Media and Society
The course introduces students to critical analytical media studies in its historical and contemporary contexts through an exploration of key concepts and theoretical traditions. The course will focus on the nature of mediated communication, the functions and roles of media and institutions that help to define media's place in society.
Reading Media Forms
The course will introduce students to methods of critically analysing different media forms (print, radio, television and new media) and genres using key concepts and theories in Media Studies. The course will closely focus on individual media forms of print and visual cultures, broadcast and new media and their various genres.
Texts Processes of Reception and Audiences
The module covers theories and debates about media texts, processes of reception and text/audience relations. Central to the module is a focus on how different theories conceptualize media texts and how they construct audiences and the processes of reception of media texts by audiences/publics. A key element of this focus will be on theoretical and public debates about the power of media to influence publics and the power of publics to negotiate/resist (using a range of resources and in different contexts) the power or effects of the media.
Sociology of News Production
The module covers approaches which treat news as a social construction of reality focusing on internal processes in the news organization and external influences and forces that shape news production. The module also focuses on the extent to which structures within and outside media organizations can be constraints and how media workers negotiate the constraints in processes of news production.
STUDENTS HAVE A CHOICE FROM ONE OF THE FOLLOWING STREAMS:
Media and Power
This stream explores big questions to do with the social, economic and political power structures and how they interface with media. It will suit students with an interest in working in media policy, regulation and critique in the governmental, NGO or corporate sector.
Media and Culture
This stream explores big questions to do with popular culture from local and global perspectives, and the lived experience of a variety of media forms and practices. It will suit students with an interest in working in the cultural and creative industries.
Media and Society
This stream explores big questions to do with the role that media play in various social structures, from news reporting through to the economic aspects of media production. It will suit students with an interest in media entrepreneurship, journalism and corporate social investment.