City, University of London

Degree level: Undergraduate

Media, Communication and Sociology

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This joint degree focuses on media and communication, which are central to the way our society functions. It examines key media, communication and cultural institutions. It explores the diverse ways in which all forms of media and communication drive the global economy, shape individual identities and define contemporary social life. This course is for those students wishing to pursuing postgraduate careers in media and related research fields such as professional journalism training and careers in publishing, advertising, public relations, marketing and arts administration and policy. There are also an increasing number of employment opportunities in the rapidly expanding new cultural and creative industries sector of the economy. This course will enable you to develop the methodological expertise to analyse social data, as well as the analytical capability to identify and engage with social policy debates. You will develop specific skills relevant to a variety of professions, as well as critical thinking, which is prized in graduate employment. The degree's affiliation with the Q-Step Centre ensures that graduates possess strong data literacy and quantitative methods skills, which are highly sought after in sectors as diverse as the government and local government, education, market research organisations, the not-for-profit sector, the financial sector and the news media. You can further your data skills through a Quantitative Methods (QM) pathway for your final 2 years of study.                                

Course details


Year one Core modules:

  • Academic and Professional Practice
  • Media History and Society
  • Contemporary Issues in Media and Communication
  • Lies, Damned Lies and Statistics
  • Producing Social Data
  • Classical Sociological Theory
  • Researching society: Qualitative Methods
  • Sociology in Action
Year 2 Core modules:
  • News and society
  • New Media Challenges
You must then pick four or five core elective modules with at least one of them being a methods module:
  • Contemporary Social Theory
  • Understanding Social Change
  • Sociology of Race and Racism
  • Gender and Society
  • Quantitative Analysis of Social Research Data (methods)
  • Qualitative Analysis of Social Research Data (methods)
Elective modules:
  • You can then choose up to three from the following:
  • Work Placement
  • Web Creation and Digital Storytelling
  • Gender & Crime
  • Key Issues in Criminology
  • Visualising Society
  • Reporting conflict
  • Visual Journalism
Year 3 Core modules: Sociology dissertation You must then pick between two and four core Sociology elective modules from:
  • Global Media and Sport
  • Political Communication
  • International marketing of cultures
  • Celebrity and Society
Elective modules: You can then choose up to three from the following:
  • Global Migration Process
  • Multivariate Analysis
  • Education, Skills and the Job Market
  • Poverty: What counts?
  • Crime, Culture and the City
  • Culture, Race, Difference
  • Changing ideas about society in the 21st century
  • Interrogating Consumer Culture
  • Publishing in the Digital Age
- Women and Writing

Assessment method

Assessment is primarily in the form of coursework (assessed essays, policy and research, group presentations and other assignments) unseen examinations and a final-year dissertation. The balance of assessment by examination, practical examination and assessment by coursework will to some extent depend on the optional modules you choose.

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  • Year 1

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