University Course Planner The University of Adelaide Australia

MDIA 2306 - Approaches to Media

Career: Undergraduate
Units: 3
Term: Semester 2
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
Semester 2 Mon 09/08/2021 Wed 18/08/2021 Fri 17/09/2021 Fri 29/10/2021

Class Details

Enrolment Class: Workshop
Class Nbr Section Size Available Dates Days Time Location
20986 WR03 70 1 30 Jul - 17 Sep Friday 11am - 2pm Barr Smith South, 1063, Teaching Room
8 Oct - 22 Oct Friday 11am - 2pm Barr Smith South, 1063, Teaching Room
20987 WR02 70 11 28 Jul - 15 Sep Wednesday 1pm - 4pm MyUni, OL, Online Class
6 Oct - 20 Oct Wednesday 1pm - 4pm MyUni, OL, Online Class