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Unit Overview


While 'media' forms an ubiquitous part of modern day life, understanding media demands a unique and evolving set of skills and abilities. This unit gives students the tools to master the art of understanding media, introducing them to key theoretical approaches to the study of the media as well as the different 'public' and commercial industry contexts which comprise today's media and communication landscape. It examines key media institutions and regulatory structures, and the ways that digital transformations around platforms, data and algorithms challenge these. Students will analyse prevalent media ideas and concepts, the roles that digital intermediaries play in shaping the media environment, and explore how mediatisation impacts our connections with one another.

6 points
AvailabilityLocationModeFirst year of offer
Not available in 2024UWA (Perth)Face to face

Students are able to (1) analyse key theoretical approaches to the study of media and their changing applications; (2) reflect on the cultural and political aspects of media and communication technologies and platforms

; (3) examine the wider social, cultural and interpersonal contexts of media practice; and (4) demonstrate ethical awareness of the professional settings and field/s in which they will collaborate and engage.


Indicative assessments in this unit are as follows: (1) written work; (2) presentation; and (3) participation. Further information is available in the unit outline.

Student may be offered supplementary assessment in this unit if they meet the eligibility criteria.

Unit Coordinator(s)
Associate Professor Steven Maras
Contact hours
lectures: 1 hour
workshop/practical classes: 2 hours for up to 12 weeks
  • The availability of units in Semester 1, 2, etc. was correct at the time of publication but may be subject to change.
  • All students are responsible for identifying when they need assistance to improve their academic learning, research, English language and numeracy skills; seeking out the services and resources available to help them; and applying what they learn. Students are encouraged to register for free online support through GETSmart; to help themselves to the extensive range of resources on UWA's STUDYSmarter website; and to participate in WRITESmart and (ma+hs)Smart drop-ins and workshops.
  • Unit readings, including any essential textbooks, are listed in the unit outline for each unit, one week prior the commencement of study. The unit outline will be available via the LMS and the UWA Handbook one week prior the commencement of study. Reading lists and essential textbooks are subject to change each semester. Information on essential textbooks will also be made available on the Essential Textbooks. This website is updated regularly in the lead up to semester so content may change. It is recommended that students purchase essential textbooks for convenience due to the frequency with which they will be required during the unit. A limited number of textbooks will be made available from the Library in print and will also be made available online wherever possible. Essential textbooks can be purchased from the commercial vendors to secure the best deal. The Student Guild can provide assistance on where to purchase books if required. Books can be purchased second hand at the Guild Secondhand bookshop (second floor, Guild Village), which is located on campus.
  • Contact hours provide an indication of the type and extent of in-class activities this unit may contain. The total amount of student work (including contact hours, assessment time, and self-study) will approximate 150 hours per 6 credit points.