ATS3897 - Borderless media in East Asia - 2017

6 points, SCA Band 1, 0.125 EFTSL

Undergraduate - Unit

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Organisational Unit

Communications and Media Studies


Associate Professor Gil-Soo Han

Not offered in 2017


The unit may be offered as part of the Summer Arts ProgramSummer Arts Program (


The unit explores the characteristics of media production and consumption in the East Asian region. The socio-economic, cultural and historical changes rapidly experienced in the region are closely related to the use of information and communication technologies, and these will steer everyday life and the future direction of the region's development. Mediated cultural interactions are evident in digital material. The continuing development of ICTs generates unprecedented socio-cultural awareness within each of the East Asian nations, but also between them. Japan, Korea and increasingly China lead the production of new media and cultural products or content, such as reality television, dramas, computer games, and blogs. The experience of changing image and identity about self and others has been evident in the region and beyond. These will be the materials examined in this unit. How these media are related to local and international contexts will be an integral topic for exploration in the unit.


On successful completion of the 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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Chief examiner(s)

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


ATS2897 and ATS3627