History and Philosophy of Media
Subject MECM90015 (2010)
Note: This is an archived Handbook entry from 2010.
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This subject has the following teaching availabilities in 2010:Semester 1, Parkville - Taught on campus.
Timetable can be viewed here. For information about these dates, click here.
|Time Commitment:||Contact Hours: 2 |
Total Time Commitment: 120
|Recommended Background Knowledge:||None|
|Non Allowed Subjects:||None|
|Core Participation Requirements:||None|
CoordinatorProf Sean Cubitt
When, how and why do media change? In an epoch of increasingly rapid innovation, our crucial resource for answering this question is our knowledge and ideas about previous transitions and innovations. This subject investigates the intertwined histories of media and ideas about media. How does media change relate to cultural construction and interpretation, discursive and social formations, political economy, technology and the laws of physics? Recent media historiography has increased the historical depth and geographical range of the field, in the process proposing new ways to pose old questions such as "what is the impact of media on society?" Drawing on current research projects in the Media and Communication program, the subject will address such topics as the genealogies of contemporary media technologies, mediated democracy, media temporalities and political communication. It will place such projects in the history of philosophical engagement with media, a history which stretches back to the Biblical ban on images and Plato's attacks on writing. Relevant contemporary theories, which might include biopolitical, autonomist, actor-network and complexity approaches, will be studied and applied to the historical processes of past and present media change.
On completion of this subject:
|Assessment:||Class presentation (1000 words equivalent) 25% (due mid-semester), final reflective essay 4000 words 75% (due end of semester).|
A subject reader will be available including selections from the recommended reading and documentation on specific cases.
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This subject is not available as a breadth subject.
|Fees Information:||Subject EFTSL, Level, Discipline & Census Date|
Students who successfully complete this subject should be able to:
Bachelor of Arts (Honours)(Media and Communications) |
Master of Arts (Media and Communication) Adv.Seminar & Shorter Thesis
Master of Global Media Communication
Postgraduate Diploma in Arts (Media and Communication)
Media and Communication |
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