Subject details

At the completion of this subject you will have an:

  1. understanding of key developments in traditional media such as the book, print and broadcasting
  2. awareness of the social and political implications of communications in the electronic age.
  • Topics

    • Introduction to new media (Defining new media; communication discipline; digital divide; convergence)
    • Cyberculture and online communities (Online community development; Ethical issues; Online cultural exchange)
    • Privacy, surveillance and governance (Digital surveillance; Governance on the internet; Surveillance)
    • Perceptions about futures for new media critique (Technological auras; Individualism, cultural status; digital publishing; social movements, new media
  • Study resources

    • Instructional Methods

      • Disscusion forum/Discussion Board
      • Online assignment submission
    • Online Materials

      • Online Assessment
      • Printable format materials
      • Resources and Links
      • FAQs

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-COM32

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)


Prior completion of 1st year core subjects in your degree.

Special requirements

No special requirements

Understand the changing relationships between media, telecommunications and computing industries, while investigating the practices of electronic publishing. This subject provides you with an understanding of key developments in traditional media such as book, print and broadcasting, while building your awareness of the social and political implications of communications in the electronic age.

  • Project (40%)
  • Online Discussion (20%)
  • Essay (40%)

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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