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Understanding Media & Communications (MECM90039)

Graduate courseworkPoints: 25On Campus (Parkville)

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Overview

Year of offer2019
Subject levelGraduate coursework
Subject codeMECM90039
Campus
Parkville
Availability
Semester 1
Semester 2
FeesSubject EFTSL, Level, Discipline & Census Date

This subject provides students with foundational case studies and conceptual frameworks for understanding the history of media technologies, institutions, practices, and products. Students will develop a critical understanding of the issues and debates surrounding the complex transformation of media spaces and practices from the broadcast era to the contemporary digital communications landscape. Students will explore the impact of digital technologies on the production, distribution, and consumption of mediated communications with an emphasis on the dynamic consequences of these shifts for global communications and networked publics. Students will develop academic skills of critical thinking to engage with and evaluate literature, and to write argumentatively.

Intended learning outcomes

Students who successfully complete this subject should be able to:

  • Demonstrate an awareness and critical understanding of key theoretical and historical approaches to the study of media and communications in globally networked digital cultures
  • Apply analytic approaches to the understanding of different media texts, industries, and practices
  • Clearly communicate different perspectives, arguments, and approaches to understanding media and communications through the use of academic conventions and scholarly standards including: • identifying appropriate resources in the preparation of a research essay • critically reading and engaging with scholarly literature • marshalling logic and evidence in the construction of an argument • engaging in communal scholarship through participation in class discussion • developing a range of critical and reflective writing skills

Generic skills

Upon successful completion of this subject, graduates should be able to:

  • reflect on their own use of media and relate this to broader theoretical issues;
  • critically analyse the role of contemporary communications lanscape;
  • prepare and present their ideas in both verbal and written mode at an intermediate level and in conformity to conventions of academic presentation; and
  • participate in discussion and group activities and be sensitive to the participation of others

Upon successful completion of this subject, graduates should develop the following generic skills:

  • be able to reflect on their own use of media and relate this to broader theoretical issues;
  • be able to critically analyse the role of contemporary communications lanscape;
  • be able to prepare and present their ideas in both verbal and written mode at an intermediate level and in conformity to conventions of academic presentation; and
  • be able to participate in discussion and group activities and be sensitive to the participation of others

Last updated: 11 November 2018