Culture and Society 2


This module explores themes and debates characterizing contemporary culture and society. It deepens and extends an understanding and ethical consideration of material covered in C&S1.  

The module considers issues characterizing a shifting media landscape. Issues around new forms of communication, networked culture, social media, big tech, populism, copyright, privacy, surveillance, public service broadcasting, the future of news, etc. are all up for examination and consideration. Wider concerns such as environmentalism, geopolitics, race, class and gender are also woven through module content. 

The module proceeds through seminar presentations, student discussion and a presentation of an essay at the end of each semester. Students will be assessed on two seminar presentations and two essays over the two semesters. The opportunity also exists for field trips to museums, theatres, film festivals, comedy festivals, literature and arts festivals (Cuirt and Tulca). 

Learning Outcomes

  1. Design a topic of contemporary concern and develop a rich understanding of topic and its ethical contours through the research process  

  2. Demonstrate a solid grasp of new research skills necessary to locate and access information through libraries, databases and other online resources

  3. Develop further analytical and critical skills through the consideration of written texts and visual resources

  4. Construct a confident presentation through PowerPoint and engage in considered and constructive debate

  5. Implement the principles of essay writing as a clear and succinct mode of communication

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