes and mind to acquire meanings by drawing the characters. You will build up your vocabulary incredibly quickly, and soon learn to initiate conversations and read simple texts. You will work with your peers during grammar classes and classroom-based oral seminars which cover introduction to pinyin (pronunciation) and the common tricky sounds, word order, sentences at a basic communicative level, the spelling rules of hanzi (Chinese characters), building up your vocabulary, and topic relevant cultural norms. At the end of the module, there is a brief introduction to the Chinese daily meals and sentences you need to order food from a restaurant. By the end of the module, you will be able to recognize and pronounce pinyin confidently. You will develop knowledge of basic sentences. You will be able to understand simple linguistic rules so that you can carry on learning in the future. You will be able to greet people fluently. NOTE: Please note that students speaking other varieties of Chinese (e.g. Cantonese) are not eligible for this module.

PPLB4051B

20

BEGINNERS' FRENCH I - A1 CEFR (SPRING START)

Bonjour, comment ca va? Do you want to understand what this means and how to say it? This module will help you to master basics of French language and communication. This module is perfect for you if you have never studied French before (or have very little experience of it). Throughout the semester, you'll develop reading, listening, speaking and writing skills at the A1 level of the Common European Framework of Reference for Languages (CEFR). This means that you will learn to communicate about yourself and your immediate environment in a set of concrete, everyday situations. You'll be taught in a very interactive and friendly environment, and will often work in pairs or small groups. Your two-hour seminar will focus on listening, reading and writing skills, while the oral hour will help you to develop your confidence in speaking. We'll tackle some grammatical notions in class, but always as a means for you to improve your communication skills. You'll also have opportunities to explore aspects of the cultures where French is spoken, thanks to the various documents we will use to develop your linguistic skills (songs, podcasts, leaflets#). You'll be assessed by two course tests: the first will cover listening, reading, and writing skills and the second will cover your speaking skills. On successful completion of this module, you'll be able to understand and use familiar everyday expressions aimed at both the satisfaction of concrete needs, or those used to describe areas of most immediate relevance. You'll be able to introduce yourself and others, ask and answer questions about personal details, and interact in a simple way provided the other person talks slowly and clearly. Please note that you should not have a level of French that exceeds the level of this course. This module may not be appropriate for you if you have a recent French GCSE at grade C or above, or an equivalent qualification. Please contact the Module Organiser to check this.

PPLB4015B

20

BEGINNERS' GERMAN I (SPRING START) - A1.1 CEFR

Have you ever wished you could order your mulled wine at the Christmas market in German? How would it feel be to be able to introduce yourself in German or survive a basic conversation in the language? Or do you simply want to understand what makes the Germans, the Austrians or the Swiss tick? These questions highlight the central learning you will achieve within this module. Our beginners' course in German is perfect if you have very little or no prior knowledge of the language. You will gain the confidence to use German in basic conversations as you develop a first understanding of German sounds and essential grammar. You will build up a bank of key vocabulary to survive in real-life situations. You will also gain a greater awareness of German traditions and ways of thinking to help you make sense of a country that is deeply rooted in the heart of Europe. In a relaxed environment you will participate in classroom-based activities, working in pairs and groups to try out and be creative with new sounds, words and phrases. The fun of language learning will never be far away and promises to give you the confidence to make the first steps in German. As well as speaking and listening to each other you will discover the joy of understanding an authentic German text and to write an amazing first paragraph in German. A first course in German will enable you to add a vital skill to your CV. At this crucial political and cultural moment in time the study of the German language and culture will without doubt make you a more attractive graduate and informed global citizen, whatever your specialism or area of interest. Please note that your current level of German language should not exceed the level of this course.

PPLB4047B

20

BEGINNERS' JAPANESE I (SPRING START)

Do you want to explore Japanese culture or travel to Japan? Would you like to enhance your career opportunities? This is a beginners' course in Japanese assuming little or no prior experience or knowledge of the language. In this module, you'll learn reading, writing, listening, and speaking skills. You'll gain the linguistic understanding of a number of real life situations, as well as the ability to communicate effectively in those situations. There will also be opportunities to explore aspects of the cultures where Japanese is spoken. Particular emphasis will be placed on your acquisition of a sound knowledge of grammar. Please note that this is a subsidiary language module. Very occasionally, subsidiary language modules may need to be cancelled if there are low levels of enrolment. Please note that if you are found to have a level of knowledge in a language that exceeds the level for which you have enrolled, you may be asked to withdraw from the module at the Teacher's discretion.

PPLB4042B

20

BEGINNERS' SPANISH I - A1 CEFR (SPRING START)

Do you want to learn a new language? Do you want to access the Spanish-speaking world? Are you about to travel through Spain or any Spanish-speaking country in Latin America? Then, it#s the right time to enrol to Beginners# Spanish I. This module will improve your academic education and will provide you with the confidence to advance towards intermediate and advanced levels. It sounds good, doesn't it? You will develop your reading, writing, listening and speaking skills and you will have the opportunity to receive personal feedback on all your efforts. You will take part in classroom-based activities, working in pairs and small groups exchanging ideas and supporting each other in the process of learning the language. You will also be able to focus on real life situations as well as the ability to communicate effectively in those situations. There will also be opportunities to explore aspects of the cultures where Spanish is currently the main language. By the end of this module, you will have the linguistic competence necessary to understand and use common, everyday expressions and simple sentences, to address immediate needs. If you have a recent Spanish GCSE grade C or below, or an international equivalent, then this module is appropriate for you.

PPLB4024B

20

INTRODUCTION TO BRITISH SIGN LANGUAGE I (SPRING START)

How would you converse with someone who is deaf? At work? In school? In an emergency? How can you avoid typical faux pas due to ignorance of a different culture? Can a 'signed'/'visual' language 'convey as adequately' as a 'spoken' language? These questions highlight the central learning achieved in this module. This is a course in British Sign Language assuming no prior, or minimal knowledge of the language. Throughout the course you will discover aspects central to the Deaf World and its Culture, and how to communicate through a unique 'visual' language, a language that uses your hands and body to communicate! Teaching and learning strategies involve signed conversation (from early on), role-play, and lots of games and exercises that make a truly 'fun and enjoyable' module to take. You will learn a little about the history of the Deaf and Sign Language itself, and its long battle to be recognised. You will discover how using your body and hands can be an exciting and meaningful way of communicating. You will acquire a wide range of easily usable vocabulary, a deeper look into various features that make the language unique and very different to spoken languages. On successful completion of this module you will have developed knowledge and skills that will enable you to communicate with a Deaf person. You will be able to take your British Sign Language studies onto the next level, broadening your knowledge and developing further, the skill within this amazing 'Visual' language. Please note that very occasionally subsidiary language modules may be cancelled due to low enrolment. Students who are found to have a level of knowledge that exceeds the level for which they have enrolled may be asked to withdraw from the module, at the Teacher's discretion.

PPLB4033B

20

Students must study the following modules for 20 credits:

Name Code Credits

METHODS OF SOCIAL RESEARCH

How do scientists in the fields of political science, media, and international relations actually perform their research? How do they know what they claim to know? How can we use scientific methods to study the political and social world? You'll learn how to evaluate research, and more importantly, how to perform your own research using scientific methods. You'll acquire knowledge of the theory and practice of a range of quantitative and qualitative research methods. You'll acquire a variety of skills - computerised data analysis, interviewing, observation, focus groups, taking fieldwork notes, and report writing. You'll begin by examining ways of thinking about the world, developing ideas and hypotheses, and ways of testing them. You'll explore a variety of ways to examine these hypotheses using a variety of basic quantitative/statistical methods. You'll then explore a variety of qualitative, in-depth methods of collecting and analysing data such as interviewing and focus groups. You do not need to have any mathematical background to follow this module.

