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Media Governance and the Public Sphere (CMS305)

School School of Arts
Credit Points 3
Availability KAPLAN-SGP: TJA-internal, TSA-internal
Description This unit focuses on media governance and its relations to the public sphere. It will examine policies and practices that govern and influence the media, public culture and the creative industries. Students will learn about key media regulatory issues - including community standards, ethics, norms, etiquettes, literacies - and understand how these enable and constrain a range of media, cultural and social practices globally. Topical case studies will be drawn from various global contexts for students to grasp policy discourses.
Unit Learning Outcomes 1) Students will develop broad and coherent knowledge of global media governance issues that are core to media and communication theory.
2) Students will apply and further develop research and writing skills by identifying key governance issues, explaining problems or concerns arising out of these issues, and propose recommendations to address them in their assessments.
3) Students will develop global perspective as the unit will embody diverse global examples, and will also apply forms of ethical thinking and practice in interpersonal, social and professional contexts.
4) Students gain professional knowledge of global media policies and governance issues that will improve their employability in the field of communication on completion of this unit.
Timetabled Learning Activities Lectures: 1 x 1 hour per week; 1 x 1.5 hours per week
All offerings of this unit include the equivalent of 30 hours of structured learning.
Unit Learning Experiences The approach to learning in this unit is interdisciplinary as it is based on a broad discipline of theories and discourses, including those for the disciplines of law, philosophy and ethics, sociology, politics and international studies, as well as new media/communication studies. Where available, external guest lecturers with industry knowledge will be invited to speak to the students.
Students will attend a series of lectures, which will broaden their knowledge of issues. They will also watch and view videos on global media governance issues through videos as well as through online channels. They will be tasked to follow media reports on specific media governance issues throughout the semester in order to apply theoretical knowledge to real life policy situations and discourses. In tutorials they will discuss these issues to clarify and share their knowledge and experience with others, and learn from peers. They will take part in small group discussions as well as undertake individual research projects.
Students will be part of a collaborative academic community, sharing their research ideas and plans with their peers and giving and receiving feedback.
Assessment Students are expected to engage in these assessments/learning strategies:
1) A weekly review of the lecture and readings to capture key points. This will form part of their tutorial participation grade (20%).
2) Students will be tasked - in small groups - to undertake a review of a specific media policy or governance issue (based on local, national or international contexts). In the review, students will identify key issues, explain problems or concerns arising out of these issues, and propose recommendations to address them (20%).
3) Students will write a research essay, which builds on theories covered in the unit, tutorial and group discussions (30%).
4) Both internal and external students will sit for a final closed book exam (30%).
Prerequisites Completion of 24 points at Part II.
Exclusions Students who have successfully completed MCC337 Cultural and Media Policy or CMS305 Media Governance and the Public Sphere cannot enrol in this unit.
Appears in these Courses/Majors:
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Communication and Media Studies (BA) [New in 2014]
Internet Access RequirementsMurdoch units normally include an online component comprising materials, discussions, lecture recordings and assessment activities. All students, regardless of their location or mode of study, need to have access to and be able to use computing devices with browsing capability and a connection to the Internet via Broadband (Cable, ADSL or Mobile) or Wireless. The Internet connection should be readily available and allow large amounts of data to be streamed or downloaded (approximately 100MB per lecture recording). Students also need to be able to enter into online discussions and submit assignments online.

Contacts

Unit Coordinator
CMS305
Associate Professor Terence Lee
Associate Professor in Mass Communication

Murdoch Campus
t: 9360 6689
e: T.Lee@murdoch.edu.au
o: 450.3.067 - Education and Humanities, Murdoch Campus
Unit Contacts
CMS305

KAPLAN-SGP: TJA-Internal
KAPLAN-SGP: TSA-Internal
Associate Professor Terence Lee
Associate Professor in Mass Communication

Murdoch Campus
t: 9360 6689
e: T.Lee@murdoch.edu.au
o: 450.3.067 - Education and Humanities, Murdoch Campus
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