Media Structures and Practices


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.



  • Semester 1 - 2016

On-Line from Callaghan

  • Semester 1 - 2016

UoN Singapore

  • Trimester 2 - 2016 (Singapore)

Learning Outcomes

On successful completion of the course students will be able to:

1. Demonstrate knowledge of how the media operates on local, national, and global levels.

2. Discuss key issues surrounding contemporary media structures and practices.Discuss key issues surrounding contemporary media structures and practices.

3. Critically analyse theoretical discussion of media structures and practices.

4. Apply and analyse the principles of media practice to an independent research Report and project in the form of a major Research Essay.


Course 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.

Assumed Knowledge

40 units at 1000 level

Assessment Items

Journal: Weekly journal entries

Report: Industry Research Report

Essay: Major Research Essay

Contact Hours

Callaghan, On-Line from Callaghan and UoN Singapore


Face to Face On Campus 1 hour(s) per Week for Full Term

Self-Directed Learning

Self-Directed 1 hour(s) per Week for Full Term


Face to Face On Campus 1 hour(s) per Week for Full Term