PPLX5047A

20

Students will select 20 credits from the following modules:

Name Code Credits

DIGITAL MEDIA AND SOCIETY

For better or worse, new digital technologies are hyped at having revolutionised society. This module will provide students with an introduction to the ways in which the internet and other digital technologies are (and are not) affecting society from theoretical and empirical perspectives, and how society shapes technology. Topics covered include: the evolution of the internet; the andquot;network societyandquot;; regulating new media; the radical internet and terrorism; social networking, blogs and interactivity; culture and identity in the digital age; and how the internet affects politics and the media.

PPLM5053A

20

GENDER AND POWER

Providing a conceptual overview of feminist research approaches, you will examine contemporary gender and power relations. You will examine both the formal and informal power structures that shape the experience of gender. Bringing together the fields of media, sociology, politics and cultural studies, the module explores the extent to which feminist theory informs gender-based activism.

PPLM5002A

20

Students will select 0 - 20 credits from the following modules:

You must take 20 credits from this option range unless you are taking PPLX5049B: Study Abroad from Option Range D.

Name Code Credits

MEDIA, GLOBALISATION AND CULTURE

What role do media and communication play in processes of globalisation? How is an ever more global media creating cultural change? In this module you will explore the cultural implications of global media and culture by investigating audience practices and media representations. You will begin by being introduced to the main theoretical approaches to mediated globalisation, before examining how these work in practice. Indicative topics include the power of global branding, global celebrity culture, global publics and local audiences, transnational cultures, and representations of migration.

PPLM5003B

20

POLITICS AND MEDIA

Media are an inescapable part of contemporary political life. This much is obvious. What is more difficult to know is how media affect the conduct of politics - and how politics affects the conduct of media. In this module, you'll examine the many dimensions of media's political involvement. You'll start with arguments about how 'powerful' media are, and then go on to look at questions of media 'bias', before turning to the ways in which political communication has changed (and is changing). We'll look at the role of the state in using and controlling media and the new techniques of media management - and at how, in particular, digital media are changing the relationship between politics and media. This will lead to a discussion of media effects and how to measure them. You'll end the module by asking what is meant by a democratic media and what the future might bring for the relationship of media and politics.

PPLM5001B

20

POWER AND SOCIETY

This module introduces students to key perspectives in 19th and 20th century social and political theory. Central to this module is an interest in the relationship between economic, social and cultural structures and individual agency and identity. Areas explored include the following: social conflict and consensus; conceptions of power and domination; Marxism and neo-Marxism; critical theory; structuralism; poststructuralism; ideology and discourse; postmodernity; the self and consumer society.

PPLX5159B

20

THE MEDIA AND IDENTITY

How do the media shape how we see ourselves? Or indeed how others see us? In a world of social media, self-branding and the increasing importance of mediated forms of identity, you will explore critical ways of thinking about the relationship between culture, media and the self. Drawing on a range of theoretical approaches in the field of media and cultural studies, you will use research methods from autoethnography to content analysis to explore both your own identity and the way in which identities more broadly are formulated through contemporary media culture. Through discussing the representation of identity in media content, as well as issues of media production, regulation and consumption, you will critically reflect upon the relationship between media culture and social power and consider how social and technological changes impact on the ways in which identity is experienced in everyday life. On successful completion of this module, you will critically reflect upon the ways in which media texts construct social identity and be able to discuss the relationship between media and identity with awareness for social, institutional and technological factors that shape both media production and consumption. Assessment is by group presentation and independent research project.

PPLM5042B

20

Students will select 20 - 40 credits from the following modules:

You must only select 20 credits from this option range, unless you are taking PPLM5051Y (40 credits). You will not be able to take PPLX5049B: Study Abroad if you take Journalism: Contemporary Professional Practice (PPLM5051Y - 40 credits).

Name Code Credits

FILM AND SOCIETY IN LATIN AMERICA (LEVEL 5)

You'll examine Latin American film with an emphasis on popular genres, such as horror, wrestling, melodrama, science fiction and vampire movies. Despite attracting the largest audiences in Latin America, these genres have only attracted academic attention in the twenty-first century. Through these films, you'll study prominent issues and controversies in Latin America, such as migration, dictatorship, racism, relations with the United States, gay rights, gender and prejudice. This will develop your inter-cultural awareness by actively engaging with the history and culture of the region as represented in film.

PPLH5155A

20

AMERICAN MUSIC

The first book published in the New World was a hymn book. Music, sacred and profane, has been at the centre of American lives ever since. Distinctive American musical styles still dominate the globe, as they have done for decades. But how did American music develop into the genres that we recognise today? How did uniquely American sounds catch the ear of listeners all over the world? You will gain a thorough understanding of the development of American music. You will focus on a number of distinctive musical traditions - from minstrelsy to blues, jazz, and country; from rock and roll to hip hop - and consider the way that they have shaped popular music today. Throughout the course, you will encounter a rich variety of music and an extraordinary range of characters, from the most famous entertainers in modern culture, to the obscure, the forgotten and the neglected. Whilst exploring the development of American music, you will also examine the ways in which its growth tells a larger story about the history of America and its people. In particular, it will give you a different perspective on the issue of race in American life. Through seminar discussion, written coursework, and group presentations, you will develop your analytical and critical abilities - whether that means your ability to think about the significance of a song and its meaning for a particular historical moment, or the way that the shifting meaning of a genre of music can tell us many things about its wider social and cultural context.

AMAS5023A

20

ANIMATION

Animation has long been one of the most popular and least scrutinised areas of popular media culture. You will be introduced to animation as a mode of production through examinations of different aesthetics and types of animation from stop motion through to cel and CGI-based examples. You will then go on to discuss some of the debates around animation in relation to case study texts, from animation's audiences to its economics. A range of approaches and methods will therefore be adopted within the module, including methods like political economics, cultural industries, star studies and animation studies itself. You will be taught by seminar and screening rather than by practice.

AMAM5024A

20

BEGINNERS' CHINESE I

Did you know you could speak Mandarin in some way already? Try these: coffee as cah-fay, sofa as sharfah, pizza as pee-sah. Yes! Chinese people say these words pretty much as you do! Do you want to get an insight into Chinese culture? Are you planning an adventurous trip in China to explore the diversity of life and communicate with the local people? Your ears will be exposed to pinyin and you will begin to master the deceptively simple Chinese alphabet. You will open your eyes and mind to acquire meanings by drawing the characters. You will build up your vocabulary incredibly quickly, and soon learn to initiate conversations and read simple texts. You will work with your peers during grammar classes and classroom-based oral seminars which cover introduction to pinyin (pronunciation) and the common tricky sounds, word order, sentences at a basic communicative level, the spelling rules of hanzi (Chinese characters), building up your vocabulary, and topic relevant cultural norms. At the end of the module, there is a brief introduction to the Chinese daily meals and sentences you need to order food from a restaurant. By the end of the module, you will be able to recognize and pronounce pinyin confidently. You will develop knowledge of basic sentences. You will be able to understand simple linguistic rules so that you can carry on learning in the future. You will be able to greet people fluently. NOTE: Please note that students speaking other varieties of Chinese (e.g. Cantonese) are not eligible for this module.

