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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)
Coordinator(s)Dr Tony Moore


In this subject we journey through the history of communications and media form the genesis of the mass circulation press development to the new media of the 21st century. The subject will provide students with an appreciation of how technological advances, decisions by policy-makers, and broader forces have influenced that evolution. In turn, the subject also provides students with a chance to consider how the media's coverage of important public debates and controversies has helped shape society. In the major research essay students will have the opportunity to investigate media coverage of a major issue or event in Australian history.


Upon completion of this subject students should:

  1. Have a broad overview of communications and media history.
  2. Have an understanding of how technological advances, decisions by policy-makers, and broader forces have shaped that history.
  3. Have an appreciation of how media coverage of watershed events and issues has influenced society.
  4. Be able to conduct independent research.
  5. Be able to write lucidly and with analytical depth.
In addition, students taking COM5002 should be able to demonstrate additional conceptual ability in written work.


Class participation and attendance (1000 words equivalent): 10%; Seminar introduction (1000 words equivalent): 10% ; 2 x Short essays (2000 words each): 40%; Major research essay (4000 words): 40%

Chief examiner(s)

Dr Tony Moore

Contact hours

2 hours (1 x 2 hour seminar) per week