MEDIA ON THE MEDIA

MST5MOM

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Credit points: 30

Subject outline

The media as social institutions control their own representation. A significant part of public perception of the media is derived from such representations as newspaper reports of struggles for ownership and control of institutions, or television narratives set in television or film studios or newspaper offices. Through a study of selected examples, students consider the self-referential and intertextual aspects of the media and the issues these raise for any further media study, such as on issues of process (the difference between criticism and reviewing) and particularly, ethics (claims of the impartiality of media reporting, or arguments pitting the public's right to know against the individual's right to privacy). Theories of communication are tested against such complex and intractable examples, and the implications for the teaching of media studies are explored

SchoolSchool of Humanities & Social Sciences

Credit points30

Subject Co-ordinatorJohn Benson

Available to Study Abroad StudentsYes

Subject year levelYear Level 5 - Masters

Exchange StudentsYes

Subject particulars

Subject rules

Prerequisites Enrolment in a Masters by coursework

Co-requisitesN/A

Incompatible subjectsN/A

Equivalent subjectsN/A

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Graduate capabilities & intended learning outcomes

01. Students examine at least four authors and their ideas and in this field.

Activities:
Students develop a literature review.
Related graduate capabilities and elements:
Critical Thinking (Critical Thinking)
Inquiry/ Research (Inquiry/ Research)

02. Students examine various theories of communication and their relationship to power in contemporary society.

Activities:
Students research the relationship between power and the function of the media and the way this has been conceptualised over time.
Related graduate capabilities and elements:
Critical Thinking (Critical Thinking)
Creative Problem-solving (Creative Problem-solving)
Inquiry/ Research (Inquiry/ Research)

03. Students present a class seminar on their selected case study and evaluate the use of the theoretical model used to examine the case study.

Activities:
Seminar to examine both the case study and the conceptual framework which is used to analyse the case case.
Related graduate capabilities and elements:
Inquiry/ Research (Inquiry/ Research)

04. Students undertake a number of case studies where the media concentrates on an examination or exploration of itself.

Activities:
These case studies may be in any media form from the novel to the documentary and examine in detail both the facts and issues in dispute and the assumptions which underline the nature of the examination.
Related graduate capabilities and elements:
Critical Thinking (Critical Thinking)

05. Students will develop a complex historical understanding of the way the media functions in society from the period of the Enlightenment to the present.

Activities:
Students will examine in detail the various arguments and theories which attempt to explain the relationship between the media and society.
Related graduate capabilities and elements:
Speaking (Speaking)
Inquiry/ Research (Inquiry/ Research)
Critical Thinking (Critical Thinking)
Writing (Writing)

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