PPLB4034A

20

BEGINNERS' CHINESE II (AUTUMN)

Thinking about brushing up on your Mandarin? Planning an exciting trip to China? Still struggling with pinyin and reading Chinese? Then this module is designed for you! You will explore more sentence patterns in daily life communicative situations. You will build up your character blocks rapidly. You will acquire discourse skills in these scenarios. You will stretch your linguistic ability by becoming aware of cultural norms so that you can communicate with local people freely, but without a scary amount of vocabulary. The module comprises two sessions per week: a two-hour grammar class and a one-hour oral seminar. You will participate in these to learn different ways to ask questions, tenses, reading characters, cultural norms in contexts and topics ranging from friends and family and housing to leisure and health. You will write short essays throughout the process. By the end of the module you will have established a solid foundation in Mandarin, and will have achieved a communicative level. You will be able to recognise about 200 Chinese characters. You will be able to compose messages to your friends or future colleagues. You will be able to express your needs while traveling, and to enjoy the cultural diversity of megacities like Shanghai and Beijing. NOTE: Please note that students speaking other varieties of Chinese (e.g. Cantonese) are not eligible for this module.

PPLB4052A

20

COMMUNICATION FOR DEVELOPMENT

What role can media and communications play within development? How can media - both 'old' and 'new' - help mobilise citizens, change policy, modify behaviours and promote democracy, good governance and economic growth? You will address these and other questions by providing a critical introduction to the field of 'Communication for Development' (C4D). Key topics will include behaviour change communication, participatory communication, press freedom, media literacy, media and conflict and access to new communication technologies. This module is accessible to International Development students who have not studied media before and to students on degrees relevant to media, with no previous experience of studying International Development.

DEV-5015A

20

CONTEMPORARY MEDIASCAPES

You will be provided with an understanding of media access, production, participation and use/consumption. Module content is organised around notions of space and place, thereby enabling engagement with issues including: globalisation/the global; national media and media systems; regional and local media; community and 'grassroots' media, domestic and 'personal' media. Over the course of the module, you'll develop an understanding of the range and reach of media and the multiplicity of factors determining how, when and where populations are enabled to access and participate in media activities. Parallel to the above will be an exploration, through selected case study examples, of media and cultural policy issues, spaces/places of media production as well as a critical engagement with questions of power in relation to these. The module also adopts a contemporary focus by incorporating debates about the role and potential of digital media and communications technologies in enabling new forms of media production, distribution and participation.

AMAM5020A

20

DIGITAL MEDIA AND SOCIETY

For better or worse, new digital technologies are hyped at having revolutionised society. This module will provide students with an introduction to the ways in which the internet and other digital technologies are (and are not) affecting society from theoretical and empirical perspectives, and how society shapes technology. Topics covered include: the evolution of the internet; the andquot;network societyandquot;; regulating new media; the radical internet and terrorism; social networking, blogs and interactivity; culture and identity in the digital age; and how the internet affects politics and the media.

PPLM5053A

20

GENDER AND POWER

Providing a conceptual overview of feminist research approaches, you will examine contemporary gender and power relations. You will examine both the formal and informal power structures that shape the experience of gender. Bringing together the fields of media, sociology, politics and cultural studies, the module explores the extent to which feminist theory informs gender-based activism.

PPLM5002A

20

JOURNALISM: CONTEMPORARY PROFESSIONAL PRACTICE

An introductory practical journalism module for students of politics or related topics who intend a career in journalism. You will cover the basic skills and knowledge of the reporter, news production skills, news values and news sources, professional and ethical standards, online presentation and writing, radio, video and TV reporting. The course will include interview techniques, and package creation for radio and TV news. You will participate in workshops on scripting for radio and TV, including writing to picture. There will be practical instruction in camera work and editing (including mobile journalism) and timeline video and audio editing. The teaching approach will be one three-hour workshop each week - allowing sufficient class time for workshop and production activities. A feature of the course will be regular and detailed review of mainstream media, including online news sites, local and national radio and TV broadcasts.

PPLM5051Y

40

LANGUAGE AND SOCIETY

Do accents define us? Do we need to change how we speak depending on who we are speaking to? Is language sexist? These are key questions to consider when think about sociolinguistics, the study of language and society. After all, Language is a powerful thing, an aspect of human behaviour that both defines and reflects the cultural norms of different societies. Our aim is to provide an introduction to sociolinguistics and throughout the module you will discover a wealth of different approaches to analysing language in relations to many different social variables, such as class, gender or social distance. You'll gain a firm grounding in sociolinguistic frameworks, methods and concepts, and also learn how to communicate linguistic ideas, principles and theories by written, oral and visual means. You'll begin with an overview of the field of sociolinguistics and key social variables. You'll then delve deeper, uncovering core concepts such as dialectology, Code-switching, genderlects, language policy, multilingualism, and interpersonal dynamics. By looking at the different methods and types of evidence used by sociolinguists, you'll become proficient in the different ways of working in this fascinating subject. Learning will be through a mixture of seminars and self-directed study. Seminars will include practical opportunities to practice your skills in linguistic analysis. You'll be assessed though coursework (100%), but will present your research for your coursework during the module as part of the formative assessment. The module is open to anyone interested in learning more about sociolinguistics, and you do not need to be studying a language to take this module - just have an interest in language and how we use it. On successful completion of the module, you'll have the knowledge and skills to take your understanding of language and society, and how we communication and interpret this communication, and apply it to many different areas of study. You'll develop your research, writing and presentation skills. And you'll be able to communicate your ideas more effectively, putting your thinking to the test by sharing it with others.

PPLL5170A

20

POST A-LEVEL FRENCH 1/I

'Decouvrir et discuter.' Here are two key elements of this module which will further your French language and communication skills by working on them through the lens of French culture. If you have a French A level, any other international equivalent qualification, or if you have completed French Intermediate II, then this module is for you! You'll develop reading, listening, speaking and writing skills at the B1 level of the Common European Framework of Reference for Languages (CEFR). You will focus on receptive skills (listening and reading) in particular and will be taught in an interactive and friendly environment (pairs and small groups). Your seminars will focus on listening, reading and writing skills, while the oral hour will develop your confidence in speaking. In the lecture you will review and practise essential grammar points. You will have a great exposure to authentic French in all three components of the module, as it is entirely taught in French. The material that you will study in and out of class (videos, articles, short stories, films) will help you to further your knowledge of French culture, as well as to build up your French vocabulary on a variety of topics. You'll be assessed by two course tests: the first will cover listening, reading, and writing skills, and the second will cover your speaking skills. On successful completion of this module, you'll be able to understand the main points of clear standard input on the topics covered in class, and to produce simple connected texts on these topics. You'll be able give reasons and explanations for your opinions, based on your personal experience and on the material studied in this module. This module is not available to French native speakers or those with equivalent competence. You should not already have a level of French that exceeds the level taught in this module.

PPLF4016A

20

POST A-LEVEL GERMAN 1/I - B1.1 CEFR

Would you like to become a more fluent German speaker who is able to deal with most situations whilst travelling? Do you need the confidence to survive a work placement abroad or a term at a German university? Or maybe you are keen to learn how to write an essay or deliver a short presentation German style. This advanced course in German is perfect if you have completed both intermediate modules or have A-level experience in German but not if you are already working at a higher level than this . You will become more independent in conversation and discussion with others as you start to study grammar at an advanced level. You will learn how to build up an argument in German and describe and evaluate basic statistical information with confidence. During this module you will improve your understanding of the German way of thinking through looking at and evaluating conventions in the world of work and at universities in German-speaking countries. In a relaxed environment you will participate in classroom-based activities, working in groups to experiment with more advanced grammar. There will be plenty of opportunities to present and discuss topics within the safety of small peer groups. Throughout the module there will be a strong emphasis on understanding more complex authentic texts and audio-visual material. We will set you regular written tasks to build up what it needs to produce a perfect essay. A first advanced course in German will add a rare and therefore highly valued skill to your CV. It allows you to work and study abroad with more confidence. At this crucial political and cultural moment in time the study of the German language and culture will make you a more attractive graduate and informed global citizen, whatever your specialism or area of interest.

