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Media, Culture, Power - Theories of Mass Communications (6 points)


Leader: Phillip Dearman

Gippsland Second semester 2004 (Day)
Gippsland Second semester 2004 (OCL)
Malaysia Second semester 2004 (Day)
Singapore Second semester 2004 (OCL)
South Africa Second semester 2004 (Day)

Synopsis: The unit reviews nineteenth and twentieth-century accounts of the relation between media, culture and power. It does this by summarising historically dominant political doctrines (liberal-democratic, conservative, Marxist) and conceptions of society within which accounts of media have been framed. It identifies how these have worked with different conceptions of the 'individual', 'the people' and 'the public'. It discusses the role of media in terms of the governance of populations, conceived as the formative guidance of people's attributes, conduct and social relations.

Assessment: Essay one (1500 words): 30% + Essay two (1750 words): 40% + Examination (1250 words): 30%

Contact Hours: 2 hours per week (2 hour seminar)

Prerequisites: COM1010 and COM1020 or equivalents

Prohibitions: COM3411, GSC2411

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