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Popular Culture, Media & Society - SOC00004I

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  • Department: Sociology
  • Module co-ordinator: Prof. David Beer
  • Credit value: 30 credits
  • Credit level: I
  • Academic year of delivery: 2017-18

Module will run

Occurrence Teaching cycle
A Autumn Term 2017-18 to Summer Term 2017-18

Module aims

This module helps students to develop an understanding of the sociological significance of popular culture and its dissemination through contemporary media. The module aims to foster critical approaches in understanding the social implications of media and popular culture (with reference to sociological issues such as power, class, networks, community, production and consumption). The sessions will draw upon examples and sociological literature to explore the relations between popular culture, media and society. As a result students will be introduced throughout the nodule to theoretical and empirical work that has been conducted into these relations and will develop strategies for thinking sociologically about popular culture and the media.

Module learning outcomes

By the end of the module:

  • Students will develop understandings of sociological work on popular culture and the media.
  • Students will develop an understanding of the relations between popular culture, media and society.
  • Students will develop a sound understanding of a range of theoretical and empirical approaches for understanding popular culture, media and society
  • Students will be familiar with, and will be able to apply, some key theoretical concepts for the study of popular culture, media and society.


Task Length % of module mark
1000 Word Review Article
N/A 20
3000 Word Essay
N/A 40
Radio Programme
N/A 40

Special assessment rules



Task Length % of module mark
3000 Word Essay
N/A 100

Module feedback

As in the First Year, you will continue to receive feedback on your formative assessments via the meetings with your supervisor at the beginning of term. It remains important to attend these meetings with the relevant documentation. However, you will ALSO receive extended feedback on the summative assessment work submitted in this second stage of your degree.

Because all of your summative work is examined by at least two members of the Department, and much of it will also be considered by the external examiners, there is an obvious conflict between the time that this takes and our desire to get feedback to you in useful format as swiftly as possible. For this reason, we will release the marks and the feedback forms to you as soon as they have been agreed internally that is, within the Department and before the external examiners have approved them. This means that we can get the feedback to you at least a fortnight earlier than would otherwise be the case but it also means that the marks for each module may change depending on the decisions of the external examiners, although this is rare.

You should note that, due to the fact that all submissions are second-marked and examined by multiple members of the academic staff, there is no appeal against the marks given.

Essays and other coursework: Detailed feedback for your essays will be found on the feedback forms you receive and through comments written on the work itself. These forms rate your performance according to essay content, organisation and style, using the benchmarks provided by the Departments published marking criteria. They will comment further and in detail about any specific strengths and weaknesses, and will provide suggestions as to how you might improve your work in future. You should make an appointment to see your supervisor to discuss these forms and it may be helpful to take with you a copy of the written work that you submitted. If further clarification is required, this may in consultation with your supervisor be sought from one of the examiners.

Examinations: Feedback for examinations will normally take the form of the mark received for the examination. The Department will, however, also make your scripts available to you for inspection.

Indicative reading

  • Hesmondhalgh, D. (2007). The Cultural Industries (2nd Edition).
  • Strinati, D. (2004) An Introduction to Theories of Popular Culture (2nd ed.)
  • Storey, J. (2000). Cultural Theory, Popular Culture: An Introduction.
  • Storey, J. (1994). Cultural Theory and Popular Culture: A Reader.

The information on this page is indicative of the module that is currently on offer. The University is constantly exploring ways to enhance and improve its degree programmes and therefore reserves the right to make variations to the content and method of delivery of modules, and to discontinue modules, if such action is reasonably considered to be necessary by the University. Where appropriate, the University will notify and consult with affected students in advance about any changes that are required in line with the University's policy on the Approval of Modifications to Existing Taught Programmes of Study.