PPLB4020A

20

POST A-LEVEL SPANISH 1/I

Would you like to apply your Spanish language skills for intercultural dialogue? Then look no further as this is the right module for you. The core of the teaching will involve participating in a project and you will engage in a number of activities that focus on improving your Spanish whilst learning about an issue of global concern. During this module you will: - build on, and further enhance, your reading, writing, speaking and listening skills. - build up linguistic proficiency, cultural knowledge and understanding, in addition to study and research skills. - explore an issue of contemporary relevance and work together to find practical solutions to a real world problem. - learn through lectures, seminars, tutorials and independent study and develop knowledge of contemporary life, society and current affairs. - revisit and consolidate specific Spanish grammatical structures at a higher level to build up language proficiency. The oral classes will be arranged separately in smaller groups to maximize your opportunities for speaking in the target language. This module is suitable for students with Spanish A-Level, Intermediate Spanish, or any other equivalent qualification.

PPLH4025A

20

TECHNOLOGICAL TOOLS FOR MEDIA ACCESSIBILITY (LEVEL 5)

What tools are used for audiences with sensory impairments, both visual and/or hearing to help them access films, documentaries, TV series, etc? This module provides first-hand experience of the technical tools used to create this type of audio-visual text. You will learn the specific requirements and theoretical characteristics and become aware of the grammatical and syntactical features of the language used for subtitling for the Deaf and Hard of Hearing (SDH) and audio description (AD). You'll explore and become skilled in the use of software used for media accessibility: professional subtitling software is used for pre-recorded subtitles as well as software for live subtitles (voice recognition). You'll develop subtitling and audio description skills in a variety of registers and styles, translating programs from various sources (films, corporate videos, documentaries) and covering a broad range of specialised genres and media issues. The module is taught and all activities as part of the module are carried out in English. In addition, reflection on the practice of media accessibility in other languages will be encouraged and used as a key element for discussion in the module. The study of this module will provide you with the necessary skills for the creation of subtitles at professional level. Taught together with Level 6. Assessment commensurate with level.

PPLT5176A

20

THEORISING TELEVISION

This module explores some of the key ways in which television has been theorised, conceptualised and debated. You are offered insight into how the discipline of Television Studies has developed, as well as how television itself has developed - in terms of social roles, political functions and aesthetic form. The medium will be explored as a textual entity, a social activity (i.e. the focus on audiences and viewing), and a political agent (ideology and power). Part of our intention is to focus on how the specificities of television have been understood.

AMAM5047A

20

Students will select 20 - 40 credits from the following modules:

You must take 40 credits from this option range unless you are taking PPLX5049B: Study Abroad or PPLM5051Y from Option Range C. If you are taking PPLM5051Y you should only take one module from this options range.

Name Code Credits

ART IN THE CONTEMPORARY WORLD

Art is a resource which can be used both positively and critically to affect the contemporary world around us. It may be exploited, most obviously for its economic value, but also for broader social or political gain. You will explore these different uses of art by addressing the factors that condition our contemporary reception of art works and visual culture. You will begin by examining some of the key methodologies for interpreting art's contemporary functions, including its capacity to create contemporary identities and world-views. You will then turn to focus on the museum and gallery as spaces for these contemporary issues to emerge, before considering the same ideas at work in more quotidian ways. And, finally, you will conclude with a reflection on your own position as art historians, anthropologists, and archeologists working with art in the contemporary world.

AMAA5090B

20

FAKE NEWS! AMERICAN JOURNALISM, HISTORY AND PRACTICE.

How do we know what is real and what is fake? Previous generations, we are told, could reliably turn to "the news"#but is that really true? From the very beginning, American news was always synonymous with low scandal, scurrilous rumour, and fakery. And yet, there is no doubt that there have been crucial moments when journalists and journalism have gone beyond merely reporting events, to shape the public imagination. "The news" has always manipulated as much as informed its audiences, and in this module you will learn about how this in turn has shaped American life. In learning about the history of journalism and its cultural impact in America in the wider global context, you will have the opportunity to gain an understanding of the art of journalism, both critically and in practice. You will engage with questions surrounding print, broadcast and digital media#looking back to the past, reflecting on the present, and looking forward into the future of journalism. You will consider the ways in which marginalised peoples have sought to assert their voices through news media, by seizing the means by which our public understanding of reality is produced. The work will involve critical readings, engagement with primary source materials, seminar discussions, presentations, and critical writing with creative practice. You will have the opportunity to refine your communication skills, and especially the art of writing in different modes for different audiences.

AMAS5049B

20

MEDIA, GLOBALISATION AND CULTURE

What role do media and communication play in processes of globalisation? How is an ever more global media creating cultural change? In this module you will explore the cultural implications of global media and culture by investigating audience practices and media representations. You will begin by being introduced to the main theoretical approaches to mediated globalisation, before examining how these work in practice. Indicative topics include the power of global branding, global celebrity culture, global publics and local audiences, transnational cultures, and representations of migration.

PPLM5003B

20

POLITICAL THEATRE

How can theatre change the world? You will attempt to find out by examining the use of theatre and performance by theatre artists and activists to challenge power and create the possibility of change. You'll look at political theatre in the USA, South America, South Africa, and Europe in the 20th century and beyond; week by week you will encounter plays, writers, performers, and theorists and build up your own toolkit of political theatre. You'll also create short plays and performance works, and take part in forum theatre, dance, stagings, and events which will enhance your political and theatrical understanding. You will be assessed through writing a short play, a sustained comparative essay, and an original performance work. Themes studied might include feminism, LGBTQ theatre, anti-racism, and Marxism. You will debate, create, and study and emerge having found your own voice as a political theatre-maker.

LDCD5025B

20

POLITICS AND MEDIA

Media are an inescapable part of contemporary political life. This much is obvious. What is more difficult to know is how media affect the conduct of politics - and how politics affects the conduct of media. In this module, you'll examine the many dimensions of media's political involvement. You'll start with arguments about how 'powerful' media are, and then go on to look at questions of media 'bias', before turning to the ways in which political communication has changed (and is changing). We'll look at the role of the state in using and controlling media and the new techniques of media management - and at how, in particular, digital media are changing the relationship between politics and media. This will lead to a discussion of media effects and how to measure them. You'll end the module by asking what is meant by a democratic media and what the future might bring for the relationship of media and politics.

PPLM5001B

20

PROMOTIONAL CULTURE

The advertising and PR industries are central to public life: in business, politics and culture. Branding strategies reach into our intimate lives, whether this is through the ways that we promote ourselves in social media or how corporations collect, analyse and sell our data for marketing purposes. The purpose of this module is to introduce you to these developments, their histories, and the key ethical and political debates that surround them. Previous discussions have included how PR has informed politics and ideology since the 1920s, through the rise of the advertising in 1960s Manhattan, to today's flow of brands across digital platforms. Also, the promotional cultures surrounding the film and television industries, including product placement, corporate sponsorship and celebrity. It could examine the ways in which we are encouraged to become micro-celebrities, using promotional techniques online and offline in order to market ourselves in an increasingly visual and commercialized culture. It may ask to what extent brands are integral to our social lives and subjectivities, how far they forge intimate relationships with and between users. It will use case studies that may touch on vlogging, selfies, viral marketing, and issues or controversies affecting the promotional cultures such as sexualisation, corporate social responsibility, greenwashing, sustainability, and surveillance.

