MEDIA200-22B (HAM)

Acts of Representation

15 Points

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School of Arts
Screen and Media Studies


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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 paper should be able to:

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    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 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 26 August, 4pm
26 Aug 2022
4:00 PM
  • Online: Submit through Moodle
2. Assignment Two: Test Analysis (online): due 26 September, 4pm
26 Sep 2022
4:00 PM
  • Online: Submit through Moodle
3. Assignment Three: Group Creative Project: due 21 October 4pm
21 Oct 2022
5:00 PM
  • Online: Submit through Moodle
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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There is a Waikato Reading List for this paper. It is strongly recommended that students take the time to read a minimum of one reading per week from this list. The lecturer will advise students on which readings are most appropriate in relation to specific topics. All assignments are include assessment criteria which requires evidence of having utilised the sources provided on this list.

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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, the paper outline and online lecture files are all available from this site. In order to gain the best learning experience from this paper, and to prepare adequately for all assignments, it is strongly recommended that students engage with all of the the lecture files and tutorial sessions. Please see the introductory note about the arrangements in place for students to engage remotely with online resources.

Grades for all pieces of assessment will be available through Moodle.


  • all grades in Moodle are provisional, and will be confirmed at the end of the semester
  • There is a maximum of 20MB per file for uploading to Moodle - where files are too large to submit through Moodle, a Google Drive folder will be indicated.
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It is recommended that regular engagement with online lecture files and face-to-face tutorials is likely to enhance the learning experience. Students are expected to keep up with the required readings, which are linked from Moodle. These will be discussed in the lecture files 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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MEDIA100 or MEDIA102 recommended, but not compulsory.




Restricted papers: SMST209

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