Master of Global Media Communication

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  • Objectives
    Students who complete the Master of Global Media Communication should be able to: * demonstrate an informed awareness of the changing international and global contexts of media communication and how these are currently being researched and studied; * demonstrate understanding of major positions of theory and debate informing the study of global media communication and be able to critically engage with these; * appraise and evaluate the role of method and methodology in media and communications research; * engage in applied study and sustained analysis of aspects of international and global media communication and present this in conformity to protocols of academic presentation and research practice; * critically reflect on current trends in global media communication and contending explanations of these with particular emphasis on questions of globalisation/localisation, identity, citizenship and media approached as public sphere(s).
  • Academic title
    Master of Global Media Communication
  • Course description
    200 point program

    Duration: 2 years full-time / up to 4 years part-time

    First 100 points:

        * eight subjects (8 x 12.5 points) of specified fourth-year level study (at least five Media and Communications core subjects and up to three optional subjects).

    Second 100 points :

        * two compulsory 500 level subjects (50 points) PLUS 50 points of core subjects


        * 37.5 points of core subjects PLUS one x 12.5 point optional subject

    Total 200 points. Subjects are 12.5 points unless otherwise specified.

    150 point program

    Duration: 1.5 years full-time / up to 3 years part-time

    First 50 points:

        * four subjects (4 x 12.5 points) of specified fourth-year level study (at least three Media and Communications core subjects).

    Second 100 points :

    As for the second 100 points above.

    Total 150 points. Subjects are 12.5 points unless otherwise specified.

    100 point program

    As for the second 100 points above.

    Total 100 points. Subjects are 12.5 points unless otherwise specified.

    First 100 points
    (select a minimum of 5 core subjects)

    Subject     Semester     Credit Points
    100-415  Journalism: Conflict and Society
    This subject examines the diverse roles that journalism plays in communicating conflicts in different national and international contexts. It focuses mainly upon the news media, both broadcasting and the press, though occasionally other forms of jour...     Semester 1     12.50

    100-416  Researching Audiences and Reception
    This subject examines diverse notions of audience power and introduces various research approaches to investigating forms of audience practices and patterns of consumption in an ever-changing mediascape. It provides a detailed understanding of differ...     Semester 1     12.50

    100-417  Media and Everyday Life
    This subject is designed to provide students with a detailed understanding of various developments, perspectives and issues in the study of media and everyday life. Students begin by looking at the time-space arrangements of daily social life, before...     Semester 1     12.50

    100-418  Media Policy and Regulation
    This subject encourages students of media and communications to recognise the importance of investigating the changing regulatory regimes that structure media organisation and delivery and how these relate to surrounding interests and the play of pow...     Semester 1     12.50

    100-419  Public Relations and Corporate Power
    This subject examines the practice of public relations in a globally corporatised environment and pays special attention to its historical and theoretical development in the context of large business corporations. The role of public relations as a hu...     Semester 2     12.50

    100-420  Journalism: Practice and Theory
    This subject aims to provide students with an informed understanding of news organisation and professional practice, their informing determinants and impact on news representations. The course reviews and evaluates a wide range of theoretical framewo...     Semester 2     12.50

    100-422  Media Writing: Rhetoric and Practice
    Developed from at least the fifth century BCE onwards, the metalanguage of rhetoric (writing on writing, or discourse on discourse) is today inextricably imbricated in both practices and critiques of media language. This subject examines the highly c...     Semester 2     12.50

    Optional subjects

    Students can select up to three subjects from the following:

    Subject     Semester     Credit Points

    100-507  Global Media Governance     
    This subject will not be available in 2009     12.50

    106-402  Cultural Policy and Power
    This subject introduces students to cultural policy studies as a distinct domain of cultural studies. It examines the stakes involved in defining and operating within cultural policy studies by working through the characterisations of creative indust...     Semester 1     12.50