AMAM5049B

20

PSI SEMESTER ABROAD MODULE

Students often say that spending a semester abroad expands their horizons and improves their career prospects. You will be able to judge this claim for yourself by completing this module. You'll experience a different educational culture and develop new perspectives on learning. Assessed formatively and summatively by the host university and on successful completion of the semester abroad, you'll have developed the knowledge and skills to study in a foreign academic environment with more confidence. Assessment will be in the foreign institution and you might be assessed via different methods depending on the institution you attend.

PPLX5166B

60

THE MEDIA AND IDENTITY

How do the media shape how we see ourselves? Or indeed how others see us? In a world of social media, self-branding and the increasing importance of mediated forms of identity, you will explore critical ways of thinking about the relationship between culture, media and the self. Drawing on a range of theoretical approaches in the field of media and cultural studies, you will use research methods from autoethnography to content analysis to explore both your own identity and the way in which identities more broadly are formulated through contemporary media culture. Through discussing the representation of identity in media content, as well as issues of media production, regulation and consumption, you will critically reflect upon the relationship between media culture and social power and consider how social and technological changes impact on the ways in which identity is experienced in everyday life. On successful completion of this module, you will critically reflect upon the ways in which media texts construct social identity and be able to discuss the relationship between media and identity with awareness for social, institutional and technological factors that shape both media production and consumption. Assessment is by group presentation and independent research project.

PPLM5042B

20

Students will select 0 - 20 credits from the following modules:

Please be advised that if you have previously studied a language module during your degree, it is recommended that you only take a continuation of this language, as opposed to starting a further language. Students of Politics, Philosophy, Language and Communication Studies are able to take one free non-credit module alongside your degree. Students who wish to continue studying a language they have studied during their degree at a higher level than advertised need to consult the Course Director.

Name Code Credits

BEGINNERS' CHINESE II

Thinking about brushing up on your Mandarin? Planning an exciting trip to China? Still struggling with pinyin and reading Chinese? Then this module is designed for you! You will explore more sentence patterns in daily life communicative situations. You will build up your character blocks rapidly. You will acquire discourse skills in these scenarios. You will stretch your linguistic ability by becoming aware of cultural norms so that you can communicate with local people freely, but without a scary amount of vocabulary. The module comprises two sessions per week: a two-hour grammar class and a one-hour oral seminar. You will participate in these to learn different ways to ask questions, tenses, reading characters, cultural norms in contexts and topics ranging from friends and family and housing to leisure and health. You will write short essays throughout the process. By the end of the module you will have established a solid foundation in Mandarin, and will have achieved a communicative level. You will be able to recognise about 200 Chinese characters. You will be able to compose messages to your friends or future colleagues. You will be able to express your needs while traveling, and to enjoy the cultural diversity of megacities like Shanghai and Beijing. NOTE: Please note that students speaking other varieties of Chinese (e.g. Cantonese) are not eligible for this module.

PPLB4035B

20

BEGINNERS' FRENCH II - A2 CEFR

Parlons francais ! This module will help you to further your basics of French language and communication in order to enable you to cope with concrete situations. This module is perfect for you if you have taken Beginners' French I - A1 CEFR, or if you have some experience of French language. Throughout the semester, you'll develop reading, listening, speaking and writing skills at the A2 level of the Common European Framework of Reference for Languages (CEFR). This means that you'll be able to cope in a number of situations, including some you may encounter when travelling. You'll be able to talk and write about yourself and your immediate surrounding environment in some detail, and you'll work on handling short social exchanges. You'll be taught in an interactive and friendly environment, and will often work in pairs or small groups. Your two-hour seminar will focus on listening, reading and writing skills, while the oral hour will help you to develop your confidence in speaking. We'll tackle some grammatical notions in class, but always as a means for you to improve your communication skills. You'll also have opportunities to explore aspects of the cultures where French is spoken, thanks to the various documents we will use to develop your linguistic skills (songs, podcasts, short articles and videos#). You'll be assessed by two course tests: the first will cover listening, reading, and writing skills and the second will cover your speaking skills. On successful completion of the module, you'll be able to understand and use expressions related to areas of immediate relevance, or that you may encounter when travelling. You'll be able to communicate in simple and routine tasks requiring a direct exchange of information. You'll be able to describe in simple terms aspects of your background, immediate environment and needs. Please note that you should not have a level of French that exceeds the level of this course. This module may not be appropriate for you if you have a recent French GCSE at grade B or above, or an equivalent qualification. Please contact the Module Organiser to check this.

PPLB4014B

20

BEGINNERS' SPANISH II - A2 CEFR

Have you ever taken a basic Spanish course? Do you want to carry on studying this widely spoken language after taking Beginners# Spanish I? Do you feel that learning a language might be a relevant skill for your career? Then, Beginners' Spanish II is what you really need. This module will improve your academic education and will provide you with the confidence to advance towards upper intermediate and advanced levels. But, how will you make it? You will work on your reading, writing, listening and speaking skills and you will get personal feedback on every single one of your efforts. You will take part in classroom-based activities, working in pairs and small groups exchanging ideas and supporting each other in the process of improving this language. You will also be able to focus on real life situations as well as the ability to communicate effectively in those situations. There will also be opportunities to explore aspects more carefully of the cultures where Spanish is the mother tongue. By the end of this module, you will be able to understand commonly used, everyday phrases and expressions related to areas of experience especially relevant to them (basic information about themselves, and their families, shopping, places of interest, work, etc.). If you have a recent Spanish GCSE grade B or below, or an international equivalent, then this module is appropriate for you. Please contact the module organiser if you wish to discuss your eligibility.

PPLB4023B

20

POST A-LEVEL FRENCH 1/II

'Decouvrir et discuter'. Here are two key elements of this module that will carry on the work started in Post A-Level 1/I. You will further your French language and communication skills by working on them through the lens of French culture. If you have a French A level or any other international equivalent qualification, then this module is for you! You'll develop reading, listening, speaking, and writing skills at the B1 levels of the Common European Framework of Reference for Languages (CEFR), and will move towards B2 at the end of the semester. You will focus on productive skills (writing and speaking) in particular and you'll be taught in an interactive and friendly environment, (pairs and small groups). Your seminars will focus on listening, reading, and writing skills, while the oral hour will develop your confidence in speaking. In the lecture you will review and practise essential grammar points. You will have a great exposure to authentic French in all three components of the module, as it is entirely taught in French. The material that you will study in and out of class (videos, articles, films) will help you to further your knowledge of French culture, as well as to build up your French vocabulary on a variety of topics. You'll be assessed by an exam covering listening, reading, and writing skills, and a course test assessing your speaking skills. On successful completion of this module, you'll be able to follow the lines of argument in documents dealing with topics studied in class, to plan and produce structured compositions supporting or opposing particular points of view, and to interact in French with a degree of fluency and spontaneity.

