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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.
Last updated: 6 December 2019