Advertising as Cultural Discourse
This module considers advertising as a form of cultural discourse reflecting perceptions of society and otherness. It allows you to develop critical awareness of linguistic, rhetorical, content and semiotic approaches to the analysis of text, sound and image of different forms of advertising and to apply these to a variety of geographical, temporal and media contexts. Throughout the course the emphasis is placed on cross-cultural comparisons.
It involves the following:
Discussion of theoretical and methodological approaches to the analysis of advertising text and image in large diachronic studies and small samples; selection of advertising material in different historical and cultural contexts; intertextuality; representation of nationhood; construction of the 'tourist gaze' in destination advertising; use of stereotypes; language fetish in advertising discourse; impact of regulations on advertising creativity and production.
Introduction to the subject area, definitions and topical consumer behaviour issues including CCT (Consumer Culture Theory) and social-cognition theories of attitude, motivation and behaviour change.
- An overview of the consumer setting; consumer culture and the present anthropological and sociological marketing environments.
- An examination of the consumer decision making process and different mental processes consumers’ employ
- A critical examination of key psychological and sociological factors that influence the consumer decision making process. For example, social class, geo-demographics, values, attitudes, and lifestyles.
- The self; stereotypes, objectified brands, brand identity and value and subsequent consumer behaviour, social media and technology
- Social Marketing: Topical issues and consumer behaviour change
- Debate; outline of motions set and literature search requirements
Contemporary Issues in Festivals and Events
This module provides a varied and stimulating programme of study that enables you to understand and appreciate the extensive range of contemporary issues facing festival and event organisations across the world; and to critically examine research and emerging themes in the study of festivals, events and related areas. The module moves beyond the business and marketing-driven approaches of events management towards a more conceptual analysis and understanding of events from a socio-cultural perspective.
The module will examine junctures between the social sciences and the field of festivals and events. It applies and contextualises theories within the discourse of events to provide a greater understanding of the significance of events in contemporary society. Studying this module provides you with a structured and detailed examination of issues pertaining to, for example, event tourism, festival and events in society, events ritual and performance, consumption, place and representation, social movements, and mobilities; along with emerging trends such as ‘pop-up’ events, the sharing economy, and changing demographics. Moreover, it enhances your ability to critically review the influences of such issues and trends upon the international festivals and events industry.
Developing Intercultural Competence in the Workplace
This module begins with a discussion of the cultural diversity phenomenon, a day-to-day reality that brings both challenges and opportunites to today’s workplace. Approaches adopted by practitioners to managing cultural diversity will be critically examined and compared, with a particular emphasis on intercultural team-building. The module content then focuses on intercultural competence, an element that is central to the intercultural team-building agenda. Perspectives and insights will be drawn from relevant disciplines, such as intercultural communication, cross-cultural management and education. Participants will consider ways of cultivating their own intercultural competence as well as facilitating others’ intercultural competence development especially in work-based contexts. Participants are encouraged to collaboratively create a peer-supported learning environment and reflect upon their own intercultural learning in this environment.
Digital Marketing Strategy
This module introduces the theory, principles, and practice of digital marketing strategy. Using contemporary frameworks and recent case studies you will learn about paid, earned and owned media and their role in digital marketing strategy. You will investigate recent changes in online consumer behaviour and their impact on marketing practice. Some of the key topics discussed in this module will include: social media marketing, digital advertising, digital PR, online market research, user-generated content, mobile marketing, eCRM, content marketing strategy, email marketing, and online Public Relations. This module is accredited by the Institute of Digital Marketing.
Research methodologies, critically reviewing literature, research design and ethics, data collection methods (qualitative, quantitative and mixed), analysis methods, research writing and dissemination. Individual research, production of a dissertation, reflection on work undertaken.
* Introduction to Global Marketing - A Strategic Perspective
* The Strategic Marketing Process and Global Marketing Challenges
* The Global Trading Environment
* The Social and Cultural Diversity and Complexity of Globalisation
* Global Market Research and Opportunity Analysis
* Globalisation and Market Entry Strategies
* Global Product and Service Marketing
* Global Channels of Communication
* Pricing for Global Markets
* The Management of Global Distribution and Logistics
* Global / International Niche Strategies for Small and Medium Size (SME) Organisations
* Sustaining Competitive Advantage in a Global Environment
Communications theory, stakeholders, decision making process, integrated marketing communications, marketing communications planning, budgeting & evaluation, advertising, sales promotion, public relations, sponsorship, direct marketing, personal selling, exhibitions, packaging, online communications, b2b communication, internal communications
New Venture Planning
Description of module content:
The module covers the following:
The importance of new businesses to a thriving economy
Entrepreneurial thinking and aspirations
Entrepreneurial role models
The business planning process
Idea generation / development / evaluation
Market identification including exposure to market players
Researching the resources required including equipment, people, funding
Segmentation / positioning & differentiation / targeting
Developing the marketing Mix (7 P’s),
Financial planning leading to development of financial statements and realistic related assumptions
Growth aspirations of entrepreneurs
Principles and Practice of Marketing
The module is essential to anyone wanting to work in business and / or marketing. Throughout the module we will analyse the principles and practices of marketing with a focus on their practical application.
The module covers:
1. Marketing environment
2. Marketing Strategy and objective setting
3. Marketing communications
4. Understanding Products
5. Pricing strategies
6. Logistics and distribution
7. Services marketing
9. Planning and control.
By studying Principles and Practices of Marketing you will learn how to make marketing decisions across an organisation, and how to devise and implement a marketing plan for a product / service of your choice.
Research methodologies, critically reviewing literature, research design and ethics, data collection methods (qualitative, quantitative and mixed), analysis methods, research writing and dissemination.
Social Media and Content Marketing
This module explores key theories and practices related to social media marketing and content marketing. The structure of the module follows a well-established model developed by Solomon and Tuten (2020) that focuses on 4 zones of social media
marketing. Students will learn: 1. how organisations establish and maintain Social Communities using appropriate interactive creative content practices that are published on social media pages and profiles(LO1). 2. Social Publishing will open up for students the world of creative content for businesses and organisations, with a specific focus on blogging and other narrative and social/personality- driven media content(LO2). 3. The third element of this module will focus on Social Commerce, leading students to a full understanding of how content creation can be used for driving sales and encouraging engagement (LO3). 4. Social Entertainment will show student the ways in which social gaming and play, branded videos etc. can be used to enhance brand identity and online presence(LO4). Students will also reflect on and critique the ways in which social media
and content marketing techniques can be used in marketing and business contexts (LO5).
Strategic Brand Management
Develop a critical understanding of strategic brand management theory and evaluate the value of such theory to organisations. Analyse the origin of popular brands. Strategic brand management process. Establishing brand position and values. Choosing brand elements to built brand equity. The role of advertising and the Internet in brand development. The legal protection of brands. Co-branding and brand conflict. Developing brand equity measurement and management systems. Managing brands in a global context and the not for profit sector. Branding and sustainability
* These are indicative only and reflect the course structure in the current academic year. Some changes may occur between now and the time that you study.