ATS3451 - Freedom and control in the media - 2017

6 points, SCA Band 1, 0.125 EFTSL

Undergraduate - Unit

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Organisational Unit

School of Media, Film and Journalism


Dr Fleur Gabriel

Not offered in 2017


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This unit introduces students to key issues and debates about media regulation, freedom and control. Topics address issues of media ownership, convergence, censorship and classification, globalisation and resistance. Students will explore the policy frameworks that respond to these issues, and their implications and effects. The unit examines histories of different regulatory procedures, their present forms, and their particular application in an Australian context.


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

  1. identify the key rhetorics informing media regulation and the ways in which they function within and through particular policy debates;
  2. demonstrate knowledge of the historical development and contemporary application of regulatory procedures;
  3. understand the policy issues of ownership, globalisation, convergence, censorship and resistance;
  4. analyse media industries and their policy frameworks;
  5. conduct independent research.


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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This unit applies to the following area(s) of study


Twelve credit points of second-year Arts units.


ATS2451, COM2413, COM3413, GSC3413