Media, Politics and Cultural Diaspora

Subject 106-428 (2008)

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Credit Points: 12.500
Level: Undergraduate
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This subject is not offered in 2008.

Time Commitment: Contact Hours: A 2-hour seminar per week
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Prerequisites: Usually admission to the postgraduate certificate, diploma or fourth year honours in English, cultural studies, creative writing or gender studies.
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Audrey Yue
Subject Overview:

This subject looks at the study of diaspora in a historical context from the histories of dispersion and migration, to model minority discourses, and the forces of globalisation/internationalisation. The subject emphasises the changing meanings of the space, place and position of 'home' as they relate to the politics of identity and the mobility of location. Through the interfaces of race, class, gender and sexuality, the cultural productions of diasporic communities are examined as sites of resistance and new desires of belonging. The subject asks students to focus on new technologies, such as cable and minority television, transnational cinema, and the computer network, to explore the relationship between technology and media as diasporic tools for cultural maintenance and negotiation.

Assessment: An essay of 5000 words for 4th year and 6000 words for masters students 100 (due at the end of semester).
Prescribed Texts: A subject reader will be available from the University Bookshop.
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Breadth Options:

This subject is not available as a breadth subject.

Fees Information: Subject EFTSL, Level, Discipline & Census Date
Generic Skills:
  • have advanced research and analytic skills;

  • develop critical and ethical self-awareness;

  • have the ability to develop and communicate effective arguments in both oral and written form.


Formerly available as 106-125. Students who have completed 106-125 are not eligible to enrol in this subject.

Related Course(s): Bachelor of Arts (Honours)(Media and Communications)
Master of Arts (Global Journalism)
Master of Arts (Global Media Communication)
Master of Development Studies (Gender & Development)
Master of Global Media Communication
Postgraduate Certificate in Arts (Cultural Studies)
Postgraduate Certificate in Arts (English)
Postgraduate Certificate in Arts (Gender Studies)
Postgraduate Diploma in Arts (Cultural Studies)
Postgraduate Diploma in Arts (English Literature)
Postgraduate Diploma in Arts (Gender Studies)
Postgraduate Diploma in Arts (Media and Communication)

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