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COM3413 - Cultural and Communications Policy

6 points, SCA Band 1, 0.125 EFTSL

Undergraduate Faculty of Arts

Leader: Philip Dearman


Gippsland First semester 2007 (Day)
Gippsland First semester 2007 (Off-campus)
Malaysia First semester 2007 (Day)
Singapore First semester 2007 (Off-campus)


As for COM2413.


On successful completion of this unit students will have:

  1. understanding of the policy approach to communications and culture;
  2. ability to identify the key rhetorics informing media regulation and the ways in which they function within and through particular policy;
  3. knowledge of the historical development of the general communications sector;
  4. understanding of the significance of globalisation, convergence and deregulation as challenges facing cultural and communications policy;
  5. developed understanding of the historical rise of the nation-state and of the implications of that history for the development of communications policy;
  6. a strong grasp of the complex inter-relationship of communications industries with political, economic, technical, cultural and social forces at national, regional and international levels;
  7. ability to conduct independent research.


Essay (2500 words): 50%
Examination (2 hours): 50%
Students taking the unit at 3rd level will be required to demonstrate, in both assessment tasks, a stronger awareness of the historical development and significance of the nation-state in the formation of communications policy.

Contact hours

2 hours (1 x 1 hour lecture and 1 x 1 hour tutorial) per week


COM1010 and COM1020 or equivalents


GSC3413, COM2413