Media, Culture and Society BSc (Hons) - 2017/8

Awarding body

University of Surrey

Teaching institute

University of Surrey

Framework

FHEQ Level 6

Final award and programme/pathway title

BSc (Hons) Media, Culture and Society

Subsidary award(s)

Award Title
Ord Media, Culture and Society
DipHE Media, Culture and Society
CertHE Media, Culture and Society

Modes of study

Route code Credits and ECTS Credits
Full-time ULE10009 360 credits and 180 ECTS credits
Full-time with PTY ULE10009 480 credits and 240 ECTS credits

JACs code

L300, P300

QAA Subject benchmark statement (if applicable)

Sociology

Other internal and / or external reference points

N/A

Faculty and Department / School

Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences - Sociology

Programme Leader

DAS R Dr (Sociology)

Date of production/revision of spec

21/11/2017

Educational aims of the programme

To provide students with a well-founded education in concepts, theories and principles of the study of contemporary societies and the ways in which these might be applied to culture and media.

To provide a high quality, intellectually rigorous and up-to-date coverage of the social and cultural significance of media.

To enable students to use a range of analytical tools in order to evaluate and conduct research on society in general and on the culture and media in particular.

To develop students' understanding of the interplay between social institutions, cultural forms, media and contemporary forms of collective life.

To encourage critical, inquisitive and independent thought among students in their examination of media, culture and society.

To develop in students a broad range of communicative, analytical and organisational skills.

To develop in students a broad range of communicative, analytical and organisational skills, and the confidence and knowledge to apply these skills in their careers after graduation.

Programme learning outcomes

Attributes Developed Awards Ref.
Have a critical understanding of the elements of social theory relevant to an understanding of the contemporary world and their application in the study of culture and media. K BSc (Hons)
Have a critical understanding of the impact of media upon organisations, institutions and individuals in contemporary societies. K BSc (Hons)
Be familiar with the range of qualitative and quantitative methods used to generate data in sociological research. K BSc (Hons)
Display knowledge of different approaches to sociological research on culture and media. K BSc (Hons)
Be aware of the links between the analysis of culture and media and other sociological topics. K BSc (Hons)
Be able to design and execute sociological research studies, and be competent in the collection, management and analysis of research data K BSc (Hons)
Be able to synthesise and evaluate data from a variety of sources, and evaluate the relationship between theoretical arguments and evidence K BSc (Hons)
Familiarity with and critical appreciation of the key elements of social theory necessary for understanding the study of culture and media. K Ord
Familiarity with and critical appreciation of the main theoretical perspectives and debates in social theory with respect to media, culture and society. K Ord
Familiarity with and understanding of the range and application of qualitative and quantitative methods used to produce data in sociological research. K Ord
A critical understanding of the most recent developments in sociological theory, methodology and methods. K Ord
Have acquired sufficient knowledge of sociological concepts and theory to be able to challenge received opinion, evaluate their own work and report effectively K DipHE
Have acquired basic knowledge of sociological concepts and theories K CertHE
To be able to understand standard sociological text books K CertHE
Identify, summarise and apply key concepts in social theory, culture and media. C BSc (Hons)
Distinguish between and evaluate different methodological approaches to the study of society, culture and media. C BSc (Hons)
Synthesise and evaluate data from a variety of sources. C BSc (Hons)
Critically compare and contrast different theoretical approaches to media, culture and society. C BSc (Hons)
Identify and interpret the relationships between technologies, institutions, texts, audiences and wider sociocultural relations. C BSc (Hons)
Critically compare and contrast different theoretical approaches within the discipline C BSc (Hons)
Plan, conduct and report an individual research study C BSc (Hons)
Identify, critically assess and apply key concepts to a range of relevant issues in media, culture and society. C Ord
Distinguish between and evaluate different methodological approaches to the study of media, culture and society. C Ord
Synthesise and evaluate data from a variety of primary and secondary sources. C Ord
Evaluate the relationship between theories and concepts and empirical evidence. C Ord
Critically evaluate, contrast and challenge different theoretical approaches within the discipline. C Ord
Have acquired further social research skills to enable them, with autonomy, to perform straightforward research tasks C DipHE
Have acquired a basic foundation of social research skills to enable them to perform simple research tasks with guidance C CertHE
Design and carry out social research focused upon media and culture using a variety of methods. P BSc (Hons)
Collect, manage and analyse quantitative and qualitative data competently. P BSc (Hons)
Locate, organise and use appropriate theories and concepts in order to inform social research. P BSc (Hons)
Collect, evaluate and utilise relevant primary and secondary sources in order to inform and resolve questions and problems related to the social theory of culture and media. P BSc (Hons)
Work individually and as part of a group to elaborate upon key issues and debates relating to media, culture and society. P BSc (Hons)
Produce a curriculum vitae. P BSc (Hons)
Design and execute independent research using a variety of methods. P Ord
Produce, manage and analyse quantitative and qualitative data. P Ord
Locate, evaluate and apply appropriate theories and concepts to inform both data production and analysis. P Ord
Identify, collect and apply relevant primary and secondary sources to inform and resolve theoretical or empirical issues. P Ord
Work individually and as part of a group to critically reflect upon key debates and substantive matters in media, culture and society. P Ord
Have demonstrated an ability to utilise library and electronic learning material in self-directed learning P DipHE
Be able to access learning materials from library and electronic resources P CertHE
Communicate ideas, principles and theories by oral, written and visual means. T BSc (Hons)
Formulate and solve problems, both individually and as part of a team. T BSc (Hons)
Work towards targets under pressure through discipline and careful organisation. T BSc (Hons)
Use information technologies for a variety of generic and subject specific purposes. T BSc (Hons)
Apply and present basic statistical and numerical data in an appropriate way. T BSc (Hons)
Carry out a set of responsibilities in a work environment (for those who undertake a professional placement year only). T BSc (Hons)
Communicate ideas, principles and theories by oral, written and visual means. T Ord
Formulate and solve problems, both individually and as part of a team. T Ord
Work towards targets under pressure through discipline and careful organisation T Ord
Use information technologies for a variety of generic and subject specific purposes. T Ord
Apply and present basic statistical and numerical data in an appropriate way. T Ord
Carry out a set of responsibilities in a work environment (for those who undertake a professional placement year only). T Ord
Be ready to develop professional working relationships T DipHE
Have attained a reasonable level of computer literacy and study skills T CertHE

