Media in Contemporary Society (SCLG2606)


This unit will examine key issues and debates within current sociological writings on media in contemporary society. The tutorial discussions focus on media, including radio, film, television, video, print, news, current affairs programmes and advertising, all of which are considered in relation to media audiences. We will consider the research literature on the sociology of media in order to investigate methods of carrying out media research, particularly of media audience research. The aim is to encourage students to develop an informed understanding of media, including their own engagement with media in contemporary society, and to explore computer based technology as an educational tool for studying media in contemporary society.

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Further unit of study information


1x2hr lecture/week, 1x1hr tutorial/week


Tutorial participation and 1500wd oral equivalent (15%) and 500wds equivalent poster (35%) and 2500wd Take-home exercise (50%)

Faculty/department permission required?


Unit of study rules

Prerequisites and assumed knowledge

12 Junior credit points from Sociology


SCLG2018 or SCLG2537

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