Faculty of Arts

Monash University

Postgraduate - Unit

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12 points, SCA Band 1, 0.250 EFTSL

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FacultyFaculty of Arts
Organisational UnitCommunications and Media Studies
OfferedCaulfield First semester 2014 (Day)
Coordinator(s)Dr Caron Dann


Previously coded COM4002


The subject examines the history of communications and media from the genesis of the mass circulation press to the new media of the 21st century. It provides students with an appreciation of how communication and media are shaped by technological advances, decisions by policy-makers and broader social forces. It also provides students with an opportunity 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 historical issue or event.


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.


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

Chief examiner(s)

Workload requirements

One 2-hour seminar per week