AMU3451 - Freedom and control in the media - 2019

6 points, SCA Band 1, 0.125 EFTSL

Undergraduate - Unit

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Organisational Unit

Malaysia School of Arts and Social Sciences

Chief examiner(s)

Mr Callum Gilmour


Mr Callum Gilmour

Unit guides



  • First semester 2019 (On-campus)


Twelve credit points of second-year Arts units.




This unit introduces students to key issues and debates about media regulation, freedom and control. Topics addressed include issues of media ownership, convergence, censorship and classification, globalisation and resistance, as well as democracy and the public sphere. Students will explore examples of policy frameworks that respond to these issues, as well as their implications and effects. The unit examines these policies in different sociocultural contexts, drawing upon material and case studies from the USA, Southeast Asia, and other relevant areas.


Upon successful completion of the unit, students will be able to:

  1. identify and explain the key rhetoric's informing media regulation and the ways in which they function within and through particular policy debates;
  2. analyse the historical development and contemporary application of regulatory procedures;
  3. discuss and evalute policy issues of ownership, globalisation, convergence, censorship and resistance;
  4. analyse media industries and their policy frameworks;
  5. conduct independent research using relevant academic and non-academic sources.


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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