    106-404  Memory Cultures
    The aim of this subject is to explore a theoretical history of remembrance in contemporary culture. We will begin by considering the massive transformations in cultural memory brought about by modernity. From this starting point we will consider the ...     Semester 2     12.50

    106-474  The Contemporary Publishing Industry
    This subject provides an overview of the major factors affecting the local and global production, marketing and distribution of books, magazines and electronic publications. It considers the impact of political, social and economic conditions, techno...     Semester 1     12.50

    106-475  Business and Professional Communications
    This subject is concerned with the elements of successful communication in business and professional contexts. It introduces students to key business communications skills, focusing on both written and oral communications. The subject explores pertin...     Semester 1     12.50

    107-409  Indigenous Photography, New Media, Film     
    This subject will not be available in 2009     12.50

    107-421  Contemporary Film Theory
    This subject will examine the development of contemporary film theory of the post-1968 period. Students will be expected to critically evaluate the significance and applicability of some of the following theoretical approaches: formalism and structur...     Semester 1     12.50

    121-545  Understanding Development
    This subject forms an introduction to the main past and current theories of development, involving the approaches of several social science disciplines. It also considers many of the major issues in development, including the environment, gender, hum...     Semester 1     12.50

    131-551  Gender: Representations and Histories
    What is gender and why does it matter? In this seminar we will explore how this concept emerged and the multiple meanings it has taken on in academic inquiry and everyday life. Representations of gender will be examined in both theoretical and histor...     Semester 1     12.50

    166-444  The Emerging World (Dis)Order
    This subject provides students with an opportunity to think about some of the major issues in contemporary international politics. An underlying theme is the extent to which contemporary international politics can be seen in terms of the emergence of...     Semester 1     12.50

    166-300  Contemporary Sociological Theory
    The subject examines major approaches and debates within contemporary sociological theory, and the different research directions that emerge from these approaches. Beginning with an overview of the classical foundations of sociological theory, the su...     Semester 1     12.50

    166-413  Communication and Governance
    This subject critically investigates the changing forms of governance in democratic polities in the wake of the informational age. Using communication as a central analytical category, the subject considers how democratic political systems are coping...     Semester 1     12.50

    166-526  Managing Communications & the Media
    This is a skills rather than a theoretical subject. It has two themes: how to understand and manage the media from the perspective of a communications manager, and how to build a communications strategy into the development of policy. While it is des...     Semester 1     12.50

    100-583  History and Philosophy of Media
    When, how and why do media change? In an epoch of increasingly rapid innovation, our crucial resource for answering this question is our knowledge and ideas about previous transitions and innovations. This subject investigates the intertwined histori...     Semester 1     12.50

    107-429  Ethnographic and Documentary Cinema     
    This subject will not be available in 2009     12.50

    106-472  Genealogies of Place
    In this subject students will engage with creative and intellectual concepts that deal with an understanding of place (and places) and its relationship to individuals, communities and cultural formations. These places may be physical, social or psych...     Semester 2     12.50

    107-414  Film, Censorship & The Media
    This subject examines the history of film and media censorship, its relationship to morality and the public sphere. Students will gain a theoretical understanding of the key debates surrounding the controversial area of censorship. They will also stu...     Semester 2     12.50

    106-477  Writing and Editing for Digital Media
    This subject focuses on the communication techniques required to publish effectively in the digital environment, in particular for professional websites in the public domain. It examines the communication techniques used for ‘old&#x02...     Semester 2     12.50

    131-471  Postcolonial and Indigenous Histories
    This seminar critically examines the scholarly phenomenon of postcolonialism in relation to the recovery and writing of Indigenous and colonised histories, and the related political struggles of Indigenous peoples around the world. The seminar will b...     Semester 2     12.50

    131-547  Rethinking Rights and Global Development
    This subject explores the theoretical and political issues surrounding ideas of rights and human rights, with special reference to the development process within the contemporary globalising order. It draws on recent critical, feminist and other (re)...     Semester 2     12.50

