APG5052 - Special topic in digital media and communication - 2019

12 points, SCA Band 1, 0.250 EFTSL

Postgraduate - Unit

Refer to the specific census and withdrawal dates for the semester(s) in which this unit is offered.



Organisational Unit

Communications and Media Studies

Chief examiner(s)

Professor Mark Andrejevic


Professor Mark Andrejevic

Not offered in 2019


A minimum of 24 credit points of Masters level units


In the unit, students will engage in a specialised course of study examining a cutting-edge development in communication and media. In each year of offering, the unit will address a different question or topic within the general field of digital media, developing specialist insight, as appropriate to the expertise of the media researcher or industry practitioner engaged to teach it. The unit will have a strong research focus, which may include experimental development of an professional or industry practice. Students will be expected to bring their work to a point of intersection with the most recent work addressing problems emerging in media studies scholarship or practices in media and communication industries.


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

  1. critically analyse the most recent developments in Communications and Media, through engaging with an emerging problem or question in the field;
  2. contribute original thinking to produce innovative solutions to contemporary problems in communication and media;
  3. articulate the ethical values relevant in the rapid development of communication and media with particular attention to the impact of digital technologies;
  4. utilise research skills to evaluate issues in the field and communicate findings in a professional context.


Within semester assessment: 100%

Workload requirements

Minimum total expected workload to achieve the learning outcomes for this unit is 288 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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