|Year of offer||2019|
|Subject level||Undergraduate Level 1|
|Fees||Subject EFTSL, Level, Discipline & Census Date|
This subject provides students with a thematic overview of the study of media and communications. The subject addresses the production and distribution of media and the work of media audiences in historical and contemporary contexts. It engages students in debates over the relative analytical power of such approaches as the economics of the media industry and the relations between media, politics and public life. It encourages students to develop their critical capacities by enlarging their understanding of both the empirical nature of the media and the range of theoretical approaches to them.
Intended learning outcomes
On successful completion of this subject, students should be able to:
- demonstrate an introductory-level knowledge of, and a capacity to apply, a key theories, approaches and perspectives on the role and significance of media in social life;
- apply analytical approaches to produce critical readings of media texts;
- deploy critical and analytical skills to critically consider the role played by media institutions, texts and practices within changing social and cultural contexts;
- clearly communicate an understanding of different perspectives, arguments and approaches by applying conventions and protocols of academic presentation; and
- engage in communal scholarship through participation in class discussion, and respectfully engaging with the participation of others.
At the completion of this subject, students should gain the following generic skills:
- be able to prepare and present their ideas in both verbal and written mode and in conformity to conventions of academic presentation;
- be able to reflect on their own learning and take responsibility for organising personal study; and
- be able to participate in discussion and group activities and be sensitive to the participation of others.
Eligibility and requirements
100-100 Introduction to Media and Communications; MECM20007 Media and Society
Core participation requirements
The University of Melbourne is committed to providing students with reasonable adjustments to assessment and participation under the Disability Standards for Education (2005), and the Assessment and Results Policy (MPF1326). Students are expected to meet the core participation requirements for their course. These can be viewed under Entry and Participation Requirements for the course outlines in the Handbook.
Further details on how to seek academic adjustments can be found on the Student Equity and Disability Support website: http://services.unimelb.edu.au/student-equity/home
- A short engagement with key foundational ideas for the study of media and society, comprising 1000 words, (due early in the semester) 25%;
- A textual analysis, comprising 1500 words, (due mid-semester) 35%;
- A final essay, comprising 1500 words, (due in the examination period) 40%.
Dates & times
- Semester 1
Principal coordinator Bjorn Nansen Mode of delivery On Campus — Parkville Contact hours Total 36 Hours: 2 x 1-hour lectures per week and a 1-hour tutorial per week. Total time commitment 170 hours Teaching period 4 March 2019 to 2 June 2019 Last self-enrol date 15 March 2019 Census date 31 March 2019 Last date to withdraw without fail 10 May 2019 Assessment period ends 28 June 2019
Semester 1 contact information
Time commitment details
A subject reader will be available.
- Subject notes
This subject is not available to students enrolled in 105-MC Bachelor of Arts (Media and Communications)
- Related Handbook entries
This subject contributes to the following:
Type Name Major Media and Communications
- Breadth options
- Available through the Community Access Program
About the Community Access Program (CAP)
- Available to Study Abroad and/or Study Exchange Students