University Course Planner The University of Adelaide Australia

MDIA 2306 - Approaches to Media

Career: Undergraduate
Units: 3
Term: 4020
Campus: North Terrace
Contact: Up to 3 hours per week
Available for Study Abroad and Exchange: Yes
Available for Non-Award Study: No
Pre-Requisite: At least 12 units of Level I undergraduate study, including 3 units of MDIA Level I courses
Incompatible: MDIA 3303
Assessment: Attendance and participation (10%), news content analysis (20%), textual analysis (30%), essay (40%)

This course examines the different traditions within media theory. It maps the major theoretical traditions of the field including political economy and communication theories, textual theories and audience theories. It considers the impacts of digital networked communication and how they might be thought about. It also investigates the social and cultural processes implicated in the production and consumption of media forms. Issues range from the political economy of the media, the significance of ownership, the negotiations of power and the relative positions of citizens, corporations and the State. Students will consider a number of key concepts, and examine the writings of several key thinkers working in and around this field. They will also be encouraged to compare and contrast different approaches, so that they are able to recognise the different theoretical concerns and emphases in play. Discussion will range across a selection of themes and issues, from the more traditional (e.g. debates about ideology and signification) to the more contemporary (e.g. debates about privacy and surveillance).

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Critical Dates

Term Last Day to Add Online Census Date Last Day to WNF Last Day to WF
4020 Mon 10/08/2020 Wed 19/08/2020 Fri 30/10/2020 Not Available

Class Details

Enrolment Class: Workshop
Class Nbr Section Size Available Dates Days Time Location
21323 WR03 70 20 28 Jul - 15 Sep Tuesday 2pm - 5pm Barr Smith South, 1063, Teaching Room
6 Oct - 20 Oct Tuesday 2pm - 5pm Barr Smith South, 1063, Teaching Room
21324 WR02 52 FULL 31 Jul - 18 Sep Friday 1pm - 4pm MyUni, OL, Online Class
9 Oct - 23 Oct Friday 1pm - 4pm MyUni, OL, Online Class
21325 WR01 80 14 29 Jul - 16 Sep Wednesday 9am - 12pm Barr Smith South, 1063, Teaching Room
7 Oct - 21 Oct Wednesday 9am - 12pm Barr Smith South, 1063, Teaching Room