Journalism, Media and Cultural Studies

Degree: PhD
University: Cardiff University , Faculty: Cardiff School of Journalism, Media and Cultural Studies
City: Cardiff , Country: United Kingdom
Discipline: Humanities and Art
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  • Language English
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  • Programme Description

    Programme Description

    Cardiff welcomes applications from students interested in researching for a PhD or MPhil in the specialist areas below. The school provides training and a high level of support, and the postgraduate community contributes vitally to the University's international reputation for research.

    All students are required to attend and pass two modules which run in the first year of study - Methods and Approaches in Postgraduate Research in Semester One, and Contemporary Cultural and Social Theory in Semester Two.

    Part-time opportunities may be available in exceptional circumstances; please contact the School for more details.
    The School of Journalism, Media and Cultural Studies offers a full range of expertise, but the following areas are of particular strength:

    * Journalism Studies
    * Race, Representation and Cultural Identity
    * Risk, Science, Health and Media
    * Mediatized Conflict

    In addition to the above, staff expertise includes:

    * Audience theory - addressing questions around media influence, consumerism, citizenship, identity, celebrities, cinema-going and fandom
    * Feminist theory, gender and the media, sexual violence and sexuality.
    * Social movements and social change, political violence and the media, crime and media, critical and Foucauldian discourse analysis.
    * Childhood and the media: the representation of children, children and young people's experience of engagement with the media.

    Research Methods:

    We are able to offer skills in many different research methods ranging from oral history, focus groups, surveys and interviews to different forms of archival work and textual and discourse analysis. We are involved in studying the production of media representations as well as their content and reception, and our work addresses diverse forms of media (ranging from computer games to cinema, from television, newspapers and magazines to cult films). We can therefore support students pursuing a wide range of research approaches.

    Research in the School is structured around a number of named centres and groups and a number of more pragmatically organised research teams who come together to exchange ideas, plan and carry out research projects and apply for research funding. Each has a core membership but members of the School and PhD students are invited to participate in any centre, group or team that is of interest to them. Members of centres, groups and teams come together in the School research seminar series to present what they do. The groups are:

    The Journalism Studies Group

    This group focuses on practice-based research into journalism and the media industries. It acts as an interface with the media and its regulators in offering independent, academic analysis of current issues and examines the practical, ethical and technological challenges facing journalists today. It also examines political and election reporting and the role of the media in relation to democracy and citizenship.

    The Race, Representation & Cultural Identity Group

    This group examines media representation of asylum seekers, asylum and gender, and the socio-cultural construction of non-citizens; it looks, in particular, at the representation of the asylum seeker and the refugee in government policy, law, social welfare, literature, film and media. Members of this Group have also done extensive work on broader issues of racism and representation.

    The Risk, Science, Health and the Media Group

    This group examines how risk, science and health reporting is 'produced' (by sources and journalists), represented (in the press, films and TV), and understood (by media audiences, policy makers and 'publics'). We have particular expertise in exploring the media's role in science/health issues such as AIDS, GM foods, cancer, human genetic research, MMR vaccine, BSE and food safety.
    The Mediatized Conflict Group

    This group focuses on issues such as the reporting of war, terrorism, crime and violence. We have done extensive work on crises such as the Iraq war coverage, as well as research into court reporting, prison and, particularly, sexual violence. This Group also addresses issues around racism, urban conflict and global crises.


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