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Monash University Handbook 2010 Postgraduate - Unit

12 points, SCA Band 1, 0.250 EFTSL

FacultyFaculty of Arts
OfferedCaulfield First semester 2010 (Day)
Gippsland First semester 2010 (Off-campus)
Coordinator(s)Dr Susan Yell


This unit examines media audiences in relation to globalisation and new media and communication technologies. It examines local, national and transnational audiences and their formation in relation to a globalised media industry. Students will be introduced to a range of techniques of audience research, including the use of new communication technologies to conduct research.


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

  1. an understanding of the relations between audiences, communication and media technologies, media industries and governments;
  2. an awareness of the political, social, economic and cultural functions of audience formation;
  3. the capacity to analyse trends in the development of ICTS and their impact on audiences and their formation;
  4. the capacity to critically evaluate the importance of audiences in relation to various institutions and communities (the market, the public sphere, the nation, transnational communities);
  5. the capacity to identify and evaluate a range of audience research theories, approaches and techniques;
  6. highly developed skills in designing an audience research project, utilising the knowledge gained in Objective 5.


Online discussion posts (1000 words) : 15%
Research essay (3000 words) : 35%
Research proposal (5000 words) : 50%

Chief examiner(s)

Sue Yell

Contact hours

3 hours (1 x 3 hour seminar) per week.

Off-campus attendance requirements

Students will be expected to participate for a minimum of one hour per fortnight in on-line discussion.