In a typical week you will have around 12 contact hours of teaching. The precise contact hours will depend on the optional modules selected and in the final year you will normally have slightly less contact time in order to do more independent study. You can also have contact time with staff outside of formal teaching as arranged with staff members.
Typically, class contact time will be structured around:-
- An interactive lecture that will outline the topic under discussion (this could be a topic such as gender, race, class, disability, emotion, memory, fake news, sport, theories etc.).
- A seminar activity that might involve table discussions, group tasks, debates, analysis of media/cultural outputs, questions, readings etc.
- Seminar tasks are usually structured around small groups.
In addition to the contact time, you are expected to undertake around 36 hours of personal self-study per week (9 hours per module). Typically, this will involve reading journal articles and books, working on individual or group projects, undertaking research in the library and online, watching/listening to specific media output for analysis and preparing coursework assignments and presentations.
Independent learning is supported by a range of excellent learning facilities, including the Hive and library resources, virtual learning environments, and extensive electronic learning resources.
You will be taught by a teaching team whose expertise and knowledge are closely matched to the content of the modules on the course. Teaching is informed by research and all your lecturers have a PhD and/or a higher education teaching qualification.
The team includes:
Dr Barbara Mitra: (UW Teaching Fellow and HEA Fellow): Specialisms include Gender and the Media, Children and Media, Social Media, Advertising.
Dr John Parham: Specialisms include ecocriticism, Victorian Studies, Critical Pedagogy, Popular Culture and Green Media.
Dr Simon Hardy: (Senior Lecturer and HEA Fellow): Specialisms include Contemporary and Historical Analysis of Pornography/Erotica as a Cultural Genre.
The course provides opportunities to test understanding and learning informally through the completion of practice or 'formative' assignments. Each module has one or more formal or 'summative' assessments which are graded and count towards the overall module grade.
Assessment methods include essays, oral presentations, portfolios, textual analysis, literature reviews, reports, commentaries, reflections, diaries, journals, project reports and blog contributions.
The precise assessment requirements for an individual student in an academic year will vary according to the mandatory and optional modules taken, but a typical formal summative assessment pattern for each year of the course is:
Year 1: Mandatory modules include two textual analysis (1500 words, 2000 words), Commentary (1500 words and portfolio 2500 words). The year long mandatory modules have two assignments.
Year 1: Optional modules include Essays (1000 words, 1250 words), textual analysis (1000 words), Literature Review (1000 words), Portfolio (500 words, 2500 words, 2500 words), Oral Presentation (15 minutes, 500 words), Report on Task (1000 words). Commentary (1500 words). The optional modules have two assignments.
Year 2: Mandatory modules include Essays (2000 words), Comprehension Test (2000 words), Identity Analysis (2000 words) and Research Project Proposal (2000 words). The year long mandatory modules have two assignments.
Year 2: Optional modules include Essay plans (500 words), Essay (1750 words, 2000 words, 1500 words), Oral presentation (500 words & 5-10 minute), Diary Synopsis (750 words), Project Report (1250 words), Context analysis (1000 words), Participation in Social Media (1500 words), in Class test (500 words), Research Proposal (1500 words), Audience responses (1500 words). The optional modules have two assignments.
Year 3: Mandatory module include Research Project/Essay (6000-7000 words).
Year 3: Optional modules include Critical reflection (750 words,1500 words), Essay (2000 words, 1750 words, 1500-2000 words, 2500 words, 3000 words), plan (750 words), Analysis of Television (2000 words), Presentation (10 minutes, and interview with body worker also 10 minutes), Case Study (2500 words), Diary Synopsis/CV (750 words plus 2 page CV), Portfolio (500-700 words, 1500), Radio Script and Evaluation (8 minutes and 1500 words), Literature Review (1500 words). The optional modules have two assignments.
You will receive feedback on practice assessments and on formal assessments undertaken by coursework. Feedback is intended to support learning and you are encouraged to discuss it with personal academic tutors and module tutors as appropriate. As well as formal feedback, you may also receive informal feedback.
We aim to provide you with feedback on formal course work assessments within 20 working days of hand-in.