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Communications and Media Studies

Congratulations on securing your place at Brunel

We’re looking forward to meeting you - either in person or online - and introducing you to life at Brunel. To help us get started, we’ve put together a short activity and some further information to help you prepare for your course - including a snapshot of the topics you’ll cover and useful resources. If you have any questions please email cbass-tpo-gask@brunel.ac.uk.

Your pre-arrival activity

We’d like you to complete a short activity before you join us. We can discuss your answers in one of your first personal tutor sessions. Your work will not be officially assessed however it will allow your tutor to get to know you better.

Find an article in the British news that discusses topics related to university life, such as protest rallies, the cost of student fees or the student experience. Think about what this article tells you about the media’s portrayal of universities.

We also advise you to take a look at the information below. Completing wider reading and getting familar with what you'll be learning, will help prepare you for academic life at Brunel.

Sample lectures 

As you progress through your degree, these are the types of questions you’ll be able to answer with confidence:

1. Discuss the idea of the ‘digital revolution’ and its impact upon Twitter.

2. Is commercialised sport a ‘world shrinking’ phenomenon?

3. Does the media help shape our understanding of people living in low income countries? In what ways?

4. Can popular media challenge the stigma of mental illness?

5. Does media coverage of environmental issues lead to behaviour change? Discuss.

Reading list 

Exploring risk and online media

Kuipers, G. (2006). The social construction of digital danger: debating, defusing and inflating the moral dangers of online humor and pornography in the Netherlands and the United States. New Media and Society. 8(3):379–400 DOI: 10.1177/1461444806061949

Social Issues and the Media

Klein, B. (2013) Entertainment-education for the media-saturated: Audience perspectives on social issues in entertainment programming, European Journal of Cultural Studies. vol. 16 no. 1 43-7.

De-constructing Media images of Health and Illness

Henderson, L. (2018) Popular television and public mental health: creating media entertainment from mental distress, Critical Public Health, 28:1, 106-117

Exploring Identity & Power

Garner, S. and Selod, S. (2015) ‘The Racialization of Muslims: Empirical Studies of Islamophobia’, Critical Sociology, 41(1): 9-19.

Environmental Communication and the fight for sustainability

Boykoff, M.T., 2011. Who Speaks for the Climate? Making Sense of Media Reporting on Climate Change. Cambridge University Press.