Audience Studies

University of Newcastle

Course Description

  • Course Name

    Audience Studies

  • Host University

    University of Newcastle

  • Location

    Newcastle, Australia

  • Area of Study

    Media and Journalism, Media Studies, Radio/Television/Film

  • Language Level

    Taught In English

  • Prerequisites

    CMNS1234 or an equivalent understanding of media theory and production.

  • Course Level Recommendations


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    Hours & Credits

  • Host University Units

  • Recommended U.S. Semester Credits
    3 - 4
  • Recommended U.S. Quarter Units
    4 - 6
  • Overview

    Considers the way audiences are researched and positioned by media organisations and texts. Students study competing theories regarding the different ways audiences relate to media products and texts to meet individual needs, and the needs of producers and the media industries. Students will also explore specific instances of text/reader relationships as they apply to film, radio, popular music, print media and television and the Internet.
    1. Explain the role of the audience in the communication process.
    2. Outline differing theoretical approaches to the study of audiences and explain certain types of analytic frameworks available for the critical investigation of audiences and audience/text relationships.
    3. Explain the differences between quantitative and qualitative audience measurements.
    4. Describe various relationships that can occur between text/s and audiences.
    Audience Studies outlines differing theoretical approaches to the concept of what audience means in a range of social, cultural and mediated contexts.
    Analytic frameworks in which the notion of audience has been traditionally considered including quantitative and qualitative research methodologies.
    Current trends in audience research using contemporary media products and environments.
    Relationships between theoretical assumptions, production processes and cultural texts.
    Specific topics include: mass and niche audiences, measuring audiences, media effects, soap operas, romance and audience, special interest audiences, audiences for the internet and multimedia.
    Journal: Learning journal
    Presentation: Presentation: Discussion leadership
    Written Assignment: Tutorial paper
    Participation: Participation

Course Disclaimer

Courses and course hours of instruction are subject to change.

Credits earned vary according to the policies of the students' home institutions. According to ISA policy and possible visa requirements, students must maintain full-time enrollment status, as determined by their home institutions, for the duration of the program.