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Diploma in Media Studies

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Diploma in Media Studies
  • Description
  • Outcome
  • Certification
  • This free online Diploma in Media Studies introduces you to the theories of modern media studies. This course begins by introducing you to the evolution of both media and culture over time, before examining mass media and popular culture. You will look at the development of convergence and established cultural values. You will also gain insight into researching media, and examine some controversies surrounding the field.

    The course then introduces you to print media such as books, newspapers and magazines. You will learn about the historical origins of each of these, and how they have evolved over the last century. You will also examine the impact which books, newspapers and magazines have had upon culture, the trends and the issues which affect these media types.

    You will look at different music genres, the impact each genre of music has had on culture, trends in the music industry, and the impact which technology has had upon the music industry. You will be introduced to the radio industry and how broadcast radio has evolved and is adapting to technological advances. You will also look at the impact which movies have had upon culture throughout their history. This course will also teach you to examine some of the issues and trends which have been prevalent in the movie industry.

    Finally, you will look at electronic games, the Internet, and social media. The historical origins of each will be discussed, and the controversial issues which surround some of their content. You will look at the blurring of the boundaries between games and other types of media. You will look at the evolution of the Internet and gain insight into social media and Web 2.0, and the impact of globalization on culture and communication.

    This free online course will be of great interest to professionals working in the areas of media or culture, and would like to learn more about the field. It will also be of interest to learners would like to learn more about entertainment and broadcast media.

  • Having completed this course you will be able to:
    - Explain the different ways media affects culture.
    - Identify the prominent media research methods.
    - Explain some of the major objections to specific media theories.
    - Discuss the role of the gatekeeper in mass media.
    - Discuss the influence of tastemakers in traditional media.
    - Identify the material and cultural origins of the book.
    - Determine the benefits and drawbacks of digital libraries.
    - Describe the historical roots of the modern newspaper industry.
    - Describe the effect of objectivity on modern journalism.
    - Describe how television has impacted journalistic styles.
    - Explain the impact of advertisements on story.
    - Assess the impact of technologies that changed the face of the music industry.
    - Identify ways in which culture and music have influenced each other.
    - Identify ways in which digital music sales have influenced the music industry.
    - Identify the major technological changes in radio since its inception.
    - Analyse radio as a form of mass media.
    - Identify key developments of the motion picture industry and technology.
    - Recognize how movies reflect cultural attitudes, trends, and events.
    - Describe the effects of piracy on the movie industry.
    - Identify ways in which television affects the development of culture.
    - Identify the effect electronic games have on culture.
    - Describe how video games can be used for educational purposes.
    - Describe controversial issues related to modern video games.
    - Identify ways the Internet has affected content delivery and viewing patterns.
    - Explain the ways privacy has been addressed on the Internet.
    - Describe the effects of globalization on culture.
    - Identify the possible effects of news migrating to the Internet.
    - Identify ways to identify credible sources online.

  • All Alison courses are free to study. To successfully complete a course you must score 80% or higher in each course assessments. Upon successful completion of a course, you can choose to make your achievement formal by purchasing an official Alison Diploma, Certificate or PDF.

    Having an official Alison document is a great way to share your success. Plus it’s:

    • Ideal for including in CVs, job applications and portfolios
    • An indication of your ability to learn and achieve high results
    • An incentive to continue to empower yourself through learning
    • A tangible way of supporting the Alison mission to empower people everywhere through education.

