HM5204: New Media Literacy

HM5204: New Media Literacy

Please note this module descriptor is indicative of the structure of this course and may be subject to change.

Module Title New Media Literacy
Module Code HM5204
Module Tutor Arran Stibbe
School School of Education and Humanities
CAT Points 15
Level of Study 5
Brief Description

This module introduces students to the critical reading and writing of media texts such as newspapers, magazines and social media. As well as gaining skills in analysing media texts to reveal underlying meanings, students will gain skills in writing media pieces for publication in online forums such as Facebook, twitter or blogs.

Indicative Syllabus

This module helps students develop skills in critical reading and writing of media texts. The texts that students analyse range from traditional media such as newspapers and magazines, to social media including online forums such as Facebook, Twitter and blogs. Topics include genre, conceptual meaning, interpersonal meaning, discourse, reading and writing positions, advertising, and comedy. As well critical reading of media, students will engage in writing their own media pieces on topics they are interested in and publish them in online forums such as Facebook, Twitter or their own blogs.  

Learning Outcomes

A student passing this module should be able to demonstrate that they:

  1. can analyse the differing language features and styles that are found in the new and traditional media
  2. can successfully join and participate in online forums in a non-confrontational manner
  3. can explain how the relationships, identities and hierarchies found in the real world can also be found developing in online forums
  4. can critique conventional wisdom on important twenty-first century topics as population, energy, water, and financial insecurity
  5. can communicate effectively in a variety of contexts, including new media.
Learning and Teaching Activities Scheduled Contact Hours: 28
Independent Learning Hours: 122
Assessment (For further details see the Module Guide) 001: 0% Assignment: Individual: Poster: 1000 words or equivalent
002: 100% Portfolio: 2000 words or equivalent
Special Assessment Requirements

Both elements of assessment must be passed in order to pass the module.

Indicative Resources The current reading list can be found in the Module Guide, which your lecturer should make available via Moodle.

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