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COMM2001 Media Influence

6 points
(see Timetable)
Semester 2UWA (Perth)Face to face
Semester 2OnlineOnline timetabled
Details for undergraduate courses
  • Level 2 core unit in the Communication and Media Studies major sequence
  • Level 2 elective
From brand ambassadors to 'fake news', the media can have a powerful influence on our views and behaviour. In this unit we examine the impact of technological change upon information sharing and the broader discourses of news and advertising. By analysing aspects of media reach, engagement and effects students are able to improve their own capacity to craft influential media messages and act as critical and empowered participants in the world of mass communication.
Students are able to (1) research and analyse media content through collection, analysis and interpretation of data.; (2) explain how technology and the desire to create influential messages has effected the production and construction of media texts.; (3) express research findings and ideas coherently and logically in oral and written formats; and (4) demonstrate cooperation and leadership in peer learning group contexts and participation in discussion settings.
Indicative assessments in this unit are as follows: (1) presentations; (2) written assessment; and (3) participation. Further information is available in the unit outline.
Unit Coordinator(s)
Dr Tauel Harper
Unit rules
COMM1101 Human Technology: Debating Communication or COMM1001 Human Technology: Debating Communication or COMM1001 Power, Participation and Meaning or COMM1002 Cultures, New Media and Communications or ENGL1112 Screen Cultures/Print Cultures or LING1101 Language and Communication
Advisable prior study:
COMM2002 Digital Media (ID 817)
COMM2201 Communication and Mass Media
Contact hours
up to 3 hours per teaching week
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  • 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.