We are all caught up in the network of communications, whether in face-to-face encounters, on Facebook or Twitter, or by way of email; it is something we all do, cope with, and make sense of. Cultural Studies addresses contemporary media and culture in more theoretical and analytical ways, seeing them in a broader global and historical context and evaluating their impact on the ways we experience our lives and organise and govern our societies. Cultural Studies at Kent is an innovative subject exploring the complexity of contemporary media and culture in our rapidly changing global society. The degree offers an academically rigorous approach to the study of mediated cultural forms, practices and technologies and their vital social, political and economic implications. We examine a range of exciting areas, from digital media and journalism, to the creative and cultural industries, to social identities and sub-cultures. You critically explore the links between culture, media and society with a focus on: popular culture; mass media and advertising; digital media technologies; news and journalism; television and film; literature and the arts; cultural differences and practices; gender, sexuality, class, race, religion and identity; the body and embodiment; transnational media and culture; capitalism and media ownership; cultural history and memory; and multiculturalism and cultural policy, among other areas. You have the opportunity to work across disciplinary boundaries and to choose modules from a wide range of subject areas – all addressing ‘culture’, ‘media’ and ‘society’ as they are widely understood. This includes practice-based modules and creative forms of assessment focused on building both critical thinking and transferable knowledge and skills. This programme has a Year Abroad option which takes place between Stages 2 and 3 of your degree. You can apply to add a year abroad to your degree programme from your arrival at Kent until the autumn term of your second year. In your final year of study, there is an option to take a dissertation module on a subject of your choice, which allows you to focus in detail on an area you are particularly passionate about. Recent dissertation topics include: ‘Corporate crime and media activism’; ‘The performance of gender’; ‘Online dating and virtual sociality’; ‘Fantasy film and black identity’; ‘Political transparency and collective memory’ ; ‘Punk subcultural identity in the 21st century’; ‘The uses of graphic novels in literacy education’; and ‘Corporate communication and viral media’.