Faculty of Arts

Monash University

Undergraduate - Unit

This unit entry is for students who completed this unit in 2012 only. For students planning to study the unit, please refer to the unit indexes in the the current edition of the Handbook. If you have any queries contact the managing faculty for your course or area of study.

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6 points, SCA Band 1, 0.125 EFTSL

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FacultyFaculty of Arts
OfferedCaulfield First semester 2012 (Day)
Clayton First semester 2012 (Day)
Coordinator(s)Shane Homan


Previously coded COM2240


In this unit students consider the key social, political and technological contexts in the development of the Australian media, and its significance within Australian life. It investigates the growth of the print, radio, television, popular music and cinema industries and accompanying national contexts including media ownership patterns, media policy settings and audience formations/desires. The subject examines both the building of forums for national debate, but also how the media industries assisted in the construction of nationhood. Through the study of different histories of media and approaches to media history, students gain an understanding of contemporary local media landscapes.


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

  1. an understanding of the key communication technologies through Australian history and identify the political and social contexts associated with their introduction
  2. an assessment of the complex relationships between governments, audiences and industries in different eras through the use of specific case studies
  3. an ability to critically and independently engage with key debates and issues arising from historical media and successive media/cultural studies interpretations
  4. an ability to apply broader media studies concepts to distinct local contexts
  5. an ability to explain and analyse course concepts and debates in written and oral forms
  6. Third year students will be required to demonstrate a greater depth of analysis and engagement with conceptual frameworks arising from a higher level of independent research.


Media history research essay (900 words): 20%
Case study essay (1800 words): 40%
Exam (1800 words): 40%

Chief examiner(s)

Shane Homan

Contact hours

One 2-hour lecture/seminar per week

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



First-year Communications and Media Studies sequence or other sequence approved by ATS2446/ATS3446 unit coordinator