COMM4102 Media, Representation, Culture

6 points
Not available in 2020UWA (Perth)Face to face
Digital media has significantly changed the ways in which we think about meanings, identities, representation and recognition. This unit provides students with critical skills in the analysis of media representation in the context of digital and interactive practices, changing modes of spectatorship and the growth of participatory cultures of meaning-making. By examining the ways in which digital, interactive media represents, constitutes and circulates meaning and representation of individuals, groups, identity frameworks and political settings, students gain a strong working knowledge of the ways in which media is implicated in producing power relations, making change and addressing exclusion, inequity and vulnerability. The unit introduces participants to a range of theoretical approaches to the study of media representation and issues in contemporary culture. Specific examples discussed relate to relevant, contemporary and topical issues of the day.
Students are able to (1) understand and apply a range of approaches, theories and forms of knowledge necessary for discussing the relationship between media, digital technology and culture; (2) conduct research projects on topical areas of cultural sensitivity with a view to cultural diversity and gender equality; (3) analyse complex media, communication and policy texts in the context of censorship regimes, controversy, scandal and moral panic; (4) capably develop innovative texts, opinion pieces, blogs and digital communication on sensitive or culturally complex topics; and (5) further develop research and writing skills through a range of assigned activities.
Indicative assessments in this unit are as follows: (1) online exercises; (2) major essay or creative project; and (3) seminar participation. Further information is available in the unit outline.

Supplementary assessment is not available in this unit.
Unit rules
COMM7482 Honours Seminar 2 (Communication Studies)
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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. Reading lists and essential textbooks are subject to change each semester. 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. Copies of textbooks and other readings will be made available for students to access from the Library, online wherever possible as well as in print.