Media, Communication and Sociology BSc (Hons) Course overview
This joint degree focuses on media and communication, which are central to the way our society functions. It examines key media, communication and cultural institutions.
A broad range of elective modules – linked to the research expertise of our academic staff – let you tailor the degree to your interests. Modules currently include topics spanning publishing, new media, law, celebrity, global media and sport.
You will develop strong critical thinking skills and analytical ability, allowing you to engage in social policy debates. You will also develop data literacy and quantitative skills, which appeal to a broad range of employers.
- Develop highly sought-after data literacy and quantitative skills, thanks to our strong links with City’s Q-Step Centre
- Opt onto a Q-Step quantitative methods pathway: benefit from a heightened focus on data skills, a workplace Data Placement in Year 2, and an optional international work placement
- Boost your employability with an optional placement year
- Take advantage of excellent media internship opportunities thanks to our central London location.
A particular strength of the BSc (Hons) Media, Communications and Sociology at City is that the degree is part of the City Q-Step Centre, a centre of excellence devoted to developing the data literacy and quantitative methods skills of undergraduate social scientists.
Throughout the three years of this BSc Media, Communication and Sociology degree, you’ll work individually and in groups to understand and analyse society and the media, developing a nuanced understanding of both.
Media History and Society (15 credits)
This module provides you with an introduction to the main themes and issues in media history from the 15th century printing revolution to the 21st century streaming revolution.
Contemporary Issues in Media and Communication (15 credits)
This module provides you with an introduction to the main themes and issues at the heart of media studies and shows how sociological concepts such as power, class and gender can be applied to media studies.
Classical Social Theory (15 Credits)
This module focuses on the development of social theory in the nineteenth and early twentieth centuries. The overall objective of this course is to enhance your ability to think theoretically.
Sociology in Action (15 Credits)
The module provides an introduction to some of the main areas of research and debate in contemporary sociology.
Researching Society: Qualitative Methods (15 Credits)
This module introduces you to qualitative research methods in the social sciences and is designed to prepare you with the basic research skills to conduct research in sociology, criminology and media studies.
Lies, Damned Lies and Statistics (15 credits)
Numbers are everywhere: in the media, in political and policy debate, in advertising and in social research. This module helps you develop a critical approach to statistical claims and the analysis of quantitative data.
Producing Social Data (15 credits)
This module provides an introductory overview of the processes involved in the production and collation of large scale data sets. The focus will be mainly be on social surveys although other sources of large scale data will also be discussed.
Academic and Professional Practice (15 credits)
This module introduces you to the key skills required for a successful academic career and enables you to see how this will fit with your longer-term life-goals. The first term focuses on academic practice and the second on professional practice.
Deepen your understanding of news and new media, and society. In Year 2 you take six core modules; you can choose one methods module and one other elective. In Year 2 you will have the option to join the Quantitative Method pathway. This pathway includes eight core modules – these are indicated by an asterisk below.
New Media Challenges* (15 Credits)
This module a) provides an introduction to the social consequences of the Internet and the convergence of the previously separate technologies of broadcasting, computing and communications b) introduces you to major sociological contributions to these issues.
News and Society* (15 credits)
This module provides a firm theoretical and empirical foundation for understanding the production of news as well as the social and political effects of news in contemporary society.
Creative Technologies Project* (15 credits)
This module develops your theoretical and practical knowledge of the impact of creative technologies on contemporary creative industries. It examines the history of different media platforms and the rapid changes in formats and audience consumption, for example in the music and film industries.
Social Action Project (15 credits)
This module a) provides an introduction to principles of social action research, active citizenship and applied learning b) an understanding of the transferability of sociological learning c) enhances employability through supporting you to undertake practical activities and group work in the community.
Understanding Social Change* (15 credits)
This module examines some of the most consequential changes that have taken place in recent decades such as the emergence of modernity and how this has brought about new forms of social inequality, identities and patterns of social conflict.
Contemporary Social Theory* (15 credits)
This module focuses on the development of social theory in the late twentieth and early twenty-first centuries. As well as social order, social reproduction, and social transformation, we explore some of the key ideas and theories which have made and remade sociology.
