Global Media Cultures

Subject 100-301 (2009)

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Credit Points: 12.50
Level: 3 (Undergraduate)
Dates & Locations:

This subject has the following teaching availabilities in 2009:

Semester 1, - Taught on campus.
Pre-teaching Period Start not applicable
Teaching Period not applicable
Assessment Period End not applicable
Last date to Self-Enrol not applicable
Census Date not applicable
Last date to Withdraw without fail not applicable

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Time Commitment: Contact Hours: A 2-hour lecture and a 1-hour seminar per week
Total Time Commitment: 3 contact hours/week , 5.5 additional hours/week. Total of 8.5 hours per week.
Prerequisites: Completion of 25 points of core Media and Communications subjects and 25 points of optional Media and Communications subjects at first year level.
Corequisites: None
Recommended Background Knowledge: None
Non Allowed Subjects: None
Core Participation Requirements:

For the purposes of considering request for Reasonable Adjustments under the Disability Standards for Education (Cwth 2005), and Student Support and Engagement Policy, academic requirements for this subject are articulated in the Subject Overview, Learning Outcomes, Assessment and Generic Skills sections of this entry.

It is University policy to take all reasonable steps to minimise the impact of disability upon academic study, and reasonable adjustments will be made to enhance a student's participation in the University's programs. Students who feel their disability may impact on meeting the requirements of this subject are encouraged to discuss this matter with a Faculty Student Adviser and Student Equity and Disability Support:


Assoc Prof Ramaswami Harindranath


Sally Young
Subject Overview: This subject explores global media across different cultures. Students will engage with debates on different aspects of global culture, including national cultural formations, institutional structures, media ownership, and transnational media. This subject also explores the theme of local resistance to global media representations, including the appropriation of these by local audiences. By examining case studies of television, cinema and new technologies in and from different geographical regions, students of Global Media Cultures will broaden their understanding of the institutional and cultural contexts of global media.
  • be able to demonstrate understanding of key theories and concepts in intercultural communications, globalisation and media studies;
  • be able to identify the relationship between different theoretical frameworks deployed in the study of intercultural communications and the global media;
  • be able to demonstrate a clear understanding of the significance of cultural contexts to the construction, presentation and reception of media texts;
  • be able to identify qualitatively assess levels of media influence in the construction and dissemination of global media representations, including those from television, cinema and new technologies.
Assessment: A short essay of 1500 words 35% (due mid-semester), a case-study of 2000 words 50% (due at the end of semester), a class presentation and 500 word summary 10% (due during semester) and class participation 5%. Students must attend at least 80% of classes to be eligible for assessment. Note: Assessment submitted late without an approved formal extension will be penalised at 2% per day. Students who fail to submit up to 2-weeks after the final due date without a formal extension and special consideration will receive a fail grade for the piece of assessment.
Prescribed Texts: A Subject Reader will be available
Breadth Options:

This subject is not available as a breadth subject.

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Generic Skills:
  • be able to demonstrate an understanding of basic research and analytical methods and to present findings in conformity with academic protocols commensurate with 2nd/3rd year undergraduate studies;
  • be able to critique electronic media texts in a balanced and persuasive manner drawing from a range of intellectual discourses;
  • have the capacity to work independently, clearly recognise the requirements of subject assessment tasks and show initiative in consulting academic staff when necessary.
Notes: Students who have completed 100-203 Global Media Cultures are not permitted to enrol in this subject. This subject is only available to students enrolled in the BA (Media and Communications), BA (Media and Communications)/Bachelor of Commerce, and BA (Media and Communications)/Bachelor of Laws. Students who have completed 100-103 or 100-203 are not eligible to enrol in this subject.
Related Course(s): Bachelor of Arts (Media & Communications) and Bachelor of Laws
Bachelor of Arts(Media and Communication) & Bachelor of Commerce
Bachelor of Arts(Media and Communications)
Diploma in Arts (International Studies)
Related Majors/Minors/Specialisations: Media and Communications

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