Students have to choose to study in depth one of the topics below:
Contemporary media regulation:
• What is the nature of contemporary media regulation compared with previous practices?
• What are the arguments for and against specific forms of contemporary media regulation?
• How effective are regulatory practices?
• What are the wider social issues relating to media regulation?
• What kinds of media are increasingly global in terms of production and distribution?
• How have global media developed, in historical terms, and how inclusive is this trend in reality?
• What kinds of audience behaviour and consumption are increasingly global?
• What are the arguments for and against global media, in relation to content, access, representation and identity?
Media and collective identity:
• How do the contemporary media represent nations, regions and ethnic/social/collective groups of people in different ways?
• How does contemporary representation compare to previous time periods?
• What are the social implications of different media representations of groups of people?
• To what extent is human identity increasingly ‘mediated’?
Media in the online age:
• How have online media developed?
• What has been the impact of the internet on media production?
• How far has the worldwide web had a democratising effect for audiences?
• To what extent has convergence transformed the media?
• What are the different versions of post-modernism (historical period, style, theoretical approach)?
• What are the arguments for and against understanding some forms of media as post-modern?
• How do post-modern media texts challenge traditional text-reader relations and the concept of representation?
• In what ways do media audiences and industries operate differently in a post-modern world?