ATS3042 - Chinese media analysis - 2019

6 points, SCA Band 1, 0.125 EFTSL

Undergraduate - Unit

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



Organisational Unit

Chinese Studies

Chief examiner(s)

Dr Jonathan Benney


Dr Jonathan Benney

Unit guides



  • Second semester 2019 (On-campus)


Any one of the following units: ATS3010, ATS3011, ATS3031, ATS3012, ATS3032, ATS3013, ATS3033, ATS3014, ATS3034, ATS3041, ATS1959, ATS1940 or by permission


ATS3048, ATS4042


This unit is designed for students with advanced Chinese reading and writing skills to conduct a project-based study the Chinese-language media. It introduces students to a discipline-based study of Chinese media, focusing on the history of Chinese media, and representations of cultural, economic and political issues in the contemporary Chinese media. The unit will cover Chinese-language media in mainland China and internationally. The unit will consist of two-hour biweekly workshops and two-hour weekly seminars. Students will survey and analyse a wide range of news reports, commentaries and other types of publication appearing in major Chinese language media sources, online or offline, guided by the arguments, concepts and methods employed in the field of Chinese media studies. By introducing students to a wide range of scholarly materials about the Chinese media, this unit also aims to strengthen their academic writing skills.


  1. Through daily surveys of news reports from major Chinese online and offline media, students are expected to keep in touch with the latest developments in world affairs and to improve their understanding of the social, political, cultural and economic contexts against which media terms and expressions are used in the Chinese-speaking world.
  2. By weekly readings in Chinese media studies and surveys of Chinese media content, students are expected to develop skills of analysis and critical thinking.
  3. Guided by appropriate theoretical frameworks and methods, students will acquire basic research skills and techniques to apply to their reading and understanding of Chinese media content.


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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