AMU2450 - Contemporary media theory - 2017

6 points, SCA Band 1, 0.125 EFTSL

Undergraduate - Unit

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Organisational Unit

Malaysia School of Arts and Social Sciences


Dr Yeoh Seng Guan

Unit guides



  • Second semester 2017 (Day)


The unit examines various competing theories that have been developed to analyse changing media technologies and societal change. Topics include idealist and materialist notions of culture, agency and structure, identity formation and power.


On successful completion of the unit, students should be able to:

  1. Recognise, identify and describe the assumptions and arguments making up the theoretical approaches introduced in the unit;
  2. Demonstrate a capacity to evaluate the strengths and weaknesses of different approaches to media and communication theory;
  3. Demonstrate a capacity to analyse different media and media industries by applying different theoretical approaches.


Within semester assessment: 70%

Exam: 30%

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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Twelve credit points of first-year Arts units.