Understanding Contemporary Media - MDIA5000

Faculty: Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences

School: School of the Arts and Media

Course Outline: School of the Arts and Media

Campus: Sydney

Career: Postgraduate

Units of Credit: 6

EFTSL: 0.12500 (more info)

Indicative Contact Hours per Week: 2

Enrolment Requirements:

Prerequisite: Enrolment in a postgraduate Journalism & Communication, PR & Advertising, or Law, Media & Journalism program

CSS Contribution Charge: 1 (more info)

Tuition Fee: See Tuition Fee Schedule

Further Information: See Class Timetable

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This course will introduce you to the contemporary media landscape with a focus on current developments that are influencing the practice of journalism and the role of communications within private, public and community sector organisations. You will be introduced to key concepts that frame, assist and challenge practitioners working in the contemporary journalism and communications fields. You will learn about the historical, social and political role of journalism and will compare different national media spheres. Through the course you will also learn about the expansion of professional communications and its impact on journalism, organizations and the public sphere. Topics covered in this course will include: A history of the evolution of Australian media, Australian media regulation history and contemporary frameworks, the role of the public and private sectors in Australian media production, the political and social role of journalism in Australia, the differences between Australian media and other national media with regard to journalism practice, regulation and the social and political role of journalism.
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