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ATS1280: Understanding the media

Faculty of Arts

Understanding the media

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The media play a central role in all aspects of contemporary life. This unit provides an introduction to the field of media studies by investigating a variety of media forms - from film and radio to video games and social media - with a particular focus on the technological and industrial circumstances that have produced them. Students will be encouraged to reflect upon the role of communication technologies in their own lives and analyse their own experiences as media consumers and producers.


1 - Reflection - 10% 2 - Multimedia - 20% 3 - Literature review - 30% 4 - Policy Brief - 40%


Minimum total expected workload to achieve the learning outcomes for this unit is 144 hours per semester typically comprising a mixture of scheduled learning activities and independent study. Scheduled activities may include a combination of teacher directed learning, peer directed learning and online engagement.