Not currently offered
Course code



10 units


2000 level

Course handbook


Media in Transition interrogates media industries, organisations, and practices in recent years, and how these relate to changing media forms, content, and modes of consumption. The course focuses on a variety of media, including newsmedia, television, film, and the online world, taking in different local, national, and global contexts. Focusing on the rapidly changing nature of contemporary media across production, distribution, and reception, the course explores how government and regulation, different commercial practices, changing technologies, economic developments, and evolving audience behaviour influence the form and content of media we consume. Students will be able to select particular media industries or forms to investigate and analyse. Such focused research will further our understanding of present-day media, its immediate past, and likely future.


Not currently offered.

This Course was last offered in Semester 2 - 2020.

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.

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

4. Apply and analyse the principles of media practice to an independent research Report.


Course topics may include:

·         Australian newsmedia

·         Case studies of particular media organisations in their specific settings

·         Different national film and television industries

·         Questions of media ownership, media regulation and control

·         The relationship between ‘old’ and ‘new’ media

·         The production and regulation of children's media

·         The media and social change

·         Media production and labour

·         Media industries and ideology

·         The political economy of media

·         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

Quiz: Online quizzes (30%)

Report: Industry Research Report (40%)

Written Assignment: Annotated bibliography (30%)

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