Faculty of Education

Monash University

Postgraduate - Unit

This unit entry is for students who completed this unit in 2015 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 Education
OfferedNot offered in 2015


This unit is part B of a two-part unit and must be taken in conjunction with part A (EDF5163).


Building on EDF5163 Media studies in the secondary years A, this unit continues to prepare specialist teachers of media studies to teach in secondary schools. Drawing on a range of national and international literature, it further develops students' critical understandings of historical and current debates in media education and trends in contemporary practice and curriculum. Working collaboratively and independently, and exploring some basic research approaches, students examine different approaches to teaching and researching key media studies topics, including media industry, social values and the media, audience and media influence and media production. Students apply their knowledge of these topics to design, implement and critically reflect on sequential programs of media studies lessons and assessment programs for diverse students at a range of levels with an awareness of national and international curriculum documents.


Upon successful completion of this unit students should be able to:

  1. further develop their understanding of the scope and purpose of media studies
  2. understand and critically evaluate different approaches to teaching media studies
  3. identify, evaluate and use different resources for teaching media studies across different year levels
  4. develop and critically reflect on sequences of lessons that meet the requirements of various curriculum documents and research the effectiveness of some of these sequences
  5. understand and implement effective assessment programs for Years 7 to 12 media studies and for students of diverse backgrounds and abilities
  6. understand the ethical, safety and legal issues associated with the teaching of media studies in secondary schools and develop procedures to respond to these issues.


Assessment design task (2000 words, 50%)
Unit of work with a minor action research component (2000 words equivalent, 50%)

Workload requirements

Minimum total expected workload equals 12 hours per week comprising:

(a.) Contact hours for on-campus students:

  • 2-3 contact hours per week

(b.) Additional requirements

  • independent study to make up the minimum required hours per week

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