Media in Contemporary Society

University of Sydney

Course Description

  • Course Name

    Media in Contemporary Society

  • Host University

    University of Sydney

  • Location

    Sydney, Australia

  • Area of Study

    Media Studies, Sociology

  • Language Level

    Taught In English

  • Prerequisites

    Assumed knowledge: ability to access internet and basic web browsing skills, 12 credit points from Sociology

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    Hours & Credits

  • Credit Points

  • Recommended U.S. Semester Credits
  • Recommended U.S. Quarter Units
  • Overview

    This unit will examine key issues and debates within current sociological writings on media in contemporary society. The tutorial discussions focus on media, including radio, film, television, video, print, news, current affairs programmes and advertising, all of which are considered in relation to media audiences. We will consider the research literature on the sociology of media in order to investigate methods of carrying out media research, particularly of media audience research. The aim is to encourage students to develop an informed understanding of media, including their own engagement with media in contemporary society, and to explore computer based technology as an educational tool for studying media in contemporary society.

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.