Subject details

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

  1. demonstrate understanding of debates about communication media and how they shape social life
  2. apply different sociological approaches - theoretical and methodological - to the study of media and society
  3. develop informed and analytically rigorous arguments regarding the role media plays in society
  4. critically engage with other students' ideas through structured and informal discussions.
  • Topics
    • 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
  • Study resources
    • Instructional Methods
      • Disscusion forum/Discussion Board
      • Online assignment submission
      • Standard Media
      • Web links
    • Online Materials
      • Resources and Links

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:

  • MAQ-SGY280

You are recommended to have completed the following subjects(s) or have equivalent knowledge before starting this unit:

Special requirements

No special requirements

This subject was previously known as SGY280 Sociology of Media.

This subject 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? Are watching television and using social media ritual activities? 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.  

  • Assignment 1 - Presentations (50%)
  • Assignment 2 - Essays (40%)
  • Assignment 3 - Online participation (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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