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Unit Overview


From the sustainable development goals promoted by the UN to local issues such as closing the gap, the relationship between media and innovation and social change is more pressing than ever. Emerging media technologies and practices lie at the heart of our futures in-the-making. Their adoptions and repurposing by communities, governments and industry profoundly change how we live, love, work and play. Ongoing media innovation engenders hopes and anxieties regarding its social, political, cultural and environmental impact, requiring the effective and collaborative responses of media thinkers, entrepreneurs and practitioners. This unit explores critical and creative approaches to some of the key issues surrounding media innovation and social change. Focusing on productive intersections between media theory and media arts, the unit engages students in future-oriented media research and practice.

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

Students are able to (1) explain key issues surrounding the relationship between media innovation and social change; (2) critically evaluate emerging media technologies, products and services; (3) address social issues through innovative and creative media practices; (4) recognise and reflect on personal accountability relating to media representations; (5) demonstrate intellectual leadership in future-oriented media research and practice; and (6) implement ethical values and protocols surrounding collaborative media projects.


Indicative assessments in this unit are as follows: (1) proposal; (2) media project; 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)
Dr Katarina Damjanov
Unit rules
Successful completion of
36 points Unit(s) in your chosen degree
Advisable prior study
COMM2002 Digital Media.
COMM2001 Media Influence.
COMM1003 Understanding Media.
INDG1160 Boodjar Moort Katitjin: Introduction to Indigenous Heritage and Knowledge.
INDG2600 Indigenous Representation
Contact hours
lectures: 2 hours
workshop/practical classes: 1 hours for up to 12 weeks
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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.
  • 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.