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Global Media and Culture (COM204)

Organisational Unit Creative Media, Arts and Design
Credit Points 3
Availability MURDOCH: S2-internal, S2-external
Teaching Timetables Murdoch S2
Description This unit examines the relationship between global media and culture in relation to media ownership, production, products, texts, society and identity. We explore how all media can potentially be global media and the ways media technologies and texts impact upon culture and society. We consider arguments related to homogenisation, free labour, overconsumption, the digital divide and trash culture. This unit casts a critical eye over contemporary culture with a particular emphasis on the role of globalisation and the media.
Unit Learning Outcomes On successful completion of the unit you will be able to:
1. Gather, describe and analyse key theories, concepts and examples in relation to global media and culture.
2. Demonstrate ethical thinking about the processes and impacts of the globalisation process in terms of media and culture.
3. Identify and apply critical and technical skills using traditional and digital media.
4. Demonstrate cognitive flexibility by applying creative, technical and critical thinking to address complex issues.
Communicate and engage with your peers in person and via media and communication platforms using voice, text, sound and image.
Timetabled Learning Activities Seminars: 2.5 hour per week.
Unit Learning Experiences This unit uses a structured timetable as a framework for learning. Unit learning experiences comprise a 1 hour lecture followed by 1.5 hour tutorials for 12 weeks of the semester. In addition to timetabled activities, students are expected to spend 7.5 hours per week on comprehending the weekly required readings, reviewing lecture notes, preparing for and completing each of the assessment tasks including weekly tutorial questions and assignments.
Assessment There are four main assessments:
1. Reflective Journal (45%)
2. Presentation (20%)
3. End of Semester Test (20%)
4. Participation (15%)
Prerequisites Nil.
Appears in these Courses/Majors:
see individual structures for context
Global Media and Communication (BCommun) [New in 2018]
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.


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Dr Lauren O'Mahony

Murdoch Campus
t: 9360 2077
e: L.OMahony@murdoch.edu.au
o: 450.3.054 - Building 450, Murdoch Campus
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MURDOCH: S2-External
MURDOCH: S2-Internal
Dr Lauren O'Mahony

Murdoch Campus
t: 9360 2077
e: L.OMahony@murdoch.edu.au
o: 450.3.054 - Building 450, Murdoch Campus
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