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SOCI4098

Capstone project in media and cultural studies

Offer semester
1st semester

Course description

The Capstone Project is a six-credit compulsory course for major students to be offered in the final year of study. It aims to provide students with the opportunity to integrate their knowledge and skills in the study of media and culture in modern societies through a series of workshop, class discussion, student presentations, portfolio work and experiential learning.

The Capstone Project should normally be undertaken in a small group of two or three students. Students will be allocated a Supervisor who will help them identify a topic of interest that is relevant to the core discipline. All projects should contain an element of public engagement.

Capstone fair

Our students showcase their research findings at a regular sociology capstone fair, punctuated by performance, games, interactive displays and film screening.

Past capstone fairs:

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Course learning outcomes

By the end of the course, you are expected to have the ability to:

  • Demonstrate their knowledge of the key concepts in media and cultural studies;
  • Analyse a topic of study with critical and reflexive perspectives;
  • Articulate their learning experience into a written paper, other forms of creative output or community activities;
  • Communicate the outcome of their study and their conceptually informed views to a public audience;
  • Participate in group environment as well as in a larger community.

Assessment

TasksWeighting
Project proposal10%
Process Records/Portfolios35%
Final work20%
Public Engagement35%

Required reading

Becker, Howard S. 1986. Writing for Social Scientists: How to Start and Finish Your Thesis, Book, or Article, with a chapter by Pamela Richards. Chicago: University of Chicago Press.

Becker, Howard S. 2007. Telling About Society. Chicago: University of Chicago Press.

Harper, Douglas. 1988. “Visual Sociology: Expanding Sociological Vision.” The American Sociologist, Volume 19, Issue 1, pp.54-70.

Turner, Victor W., and Edward M. Bruner. 1986. The Anthropology of Experience. Urbana : University of Illinois Press.

Course co-ordinator and teachers