The University of Wolverhampton

BA (Hons)Media and Cultural Studies and Sociology

Why choose this course?

This course offers you the chance to analyse and understand the complexities of society and culture, in their historical and contemporary context. During your studies, you will learn about those concepts, theories and methods essential to what we call a 'sociological imagination', and enable your understanding of the inter-relationships between media and culture.

Using traditional and enhanced electronic forms of learning, you will develop your skills for gathering evidence and applying theories to a range of cultural and sociological issues. In the process, you will be encouraged to share ideas and be intellectually enterprising. You will also have the opportunity to do volunteer work in the local community an experience that allows you to apply the skills you have acquired in the classroom to a range of social, cultural and media-based settings, deepens your appreciation of civic responsibility and enhances your opportunities for employment.

What happens on the course?

Your first year provides an introduction to the study and practice of Sociology, Media and Cultural Studies. You will learn key concepts used in these disciplines and apply them to the study of current institutional arrangements, media forms and cultural practices. You will study, for example, the nature of the 'Sociological Imagination', and 'Media, Culture and Society'. Culture is understood in its widest sense as anything that produces or reproduces meaning. Consequently, you will study a wide range of media and cultural phenomena from soap operas and social network sites to fashion and food. You will also have the opportunity to study an interdisciplinary module, such as 'Popular culture' or the 'Holocaust'. You may also study a language, or volunteer in the community.

In Year 2, your programme explores key theoretical debates and methodological approaches within each of the disciplines, In Sociology, you will also have the opportunity to study, for example, theoretical debates within the discipline, the processes of 'Making Gender', and 'Family Diversity'. From Media and Cultural Studies, you can take modules on 'Contemporary British Culture' and 'Investigating Culture'. You can also study an interdisciplinary module on 'Human Security' or 'Body, Sexuality and Identity' and may continue your interest in a language, or volunteer work.

Year 3 allows you to tailor you studies around topics that interest you. In Sociology, you can select modules on, for example, 'Gender and Development in Non-Western societies', 'Global Education', and 'Work'. In Media and Cultural Studies, you can select modules on, for example 'Gender Issues' and 'Consumer Culture'. Students will also undertake either an individually designed research project with your own academic supervisor - or engage in a community-based work placement.

Why Wolverhampton?

  • You will be able to study key theories and methods of each discipline, and apply them to particular sociological and media-related themes and issues.
  • You will have the opportunity to combine your classroom experience with work in the community and with visiting professionals from the media.
  • You will be taught by skilled tutors and active researchers who are eager to share their scholarship and practical experiences.
  • You will also engage with the University's in house online learning environment, enabling innovative forms of assessment and effective communication amongst staff and students.

Comments from our External Examiner on provision:

For Media and Cultural Studies:

"The degree remains an excellent, exciting and inspiring course informed by current developments in the field and taught by an extremely dedicated and scholarly team. (…) I remain impressed with the Television Studies modules at both levels, informed by timely research, a varied lecture programme and inspiring assessment tasks".

What our students think

"There were opportunities to freely debate issues such as cultural diversity and multiculturalism."

"I enjoyed identifying skills required for employment in the Media."

Career path

Sociology with Media and Cultural Studies provide students with useful knowledge and a wide range of subject-specific and general transferable skills which are relevant to a variety of careers. Sociology graduates are often employed in the public sector doing, for example, social research in the civil service, local government or with think tanks; working as public sector management; as professional practitioners or working on projects in areas concerning social inequalities and social exclusion. Media and Cultural Studies graduates can develop careers in, for example, radio, television, print journalism and public relations. Graduates also find employment in a range of retail and business enterprises. Increasing numbers of graduates also continue their studies in post-graduate study.

What skills will you gain?

As a graduate of this course you will be able to:

  • Demonstrate knowledge and understanding of a range of theoretical and methodological approaches in the disciplines of Sociology and Media/Cultural Studies.
  • Critically engage with, and analyse, contemporary media texts, industry practices and specific media audiences.
  • Survey and analyse aspects of contemporary social life and cultural practices.
  • Conduct sociological and media-oriented research and communicate your findings to a range of audiences, using appropriate technologies in digitally literate ways.
  • Demonstrate a range of conceptual and practical skills commensurate with graduate employment, and personal and social development.
  • Develop an understanding of the value of civic responsibility in your outlook toward and relationships with others.

Entry requirements

2016 Entry

Other Requirements

Students must have studied a minimum of two years post GCSE level. However, it is expected that some applicants will be mature students with work experience, who wish to further their career development. These applicants will be processed through standard procedures, which may involve an interview as part of the process. Please see for further information.

Those who do not meet the entry requirements may be offered an alternative course.

Course fees and finance

2016/7 Home/EU International
Full time £9,000 £11,250
Part time # £2,780

The University also offers a range of Bursaries and Scholarships in addition to other financial support packages

These fees are applicable for new entrants in 2016/7. If you have any queries regarding the fees listed please contact 01902 321137

These fees are for the current academic year only. Any subsequent years may be subject to an annual increase, usually in line with inflation.

# Undergraduate part-time fees for 50% rate of study

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