MEDIA200-18B (HAM)

Topics in Media Representation

15 Points

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Division of Arts, Social Sciences and Law
School of Arts
Screen and Media Studies

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: vanessa.mclean@waikato.ac.nz

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Paper Description

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The individual experiences of the worlds we live in make it seem obvious that these worlds are highly mediated, but this experience also indicates our need to think seriously about the process of mediation and how we can develop strategies that allow us both to reflect on and develop skills that enhance our own media practices. By focusing on the act of representation in all its multiplicity this paper establishes practices that develop both a conceptual awareness of the notions of representation as well as facilitates the development of skills that allow us to engage with representational practices themselves. Ideally then this will develop our own ways of representing as well as experiencing research of different representational practices.

Students will develop skills in the representation of their own ideas through the focus on written work in the form of the academic essay and presentation skills utilising a variety of media as well as blogsites. They will experience active research of areas of representation through visual, sign and discourse analysis, which are three important methods of research in media studies programmes. There is an investment in representation of ideas through academic essays as well as an investment in research process and creative presentation through the methodological skills they will develop as they focus on particular areas of representation.

This paper is a compulsory paper for media students and acts as a base for specific academic skills development in the media programme. This investment will be an important platform for higher level study in both the third level papers as well as for those students investing in longer term postgraduate study.

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Paper Structure

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Initially examining the notion of the representation of ourselves, this paper will then explore different fields of representation and offer methods of critique that will enhance reflection on the multiple approaches to representing the worlds of discourse, image and the associated affects that we experience.

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Learning Outcomes

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Students who successfully complete the course should be able to:

  • Learning Outcomes

    Students who successfully complete the course should be able to:

    • reflect upon the complexities of the relationship between audio-visual media and the social-historical world
    • recognise that all media representations are shaped by social, cultural, economic, political and technological factors;
    • reflect upon their own position in relation to the representations that proliferate the contemporary mediascape
    • analyse a variety of mediations and representations of a visual, aural and audio-visual form
    • acquire the communication skills necessary for developing and articulating research ideas (including creatively, where appropriate)
    • critically engage with the study of media
    Linked to the following assessments:
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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. Assignment One: Analytical Essay due 31 August, 4pm
31 Aug 2018
4:00 PM
35
  • Online: Submit through Moodle
  • Hand-In: Faculty Information Centre (J Block)
2. Assignment Two: Test Analysis (in class): due 10 September, 1pm
10 Sep 2018
1:00 PM
35
  • In Class: In Lecture
3. Assignment Three: Group Creative Project: due 1 October, 1pm
1 Oct 2018
1:00 PM
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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Students will be provided with a list of suggested readings via the Waikato Reading List, which you can access via a link on Moodle. During the lectures and tutorials, references will also be provided for students to follow up on lecture material and conduct their own search for further reading material. For those students who want to succeed and those who develop a passion for this approach to media, it is recommended that they explore the literature available on their own terms. Discussion of this material is welcomed by the lecturer.

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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. Reading lists, assignment guidelines, important dates and the paper outline are all available from this site. Occasionally, basic lecture slides may be made available for download after a lecture. In this event, these slides will only provide basic bullet points of the topics covered, so it is strongly advised that students do not rely solely on these slides for their learning or for assignment preparation. In order to gain the best learning experience from this course, and to prepare adequately for all assignments, students will need to attend all the scheduled lectures and tutorial sessions. An attendance register will be taken at the start of each lecture to monitor student attendance.

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Workload

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Attendance at lectures and tutorials is expected of all students, and an attendance register will be taken at the start of all lectures and tutorials to monitor student attendance. Students are expected to keep up with the required readings, which are linked from Moodle. Some of these will be discussed in the lectures and tutorials. Evidence of your engagement and understanding of specified readings will be required in order to meet the assessment criteria for each assignment.

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Linkages to Other Papers

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Prerequisite(s)

MEDIA100 or MEDIA102 recommended, but not compulsory.

Corequisite(s)

Equivalent(s)

Restriction(s)

Restricted papers: SMST209

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