Modules List( 14 )
  • Diploma in Media Studies
  • Module 1: Introduction to Media and Culture
    • Learning Outcomes
    • Understanding Media and Culture
    • The Evolution of Media
    • The Evolution of Culture
    • Mass Media, Popular Culture, and Media Literacy
    • Convergence and Cultural Values
    • Lesson Summary
  • Module 2: Media Effects
    • Learning Outcomes
    • Mass Media and its Messages
    • Media Effects Theories
    • Researching Media and Controversial Media
    • Lesson Summary
  • Module 3: Media Studies - Books
    • Learning Outcomes
    • History of Books to the Middle Ages
    • History of Books: Gutenberg to the Present
    • Books and U.S. Culture
    • Book Formats
    • Publishing Trends
    • Influence of New Technology
    • Lesson Summary
  • Module 4: Media Studies - Newspapers
    • Learning Outcomes
    • History of Newspapers
    • Styles and Models of Journalism
    • Access to Information and Popular Culture
    • Popular Trends in the Newspaper Industry
    • Online Journalism
    • Lesson Summary
  • Module 5: Media Studies - Magazines
    • Learning Outcomes
    • History of Magazines
    • Role in Popular Culture
    • Major Publications
    • Controlling Access to Information
    • Specialization of Magazines
    • Influence of the Internet
    • Lesson Summary
  • Module 6: Diploma in Media Studies - First Assessment
    • Diploma in Media Studies - First Assessment
  • Module 7: Media Studies - Music
    • Learning Outcomes
    • Music up to the 1930s
    • Music from the 1940s to Present
    • The Reciprocal Nature of Music and Culture
    • Popular Trends in the Industry
    • Influence of New Technology
    • Lesson Summary
  • Module 8: Media Studies - Radio
    • Learning Outcomes
    • The Evolution of Radio Broadcasting: Part 1
    • The Evolution of Radio Broadcasting: Part 2
    • Radio Station Formats
    • Radio's Impact on Culture
    • Radio's New Future
    • Lesson Summary
  • Module 9: Media Studies - Movies
    • Learning Outcomes
    • The History of Movies: Part 1
    • The History of Movies: Part 2
    • Movies and Culture
    • Issues and Trends in Film
    • Influence of New Technology
    • Lesson Summary
  • Module 10: Media Studies - Television
    • Learning Outcomes
    • The Evolution of Television
    • Relationship Between Television and Culture
    • Issues and Trends in the Industry
    • Influence of New Technologies
    • Lesson Summary
  • Module 12: The Internet and Social Media
    • Learning Outcomes
    • The Evolution of the Internet
    • Social Media and Web 2.0
    • Effects on Culture and Communication
    • Issues and Trends
    • Lesson Summary
  • Module 11: Electronic Games and Entertainment
    • Learning Outcomes
    • The Evolution of Electronic Games up to the 1990s
    • Electronic Games from the 1990s to the Present
    • Influential Contemporary Games
    • Video Games and Culture
    • Controversial Issues
    • Blurring the Boundaries
    • Lesson Summary
  • Module 13: Diploma in Media Studies - Second Assessment
    • Diploma in Media Studies - Second Assessment
  • END OF COURSE ASSESSMENT
  • Module 14: Diploma in Media Studies - Final Assessment
    • Diploma in Media Studies - Final Assessment
Topics List ( 7 )
Module 1: Introduction to Media and Culture
This module you will examine the basic areas of media and culture. In particular, you will look at the evolution of media and culture, as well as the impact which media can have upon culture.
Topics List ( 5 )
Module 2: Media Effects
This module looks at the impact which media can have upon our culture. To achieve this, you will look at media theories, research, and controversies.
Topics List ( 8 )
Module 3: Media Studies - Books
In this module you will look in detail at the different factors which influence books, including their history and their impact upon culture. You will also look at the challenges which today’s publishing industry faces.
Topics List ( 7 )
Module 4: Media Studies - Newspapers
In this module you will look at the different factors which effect newspapers, including the influence of modern technology. You will also look at their impact on information and culture.
Topics List ( 8 )
Module 5: Media Studies - Magazines
In this module you will look at the different factors which influence magazine, such as culture and the internet. You will also look at their historical roots, and today’s major publications.
Topics List ( 1 )
Module 6: Diploma in Media Studies - First Assessment
You must score 80% or more to pass this assessment.
Topics List ( 7 )
Module 7: Media Studies - Music
In this module you will learn about the different factors which influence music, including its history and its impact upon culture. You will also look at the challenges which today’s music industry faces.
Topics List ( 7 )
Module 8: Media Studies - Radio
In this module you will learn about the different factors which effect radio broadcasting, including the influence of modern technology. You will also look at its impact on society and culture.
Topics List ( 7 )
Module 9: Media Studies - Movies
In this module you will learn about the different factors which influence movies, such as culture and new technology. You will also look at its historical roots, and production companies.
Topics List ( 6 )
Module 10: Media Studies - Television
In this module you will examine the evolution of television throughout history. You will also look at its effect on culture, and the issues and trends which face the industry. You will also look at the impact of changing technology upon the industry.
Topics List ( 6 )
Module 12: The Internet and Social Media
You will look at the different factors which affect the internet, including the impact of social media. You will also look at the impact of the globalization upon culture and communication.
Topics List ( 8 )
Module 11: Electronic Games and Entertainment
You will look in detail at the different factors which influence electronic games and entertainment, including the evolution of the media. You will also look at the effect which electronic games have had upon culture and traditional media.
Topics List ( 1 )
Module 13: Diploma in Media Studies - Second Assessment
You must score 80% or more to pass this assessment.
Topics List ( 1 )
Module 14: Diploma in Media Studies - Final Assessment
You must score 80% or more to pass this assessment.
Course Features
  • Duration

    10-15 Hours

  • Publisher

    Saylor Foundation

  • Video

    No

  • Audio

    No

  • Assessment

    Yes

  • Certification

    Yes

  • Price

    Free

  • Reward

    250 Pts

  • Responsive

    No

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