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SOCI2060 – Sociology of Media

2020 – Session 1, Weekday attendance, North Ryde

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General Information

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Unit convenor and teaching staff Unit convenor and teaching staff Convenor and Lecturer
Justine Lloyd
AHH Level 2 South
By appointment
Eve Honeywill
AHH Level 2 South
By appointment
Credit points Credit points
Prerequisites Prerequisites
40cp at 1000 level or above
Corequisites Corequisites
Co-badged status Co-badged status
Unit description Unit description

This unit examines the consequences of living in a world where mediated forms of communication have replaced many forms of face-to-face communication. Students will undertake a critical study of key topics in the sociology of media and communication in order to acquire knowledge about the social forces surrounding our everyday media use. The unit will examine questions such as: How do new media technologies impact society? How are media shaped by social structures? Is watching television a ritual activity? What kinds of community are possible via the internet? These topics are used to illustrate how key concepts in sociology - such as change, modernity, self, community, and sociability - can be applied to the study of media contexts.

Important Academic Dates

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Learning Outcomes

On successful completion of this unit, you will be able to:

  • ULO1: demonstrate an understanding of debates about communication media and how they shape social life
  • ULO2: identify and discuss key terms in the sociology of the media
  • ULO3: apply critical thinking via different sociological approaches, both theoretical and empirical, to the study of media and society
  • ULO4: utilise research skills through the planning and construction of a major essay in the sociology of the media in order to be competent in the construction and presentation of a cohesive argument
  • ULO5: demonstrate capacity for critical engagement with other students' ideas through structured discussions

Assessment Tasks

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Delivery and Resources

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Lectures will be held on campus (see details in the 2020 timetable). The lecture will be a mix of traditional lecture format, screenings, small group exercises and discussion. It is not compulsory that you attend, but it is highly recommended. Lecture recordings will be available on ilearn, but they are not intended to be a substitute for attending the lecture and tutorial discussions will be based on the lecture and readings.

This course includes a weekly one-hour tutorial. A record of attendance will be kept, so if you come late, make sure your presence is recorded.

NB: There are no tutorials in Week 1.

If you cannot make it to lectures or tutorials, please let the course convenor know beforehand. Students with less than 90 per cent tutorial attendance, or students whose academic work is of doubtful quality, may be required to do a 15 minute oral exam or given a separate written take home exam.

For up to date times and locations of tutorial classrooms please consult the MQ Timetables website: http://www.timetables.mq.edu.au

Technologies used and required

This unit has an online presence in iLearn (http://ilearn.mq.edu.au).  Students are required to have regular access to a computer and reliable broadband internet. Mobile devices alone are not sufficient.

This unit will use Echo lecture recording (accessed via iLearn).

Required Readings

Required readings can be accessed through link to Leganto on ilearn.

Policies and Procedures

Macquarie University policies and procedures are accessible from Policy Central (https://staff.mq.edu.au/work/strategy-planning-and-governance/university-policies-and-procedures/policy-central). Students should be aware of the following policies in particular with regard to Learning and Teaching:

Students seeking more policy resources can visit the Student Policy Gateway (https://students.mq.edu.au/support/study/student-policy-gateway). It is your one-stop-shop for the key policies you need to know about throughout your undergraduate student journey.

If you would like to see all the policies relevant to Learning and Teaching visit Policy Central (https://staff.mq.edu.au/work/strategy-planning-and-governance/university-policies-and-procedures/policy-central).

Student Code of Conduct

Macquarie University students have a responsibility to be familiar with the Student Code of Conduct: https://students.mq.edu.au/study/getting-started/student-conduct​


Results published on platform other than eStudent, (eg. iLearn, Coursera etc.) or released directly by your Unit Convenor, are not confirmed as they are subject to final approval by the University. Once approved, final results will be sent to your student email address and will be made available in eStudent. For more information visit ask.mq.edu.au or if you are a Global MBA student contact globalmba.support@mq.edu.au

Student Support

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Learning Skills

Learning Skills (mq.edu.au/learningskills) provides academic writing resources and study strategies to help you improve your marks and take control of your study.

The Library provides online and face to face support to help you find and use relevant information resources. 

Student Enquiry Service

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Equity Support

Students with a disability are encouraged to contact the Disability Service who can provide appropriate help with any issues that arise during their studies.

IT Help

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When using the University's IT, you must adhere to the Acceptable Use of IT Resources Policy. The policy applies to all who connect to the MQ network including students.

Changes since First Published

Date Description
24/02/2020 Removed incorrect lecture time and venue.
10/02/2020 Added tutor details and completed 'mapping'.