In the Media and Cultural studies major students can think about topics pertinent to their everyday lives within the broader climate of media and culture. As media and culture are everywhere and we are bombarded by cultural and media images every day, studying media and culture offers students the opportunity to delve into challenging topics which are relevant to today’s society. Studying this major equips students with the ability to ask meaningful questions about issues such as the power and influence of traditional and social media, the political world, and popular culture. A major in media and culture enables students to explore ideas through theory and in turn creatively develop their own insights; as a consequence students can think more analytically about topics such as how the media gains power, how audiences communicate and interpret messages. The major introduces students to a significant range of contemporary sociological ideas as well as critical approaches. A good variety of topics is investigated such as global communications, multiculturalism, transnationalism, nationalism, migration, environmentalism, Indigenous, inter-cultural and cross-cultural groups, popular music, identity, social movements and digital activism, and media platforms and technologies. Each unit helps students to develop the skills to think critically.
By studying any of the topics covered in the major, students develop a critical set of skills and the ability to work independently. In addition, students have the opportunity to translate their ideas into fresh media practice. The major inspires students to follow their passion as they learn how to research, how to be self-directed, and how to communicate. Overall the major prepares students for future success in our media-driven world.
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