Quantitative Analysis of Social Research Data* (15 Credits)
This module develops your understanding of the fundamentals of statistical data analysis. It enables you to apply appropriate statistical methods to data analysis on a criminology topic of your choice and present your results in a meaningful way.
Qualitative Analysis of Social Research Data* (15 Credits)
This module will equip you with the skills to employ qualitative methods in your dissertation. It allows you to deepen your understanding of various qualitative methods, how to apply these and their limitations to a substantive area of your choice.
Sociology of Race and Racism (15 credits)
This module introduces you to sociological research and scholarship on race and racism. We will outline and critically evaluate the emergence of modern ideas about race and racism, and explore processes that have shaped racism in Britain.
Gender and Society (15 credits)
This module provides an overview of some of the main social processes that shape gender relations in contemporary societies. We describe and assess major accounts of the processes of becoming 'men' and 'women.'
Quantitative Data Placement* (15 credits)
If you are on a QM pathway you must undertake a graded quantitative data placement in a partner institution. The QM pathway will be organised by City Q-Step Centre.
Visualising Society* (15 credits)
This module helps you develop a visual approach to using data in social science. It makes sense of research in cognitive science, computer science and the geo-sciences and developing practice in design.
Work Placement (15 credits)
This module offers you a tailored opportunity to work towards future employment in a sector of your choice. It enables you to build on skills and knowledge gained on your degree course as well as transferable skills from past work or activities
Draw on the research expertise in the Department to study current issues at the cutting edge of current thinking. You take 30 credits worth of media and communication modules and choose up to 45 credits of elective modules. You also complete a sociology project/dissertation to showcase your skills and interests.
Sociology Project (45 credits)
This module is designed to expand and compound your knowledge of research methods and sociological theories and support you in the delivery of your third year project.
Global Media and Sport (15 credits)
This module introduces you to the relationship between sport (especially football) and the media (especially television but also new digital and social media). It focuses on the business, economics and societal issues of sport as well as the governance of football.
Celebrity and Society (15 credits)
The module will provide you with a discussion of the historical roots of celebrity. It will situate the position of celebrities in relation to the socio-economic conditions in society.
Political Communication (15 credits)
The course introduces you to the role of political communication in the political process, examining various aspects of government information policy and the relation between government, the media and the public.
Digital cultures (15 credits)
This module explores the roles new communication technologies— in particular digital media, social media, and the Internet—play in the transformation of cultural, economic, political, and social structures and practices.
Applied Multivariate Analysis* (15 credits)
This module introduces you to some commonly used techniques of multivariate data analysis from simple arithmetical procedures to more complex model-based approaches. We will discuss the choices that have to be taken at every step of data processing, and their implications.
Poverty: What counts?* (15 credits)
This module introduces the conceptualisation of poverty in the UK, how to critically evaluate different approaches to the quantitative measurement of poverty and the practical measurement of such approaches using SPSS, the social surveys most commonly used to measure poverty in the UK
Global Migration Process (15 credits)
This module introduces you to a key sociological and global phenomenon and allows you to develop a global and in depth understanding of this issue, and some of the economic, political and social factors that shape it.
Broken Britain? Culture, Employment and Society (15 credits)
This course reviews some key features of ‘social breakdown’ discussed in political and policy campaigns. Using current evidence from sociological research in both the UK and abroad it allows us to determine whether Britain is indeed broken.
Work and Workers (15 credits)
This module considers the ways in which work and our understandings of it are changing. It will allow you to reflect on your own experiences of work, while introducing you to key sociological arguments and theoretical developments.
Emotions, Identities and Relationships (15 credits)
In the context of what sociologists regard as a move towards an increasingly globalised, postmodern and individualised society, this module goes on to explore the extent to which these developments have resulted in changes in peoples’ social identities and personal relationships.
Education, Skills and the Job Market (15 credits)
This module introduces the sociology of work and education and explores the relationship between higher education and work. It examines the role of education in society and how educational experiences, skills, knowledge and credentials relate to the labour market and the work process.
