New Media and Society

University of Newcastle

Course Description

  • Course Name

    New Media and Society

  • Host University

    University of Newcastle

  • Location

    Newcastle, Australia

  • Area of Study

    Media Studies, Sociology

  • Language Level

    Taught In English

  • Prerequisites

    40 units of study at 1000 level

  • 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

    This course looks at 'new' and 'old' media within a sociological framework. It considers a wide variety of media forms, practices and cultures, assessing their influence on human interactions and experiences. Key topics include: social media and smart phones; the videogame industry and gaming cultures; online communities and participatory media; new and old journalism and its democratic influences and social functions; political communication and its consequences; advertising and the designing of desire; and popular narratives in TV and cinema and their social influences. This course covers central material in the sociological understanding of media texts. It helps students understand power relationships in society and the social construction of culture. It answers sociological questions such as: Does the new media democratize electronic communication? Do the media influence our actions? What are the positive and negative social consequences of new media technologies? Do the media reinforce social stereotypes?
    1. An understanding of a sociological and cultural studies approach to media and society.
    2. The ability to analyse a piece of popular media within the frameworks offered within sociology and cultural studies.
    3. The ability to deal critically with social analyses of popular media.
    4. Professional skills in writing an academic essay, in reading critically and in doing research.
    5. Professional skills in writing a presentation and delivering it to peers.
    Does the media support dominant interests in society?
    Does the media reinforce gender inequalities?
    Does the new media democratize electronic communication?
    Recognition of the key methodological approaches of media analysis within sociology and cultural studies.
    What is meant by claims that the media today embodies various aspects of postmodern culture?
    Analysis of a wide variety of media forms.
    Essay: Essay 1
    Essay: Essay 2
    Presentation: Group Presentation

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.