Explore how (un)consciousness, coma and the vegetative state are represented in the media. Engage with debates about the portrayal of patients and reporting of  ‘miracle’ recoveries, court cases and scientific breakthroughs. Address implications for family and public understandings. This course will help develop your understanding of ‘coma’ and your skills in writing for the media or being a critical media consumer or researcher, or supporting patients and their families.

Start date: 13th July 2020

Cost: Free

Course authorProfessor Jenny Kitzinger, School of Journalism, Media and Culture, Cardiff University.

Duration: 1 week (self-study materials, for completion at own pace)

Study time: 4 hours (or more with optional activities) (Option of a one-off online seminar may be offered if time available)

Assessment: self-assessment quizzes & reflection (auto-generated certification of participation on completion)