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MECM90003 Mobility, Culture and Communication

Credit Points: 12.50
Level: 9 (Graduate/Postgraduate)
Dates & Locations:

This subject is not offered in 2013.

Time Commitment: Contact Hours: 2
Total Time Commitment:

120

Prerequisites:

Admission to the postgraduate diploma or fourth year honours in media and communication, Master of Global Media Communication, Master of Arts (Media and Communication) Advanced Seminar and Shorter Thesis.

Corequisites:

None

Recommended Background Knowledge:

None

Non Allowed Subjects:

None

Core Participation Requirements:

For the purposes of considering request for Reasonable Adjustments under the disability Standards for Education (Cwth 2005), and Students Experiencing Academic Disadvantage Policy, academic requirements for this subject are articulated in the Subject Description, Subject Objectives, Generic Skills and Assessment Requirements of this entry.

The University is dedicated to provide support to those with special requirements. Further details on the disability support scheme can be found at the Disability Liaison Unit website: http://www.services.unimelb.edu.au/disability/

Contact

Scott McQuire

mcquire@unimelb.edu.au

Subject Overview:

This subject examines the transformations of urban life and social belonging by focusing on the related impact of human mobility and new media and communication technologies. It will critically engage with the dominant sociological models for explaining global movement and the emergence of global, mobile media, and will test their relationship to theories of the nation state, diasporic cultures and new urban formations. In particular it will examine the formation of new hybrid identities, cosmopolitan organizations, transnational modes of agency and social interaction. This subject will address the complex cultural transformation of public space and the public sphere in contemporary society. It will situate this discussion in relation to underlying fears towards outsiders and ambivalence towards the impact of new technologies and mobility in general. On completion of this subject, students will be familiar with alternative perspectives for understanding the relation between global flows and local affiliations, and for understanding the emergence of new social spaces and practices in the diasporic cultures of contemporary cities.

Objectives:

Students who complete this subject will be able to:

  • prepare and present ideas in both verbal and written mode, and in conformity to conventions of academic presentation;
  • reflect on learning and take responsibility for organising personal study; and
  • participate in discussion and group activities and be sensitive to the participation of others.
Assessment:

Class presentation or site analysis essay 1000 words 25% (due 14 days after the presentation), final reflective essay 4000 words 75% (due in the examination period). Students are required to attend a minimum of 80% (or 10 out of 12) classes in order to qualify to have their written work assessed. Any student who fails to meet this hurdle without valid reason will not be eligible to pass the subject. All required written work must be submitted in order to pass the subject. Essays submitted after the due date without an extension will be penalised 2% per day. Essays submitted after two weeks of the assessment due date without a formally approved application for special consideration or an extension will only be marked on a pass/fail basis if accepted.

Prescribed Texts:

A subject reader will be available.

Breadth Options:

This subject is not available as a breadth subject.

Fees Information: Subject EFTSL, Level, Discipline & Census Date
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.
Related Course(s): Master of Arts (Media and Communication) Adv.Seminar & Shorter Thesis
Related Majors/Minors/Specialisations: 100 Point Master of Global Media Communication
150 Point Master of Global Media Communication
150 point program - full time over 18 months
200 Point Master of Global Media Communication
200 point program - full time over 18 months
200 point program - full time over 24 months

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