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ATS2440

Faculty of Arts

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Monash University Handbook 2011 Undergraduate - Unit

6 points, SCA Band 1, 0.125 EFTSL

Refer to the specific census and withdrawal dates for the semester(s) in which this unit is offered.

LevelUndergraduate
FacultyFaculty of Arts
OfferedBerwick Second semester 2011 (Day)
Caulfield Second semester 2011 (Day)
Clayton Second semester 2011 (Day)
Coordinator(s)Dr Elizabeth Paton

Notes

Previously coded COM2100

Synopsis

This unit introduces a key theoretical concept in the field of media and communications studies, the public sphere. It tracks the emergence of the theory of the public sphere, analyses the multiple uses and related applications of the concept, and explains how the public sphere relates to traditional and new communications and media environments. Attention is given to the changing character of the public sphere over time, and the advent of a so-called 'postmodern public sphere' during the past twenty years.

Objectives

Students successfully completing this unit will be able to:

  1. Outline the emergence and historical development of the public sphere.
  2. Analyse and understand the role of the media industries in public life and communication, especially how these industries mediate politics in both formal and informal contexts.
  3. Nominate and explain contemporary media developments and issues that structure, inform and reflect the condition of the public sphere.
  4. Display written and verbal evidence of knowledge and critical thinking skills based around the theory of the public sphere, as well as related concepts and issues.

Assessment

Essay (1800 words): 40%
2 Hour exam (2250 words): 50%
Group presentation (450 words): 10%

Chief examiner(s)

Dr Elizabeth Paton

Contact hours

One 2-hour lecture/seminar per week

This unit applies to the following area(s) of study

Communications

Prerequisites

An approved first-year sequence

Prohibitions

ATS3440