This degree aims to provide you with a mature, critical and sociologically-informed understanding of the place of the mdeia in today's society, with a particular focus on the new communication and information technologies.Entry RequirementsUCAS Tariff - 300 points, from:GCE A and AS-level Tariff points typically from 3 A-levels together with either 1 AS-level or Extended Project Qualification (typical offer BCC plus a C in either an AS or EPQ). General Studies/Critical Thinking accepted.Irish Tariff points from 5 subjects.Scottish Tariff points from 3 Advanced Highers plus 1 Higher.Advanced Diploma Tariff points in Creative and Media, Society, Health and Development, or Public Services, including an A-level for Additional and Specialist Learning.BTEC ND DDM in a related subject.IB Diploma 31 points.Access Pass, including at least 50% of units with Merit or Distinction.
For all of the above, 5 GCSEs or equivalent at Grade C or above are also required, to include English.Course AimsIt is impossible to avoid all the various communications media in today's world. But precisely because the media are so central to our existence, we tend to take them for granted and to underestimate or even ignore their social and cultural impact.
Our Communications and Media Studies degree aims to remedy this situation, and to provide you with a mature, critical and sociologically-informed understanding of the place of the media in today's society, with a particular focus on the new communication and information technologies.Course ContentYou will learn, both theoretically and via hands-on experience, how the communication and information media actually work. This course enjoys a very close relationship with Sociology at Brunel, and particular attention is paid to the social and cultural dimensions of the media, and especially to the social and cultural consequences of the new technologies of communication and information.
Throughout the degree you will be encouraged to link together the theoretical and practical parts of the course as you engage in a broad-ranging sociological study of the contemporary media.Level 1This level combines a foundation in the theories and methods of the social sciences together with hands-on experience in video production.
Introduction to Media Studies
Media, Culture and Society
Introduction to Video Production
Introduction to Social and Cultural Research
Introduction to Social Enquiry
Individual and Social ProcessesLevel 2This provides more sophisticated modules in the sociology of culture, communications and media.
Research in Practice
Media, Culture and Representation
Sociology of Everyday Life: Issues in contemporary culture
Plus 20 credits from:
Ethnography of the Contemporary World
Sex and Gender
Social Divisions: Difference and Resistance
Work and SocietyLevel 3You choose between a wide range of options in leading-edge aspects of communications and media studies, most of them based on the research interests of teaching staff. Your final project may be based on practical video production.
Advanced Video Production: film, horror and the imagination
The Age of New Media
City Lives: bodies, spaces and social interactions
Comedy, Culture and the Media
Crime, Deviance and Addiction.
Health and the New Politics of ProtestTeaching and LearningOur approachWe pursue excellence in both teaching and research. Our aim is to produce degree programmes which combine innovative and classical teaching methods with leading-edge research, and which recognise the value of practical work experience in the learning process. We take great pride in both the quality of teaching and the extensive pastoral care of our students.Staff expertiseAll members of the academic staff are actively engaged in research and many have international reputations in their field. Their innovative findings feed into your courses to help ensure that teaching is lively and up-to-date. Research interests of members of the course team centre around three principal areas: media policy and regulation; media discourse; and the social impacts of new communications technologies. There is also a significant stream of interest in childhood, culture and technology.How will I be taught?The course is taught through a mixture of lectures, seminars, tutorials, practical laboratory sessions and small group projects. Lectures - Most modules involve one or two hours of lectures a week. These provide a broad overview of key concepts and ideas relating to your course and provide you with a framework from which to carry out more in-depth study.Seminars - These relatively small groups (3-15 students) are used to discuss the content of lectures and issues arising from the modules. Seminars are often student-led. You can use seminars to clarify you own ideas in an atmosphere of discussion and debate.Practicals - You will undertake practical work in video production.Laboratory/research work - All students take part in practical modules. In the first year you will experience the similarities and contrasts between methods of enquiry used in psychology, sociology and social anthropology. The investigative methods used in projects include observation, interviewing, questionnaire design, psychological testing, experimentation and more specific research techniques. As you progress through the course, direction by staff over the design and implementation of projects is reduced.One-to-one - You will get one-to-one supervision on your final year dissertation and at all levels you will have a personal tutor who is available to discuss personal and academic problems. When you go on placement, you will also be allocated a work placement tutor who will monitor your progress and provide further support if you need it. Lecturers are usually available to answer particular queries outside of scheduled hours - either in one-to-one tutorials or by e-mail.Other - Guest speakers from prominent organisations, research seminars and external site visits.AssessmentStudents are assessed using a range of methods, including coursework assignments, poster presentations, and seen and unseen examinations.CareersYou can enter a wide variety of careers ranging from public relations and corporate communications to research and production work for video and television companies. Although you will have plenty of practical experience in information technology and video production, this course is not designed to offer vocational qualifications in either information technology or film and television production.