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Media Text: Practices and Audiences (6 points)


Leader: Mary Griffiths

Not offered in 2003.

Synopsis: An analysis of realism as a regime of truth in a range of examples chosen from familiar media forms: news reporting, photographs, reality TV, community advice, documentary, soap operas, policy speeches, commentary and advertising. Medical, pornographic, scientific, historical and legal regimes of representation are studied as technologies through which audiences are provided with ways to think about themselves and others. Participation in on-line forum.

Assessment: Dossier (2000 words): 50% + Examination (2.5 hours): 50%

Contact Hours: 2 hours per week

Prerequisites: a first-year sequence in Communications or a related discipline

Prohibitions: GSC2413

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