Module code: SOC2085

Module Overview

In this compulsory module in the BSc in Media and Communications degree, students will research, investigate and communicate knowledge about the global nature and implications of media and communications. Students will delve into theories and practical case studies around inequalities and diversities within media and communications, cross-media case studies from around the world, global mediated politics, mediated families, mediated childhood and societies. Students will develop significant digital capabilities through both their assignments. Students will be equipped to engage with media and communications scholarship from the global south and to mobilize theoretical lenses from communications studies across diverse national and cultural contexts. Students will use their digital, global and cultural capabilities to synthesize and communicate knowledge to a variety of sectors and stakeholders.

Module provider


Module Leader

DAS Ranjana (Sociology)

Number of Credits: 15

ECTS Credits: 7.5

Framework: FHEQ Level 5

Module cap (Maximum number of students): N/A

Overall student workload

Workshop Hours: 4

Independent Learning Hours: 102

Lecture Hours: 11

Seminar Hours: 11

Guided Learning: 11

Captured Content: 11

Module Availability

Semester 2

Prerequisites / Co-requisites


Module content

  • The need for global media and communications

  • Methods of comparative research in media and communications

  • Transnational and diasporic media and audiences

  • Global mediated politics

  • Children and the media in a global frame

  • Media and the movement of people and communities

  • Emerging digital technologies in a global context

Assessment pattern

Assessment type Unit of assessment Weighting
Project (Group/Individual/Dissertation) Vlog 100

Alternative Assessment


Assessment Strategy

The assessment strategy is designed to allow students to demonstrate that they have met the 4 learning outcomes associated with this module.


The assessments offer students the opportunity to demonstrate that they can 1) articulate key global implications of media and communications through oral, audio-visual and written means; 2) that they can

apply relevant theories and concepts from global media and communications to analyze and evaluate contemporary case studies in mediated societies; 3) that they can communicate and present evidence, information and research in confident ways to diverse audiences


The  summative assessment for this module consists of:

  • A vlog (addresses learning outcomes: 1, 2, 3


Vlog: In this vlog students will prepare and submit a video production on Surrey Learn using Panopto. Put simply – a vlog – is like a blog – but is done on video. Each student’s vlog built on a set topic chosen from a range of provided topics, tells a powerful, compelling story where the vlog is a student’s own, individual creative endeavour. The vlog must show evidence of module content – theories, concepts, frameworks and cases – being used and applied. The topics provided may be a new development in media and communications, particular global dimensions to a media topics, or a significant emergent new case study. Students will undertake research and compile a video presentation using evidence-based arguments, and ensuring that complex issues are communicated in a way that is accessible. Making presentations time limited means students must distil key information. Feedback can be sought at various stages of this process.


Formative assessment and feedback


The vlog is linked to formative submission of a plan. An ungraded vlog production plan of 500 words to be submitted halfway through the semester. This will present detailed plans for the summative assessment and benefit from feedback. Whilst ungraded, this submission is highly encouraged. Formative submissions will allow students the opportunity to get informal feedback on their work in preparation for summative assignments. Such an opportunity is also going to arise with seminar activities and sessions preparing students for the summative assignments. In addition, weekly teaching and learning embeds activities which build in numerous moments of formative feedback which are explicitly linked to summative assignment preparation.

Module aims

  • Prepare students to research and evaluate the global nature of media and communications as a field
  • Equip students to investigate and analyze global case studies and issues in relation to inequalities and diversities in media and communications
  • Enable students to use and engage with frameworks, cases and concepts from diverse national and cultural contexts
  • Develop students¿ competencies and capacities to communicate and present evidence, information and advice to a range of academic and non-academic audiences

Learning outcomes

Attributes Developed
001 Students will develop key digital capabilities and be able to articulate societal implications of datafication and emerging digital technologies through oral, audio-visual and written means. KCPT
002 Students will be able to apply relevant theories and concepts to analyze and evaluate global case studies in datafied societies, developing global and cultural capabilities. KC
003 Students will be able to develop and design good-practice recommendations for a variety of sectors engaging with emerging digital technologies, enhancing their employability. CPT
004 Students will be able to enhance their employability and resourcefulness by communicating and presenting evidence, information and recommendations to both academic and non-academic audiences. CPT

Attributes Developed

C - Cognitive/analytical

K - Subject knowledge

T - Transferable skills

P - Professional/Practical skills

Methods of Teaching / Learning

The learning and teaching strategy is designed to equip students with analytical and practical skills with which to research media and communications in a global framework, and to evaluate and present evidence on a range of media subjects across national and cultural contexts. In this module students will engage with methods involving comparative media research, and cases including mediated politics, societies and families. These topics are designed to support students’ journey into understanding the global nature of changing media environments and their unequal manifestations and implications across the world. The module content deals with cutting-edge and contemporary case studies and new foci often emerge as the media landscape evolves.


Lectures, seminars and workshops may include a range of methods including but not restricted to


Role plays


TED Talks

Video analyses

Policy analyses


Animations and concept-explainers

Indicated Lecture Hours (which may also include seminars, tutorials, workshops and other contact time) are approximate and may include in-class tests where one or more of these are an assessment on the module. In-class tests are scheduled/organised separately to taught content and will be published on to student personal timetables, where they apply to taken modules, as soon as they are finalised by central administration. This will usually be after the initial publication of the teaching timetable for the relevant semester.

Reading list
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Other information

The Department of Sociology is committed to developing graduates with strengths in Employability, Digital Capabilities, Global and Cultural Capabilities, Sustainability, and Resourcefulness and Resilience. This module is designed to allow students to develop knowledge, skills, and capabilities in the following areas:

  • Employability: Students will be supported to enhance their employability in a mediated age as they will be designing collections, conducting research and producing high-quality video outputs through the module, directly addressing the employability pillar.  
  • Digital capabilities: In this module, students will focus on the global implications of changing media environments, working with global case studies that alter year on year to reflect the latest in terms of the media environment. Close to all lectures out of the 11 lectures address this pillar. Across the assessments (the Global Media Collection and the Vlog) students will develop specific digital capabilities as they will explore a diverse range of digital tools, enabling them to create visually engaging and professional content to effectively convey key concepts and information in a clear, concise, accessible and visually appealing manner.
  • Global and cultural capabilities: This pillar is foundational to Global Media and Communications. Students will develop their global and cultural capabilities by engaging with global cases, frameworks, inequalities, diversities and build knowledge specifically centring the global South and data justice across diverse communities.

Programmes this module appears in

Programme Semester Classification Qualifying conditions
Media and Communication BSc (Hons) 2 Compulsory A weighted aggregate mark of 40% is required to pass the module

Please note that the information detailed within this record is accurate at the time of publishing and may be subject to change. This record contains information for the most up to date version of the programme / module for the 2025/6 academic year.