Course Overview

The Media and Cultural Studies degree at Lancaster is theoretical and analytical but contains practical components and skills embedded within the core curriculum. 

In your first year, you’ll gain an introduction to studying media and culture critically and will have the opportunity to examine historical and contemporary issues and debates. You’ll begin your degree covering themes including media, politics and power; subculture and marginal cultures; the role played by media in contemporary activist movements; the relationship between media, gender, race, ability, disability and body image; and making, reforming and hacking the public sphere.

Part One Media and Culture Studies is complemented by other first year courses offered by the Department, such as Sociology, Gender and Women’s Studies and Contemporary Social Problems. You can also take courses offered by other departments.

In your second year, you’ll take two compulsory courses: Critical Cultural Theory and Research Methods. You will have an exciting opportunity to study abroad in your second year as part of our excellent exchange programme with Carleton University in Ottawa, Canada.

In your final year, you must complete an independent research Dissertation, where staff will support you on a topic of your choice. In addition to these core subjects, you’ll be able to select from a vast range of optional modules, including Consumer Culture and Advertising, Information Society and Virtual Cultures, Media in the Global Age, Viral Video Production, Gender and Media, and Visual Media and Culture.

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