ATS3093 - Specialist topic in media, film and journalism - 2017

6 points, SCA Band 1, 0.125 EFTSL

Undergraduate - Unit

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Organisational Unit

School of Media, Film and Journalism


Dr Therese Davis

Not offered in 2017


This unit comprises study of topics which vary from year to year but will be broadly defined within the disciplines of media, film and journalism. The themes and foci of this unique unit will be developed around current research projects housed in the school of MFJ. It will include media based artists-in-residence and visiting research fellows whose projects will provide students with an opportunity to develop skills in practice-led research. Students will come to appreciate that practice-led research is concerned with the nature of practice and leads to new knowledge that has operational significance for that practice and cultural policy. They will consider and debate the specific research problem at the core of the researcher's current project, exposing students to the rigorous scholarship and methodologies such as action research. They will consider the relevance of practice-led research for social and cultural theory. The results of their study may be communicated in text form such as a traditional research essay or as a creative outcome. In addition, students will be given the opportunity to reflect on their experience, and to meet with high profile researchers and media practitioners in small groups, where they are able to ask questions and share their experience.


  1. Critically examine a practice-led research problem in the field of media.
  2. Develop an understanding of the social and cultural relevance of transforming media practices.
  3. Apply, test and experiment with new approaches in the field through written text or a creative output.
  4. Develop advanced research skills in media analysis
  5. Critically engage with written and visual texts in a clear and confident manner in both written and oral presentation.


Within semester assessment: 100%

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 second-year Arts units.