1. Handbook
  2. Subjects
  3. Perspectives on Digital Platforms
  4. Print

Perspectives on Digital Platforms (MECM90015)

Graduate courseworkPoints: 12.5On Campus (Parkville)

You’re viewing the 2019 Handbook:
Or view archived Handbooks


Year of offer2019
Subject levelGraduate coursework
Subject codeMECM90015
FeesSubject EFTSL, Level, Discipline & Census Date

This subject explores critical perspectives on digital platforms within media and communications studies. Digital platforms incorporate databases, algorithms, interfaces and infrastructures, and now play a significant role in mediating digital economies, cultural practices and social relations. Students will examine various theoretical, historical and methodological approaches for analyzing digital platforms, including their histories and social impacts. Within the subject workshops, students will consider debates around technology innovation, change and adoption, whilst also undertaking a research project to apply these ideas to a specific feature or function of a digital platform.

Intended learning outcomes

On successful completion of this subject, students should be able to:

  • undertake both independent and group research into digital media technologies, histories, and practices;
  • demonstrate a high-level understanding of various research frameworks, methods and theories in the study of digital media;
  • critically reflect on processes of innovation, change and adoption in media and communications technologies; and
  • engage in informed discussion about the social and political implications of digital platforms.

Generic skills

At the completion of this subject, students should be able to:

  • identify and apply appropriate research methods and theoretical frameworks for independent study of digital media;
  • demonstrate a high-level of written and oral communication skills;
  • work effectively as a member of a team in developing, researching, and presenting a project; and
  • demonstrate a high level of competence in reading, synthesising, and presenting relevant research and theoretical material.

Eligibility and requirements





Non-allowed subjects


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



  • Class presentation equivalent to 1,500 words (25%), due during the teaching period.
  • Essay plan of 500 words (15%), due early in the teaching period.
  • Final reflective essay of 3,000 words (60%), due late in the teaching period.
  • Hurdle: Students are required to attend a minimum of 100% of classes in order to pass this subject.

Dates & times

  • June
    Principal coordinatorBjorn Nansen
    Mode of deliveryOn Campus — Parkville
    Contact hoursTotal 24 hours: 1x2-hour workshop and 1x2-hour seminar, taught intensively over six days in June.
    Total time commitment170 hours
    Teaching period19 June 2019 to 28 June 2019
    Last self-enrol date21 June 2019
    Census date19 July 2019
    Last date to withdraw without fail 6 September 2019
    Assessment period ends17 October 2019

    June contact information

Time commitment details

170 hours

Additional delivery details

This subject is taught intensively of six days in June.

Further information

  • Texts

    Prescribed texts

    A subject reader will be available.

  • Available through the Community Access Program

    About the Community Access Program (CAP)

    This subject is available through the Community Access Program (also called Single Subject Studies) which allows you to enrol in single subjects offered by the University of Melbourne, without the commitment required to complete a whole degree.

    Entry requirements including prerequisites may apply. Please refer to the CAP applications page for further information.

    Additional information for this subject

    Subject coordinator approval required

  • Available to Study Abroad and/or Study Exchange Students

    This subject is available to students studying at the University from eligible overseas institutions on exchange and study abroad. Students are required to satisfy any listed requirements, such as pre- and co-requisites, for enrolment in the subject.

Last updated: 2 August 2019