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Diploma in Media Studies

Take a closer look at how modern media has evolved and how it influences society and culture, with this free course.

Media and Journalism
Free Course
This Diploma in Media Studies will introduce you to the main theories of modern media and the evolution of both media and culture over time. In a clear and simple manner, the course will guide you through the development of modern media convergence, the trends and issues which affect important types of media, and the history and cultural impact of books, newspapers, magazines, radio, movies, TV, and the Internet.





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This course will first discuss the evolution of media and its impact on culture. You will learn about media theories and controversies that revolve around this field of study. You will then look into the main factors which influence books, newspapers, and magazines, and learn how these types of media impact modern cultures. You will also study the impact modern media - such as the Internet, electronic games and entertainment, and social media - has had on society.

You will then study the history of music, the different factors which have influenced music, and music's impact upon culture. You will also look into the challenges which face today's music industry. The course will also discuss the history of radio broadcasting, movies, and television including the influence modern technology has had on these types of media. You will then look at their impact on society and culture, and the different factors which affect them in turn.

The evolution of the Internet and globalization has made a big impact on culture and communication, just as magazines, radio, movies, and newspapers did in previous eras. By taking this free Diploma in Media Studies, you will gain a much better understanding of the historical origins and controversial issues that surrounds media. This is both interesting and important knowledge for any citizen in the modern world. Start your next learning journey, today.

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Module 1: Introduction to Media and Culture

Module 2: Media Effects

Module 3: Media Studies - Books

Module 4: Media Studies - Newspapers

Module 5: Media Studies - Magazines

Module 7: Media Studies - Music

Module 8: Media Studies - Radio

Module 9: Media Studies - Movies

Module 10: Media Studies - Television

Module 11: Electronic Games and Entertainment

Module 12: The Internet and Social Media

Module 6: Diploma in Media Studies - First Assessment

Module 13: Diploma in Media Studies - Second Assessment

Module 14: Diploma in Media Studies - Final Assessment

Learning Outcomes

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.


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