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Cultural and Communications Policy (SWM647)

Organisational Unit Global Studies
Credit Points 3
Description Students will work with a variety of theories, methods, and cases to examine cultural and communications policy. These will include political economy, textual analysis, archival research, participant observation, and discourse analysis. There will be a discussion of cultural and communications policy at various levels: global, regional, national, urban, and rural. Examples will come from Latin America, the UK, and the US, but students will be able to draw on their own foci as well.
Unit Learning Outcomes You should be able to explain:
1. The success of Hollywood around the globe;
2. Cultural Imperialism;
3. Policy analysis;
4. Social-movement activism; and
5. New digital technologies.
Timetabled Learning Activities Seminars and workshops are delivered in intensive teaching mode (24 hours contact time), which may include evenings and weekends. Students will then complete research assignments independently, in consultation with teaching staff.
Unit Learning Experiences The approach to learning in this unit is structured events such as lectures and tutorials, though the former will be open discussion sections where material is presented with plenty of room for interaction; timetabled semi-structured learning (individual workshops of your research with the professor) and self-directed or group learning tasks, in which you will undertake collaborative work both inside and outside class.
Other Learning Experiences May include modelling a new policy; creating a web portal on the subject; interviewing experts; translating scholarship from student's own language into English; listening to podcasts; other activities as directed.
Assessment The professor will undertake all grading. Students will be expected to write a 3000 word essay, worth 50% of your grade. The other 50% will come from classroom participation (15%) in the form of discussion, a group project (15%) where you will work together under my supervision in small groups to produce an applied policy paper, and a draft of your final paper (20%).
The format for referencing can be Chicago or APA; images and diagrams are welcome elements, along with recorded illustrative material. The topics will emerge from our first few hours together, though the syllabus will include a set of readings and indicative essay topics should you prefer a more structured approach--the choice will be yours as a graduate student.
Prerequisites Enrolment in a graduate-level course.
Appears in these Courses/Majors:
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Master of Development Studies (MDS)
Master of International Affairs and Security (MIAS)
Master of Public Policy and Management (MPPM)
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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Professor Toby Miller

e: T.Miller@murdoch.edu.au
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