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Unit Overview


This unit prepares students for a fast changing world of media enterprise and creative labour by introducing them to different ways of thinking about media work and the media and communication industries. The unit examines the different social, cultural, organisational, regulatory and ethical aspects of a changing and 'disrupted' industry landscape. Students undertake a case study or project relevant to their own field of interest and develop critical and practical skills in research design, project management, and other common activities used in the contemporary professional working environment.

6 points
(see Timetable)
Semester 2UWA (Perth)Face to face
Details for undergraduate courses
  • Level 3 core unit in the Communication and Media Studies major sequence
  • Level 3 elective

Students are able to (1) relate media and communication theoretical perspectives to media and communication industries; (2) identify different factors shaping media work and communication professions and industry such as policy, regulation, technology, organisational cultures, industry reviews, and professional bodies; (3) independently plan, conduct and execute a final project using high-level project management skills; and (4) express research findings, ideas and project outcomes coherently and logically in professional formats.


Indicative assessments in this unit are as follows: (1) participation; (2) written assignment; and (3) major project. 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
Unit rules
COMM1001 Power, Participation and Meaning
or COMM1002 Cultures, New Media and Communications
COMM2002 Digital Media
or COMM2001 Media Influence
Contact hours
3 hours per teaching week
  • 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.