Media and Communication at Swansea University is a growing and ambitious department, developing high quality original research and committed to delivering teaching excellence. It encompasses diverse social scientific and humanistic approaches to media, film, journalism and communication studies combined with interdisciplinary graduate teaching to an international body of students through the delivery of a range of specialist programmes at both MA and PhD level. Department staff sustain active research links with departments across Swansea University and with academics internationally.
There are two main research groupings in the department.
1. European Film and Identity
European Film and Identity brings together substantial expertise in the history, theory and reception of European cinema and is engaged in a variety of provocative analyses of films, film-makers, movements and film-watching communities and nations in relation to literature, new media, politics and socio-political and geo-political contexts. Researchers are closely associated with the European Cinema Research Forum and the Studies in European Cinema journal from Intellect. This group features specific research strengths in German, Polish, Eastern European, Basque, Hispanic and Welsh cinema.
•European cinema history, theory and criticism
•Spanish, Basque and Cuban cinema
•German and Eastern European cinema
•Media, nation and identity
•The media in Wales
•Welsh, Celtic and British cinema
•Welsh-language film, radio, television and new media
•British and American animation
•Silent cinema history
2. Media History, Theory and Technology
Media History, Theory and Technology combines research at the nexus between media history, theory and technological change, addressing key issues in the emerging global digital world. The group seeks to develop a critical understanding of networked digital media and online social practices and their social, economic and political dynamics in order to inform academic research, wider policy issues and public debates. The relationships between media technology, cultural form and the shift from 'atoms to bits' are addressed through a range of innovative methodological approaches together with a focus on placing these developments within a historical and social context.
Media History: including visual media and visual culture; print and broadcast media; science fiction and technology; music and popular culture; journalism; the deep history of media; media archeology.
Theory: including postmodern theory; theories of the information society, network society, post-fordism; global communication; media and the public sphere; political theory and the media; Jean Baudrillard; moral panics and the media; social and political aspects of media; methodologies for researching media.
Technology: including new media; digital media; philosophy of technology; intellectual property rights (IPRs); theories of technology; history of technology; software studies; auditory technology and sound; digital democracy; social networking; computer code; remediation.
International Student Requirements:
Equivalent overseas qualifications may be considered.