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Comparing Media Systems (MECM20010)

Undergraduate level 2Points: 12.5On Campus (Parkville)

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Year of offer2019
Subject levelUndergraduate Level 2
Subject codeMECM20010
Semester 1
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While new communication technologies, satellite broadcasting, and the Internet have contributed to an increasing connectedness between different regions, a deeper understanding of the organizational structure of this ‘connectedness’, the national and transnational regulation and the ways in which these are perceived in different societies and national contexts becomes increasingly important. In particular the inreasing role of supra- and subnational media within such a transnational public require new ‘comparative’ methodological approaches. This subject will explore the organizational, cultural and political structures of transnationally operating media organizations in order to identify new forms of overlap and disjuncture in the international media environment. Students will be introduced to comparative approaches for a deeper understanding of the development and contemporary forms of diverse media structures and societal environments in developing, transitional, and developed countries.

Intended learning outcomes

On successful completion of this subject, students should have:

  • gained insight into the corporate structures of transnationally operating media organizations;
  • developed an understanding of regionally diverse implications of globally operating media organizations;
  • developed analytical skills for the critical analysis of regional media structures;
  • the ability to apply conceptual frameworks for the critical assessment of globally diverse content flows; and
  • been able to interact with peers to develop collaboration and leadership skills.

Generic skills

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.

Last updated: 18 July 2019