Arts & Humanities
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Undergraduate Summer School modules are intellectually stimulating, dynamic and highly participative. They are taught by leading King’s academics who are experts in their field. Classes are highly international with students from all over the world.
Each module comprises 150 study hours, including teaching, independent study and group work. Our undergraduate modules are examined to university standards and can be taken for credit towards degrees at other institutions.
This module is based on a 15-credit King’s undergraduate module and therefore typically awarded 3-4 US credits or 7.5 ECTS. To receive credit for King's summer modules, contact your home institution to ask them to award external credit.
What does this course cover?
The module takes an innovative and dynamic approach and addresses some of the most pressing issues and critical debates in the field of modern cultural studies. Through text and media, you explore contemporary representations of gender and analyse the political and social contexts behind them.
Indicative topics covered by this module include queer theory, intersectionality, postfeminism and feminism in art. Theoretical work in these areas is complemented by exploration of a wide range of media, from film to music.
What will I achieve?
By the end of the module, you should have:
- Developed a critical appreciation of the central themes and approaches in the study of media, gender and culture, and learnt to apply theoretical perspectives in the analysis of contemporary media culture.
- Gained an in-depth understanding of critical debates within the field of feminist media studies, in particular current debates surrounding the sexualisation of culture, which has become an important education and social policy issue.
- Learnt how to examine a range of media texts including film, TV programmes and magazines, as well as online and digital media and apply the appropriate conceptual tools to independently analyse media texts.
- Presented and discussed analyses in class and will also have engaged in a range of group work activities, developing the skills necessary to communicate ideas effectively and work both autonomously and in dialogue with others.
Who is this for?
This module is appropriate for undergraduate students in Arts and Humanities or Social Sciences subjects, or anyone with a keen interest in media and gender studies.
The King's College London Undergraduate Summer School is open to students who are currently, or have been, enrolled in an undergraduate degree programme. We also welcome applications from professionals who have substantial relevant experience in their chosen subject area.
How will I be assessed?
- One media analysis of 1,000 words (15%)
- One essay of 2,500 words (85%)
What is the teaching schedule?
Undergraduate Online Summer School modules comprise 150 study hours over three weeks, which includes 45 hours of online learning activities and live classes, as well as independent study, team project work and assessment preparation.
Live classes will begin at 9am each weekday (British Summer Time). Teaching is through a variety of formats adapted for effective online learning by our digital education team, such as lectures, seminars and e-learning resources. In addition, some of the course material can be studied flexibly and at your own pace.