An Introduction to Media Studies

Ref: C3741340

A fascinating and modern subject, it is one of the most influential products of the 21st century. By examining the relevance it has on our society, culture and economic environment we will have a greater understanding of the role it plays in our lives. The course will enable students to understand the how’s and why media institutions operate as they do. It will look at the representation or exclusion of some issues by the media, the role of new technologies and the opportunities and challenges offered. The course will explore the central role of the media in our everyday lives and challenges the common sense assumptions that surround it.

Course aim

To provide an insight into the ever-changing role of media studies and to see how influential it is over our society, culture and everyday lives.

Do I need any particular skills or experience?

  • No skills or experience needed
  • This course is suitable for beginners and improvers

By the end of the course I should be able to:

  • Identify key elements in the understanding of the term, media
  • Explain how the media represents diverse social experiences
  • Offer a great insight into the way our modern world works
  • Analyse the way media reflects, represents and influences
  • Understand an over-view of the term, media

How will I be taught?

  • The WEA tutor will use a range of different teaching and learning methods and encourage you and the group to be actively involved in your learning
  • You may be asked to undertake additional work in your own time to support your learning

What kind of feedback can I expect?

  • A range of informal activities will be used by the tutor to see what you are learning which may include quizzes, question and answer, small projects and discussion
  • You will have opportunities to discuss your progress with your tutor
  • You will be encouraged to share your work with the group and discuss your learning
  • You will be encouraged to consider other students work and give your opinions and suggestions

What else do I need to know?

  • Nothing else is needed
  • A selection of materials and basic equipment will be provided but you are welcome to bring additional materials with you
  • It would be helpful if you had access to the internet (Mobile phone, tablet or computer at home or through a library etc.)

Pre-course work, reading and information sources

  • No pre reading is required but research on the subject on the internet or in the library may be helpful

What can I do next?

  • Progress to another WEA course
  • Progress to a course with another provider
  • Become involved with the WEA in a range of voluntary work and other activities including campaigning as a WEA member

Download full course outline

An Introduction to Media Studies Course Outline

Enrolment Conditions

You can enrol online if you meet all of the following requirements:

  • are paying the standard fee or are on any of the qualifying benefits
  • are paying with a credit/debit card or are not paying a fee because of a qualifying benefit
  • have a valid email address
  • have been resident in the UK, EU or EEA for the last 3 years
  • are aged 19 years or older on 1st September 2017
  • have read and accept the standard terms and conditions
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