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MMCC7000 – Media and Social Media

2021 – Session 1, Weekday attendance, North Ryde

Notice

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General Information

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Unit convenor and teaching staff Unit convenor and teaching staff Convenor
John Potts
Contact via 9850 2163
10Ha 165J
Wed 1 - 2
Credit points Credit points
10
Prerequisites Prerequisites
Admission to MRes
Corequisites Corequisites
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Unit description Unit description

Media and social media dominate our political, social and cultural landscapes. This unit investigates their multilayered dynamic by incorporating a range of disciplinary and/or interdisciplinary approaches within media, communications, cultural studies and media arts. It surveys approaches to media and representation in the broad media and communications discipline. A section of this unit specifically addresses issues in social media. Students will explore how academic research can be utilised to study a rapidly evolving cultural reality and technological infrastructure.

Important Academic Dates

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Learning Outcomes

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

  • ULO1: demonstrate a coherent knowledge of the principles, methods and concepts within a discipline area.
  • ULO2: develop and demonstrate a high level of oral, written, and discipline specific communication skills.
  • ULO3: communicate research principles and perspectives situated in a disciplinary area.
  • ULO4: apply informed and logical judgments to the arguments of others.
  • ULO5: synthesize and apply ideas to new contexts.

General Assessment Information

Late Submission Penalty:

Unless a Special Consideration request has been submitted and approved, a penalty for lateness will apply – two (2) marks out of 100 will be deducted per day for assignments submitted after the due date – and no assignment will be accepted more than seven (7) days (including weekends) after the original submission deadline.

Assessment Tasks

Name Weighting Hurdle Due
Essay 30% No 20/4/21
Research Essay 50% No 4/06/21
Seminar Presentation 20% No Weeks 12 and 13

Essay

Assessment Type 1: Essay
Indicative Time on Task 2: 25 hours
Due: 20/4/21
Weighting: 30%

This essay requires student to critically engage with unit content and independent research.

Refer to iLearn for further information.


On successful completion you will be able to:
  • demonstrate a coherent knowledge of the principles, methods and concepts within a discipline area.
  • develop and demonstrate a high level of oral, written, and discipline specific communication skills.
  • communicate research principles and perspectives situated in a disciplinary area.
  • apply informed and logical judgments to the arguments of others.
  • synthesize and apply ideas to new contexts.

Research Essay

Assessment Type 1: Essay
Indicative Time on Task 2: 46 hours
Due: 4/06/21
Weighting: 50%

This essay requires students to critically engage with current literature and undertake in-depth independent research.

Refer to iLearn for further information.


On successful completion you will be able to:
  • demonstrate a coherent knowledge of the principles, methods and concepts within a discipline area.
  • develop and demonstrate a high level of oral, written, and discipline specific communication skills.
  • communicate research principles and perspectives situated in a disciplinary area.
  • apply informed and logical judgments to the arguments of others.
  • synthesize and apply ideas to new contexts.

Seminar Presentation

Assessment Type 1: Presentation
Indicative Time on Task 2: 15 hours
Due: Weeks 12 and 13
Weighting: 20%

Students will be required to present on a specific unit topic.

Refer to iLearn for further information.


On successful completion you will be able to:
  • demonstrate a coherent knowledge of the principles, methods and concepts within a discipline area.
  • develop and demonstrate a high level of oral, written, and discipline specific communication skills.
  • communicate research principles and perspectives situated in a disciplinary area.
  • apply informed and logical judgments to the arguments of others.
  • synthesize and apply ideas to new contexts.

1 If you need help with your assignment, please contact:

  • the academic teaching staff in your unit for guidance in understanding or completing this type of assessment
  • the Learning Skills Unit for academic skills support.

2 Indicative time-on-task is an estimate of the time required for completion of the assessment task and is subject to individual variation

Delivery and Resources

Readings will be provided by the convenor. Some readings are available online for download, as detailed in the Unit Schedule.

Unit Schedule

MMCC7000 Unit Schedule

Week 2: 1st March – Introduction to Media and Social Media (John Potts)

Week 3: 8th March - Media Studies (John Potts)

Reading: Turner, G. (2015), 'Introduction', Re-Inventing the Media, London and New York:

Routledge. pp. 1-15.

Background Reading: Cunningham, S., and Turnbull, S. (2014). 'Introduction' and The Media

and Communications: Theoretical Traditions', The Media and Communications in Australia 4th

Edition. Sydney: Allen & Unwin. pp. 1-30.

Week 4: 15th March - Cultural Studies (Joseph Pugliese)

Reading: Nicole Anderson and Katrina Schulnke, 'Introduction: Theory to Practice' in Anderson

& Schulnke, Cultural Theory in Everyday Practice, Oxford: Oxford University Press, 2009

Week 5: 22nd March - Writing (Willa McDonald)

Reading: Macnamara, A,  "Six rules for practice-led research",  TEXT: Journal of Writing and Writing Courses, Scott Brook and Paul Magee (eds), Special Issue, Website Series, no. 4, 14 October 2012. http://www.textjournal.com.au/speciss/issue14/McNamara.pdf 

Recommended readings:

Christine Owen,  'Academic Research and Creative Writing: Redrawing the Map and Finding One's Allies (and avoiding the Corbett phenomenon)', TEXT, Vol 10, No 2, 2006 

 Available at: www.textjournal.com.au/oct06/owen.htm 

Shady Cosgrove, 'Getting my hands dirty: research and writing', TEXT, Special Issue 27, Creative Writing as Research III, October 2014 (eds Nigel Krauth, Donna Lee Brien, Ross Watkins and Anthony Lawrence), online at: 

 http://www.textjournal.com.au/speciss/issue27/Cosgrove.pdf

Week 6: 29th March - Music (Julian Knowles)

Reading: Hesmondhalgh, David and Negus, Keith (2002) 'Introduction - Popular Music Studies:

Meaning, Power and Value'. In David Hesmondhalgh and Keith Negus (eds), Popular Music

Studies. London: Arnold, pp. 1-10.

MID-SEMESTER BREAK

Week 7: 19 April - Creative Arts and Media Arts (Julie-Anne Long and Jon Burtt)

Reading: Barrett, Estelle. 2010, 'Introduction’, in Barrett Estelle, and Barbara Bolt (eds) Practice

as Research: Approaches to creative arts enquiry, (New York: Palgrave Macmillan) pp. 1-13

Week 8: 26th April - Screen Studies (Karen Pearlman)

Reading: David Bordwell, 'The Viewer's Share: Models of Mind in Explaining Film' (2012)

at http://www.davidbordwell.net/essays/viewersshare.php

Week 9: 3rd May - Social Media 1 (Tai Neilson)

Readings to be provided.

Week 10: 10th May - Social Media 2 (Tai Neilson)

Weeks 11: 17th May - Media Disciplines and Sub-disciplines (John Potts) 

Weeks 12 and 13: 24 May - 31 May - Student Presentations (John Potts)

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Results

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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.

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