PPLF4017B

20

POST A-LEVEL GERMAN 1/II - B1.2 CEFR

Do you aim to become a more fluent and spontaneous German speaker? Are you interested in current social and political affairs in German-speaking countries and would like to find out more? Or maybe you would prefer to further develop your essay-writing and presentation skills to be able to bring your viewpoint across effectively? This follow-on course is perfect if you have completed the Post A-level I/I module or have sound A-level experience in German. This module is also open to near-native speakers of German, who seek to develop their written skills and improve their grammar. You will become more independent in conversation and discussion with others as you study selected grammar and some specialist vocabulary at an advanced level. You will learn how to build up an argument in German and put it forward convincingly. During this module you will improve and refine your understanding of contemporary Germany through looking at and evaluating current political and social affairs. In a relaxed environment you will participate in classroom-based activities, working in groups to experiment with more advanced grammar. There will be plenty of opportunities to present and debate topics within the safety of small peer groups. Throughout the module there will be a strong emphasis on understanding more complex authentic texts and audio-visual material. We will set you regular written tasks to build up what it needs to produce a perfect essay. An advanced course in German will add a rare and therefore highly valued skill to your CV. It allows you to work and study abroad with more confidence. At this crucial political and cultural moment in time the study of the German language and culture will make you a more attractive graduate and informed global citizen, whatever your specialism or area of interest.

PPLB4021B

20

POST A-LEVEL SPANISH 1/II

Can mass media help you improve your Spanish? The answer to this question may well lie in this module. We will use a variety of printed and online forms of mass media, such as newspapers, radio podcasts, magazines, TV programmes, films, documentaries and texts, to help you enhance your confidence in speaking and understanding the Spanish language. We will use audio-visual and web-based materials to practise listening, reading, writing and speaking in an integrated manner. You will also analyse various aspects of the Spanish language through writing and translation practice and improve your grammar and vocabulary in meaningful contexts. Learning will be through lectures, seminars, tutorials and independent study and develop your study and research skills. The oral classes will be arranged separately in smaller groups to maximise your opportunities for practising your Spanish through discussions and presentations. In these classes, you will develop your fluency in communication and strategies for discussions. The language study in this module will make you a more proficient Spanish language user with enhanced cultural knowledge and intercultural understanding. The grammar notions and topics for discussion in this module will be different from those in Post A-Level Spanish 1/I. This module will be suitable for students who have completed Post A-Level Spanish 1/I or equivalent.

PPLH4026B

20

Students will select 60 credits from the following modules:

If you take PPLX6042Y: Dissertation from this option range you cannot take it from Option Range B.

Name Code Credits

ADVANCED RESEARCH TOPICS

This module offers students a valuable experience of both individual and collective research - as well as the opportunity to study in depth an important contemporary aspect of politics, media and international relations. You will work in small groups pursuing research into a specific topic using a wide variety of source materials under the guidance of a leading expert in the field. There will also be accompanying classes developing skills vital for undertaking research and presenting that research to policy makers and practitioners. The available topics will vary on a yearly basis, but may include subjects such as: The Trump Presidency, Electoral Fraud in Britain, Assessing British Prime Ministers, The Rise of Populism, Nuclear Brinkmanship on the Korean Peninsula, Inside the EU, The Corbyn Leadership of the Labour Party, The Macron Presidency, Devolution and the Four Nations of the UK, and Negotiating Brexit.

PPLX6046A

30

ANALYSING MEDIA DISCOURSES

How can we distinguish "fake news" from reliable journalism? Which language features help us to assess the veracity and significance of political reporting, commenting and advertising? By using methods from Systemic-Functional Linguistics, Cognitive Semantics and Multimodal Analysis we analyse a range of media discourses, i.e. press, TV and computer-mediated communication and investigate how topics such as International Relations, Immigration and Climate Change are construed and interpreted by the media, and how this andquot;social construction of realityandquot; impacts on agenda-formation in public opinion and political decision taking.

PPLM6074B

30

CONSUMER CULTURE AND SOCIETY

In this module you will critically examine consumer cultures within Euro-American societies, understanding consumer culture as a specific form of material culture that is not restricted to commerce, but is both an economic and cultural phenomenon. The themes explored as a part of the module will intersect with larger questions of identity, modernity and globalisation. The main aims of the module are to challenge previous claims that production determines consumption and engage with broader ideas about the negotiation of power, and how individuals use goods to construct their own cultural identities.

PPLM6061B

30

DIGITAL POLITICS

Today's political world is more than ever influenced by digital technologies, from innovative social movements to 'fake news' and digital election campaigns. We will explore how the technologies influence political processes and how political processes in turn influence technology. We will examine the impact of digital media on electoral politics, examining key election campaigns (including recent UK and US elections) and the impact of social media, big data, and targeted advertising on their results. We will investigate how social movements (from Black Lives Matter to the Alt-Right) have been transformed through their use of digital networks. We will navigate the world of online politics, with a particular focus on the new culture wars being fought out in online environments. Finally we will explore the politics of the everyday, and the political effects of the technology platforms on which we live our online lives.

PPLM6077A

30

DISSERTATION MODULE

The dissertation module gives you the opportunity to undertake research on a project of your own choosing under the supervision of a member of academic staff. The goal is to produce a dissertation of 8,000-9,000 words, which involves in-depth research on a specialist topic. An undergraduate dissertation represents a piece of independent research produced over an extended period and which demonstrates elements of originality in the selection of the topic, the use of sources and the analysis or argument contained within it. It is an opportunity to demonstrate the depth of your understanding of what you have learned across your degree course by applying concepts and theories from one or several modules to new contexts. A limited number of parliamentary internships are also available as part of this module. You will be expected to attend a series of lectures in the autumn semester which provide general advice on the process of conducting a dissertation, as well as meeting your supervisor on a regular basis over the course of the year.

PPLX6042Y

30

POLITICS AND POPULAR CULTURE

Popular culture links to politics in a variety of ways, some obvious, some less obvious. There are the politicians who seek the endorsement of film stars; there are the politicians who were film stars; and there are the rock performers who pretend that they are politicians. And then there are the states that censor popular culture, or those that sponsor it and use it as propaganda. We will explore the many ways in which popular culture and politics are linked. You will: - be introduced to competing theories of the politics of popular culture - those that see popular culture as political manipulation and those that see it as political resistance. - analyse examples of popular culture for the political ideas and values they represent. - look at how popular culture is used in political communication. - track developments in the political economy of popular culture, especially in relation to globalisation, digital media and power within the cultural industries. - debate the censorship of popular culture and use of state subsidies to promote it. - reflect on the effects of popular culture, and about its role in personal and collective identity.

PPLM6037A

30

TOPICS IN PUBLIC OPINION

The role of public opinion is paramount in any democracy, as the public is often asked at election times and in-between elections to confer legitimacy to politicians and to their decisions. Yet what determines the public's opinion? How much does the public know about politics? How does political communication influence the public's positions? And last, but not least, how do we measure public opinion? You'll discuss old and new directions in answering these questions, drawing on political psychology and communication theories. The module is well anchored in current politics, and will provide you with the tools to understand current public opinion trends in the UK and other democracies.

PPLM6045B

30

Students will select 60 credits from the following modules:

If you take PPLX6042Y: Dissertation from this option range you cannot take it from Option Range A.

