Media Structures and Practices
University of Newcastle
Area of Study
Taught In English
40 units at 1000 level
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Host University Units10
Recommended U.S. Semester Credits3 - 4
Recommended U.S. Quarter Units4 - 6
Hours & Credits
OverviewMedia Structures and Practices interrogates the role of media within our society, and the ways in which media structures influence media practices and content. The course focuses on a variety of media forms, including newsmedia, television, film, and the internet, and considers media on local, national and global levels. The course seeks to examine the role of governments, commercial practices, and changing technologies in influencing the media we consume. The media cannot be understood without also seeing how media is produced, and while the course largely examines media structures and practices from a theoretical perspective, there will also be a practical component wherein students will be given the opportunity to create their own media text. In each of the major assignments, students will be able to select which media industries they would like to focus on to enable a variety of interests and backgrounds to be reflected.LEARNING OUTCOMES1. Demonstrate knowledge of how the media operates on local, national, and global levels.2. Discuss key issues surrounding contemporary media structures and practices.Discuss key issues surrounding contemporary media structures and practices.3. Critically analyse theoretical discussion of media structures and practices.4. Apply and analyse the principles of media practice to an independent research Report and project in the form of a major Research Essay.CONTENTCourse topics may include:Australian mediaCase study analysis of particular media organisations in their specific settings.Questions of media ownership, media regulation and control.The production and regulation of children's mediaThe media and social changeMedia productionTheoretical consideration of the tension between culture and commerce in the media; or other similar topics, as appropriate.ASSESSMENT ITEMSJournal: Weekly journal entriesReport: Industry Research ReportEssay: Major Research Essay
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.