Language in the Media

University of Queensland

Course Description

  • Course Name

    Language in the Media

  • Host University

    University of Queensland

  • Location

    Brisbane, Australia

  • Area of Study

    Media Studies

  • Language Level

    Taught In English

  • Prerequisites

    Prerequisite: CCST1000 or COMU1000 or COMU1010, and 4 credits from Arts

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    Hours & Credits

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  • Overview

    Course Description
    This course covers quantitative and qualitative approaches to the analysis of the language of media texts through the study of a variety of media including chat shows, websites, blogs, social media and some forms of print media (magazines and newspapers) to demonstrate how language is used and how media texts are produced and understood.
    Course Introduction
    MSTU2002 is concerned with the analysis of language in various media texts with an emphasis on both ?language? and ?media?. You will be introduced to two types of language analysis: content analysis and discourse analysis, through the study of several types of media: radio talk-back, websites, social media, chat shows, news and current affairs, and magazines. You will develop your understanding of both techniques and their applications and will be briefly to conversation analysis and text-mining software. You will gain experience in the development of a research question to be tested in analysis. The course aims to improve your skills in critical awareness and attention to detail as you consolidate and expand your theoretical and methodological approaches to language analysis.
    MSTU2002 develops the emphasis on language and textual analysis in the relevant sections of introductory courses COMU1010 (The Art of Communication) and COMU1000 (Introduction to Communication and Cultural Studies) and complements a number of advanced courses in the Media, Communication and Cultural Studies.
    Learning Objectives
    After successfully completing this course you should be able to:
    • explain and appraise the role of language in various types of media
    • identify the communicative features of generic media forms
    • identify the language conventions associated with mediated contexts
    • undertake basic content analysis of media texts
    • undertake basic discourse analysis of media texts
    • apply analytical methods meaningfully to media texts
    • collect and critically evaluate a range of sources
    Class Contact
    1.5 hours Lectures,1 hour Tutorial

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