Name Code Credits

ACTIVIST CAMPAIGNING

How do grassroots and third sector organisations campaign for social and political change? Rather than pose this as an abstract question, you will partner with existing organisations to conduct campaigns on specific issues such as climate change, tax avoidance or gender inequality. You will receive a brief from a partner organisation and be supported in planning, devising, and carrying out activities that will achieve the aims of the brief. Taught content will include strategies for both online and offline activism, analysing power relations at different scales, and ways of assessing the effectiveness of your campaigns, but the bulk of this module will be the experience of a "live" campaign. You will combine applied research skills with professional practice in the form of a "reverse internship." As the partner organisations are embedded in the module, you will build valuable skills for employability as well as an opportunity for being supported in the exercise of engaged citizenship. You will be assessed by presentation and critical reflection. In the year 2017-2018 the partner organisation was Greenpeace, but partners may change each year.

PPLM6076B

30

ANALYSING MEDIA DISCOURSES

How can we distinguish "fake news" from reliable journalism? Which language features help us to assess the veracity and significance of political reporting, commenting and advertising? By using methods from Systemic-Functional Linguistics, Cognitive Semantics and Multimodal Analysis we analyse a range of media discourses, i.e. press, TV and computer-mediated communication and investigate how topics such as International Relations, Immigration and Climate Change are construed and interpreted by the media, and how this andquot;social construction of realityandquot; impacts on agenda-formation in public opinion and political decision taking.

PPLM6074B

30

CELEBRITY

You will explore the phenomenon of celebrity and fame from its origins to the present day, moving across a range of different media, including film, television, print media and the internet. In the process, you will examine key approaches to the study of celebrity, paying particular attention to the cultural formation of celebrity and how it is bound up with structures of power (e.g. gender, class, ethnicity). You will encounter a range of case studies that will include Classical Hollywood cinema, the coming of television, the supposed 'tabloidization' of print media, the birth of Reality TV, the growth of the celebrity scandal and the relationship between celebrity and the internet.

AMAM6090B

30

CONSUMER CULTURE AND SOCIETY

In this module you will critically examine consumer cultures within Euro-American societies, understanding consumer culture as a specific form of material culture that is not restricted to commerce, but is both an economic and cultural phenomenon. The themes explored as a part of the module will intersect with larger questions of identity, modernity and globalisation. The main aims of the module are to challenge previous claims that production determines consumption and engage with broader ideas about the negotiation of power, and how individuals use goods to construct their own cultural identities.

PPLM6061B

30

DIGITAL POLITICS

Today's political world is more than ever influenced by digital technologies, from innovative social movements to 'fake news' and digital election campaigns. We will explore how the technologies influence political processes and how political processes in turn influence technology. We will examine the impact of digital media on electoral politics, examining key election campaigns (including recent UK and US elections) and the impact of social media, big data, and targeted advertising on their results. We will investigate how social movements (from Black Lives Matter to the Alt-Right) have been transformed through their use of digital networks. We will navigate the world of online politics, with a particular focus on the new culture wars being fought out in online environments. Finally we will explore the politics of the everyday, and the political effects of the technology platforms on which we live our online lives.

PPLM6077A

30

DISSERTATION MODULE

The dissertation module gives you the opportunity to undertake research on a project of your own choosing under the supervision of a member of academic staff. The goal is to produce a dissertation of 8,000-9,000 words, which involves in-depth research on a specialist topic. An undergraduate dissertation represents a piece of independent research produced over an extended period and which demonstrates elements of originality in the selection of the topic, the use of sources and the analysis or argument contained within it. It is an opportunity to demonstrate the depth of your understanding of what you have learned across your degree course by applying concepts and theories from one or several modules to new contexts. A limited number of parliamentary internships are also available as part of this module. You will be expected to attend a series of lectures in the autumn semester which provide general advice on the process of conducting a dissertation, as well as meeting your supervisor on a regular basis over the course of the year.

PPLX6042Y

30

GENDER AND GENRE IN CONTEMPORARY CINEMA

This module offers an overview of critical and theoretical approaches to gender and genre in film and television, focusing particularly on North American media, over the last decade. Topics explored may include: the articulation and development of postfeminism in film and television; popular and independent film; feminism and authorship; media responses to the political and cultural contexts of postfeminism; responses to the recession; race and the limits of feminist representation; motherhood and fatherhood; representations of queerness. The module is taught by seminar, tutorial and screening.

AMAM6062B

30

JAPANESE FILM: NATIONAL CINEMA AND BEYOND

This module aims to introduce you to approaches to cinema as it relates to national, transnational and global discourses. Japanese cinema forms the focus of the module, largely because it has been at the forefront of non-Anglo/American cinematic discourses since the earliest periods of "world" cinema history. Investigating Japanese cinema case study films will allow you to pose a variety of important questions in relation to the history, techniques and culture of cinema as it is consumed around the world. The module is divided into three sections, roughly historically. In the first section you will examine the golden age of Japanese cinema through the works of filmmakers such as Akira Kurosawa and Yasujiro Ozu. You will explore the history of Japan's national film industry, its canonisation, the beginnings of international Japanese cinema, and some of the aesthetic innovations of Japan's cinematic "Golden Age". The second section examines Japanese genre cinema. By focusing on some of Japan's famous filmmakers and franchises, including Godzilla, you will explore Japanese film through an inter- or transnational lens. You will also consider other important questions; for example, why is it that some film genres travel and others do not? The final part of the module will consider contemporary Japanese cinema through transnational and global frameworks. You will look at the current rise in international popularity of Japanese filmmaking, assessing the importance of cycles of filmmaking, audiences and distribution to the notoriety of Japanese cinema on a global level. These discussions are intended to reframe discussions on current and past Japanese filmmaking, challenging existing theorisations of Japanese cinema by examining it through alternative methodological frameworks. There is no expectation that you should be able to speak Japanese, nor are you expected to be an expert in Japanese cultural studies. While the module does focus on the history and culture of Japan and Japanese filmmaking as specific to this national cinema, it is intended to provide you with the tools to study other national and global cinemas too. By taking in a range of frameworks from the national to the global, the module is intended to provide you with a set of theoretical concepts relevant to every cinema, everywhere and throughout film history.

AMAM6087A

30

LANGUAGE AND GENDER

Do you think gender affects the way that people speak? How do you think our language reflects gender differences in society? Do you think we can use language to create societal change? In this module, you will bring your own personal experiences to a lively critical discussion on the relationship between language and gender, putting together your own portfolio of evidence from your everyday life. You will bring your own modern-day reflections to historic studies on language and gender, starting with early 20th-century studies on how men and women use language differently, moving to 1960s sociolinguistic studies on how 'standard' language differs between women and men, and then, following the growth of the Women's Movement in the 1970s, studies on male dominance in mixed-gender talk. Finally, you will look at the recent move to reconceptualise 'gender' not as a 'fixed' phenomenon, but one that may be performed or 'interactionally achieved' in different ways in different contexts. You will bring your thoughts together in a final report, in which you will have the opportunity to reflect on the issues through your own case studies that you will collect over the course of the module. This is a 30-credit variant and it may not be taken by language and communication students.

PPLL6137A

30

FILM AND SOCIETY IN LATIN AMERICA (LEVEL 6)

You'll examine Latin American film with an emphasis on popular genres, such as horror, wrestling, melodrama, science fiction and vampire movies. Despite attracting the largest audiences in Latin America, these genres have only attracted academic attention in the twenty-first century. Through these films, you'll study prominent issues and controversies in Latin America, such as migration, dictatorship, racism, relations with the United States, gay rights, gender and prejudice. This will develop your inter-cultural awareness by actively engaging with the history and culture of the region as represented in film.

