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Undergraduate Course: Religion and the Media 3/4 (THET10018)

Course Outline
SchoolSchool of Divinity CollegeCollege of Humanities and Social Science
Credit level (Normal year taken)SCQF Level 10 (Year 3 Undergraduate) AvailabilityAvailable to all students
SCQF Credits20 ECTS Credits10
SummaryA study of ethical and theological issues raised by the modern media, with special reference to the uses of photojournalism, news, advertising, popular television, religious radio, film and the internet.
Course description Academic Description:
'Religion and the Media' aims to enrich students' critical interaction with a number of different media. The course aims to assist students in developing an understanding of the extensive evolving scholarship in the area of 'religious and/or theological media-analysis'. In essence, by drawing upon a wide range of critical interpretative resources, this course aims to identify the areas of criticism and conversation between media and religion.

Syllabus/Outline Content:
The course will cover critical, interpretative issues in the field of media, religion and culture as well as offering analysis of selected media productions. Students will study the creation, production and reception of a wide range of media. Through this course students will develop an understanding of the production, content and reception of old and new media, alongside the cultural, historical and ethical issues raised through a wide range of media.

Student Learning Experience Information:
The course has a programme of one two hour interactive seminar (which includes an illustrated lecture) plus a one-hour tutorial per week. There will be interactive elements to the lectures, and there is a schedule of reading and viewing to be carried out before each lecture and each tutorial. Each student will be encouraged to contribute to the seminars and required to give a short presentation at one tutorial during the semester on the film and text(s) for the day. Through participation in lecture, seminar and tutorial discussions, as well as through the written work and the examination included in the assessment schedule, students will demonstrate their achievement of the intended learning outcomes.
Entry Requirements (not applicable to Visiting Students)
Pre-requisites Co-requisites
Prohibited Combinations Other requirements None
Information for Visiting Students
High Demand Course? Yes
Course Delivery Information
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Learning Outcomes
On completion of this course, the student will be able to:
  1. View a range of media in a more critical, discerning and imaginative fashion.
  2. Summarise, compare and critically discuss specific approaches to 'religious and theological media-analysis'.
  3. Use appropriate key concepts employed in media criticism when interpreting the religious or moral world of specific productions.
  4. Engage critically and explicitly with significant literature relevant to different media, and where commentaries disagree students should be able to rehearse debates and to adjudicate between differing accounts.
  5. Develop transferable skills in presentation, discussion and communication in a group context.
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Additional Information
Graduate Attributes and Skills Not entered
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Course organiserProf Jolyon Mitchell
Tel: (0131 6)50 8922
Course secretaryMs Katrina Munro
Tel: (0131 6)50 8900
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