Sociology of Media
Gauge the impact new media communication technologies have had on the ways people talk, work and live. Place yourself inside online communities. Examine propaganda communications. Consult the writings of key sociological thinkers in the media field.
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- 24 Feb 2020
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At the completion of this subject students will be able to:
- demonstrate understanding of debates about communication media and how they shape social life
- apply different sociological approaches - theoretical and methodological - to the study of media and society
- develop informed and analytically rigorous arguments regarding the role media plays in society
- critically engage with other students' ideas through structured and informal discussions.
- Introduction to sociology of media
- Sociological approaches to media
- Media communications and social change - part 1
- Media communications and social change - part 2
- Mediated interaction
- News, ideology and propaganda
- Case study: gender and games
- Case study: race and ethnicity
- Case study: accessibility/disability
- Case study: news and media regulation
- New media and forms of sociability - part 1
- New media and forms of sociability - part 2
- Course review
- Discussion forum/Discussion Board
- Online assignment submission
- Standard Media
- Web links
- Resources and Links
You cannot enrol in this subject if you have successfully completed any of the following subject(s) because they are considered academically equivalent:
- MAQ-SOCX279-Sociology of Media
You are recommended to have completed the following subjects(s) or have equivalent knowledge before starting this subject:
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Students who have an Academic Standing of Suspension or Exclusion under Macquarie University's Academic Progression Policy are not permitted to enrol in OUA units offered by Macquarie University. Students with an Academic Standing of Suspension or Exclusion who have enrolled in units through OUA will be withdrawn.
This subject was previously known as SGY280, SOCX279 Sociology of Media.
This unit examines the consequences of living in a world where mediated forms of communication have replaced many forms of face-to-face communication. Through a survey of key thinkers in the sociology of media and communication, students will examine questions such as: How do new media technologies impact society? Is watching television a ritual activity? What kinds of community are possible via the internet? These topics will be used to illustrate how key concepts in sociology such as change, modernity, self, community, sociability, etc. can be applied to the study of media contexts.
- Presentations (50%)
- Essays (40%)
- Online participation (10%)
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