SHE Level 5
SCQF Credit Points 15.00
ECTS Credit Points 7.50
Module Code MMW823591
Module Leader Helena Bassil-Morozow
School Glasgow School for Business and Society
Subject Media and Journalism
  • B (January start)

Summary of Content

This module will provide students with the opportunity to develop a deeper understanding of the themes and representations (such as nationalism or gender identity) found in their original drama ideas and relate them to wider issues of research and e pistemo logy, encouraging the students to consider where knowledge comes from and how it underpins and affects their own characters and storylines.


Topics covered such as: What is Reality? Representing Reality Introduction to Discourse Breaking it all down Postmodernism and Narrative Gender Sexual Identity National Identities Scottish National Identity Orientalism & Race

Learning Outcomes

1 Learning outcomesOn successful completion of this module teh students should be able to:1. Understand and critically evaluate the main paradigms in cultural research2. Critically reflect upon competing research paradigms, their philosophical bases, their strengths and limitations3. Integrate and reflect upon the relationship of theory to the practice of writing original drama4. Adopt a self directed and creative approach to the development of an original TV drama

Teaching / Learning Strategy

A programme of lectures and seminars will form the core of the module material, utilising readings, and some recorded audio lectures, and class discussion contributions, with tutorials and group work as required to prepare students for reflection on their individual original TV drama idea and the production of their portfolio.

Indicative Reading

-284 Alvesson, M. and Deetz, S. (2000), Doing Critical Management Research, London, Sage Arksey, H. and Knight, P. (1999) Interviewing for Social Scientists, London: Sage Anderson, B. (2006) Imagined Communities, UK: Verson Editions. Berg, B. (2009) Qualitative Methods for the Social Sciences, NJ: Pearson Education Blaikie, N. (1993) Approaches to Social Enquiry, Oxford: Polity Press. Blaikie, N. (1993), Approaches to Social Enquiry, Cambridge: Polity Press Bryman, A. (2001) Social Research Methods, Oxford, Oxford University Press. Bourriaud, N (2009) The Radicant, Lukas & Sternberg Caughie, J. (2000), Television Drama, Oxford: Oxford University Press. Clough, C. and Nutbrown, C. (2000) A Student's Guide to Methodology, London: Sage. Crotty, M (1998) The Foundation of Social Research: Meaning and Perspective in the Research Process, St Leonards: Allen & Unwin. De Vauss, D. (2001) Research Design in Social Research, London: Sage Dines, G. (2011) Gender, race and class in media: a critical reader, UK: Sage. Easterby-Smith, Mark, Richard Thorp and Andy Lowe (2002) Management Research: An Introduction, London: Sage. Field, A. (2005) Discovering Statistics Using SPSS, London: Sage. Gummeson, E. (2000) Qualitative Methods in Management Research, London: Sage. Hammersley, M. (ed.) (1993) Social Research: Philosophy, Politics and Ethics Hillway, W. and Jefferson, T. (2000) Doing Qualitative Research Differently, London: Sage. Hughes, J.A. and W.W. Sharrock (1997) The Philosophy of Social Research, 3 rd edition, London: Longman. Johnson, Phil and Joanne Duberley (2000) Understanding Management Research, London: Sage. McGuigan, J (2006) Modernity & Postmodern Culture, UK: Open University Press. Pratt, A (1981) Archetypal Patterns in Women's Fiction, Indiana: Indiana University Press Riley, C (2005) Disability and the Media: Prescriptions for Change, USA: University Press of New England Saunders, M, Lewis, P and Thornhill, A. (2007) Research Methods for Business Students, London: Prentice Hall Silverman, D (2004) Qualitative Research: Theory, Method and Practice, 2nd ed. London: Sage. -284 Williams, M. and May, T. (1996), Introduction to the Philosophy of Social Research, London: UCL Press. Zumkhawala-Cook, R. Scotland as We Know it: Representations of national identity in literature, film and popular culture, UK: McFarland & Co. Journals Broadcast Critical Studies in Television (Manchester University Press 2006 - ) The Stage and Television Today Television and New Media (Sage) WorldScreen

Transferrable Skills

Self confidence Self-discipline Self-reliance Awareness of strengths and weaknesses Written and verbal communications Creativity Independence Ability to reflect Commercial awareness Ability to prioritise tasks Time management Innovation Independence and risk-taking Ability to apply knowledge Problem-solving

Module Structure

Activity Total Hours
Tutorials (FT) 6.00
Seminars (PT) 12.00
Assessment (FT) 24.00
Seminars (FT) 12.00
Tutorials (PT) 6.00
Lectures (FT) 12.00
Independent Learning (PT) 96.00
Assessment (PT) 24.00
Independent Learning (FT) 96.00
Lectures (PT) 12.00

Assessment Methods

Component Duration Weighting Threshold Description
Coursework 1 n/a 100.00 50% 100% Coursework e.g. 10 minute presentation and a 2000 word essay.