EDF5163 - Media education in the secondary years A - 2019

6 points, SCA Band 1, 0.125 EFTSL

Postgraduate - Unit

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



Chief examiner(s)

Melissa Wolfe


Melissa Wolfe

Unit guides



  • First semester 2019 (On-campus)


Minor in media studies, film or journalism


Enrolment in D3001 BEd(Hons), D3002 to D3009 BEd(Hons)(Secondary doubles), D6001 MTeach




This unit is part A of a two-part unit and must be taken in conjunction with part B (EDF5164).


This unit prepares specialist teachers of media studies to teach in secondary schools. Drawing on a range of national and international literature, the unit introduces students to current debates and trends in media education practices. Students investigate the different justifications for teaching media studies in secondary schools, and critically inquire into the benefits and dangers of different approaches to teaching media studies. Bringing together theory and practice, students examine different approaches to teaching key media studies topics, including representation, narrative, new media and media production. Students apply their knowledge of these topics to evaluate media studies teaching resources and to design and implement individual lessons and assessment tasks for diverse students at a range of levels with an awareness of national and international curriculum documents.


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

  1. critically investigate different rationales and scoping of media studies
  2. understand and critically evaluate different approaches to teaching media studies
  3. identify, evaluate and use different resources for teaching media studies across different year levels
  4. effectively plan and teach media studies lessons for Years 7 to 12 and for students of diverse backgrounds and abilities
  5. understand and implement effective assessment tasks for Years 7 to 12 media studies and for students of diverse backgrounds and abilities
  6. understand the ethical, safety and legal issues associated with the teaching of media studies in secondary schools and develop procedures to respond to these issues.


Evaluation of teaching resources task (2000 words, 50%)

Lesson planning task (2000 words equivalent, 50%)

Workload requirements

Minimum total expected workload equals 144 hours per semester comprising:

  1. Contact hours for on-campus students:
    • 2-3 contact hours per week
  2. Additional requirements
    • independent study to make up the minimum required hours per week

See also Unit timetable information

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

For D3001:

Primary and secondary education

Primary and secondary inclusive education

Secondary education

Secondary health and physical education

For D6001:

Primary and secondary education

Secondary education