Attributes Developed

C - Cognitive/analytical

K - Subject knowledge

T - Transferable skills

P - Professional/Practical skills

Programme structure

Full-time

This Bachelor's Degree (Honours) programme is studied full-time over three academic years, consisting of 360 credits (120 credits at FHEQ levels 4, 5 and 6). All modules are semester based and worth 15 credits with the exception of project, practice based and dissertation modules.
Possible exit awards include:
- Bachelor's Degree (Ordinary) (300 credits)
- Diploma of Higher Education (240 credits)
- Certificate of Higher Education (120 credits)

Full-time with PTY

This Bachelor's Degree (Honours) programme is studied full-time over four academic years, consisting of 480 credits (120 credits at FHEQ levels 4, 5, 6 and the optional professional training year). All modules are semester based and worth 15 credits with the exception of project, practice based and dissertation modules.
Possible exit awards include:
- Bachelor's Degree (Ordinary) (300 credits)
- Diploma of Higher Education (240 credits)
- Certificate of Higher Education (120 credits)

Programme Adjustments (if applicable)

N/A

Modules

Year 3 (with PTY) - FHEQ Level 6

Optional modules for Year 3 (with PTY) - FHEQ Level 6

Students take the dissertation (45 credits) across the whole year plus THREE options from Semester 1 and TWO from Semester 2.

Professional Training Year (PTY) - Professional Training Year

Optional modules for Professional Training Year (PTY) - Professional Training Year

N/A

Opportunities for placements / work related learning / collaborative activity

Associate Tutor(s) / Guess Speakers / Visiting Academics Y
Professional Training Year (PTY) Y
Placement(s) (study or work that are not part of PTY) N
Clinical Placement(s) (that are not part of the PTY scheme) N
ERASMUS Study (that is not taken during Level P) N
Study exhange(s) (that are not part of the ERASMUS scheme) Y Yes
Dual degree N

Quality assurance

The Regulations and Codes of Practice for taught programmes can be found at:

https://www.surrey.ac.uk/quality-enhancement-standards

Please note that the information detailed within this record is accurate at the time of publishing and may be subject to change. This record contains information for the most up to date version of the programme / module for the 2017/8 academic year.