Media Convergence and Digital Culture

Subject MECM90007 (2011)

Note: This is an archived Handbook entry from 2011.

Credit Points: 12.50
Level: 9 (Graduate/Postgraduate)
Dates & Locations:

This subject has the following teaching availabilities in 2011:

Semester 2, Parkville - 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

On campus

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Time Commitment: Contact Hours: 2
Total Time Commitment: 120
Prerequisites: Admission to postgraduate diploma or fourth-year honours in media and communication, Master of Global Media Communication, Master of Arts (Media and Communication) advanced seminar and shorter thesis, Master of Cinema Management, Master of Arts and Cultural Management (Screen)
Corequisites: None
Recommended Background Knowledge: None
Non Allowed Subjects: None
Core Participation Requirements:

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Assoc Prof Scott Mcquire


Scott McQuire

Subject Overview:

This subject offers a critical examination of the impact of digital technology on contemporary media industries and cultural practices. We will examine the way the internet and new modes of collaborative production in the Web 2.0 environment are driving the transformation of all media sectors, including cinema, music, video gaming and television. Through case studies these sectors, and close analysis of contemporary internet practices, students will engage with key debates about digital culture, including the transformation of audiences, the emergence of new narrative and aesthetic forms, the role of peer-to-peer networks and the nature of digital commodities.


Students who complete this subject will:

  • be able to demonstrate high-level understanding of the complex forces underlying technological changes in international media industries;
  • be able to develop critical analyses of the effects of digital technology upon contemporary media form and content; and
  • be able to engage in informed debates about the social and political impact of digital culture in the twenty-first century.
Assessment: Class presentation 10% (due throughout the semester), case study essay 1500 words 25% (due mid-semester), and research essay 3500 words 65% (due in the examination period). Students are required to attend a minimum of 80% of classes in order to qualify to have their written work assessed. All required written work must be submitted in order to pass the subject.
Prescribed Texts:

A subject reader will be available.

Breadth Options:

This subject is not available as a breadth subject.

Fees Information: Subject EFTSL, Level, Discipline & Census Date
Generic Skills:

Students who successfully complete this subject will be able to:

  • identify and apply appropriate research methods and theoretical frameworks for independent study of media industries and digital culture;
  • demonstrate an advanced capacity for critical analysis of the theoretical and practical contexts relevant to this area; and
  • demonstrate high-level capacity to communicate research relating to media industries and digital culture in written and oral presentations.
Related Course(s): Bachelor of Arts (Honours)(Media and Communications)
Master of Arts (Media and Communication) Adv.Seminar & Shorter Thesis
Master of Global Media Communication
Related Majors/Minors/Specialisations: 200 point program - full time over 18 months
200 point program - full time over 24 months
Media and Communications
Moving Image

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