Crime, Culture and the City (15 credits)
This module introduces you to advances in research on urban crime and culture. We will consider 150 years of relevant scholarship as well as cutting-edge developments in research and theory that illuminate contemporary debates and controversies.
Culture, Racisms and Resistance (15 credits)
This module will explore contemporary debates on racisms and resistance with a particular focus on how their dynamics are played out through the realm of culture. You will learn about and be encouraged to critically evaluate key theoretical and policy debates around race, racisms, resistance and culture.
Criminal Justice in Crisis (15 credits)
This module focuses on emerging developments and key areas of ‘crises’ in the criminal justice policy field. It will enable you to evaluate research on, and critically discuss, key issues in the politics of crime control in both their historical and contemporary contexts.
Leisure, the Body and Deviance (15 credits)
The aims of the module are to address knowledge and seek an understanding of the body in the contexts of leisure and deviance with particular reference to violence, drugs, risk, pain and injury.
Publishing in the Digital Age (15 credits)
This module aims to introduce you to the ways in which digitalisation is transforming the publishing process. You will explore the historical and cultural development of publishing, and learn about current conditions of the global publishing industry.
Writing Women (15 credits)
This module focuses on the role women writers have played in defining and developing literary forms and traditions. You will study women’s strategies for articulating female experience and the role of women’s writing as a reflection of social reality.
Micro-Placement (15 credits)
The micro-placement module is an exciting way to gain professional experience via short summer placements with a wide range of London-based employers. The programme aims to give you real-life exposure to the business environment and enhance your employability skills.
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Teaching and assessment
We teach Sociology through lectures, interactive sessions, practical workshops and small group seminars, supported by a personal tutorial system.
Lectures provide commentary and explanation of key content areas. Small-group seminars develop your understanding by inviting you to raise questions and participate in the debate and by providing guidance for further study. Computer labs develop your skills in the production and analysis of data.
You are encouraged to undertake extensive reading and independent study in order to understand the topics covered in lectures and classes, as well as to broaden and deepen your knowledge of the subject.
For the third-year dissertation, you will receive supervision and the dissertation module provides you with the opportunity to develop research methods and writing skills.
Assessment is primarily in the form of coursework (assessed essays, policy and research, group presentations and other assignments) and a final-year dissertation.
Percentage of the course assessed by coursework
The balance of assessment by examination, practical examination and assessment by coursework will to some extent depend on the optional modules you choose. The approximate percentage of the course assessment, based on 2018/19 entry is as follows:
The course is delivered through a combination of lectures, interactive sessions, practical workshops and small group classes, supported by a personal tutorial system.
You are encouraged to undertake extensive reading and independent study in order to understand the topics covered in lectures and classes and to broaden and deepen your knowledge of the subject.
Approximate study time, based on 2018/19 entry is as follows:
Fees and funding
Fees for year 2023/24
The tuition fees indicated are for the 2023/24 academic year only. Fees for each subsequent year of study are subject to an annual increase to take account of City's increased costs of delivering educational services. This increase will be 5% for each subsequent year of study. You should expect your fee to increase by this amount and budget accordingly.
- Fee waivers are available for this course.
- Means tested support is available for 2023/24 entry.
Some of our degrees may involve additional expenses which are not covered by your tuition fees. Find out more about additional expenses.
This course is ideal if you want to pursue a career in:
- public relations
- arts administration
- cultural and creative industries.
You may progress to further study, such as journalism training or postgraduate media courses.
The degree's affiliation with the Q-Step Centre ensures that graduates possess strong data literacy and quantitative methods skills, which are highly sought after in sectors as diverse as:
- market research organisations
- the not-for-profit sector
- the financial sector
- news media.
You are encouraged to take advantage of the excellent internship opportunities that City's central London location provides.
Sociology students have secured placements with a diversity of organisations, large and small, international and local and often situated within minutes of the University, working in the following areas:
- Media and communications
- Crime and justice
- Human rights
- Migration and refugee support
- Mental health.
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