Faculty of Arts

Monash University

Undergraduate - Unit

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6 points, SCA Band 1, 0.125 EFTSL

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FacultyFaculty of Arts
Organisational UnitChinese Studies
OfferedNot offered in 2015
Coordinator(s)Associate Professor Gil-Soo Han and Professor Gloria Davies


The unit explores the characteristics of media production and consumption in the East Asian region. It deals with the rapid social change experienced in the region and examines the role of information and communication technologies in shaping this change. Mediated cultural flows are evident in audiovisual material. Japan, Korea and China are leaders in new media production and consumption. The products studied in this unit include of reality television, dramas, computer games, and a wide range of Web-based products. These products form the objects of analysis in this unit. How digital technology has facilitated local and global cultural flows is a topic that will be discussed throughout the semester.


On successful completion of this unit students will:

  1. Have been exposed to, and have a competent understanding of, contemporary cultural developments in East Asia that reflect transnational cultural flows;
  2. Have acquired an informed understanding of the role of media in the rapidly developing societies of East Asia;
  3. (for language students) have consolidated their skills in listening comprehension and translation as they access a variety of Asian media;
  4. (for media studies students) have obtained in-depth consolidation of intercultural understanding;
  5. Have come to understand the way social reality is shaped by the New Media in East Asian societies, especially in comparison with media production and consumption in Australia;


Within semester assessment: 60%
Exam: 40%

Workload requirements

Minimum total expected workload to achieve the learning outcomes for this unit is 144 hours per semester typically comprising a mixture of scheduled learning activities and independent study. A unit requires on average three/four hours of scheduled activities per week. Scheduled activities may include a combination of teacher directed learning, peer directed learning and online engagement.

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