Subject details

  • Topics
    • Introduction: how does the media engage you? How do you engage with the media?
    • The medium is the message: when media converge?
    • Don't touch that! Copyright, ownership and institutional control
    • Entertain me! Who makes your entertainment? Actors, institutions & participatory culture
    • Entertaining the world: using media across cultural boundaries
    • Play with me! Having fun with media
    • Engaging with media to make art
    • Inform me! News media
    • Networks of information: blogging, citizen journalism & collective intelligence
    • Talk to me! Chatting/texting/twittering at each other
    • Who's listening? Mass communication in a networked, mobile environment
    • Conclusion
  • Study resources
    • Instructional Methods
      • Audio/Video conferencing
      • Chat Rooms
      • Disscusion forum/Discussion Board
      • Online assignment submission
      • Podcasting/Leacture capture
      • Streaming Multimedia
      • Web links
    • Print Materials
      • Welcome letter
    • Online Materials
      • Audio-Video streaming
      • Printable format materials
      • Resources and Links
      • Online Assessment

At the completion of this subject students will be able to:

  1. demonstrate critical awareness of the contexts in which various media are produced and distributed
  2. apply critical understandings of media cultures and institutions to reflect on your own use of media in professional, creative and personal practice
  3. present analysis of the processes influencing the production and consumption of texts in different media
  4. utilise concepts relating to institutions, audiences and cultures to explain and analyse media.
  • Assignment 1 - Essay (40%)
  • Assignment 2 - Learning portfolio (30%)
  • Assignment 3 - Remediation project (30%)

Textbooks are subject to change within the academic year. Students are advised to purchase their books no earlier than one to two months before the start of a subject

No eligibility requirements

Special requirements

No special requirements

Contemporary media is a vital and pervasive presence in many aspects of our lives, both personal and professional. This subject explores the ways in which 21st century media 'engages' our attention through a variety of texts and communicative modes. It also focuses on the ways in which we, as users, consumers and producers, engage with the media. We will explore how our relation to media is impacted by the institutions and processes involved in its production.

Further Information: List of topics is indicative and subject to minor change prior to the start of each Study Period.

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