Media Structures and Practices

Course code FMCS2000Units 10Level 2000Faculty of Education and ArtsSchool of Humanities and Social Science

Media Structures and Practices interrogates the role of media within our society, and the ways in which media structures influence media practices and content. The course focuses on a variety of media forms, including newsmedia, television, film, and the internet, and considers media on local, national and global levels. The course seeks to examine the role of governments, commercial practices, and changing technologies in influencing the media we consume. The media cannot be understood without also seeing how media is produced, and while the course largely examines media structures and practices from a theoretical perspective, there will also be a practical component wherein students will be given the opportunity to create their own media text. In each of the major assignments, students will be able to select which media industries they would like to focus on to enable a variety of interests and backgrounds to be reflected.

Available in 2015

Callaghan CampusSemester 1
On-Line from CallaghanSemester 1
UoN SingaporeTrimester 2
Previously offered in 2014
ObjectivesBy the end of this course, students will be able to:
* Demonstrate knowledge of how the media operates on a local and global level.
* Discuss key issues surrounding contemporary media structures and practices.
* Critically analyse theoretical discussion of media structures and practices.
* Apply the principles of media practice to an independent media project.
ContentCourse topics may include:
* Australian media
* Case study analysis of particular media organisations in their specific settings.
* Questions of media ownership, media regulation and control.
* The production and regulation of children's media
* The media and social change
* Media production
* Theoretical consideration of the tension between culture and commerce in the media;
or other similar topics, as appropriate.
Replacing Course(s)CULT2130 Media Structures and Practices.
TransitionStudents who have successfully completed CULT2130 Media Structures and Practices may not enrol into FMCS2000 Media Structures and Practices.
Industrial Experience0
Assumed Knowledge40 units at 1000 level
Modes of DeliveryFlexible Delivery / Student Centred Learning
Internal Mode
Teaching MethodsLecture
Self Directed Learning
Computer Lab
Assessment Items
Essays / Written Assignments1,500 words, worth 30%
Journal3,000 words, worth 30%
Projects2,000 words, worth 40%
Contact HoursLecture: for 1 hour(s) per Week for Full Term
Self Directed Learning: for 1 hour(s) per Week for Full Term
Workshop: for 1 hour(s) per Week for Full Term
Timetables2015 Course Timetables for FMCS2000