PPLH6008A

20

MAGAZINES

You will explore magazines both as cultural objects and consumer products from the emergence of the medium in the 17th century to the present day. You will critically engage with the rapidly transforming structure, nature and operations of the industry in an increasingly digital age, understanding contemporary magazines as transmedia, multi-platform brands. You will explore magazines as key sites for the negotiation of contemporary power relations. You will be examined through a series of case studies relating to the political economy of the magazine industry; promotional cultures; digital media; and gender, sexuality and the body. Your module also contains a vocational strand that seeks to equip you with knowledge of contemporary magazine production processes.

AMAM6032A

30

MULTICULTURALISM

This module looks at the political implications of the rise of multicultural societies in Europe and North America since the end of World War II. (Canada is given consideration because of its importance to these debates both as a practical model as well as a source of influential theorists.) The aim is to introduce students to a range of contemporary theoretical perspectives on multiculturalism and facilitate critical assessment of the strengths and weaknesses of such approaches in the face of competing political discourses such as nationalism and alternative forms of liberalism. Theorists under examination may include; Parekh, Kymlicka, Levy, Taylor and Modood as well as major liberal alternative views; Barry, Rawls and Raz. Among the module themes the following will be addressed; group differentiated rights; institutional racism, Islamophobia, recognition vs toleration and cultural offence. The module will also look at divergent policies adopted within European states (eg: France and Germany) and give attention to the attempts to operationalize multiculturalism in the UK in particular via the Parekh Report.

PPLX6072B

30

POLITICS AND POPULAR CULTURE

Popular culture links to politics in a variety of ways, some obvious, some less obvious. There are the politicians who seek the endorsement of film stars; there are the politicians who were film stars; and there are the rock performers who pretend that they are politicians. And then there are the states that censor popular culture, or those that sponsor it and use it as propaganda. We will explore the many ways in which popular culture and politics are linked. You will: - be introduced to competing theories of the politics of popular culture - those that see popular culture as political manipulation and those that see it as political resistance. - analyse examples of popular culture for the political ideas and values they represent. - look at how popular culture is used in political communication. - track developments in the political economy of popular culture, especially in relation to globalisation, digital media and power within the cultural industries. - debate the censorship of popular culture and use of state subsidies to promote it. - reflect on the effects of popular culture, and about its role in personal and collective identity.

PPLM6037A

30

SPORT, COMMUNICATION AND SOCIETY

Sport is now a global phenomenon. It generates billions of dollars for economies across the world, often dominates media schedules, creates global celebrities with increasing political power and patterns the lives of millions of 'ordinary' participants and fans. In short, sport is a key feature of contemporary culture that can be used to study the ways in which social organisations and relations interact and are shifting in contemporary society. The ways in which sport communicates itself to society, and the ways in which athletes, and the organisations they represent, communicate, provide fertile ground for investigation. In this module you'll typically be introduced to academics from a range of disciplinary backgrounds. The teaching team will vary from year to year but will usually include colleagues from American studies, economics, sociology, film and media studies, history, and translation studies. You'll consequently be able to address a wide range of topics while reflecting on the ways different disciplines approach the study of sport. The topics that you'll cover will might include: globalisation of labour markets in professional team sports; intercultural communication and sport; media, globalisation and sport; sport and gender; sport and race; and sport and conflict. These topics will vary slightly from year to year. Assessment and volume of work will be commensurate with credit value.

PPLC6033B

30

TOPICS IN PUBLIC OPINION

The role of public opinion is paramount in any democracy, as the public is often asked at election times and in-between elections to confer legitimacy to politicians and to their decisions. Yet what determines the public's opinion? How much does the public know about politics? How does political communication influence the public's positions? And last, but not least, how do we measure public opinion? You'll discuss old and new directions in answering these questions, drawing on political psychology and communication theories. The module is well anchored in current politics, and will provide you with the tools to understand current public opinion trends in the UK and other democracies.

PPLM6045B

30

Disclaimer

Whilst the University will make every effort to offer the modules listed, changes may sometimes be made arising from the annual monitoring, review and update of modules and regular (five-yearly) review of course programmes. Where this activity leads to significant (but not minor) changes to programmes and their constituent modules, there will normally be prior consultation of students and others. It is also possible that the University may not be able to offer a module for reasons outside of its control, such as the illness of a member of staff or sabbatical leave. In some cases optional modules can have limited places available and so you may be asked to make additional module choices in the event you do not gain a place on your first choice. Where this is the case, the University will endeavour to inform students.

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Entry Requirements

  • A Level ABB
  • International Baccalaureate 32 overall. If no GCSE equivalent is held, offer will include Mathematics and English requirements.
  • Scottish Highers Only accepted in combination with Scottish Advanced Highers.
  • Scottish Advanced Highers ABB. A combination of Advanced Highers and Highers may be acceptable.
  • Irish Leaving Certificate 3 subjects at H2, 3 subjects at H3
  • Access Course Distinction in 30 credits at level 3 and Merit in 15 credits at level 3. Humanities or Social Sciences pathway preferred. Other pathways are acceptable, please contact the University directly for further information.
  • BTEC DDM. BTEC Public Services is not accepted

Entry Requirement

UEA recognises that some students take a mixture of International Baccalaureate IB or International Baccalaureate Career-related Programme IBCP study rather than the full diploma, taking Higher levels in addition to A levels and/or BTEC qualifications. At UEA we do consider a combination of qualifications for entry, provided a minimum of three qualifications are taken at a higher Level. In addition some degree programmes require specific subjects at a higher level.
 

 

Students for whom English is a Foreign language

We welcome applications from students from all academic backgrounds. We require evidence of proficiency in English (including speaking, listening, reading and writing) at the following level:

  • IELTS: 6.5 overall (minimum 6.0 in any component)

We will also accept a number of other English language qualifications. Please click here for further information.

INTO University of East Anglia

If you do not meet the academic and/or English language requirements for this course, our partner INTO UEA offers guaranteed progression on to this undergraduate degree upon successful completion of a foundation programme. Depending on your interests and your qualifications you can take a variety of routes to this degree:

INTO UEA also offer a variety of English language programmes which are designed to help you develop the English skills necessary for successful undergraduate study:

 

Gap Year

We welcome applications from students who have already taken or intend to take a gap year.

Deferred Entry

We welcome applications for deferred entry, believing that a year between school and university can be of substantial benefit. You are advised to indicate your reason for wishing to defer entry and may wish to contact the appropriate Admissions Office directly to discuss this further.

Intakes

This course's annual intake is in September of each year.

Alternative Qualifications

We welcome a wide range of qualifications - for further information please email admissions@uea.ac.uk

 

GCSE Offer

GCSE Requirements:  GCSE English Language grade 4 and GCSE Mathematics grade 4 or GCSE English Language grade C and GCSE Mathematics grade C.

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Undergraduate University Fees and Financial Support

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Scholarships and Bursaries

We are committed to ensuring that costs do not act as a barrier to those aspiring to come to a world leading university and have developed a funding package to reward those with excellent qualifications and assist those from lower income backgrounds. 

The University of East Anglia offers a range of Scholarships; please click the link for eligibility, details of how to apply and closing dates.

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Applications need to be made via the Universities Colleges and Admissions Services (UCAS), using the UCAS Apply option.

UCAS Apply is a secure online application system that allows you to apply for full-time Undergraduate courses at universities and colleges in the United Kingdom. It is made up of different sections that you need to complete. Your application does not have to be completed all at once. The system allows you to leave a section partially completed so you can return to it later and add to or edit any information you have entered. Once your application is complete, it must be sent to UCAS so that they can process it and send it to your chosen universities and colleges.

The UCAS code name and number for the University of East Anglia is EANGL E14.

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