Australian Media

Macquarie University

Course Description

  • Course Name

    Australian Media

  • Host University

    Macquarie University

  • Location

    Sydney, Australia

  • Area of Study

    Communication, Media and Journalism, Media Studies

  • Language Level

    Taught In English

  • Course Level Recommendations


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    Hours & Credits

  • Credit Points

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

    This unit offers an introduction to the media in Australia. The unit is structured around five modules with each focusing on a different media sector ? press, cinema, radio, television and advertising. In the first three weeks, students are introduced to the general mediascape of Australia and shown some tools for analysing media. Following the general introduction, the readings and lectures in each module provide students with an overview of a specific media industry in Australia. They then go on to focus on one or more significant aspect of media content relevant to that industry and its cultures. Finally, each module examines at least one contemporary issue of importance to that industry. This unit explores questions such as: What is media and why should we study it? How is nationhood problematised through the media? What is the function of the press? Who are the Australian male and female as constructed by Australian magazines? Does Australia need its own cinema? How important is an Australian film industry? What makes talkback influential? How important is television in knowing who we are? Why should comedy be taken seriously?

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.