Contemporary Themes in Media and Religion (online)

Key information

Module code
Centre for Global Media and Communications

Module overview

Objectives and learning outcomes of the module

On successful completion of this module a student will be able to:

  • Acquire an informed insight into the theories to do with media and religion
  • Understand the key debates about media and religion in the digital age.
  • Develop the skills needed for further independent research, writing and thinking about issues on Development in the present context
  • Develop the ability to think critically, with reference to theoretical and empirical (historical and/or contemporary) content about the relationship between Media and Development

Scope and syllabus

Topic list
  1. Introduction: module overview and discussion of themes
  2. History of media and religion
  3. Media, religion and debates on technological determinism
  4. New media old debates – dissemination and dialogue
  5. Tradition, space and place in media and religion
  6. Orality, image, text and performance in media and religion
  7. Media rituals and audiences in media and religion
  8. Religion, digital media and the dark side of media and religion
  9. Religion, media and contemporary politics
  10. Religious movements in the contemporary world
  11. Mediating religion
  12. Future trends in media and religion


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