New Media and Society
Not available in 2012
Previously offered in 2013, 2010, 2009, 2008, 2007
Looks at new and old popular media within a sociological and cultural studies framework. Considers a wide variety of media forms, such as mobile phones, you-tube, internet contact sites, political networking, blogs, computer games, advertising, popular TV dramas and films, romance novels and fashion.
On successful completion of this course students will be able to demonstrate:
1. An understanding of a sociological and cultural studies approach to media and society.
2. Ability to analyse a piece of popular media within the frameworks offered within sociology and cultural studies.
3. Ability to deal critically with social analyses of popular media.
4. Skills in writing an academic essay, in reading critcally and in doing research.
1. Does the media support dominant interests in society?
2. Does the media reinforce gender inequalities?
3. Does the new media democratize electronic communication?
4. Recognition of the key methodological approaches of media analysis within sociology and cultural studies - semiotic, ethnographic and psychoanalytic.
5. What is meant by claims that the media today embodies various aspects of postmodern culture?
6. Analysis of a wide variety of media forms.
This course replaces SOCA2080 which was deleted in 2006. It is being reinstated at third year level as part of the rationalisation of courses within the discipline to make the major more accessible for students by providing more options in each semester, conforming with current practice in the School of Humanities and Social Science in courses that are offered within the BA and BSocSci majors.
Students who have completed SOCA2080 are not permitted to enrol in this course.
40 units of study at 1000 level
Modes of Delivery
Seminar: for 2 hour(s) per Week for Full Term