COMM1002 Cultures, New Media and Communications

6 points
(see Timetable)
Semester 2UWA (Perth)Face to face
Non-standard teaching periodHong KongFace to face
Details for undergraduate courses
  • Level 1 core unit in the Communication and Media Studies major sequence
  • The area of knowledge for this unit is Society and Culture
  • Category B broadening unit for students
This unit examines media not just as tools of communication, but also how they shape what can and cannot be said and seen, and hence the sorts of societies we live in. Since the advent of cave painting, social and political power, and economic interest have been mediated by diverse forms of representation. In today's modern societies it is important to understand the nexus between power and the media. Never before have the forms of communication been so diverse and media so pervasive. The unit focuses on the roles that technologies of communication have played, primarily in the contemporary world. Topics include how the limits and differences of oral, written and visual languages have had an impact on ways of knowing and thinking about the world; the relationship between particular media, regimes of representation and social formations; the development of the image including the invention of perspective, photography and realism; virtuality; digital media and modernity; and theories of social control and media production and resistance.
Students are able to (1) critically assess the ways in which different media can influence representational, communicative and social practice; (2) recognise the defining features of digital communication; (3) analyse and evaluate the quantity and quality of information communicated through different media; (4) identify, discuss and evaluate positive and negative accounts of the relation between new media and forms of community; (5) develop practical skills in the use of digital image manipulation; (6) express research findings and ideas coherently and logically in both online and text formats; and (7) critically assess their own work in relation to that of their peers.
Indicative assessments in this unit are as follows: (1) participation; (2) research essay; and (3) image project. Further information is available in the unit outline.

Supplementary assessment is not available in this unit except in the case of a bachelor's pass degree student who has obtained a mark of 45 to 49 overall and is currently enrolled in this unit, and it is the only remaining unit that the student must pass in order to complete their course.
Unit Coordinator(s)
Dr David Savat
Unit rules
COMM2202 Culture, New Media and Communications
Contact hours
3 hours per teaching week
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