    106-409  Celebrity Cultures     
    This subject will not be available in 2009     12.50

    106-428  Media, Politics and Cultural Diaspora     
    This subject will not be available in 2009     12.50

    131-545  Writing and Making Histories     
    This subject will not be available in 2009     12.50

    Second 100 points:
    Two compulsory subjects
    (50 points)

    Subject     Semester     Credit Points
    100-577  Strategic Political Communication
    This subject examines the strategies used by political actors to communicate with a focus on political, public and government communication across different national, international and global contexts. The subject provides a critical review of key as...     Semester 1     25

    100-570  Global Media: Theory and Research
    This subject provides students with a foundation of advanced understanding of global and international media communication in respect of both the recent past and contemporary world. The subject will encourage students to engage with empirical case st...     Semester 2     25

    Core subjects: Option 1

    50 points from the list below:

    Subject     Semester     Credit Points

    100-507  Global Media Governance     
    This subject will not be available in 2009     12.50

    100-571  Media Convergence and Digital Culture
    Media Convergence and Digital Culture This subject offers a critical examination of the impact of digital technology on contemporary media industries, cultural practices and social formations. We will examine the prospects and limits of media converg...     Semester 1     12.50

    100-574  Global Crisis Reporting
    Global Crisis Reporting examines studies and approaches to global communications and the reporting of crises, including disasters and humanitarian relief. The course examines the extent to which, how and why forms of coverage have changed in recent y...     Semester 1     25

    100-582  Media and Communications Thesis
    The Media and Communications Thesis subject requires students to design and deliver a substantial research project. Students will select an object of study, an appropriate methodology, and tools for analysing and interpreting the data they gather fro...     Semester 1, Semester 2     37.50

    100-508  Mobility, Culture and Communication
    This subject examines the transformations of urban life and social belonging by focusing on the related impact of human mobility and new media and communication technologies. It will critically engage with the dominant sociological models for explain...     Semester 2     12.50

    100-506  Media Ethics     
    This subject will not be available in 2009     12.50

    Core Subjects: Option 2

    37.5 points from core subjects above plus one 12.5 subject from the optional list below

    Subject     Semester     Credit Points

    106-516  Advanced Editing for Digital Media
    Students will be taken through the process of planning sites at various levels of complexity for different purposes and audiences, with attention to the efficient management of content, the optimisation of access and the establishment of qualitative ...     Semester 1     12.50

    106-518  Print Production and Design
    This subject introduces students to the aesthetics and practice of print production. It outlines the principles of page proportion, the visual characteristics of readable type and the interrelationship of images and text. The subject also surveys the...     Semester 1     12.50

    106-513  History of Books and Reading
    This subject introduces students to the history of the book and its relationship to changing reading practices. It will focus specifically on the changing technologies and aesthetics of book production, the relationships between reading and other cul...     Semester 1     12.50

    100-583  History and Philosophy of Media
    When, how and why do media change? In an epoch of increasingly rapid innovation, our crucial resource for answering this question is our knowledge and ideas about previous transitions and innovations. This subject investigates the intertwined histori...     Semester 1     12.50

    102-511  Imaging Australian Spaces
    This subject allows students to examine the ways in which Australian space has been represented in a variety of cultural forms. The subject explores how these spaces - conceived in a visual, literary and physical sense - have developed, and how these...     Semester 2     12.50

    106-514  The Publishing Industry & Globalisation
    This subject addresses a range of political, social and cultural issues associated with the globalisation of publishing. Students will review various interpretations of the emergence of global publishing conglomerates and the integration of print pub...     Semester 2     12.50

    110-553  Human Rights in Southeast Asia
    This seminar will focus on human rights and its critics from a historical and comparative perspective. We will explore the factors that have given rise to radically different conception of rights and justice (i.e. political, economic, cultural, relig...     Semester 2     12.50

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