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Global Media Studies

08 - 26 July 2024

You will embark on a journey to explore the increasingly globalised media landscape, focusing on creativity, analytical thinking and social change.

Tab Content: Course Overview

Media shapes who we are, what we think and what we value. Digital technologies mean we have a globalised media landscape, and media touches almost every moment of our everyday lives. This undergraduate summer school includes interactive lectures, multi-media workshops and a field trip to London.

Week 1 and 2

Why do we invest so much in media texts? Whether it’s Taylor Swift, K-Pop, Pokémon, Harry Potter, or The Avengers, how do we experience being a media audience? And do we all experience media the same? Can media be used as a platform for social change? To address these questions, we will explore:

  • Global media in our everyday lives
  • Differences and similarities between ‘old’ and ‘new’ media
  • Transcultural fandom in digital spaces
  • Social media campaigns and global social change
  • Representation and inequalities in issues of gender, race, class, sexuality and more

Week 3
There will be a two-night trip to London to explore the role of media in our everyday lives. We will tour around London and think about how often we encounter media, where this happens, and how it is ingrained in our everyday experiences. Back on campus, we will discuss our trip using key media studies theory.

Intercultural and social experience

Throughout the three weeks, you will be accompanied by Lancaster Student Ambassadors, who will help you settle into Lancaster, showing you around campus, and answering your questions. They will also lead evening social activities and weekend trips, giving you plenty of chances to make new international friends.

A 2-night trip to London is also included in the programme.

Tab Content: Credits & Assessment

Students who complete this course are awarded 15 LU / 4 US / 7.5 ECTS credits.

This summer school will be assessed through three methods:

  • 10% Create a poster on fandom in pairs
  • 30% Group presentation on social media campaigning
  • 60% Reflective report (2,000 words) on media engagement

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Lancaster University Global Summer Schools

Global Experiences, Welcome Centre, Bowland College, Lancaster University LA1 4YT