Subject details

The generic outcomes are a broad understanding of issues in media theory and the place of new media theory, providing you with the skills and knowledge which are the basis of current communication practices. The subjects specific aims and outcomes are to provide a professional qualification for those who wish to work in the creative and communication industries.

  • Topics
    • What is technology? What is communication?
    • Digital evidence: Problems of authenticity and perception
    • Cyber democracy
    • Cyberfiction
    • A digital fairytale: the myth of internet exceptionalism
    • Video games and gamers in popular mythology
    • Intellectual property issues and the Internet
    • Through the Google-Glass: how search engines shape our view of the world
    • A case study: the internet as a public sphere
    • A case study; creativity in the digital age
    • Review
    • Review
    • Review
  • Study resources
    • Instructional Methods
      • Disscusion forum/Discussion Board
      • Online assignment submission
      • Standard Media
    • Online Materials
      • Resources and Links
      • Printable format materials

Entry Requirements

Equivalent Subjects

You cannot enrol in this unit if you have successfully completed any of the following subject(s) because they are considered academically equivalent:

  • GRF-COMM160
  • GRF-COM160

You must either have successfully completed the following subject(s) before starting this subject, or currently be enrolled in the following subject(s) in a prior study period; or enrol in the following subject(s) to study prior to this subject:

Please note that your enrolment in this subject is conditional on successful completion of these prerequisite subject(s). If you study the prerequisite subject(s) in the study period immediately prior to studying this subject, your result for the prerequisite subject(s) will not be finalised prior to the close of enrolment. In this situation, should you not complete your prerequisite subject(s) successfully you should not continue with your enrolment in this subject. If you are currently enrolled in the prerequisite subject(s) and believe you may not complete these all successfully, it is your responsibility to reschedule your study of this subject to give you time to re-attempt the prerequisite subject(s)

Special requirements

No special requirements

Please note: This subject was previously known as New Media Theory.

This subject is designed to provide advanced students with the opportunity to consolidate and build upon your insights into contemporary media theory by exploring the links between traditional theories of communication and developing discourses around cyber-theory. Upon completion of this subject, you will have acquired significant familiarity with key modern and post-modern communication theories and will have explored the links between those ideas and theoretical debates emerging around constructions of cyberspace.

  • Assignment 1 - Essay 1 (40%)
  • Assignment 2 - Essay 2 (50%)
  • Assignment 3 - Online Discussion (10%)

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.

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