MEDIA101-19B (HAM)

Media, Culture and Society

15 Points

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Division of Arts Law Psychology & Social Sciences
School of Arts
Screen and Media Studies

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Paper Description

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This paper explores the relationships between media and contemporary culture.

Media systems and technologies have enormous economic, social and political impacts upon contemporary life, but are themselves shaped by these factors.

This paper will introduce students to some key critical frameworks for considering the relationships between media, culture, and society, such as history, identity, and ethics. These frameworks are an important background for other Media Studies and Arts papers, and for working in media-related industries.

The learning objectives for this course include the following:

  • to encourage students to reflect upon the complex relationships between 'media' and 'culture';
  • to provide strategies so that students recognise that all forms of media are shaped by historical, social, cultural, economic, political and technological factors;
  • to focus on current issues regarding the media;
  • to encourage students to reflect upon their own position, and the position of others, in respect of contemporary media;
  • to extend student vocabulary and terminology, in order for them to talk about media in an informed manner;
  • to acquire important information about the media in respect to the concepts of identity, communities, citizenship and work;
  • to introduce students to skills necessary for critically engaging with the study of media
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Paper Structure

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In this paper we introduce a variety of perspectives on the complex and constantly changing relationships between media, society, and culture. The paper is structured around a series of topics that are focused on introducing key concepts and issues related to these relationships.

We discuss media in both historical and contemporary contexts, based on the contention that we cannot understand what is happening now in media (and the world generally) without having knowledge of what went before. Together, we examine past, present, and future implications of the role of media on individual and collective life.

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Learning Outcomes

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Students who successfully complete the course should be able to:

  • understand, analyse and discuss important features of contemporary media;
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  • recognise, define, understand and use core concepts in media analysis, especially in respect of the production, distribution and consumption of media;
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  • undertake basic research about the role and impact of media;
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  • evaluate, assess and express ideas about contemporary media in respect of power, control and value;
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  • to understand histrorical developments in the media and how these have shaped contemporary media
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  • better understand their own relationships with contemporary media
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Assessment

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Assessment Components

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The internal assessment/exam ratio (as stated in the University Calendar) is 100:0. There is no final exam. The final exam makes up 0% of the overall mark.

The internal assessment/exam ratio (as stated in the University Calendar) is 100:0 or 0:0, whichever is more favourable for the student. The final exam makes up either 0% or 0% of the overall mark.

Component DescriptionDue Date TimePercentage of overall markSubmission MethodCompulsory
1. TWO BLOGS (2 x 20 points each, on due dates: 04/August & 18/August )
4 Aug 2019
10:00 PM
40
  • Online: Submit through Moodle
2. READING CRITIQUE
22 Sep 2019
10:00 PM
30
  • Online: Submit through Moodle
3.  TEST ( via Moodle)
8 Oct 2019
10:00 AM
30
  • In Class: In Lecture
Assessment Total:     100    
Failing to complete a compulsory assessment component of a paper will result in an IC grade
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Required and Recommended Readings

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Required Readings

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Weekly readings are linked through Moodle. These readings will be discussed in lectures and tutorials (and two of these will form the focus of your Reading Critique). Supplementary readings and other resources will also be supplied to assist learning.

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Online Support

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There is an online Moodle community for this course. Moodle can be accessed via iWaikato. Lecture presentations (post-lectures), tutorial exercises, assignment details, important dates and the paper outline are all available from this site.

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Workload

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Every week there will be a two-hour lecture each Tuesday 10-12, in SG.0 1. Please ensure you are on-time for these, and attend all lectures. The lectures will introduce key concepts, connecting these with the overall design of the paper. PowerPoint slides will be posted following each lecture but as these contain only key ideas, you will need to attend as many lectures as possible, to get ‘the full picture’.

Each week, students will also attend a tutorial (starting from the second week), designed to further develop the ideas introduced in lectures and outline approaches to pieces of assessment. It is expected that students will be active participants in tutorial activities. Students will be able to sign up for a tutorial through Moodle.

The expectations are that in addition to weekly attendance at the lecture + your nominated tutorial (3 hours), you will spend another 6-7 hours on course revision, preparation and assessment work.

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Linkages to Other Papers

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Prerequisite(s)

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Restriction(s)

Restricted papers: SMST102

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