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MFCO102 Understanding Contemporary Media

 

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An introduction to both the historical framework of media studies and the emergent contemporary discourses that define the discipline. Students will confront a series of issues (politics, aesthetics, and ideology) related to the topical concerns of media and communication theory.

We live in a highly mediatised world. The paper will equip students with tools for engaging critically with this world in both New Zealand and international contexts. Students will engage with theories of representation, subjectivity and power, as well as develop valuable skills for analysing media texts. These skills include discourse analysis of a range of media texts in terms of the following frameworks: Marxism, feminism, postcolonialism and postmodernism.

Paper title Understanding Contemporary Media
Paper code MFCO102
Subject Media, Film and Communication
EFTS 0.1500
Points 18 points
Teaching period Second Semester
Domestic Tuition Fees (NZD) $851.85
International Tuition Fees (NZD) $3,585.00

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Restriction
FIME 102
Schedule C
Arts and Music
Contact
mfco@otago.ac.nz
Teaching staff
Convenor and Lecturer: Dr Rosemary Overell
Paper Structure
This paper is divided into two modules:
  • Module one outlines the critical/cultural theory necessary for understanding contemporary media
  • Module two introduces students to media analysis, in particular discourse analysis
Assessment:
  • Take-home concepts test: 25%
  • Media analysis: 25%
  • Final exam: 50%
Teaching Arrangements
1-hour lecture twice a week

1-hour tutorial once a week
Textbooks
Articles will be provided for students through Blackboard.
Graduate Attributes Emphasised
Global perspective, Interdisciplinary perspective, Critical thinking, Research, Self-motivation.
View more information about Otago's graduate attributes.
Learning Outcomes
Students who successfully complete the paper will
  • Gain a theoretical understanding of the social issues raised by contemporary media studies
  • Develop critical tools for analysing contemporary media
  • Develop an understanding of the distinctive and interconnected nature of contemporary media
  • Form necessary skills for writing about contemporary media

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Timetable

Second Semester

Location
Dunedin
Teaching method
This paper is taught On Campus
Learning management system
Blackboard

Lecture

Stream Days Times Weeks
Attend
L1 Monday 11:00-11:50 28-34, 36-41
Wednesday 11:00-11:50 28-34, 36-41

Tutorial

Stream Days Times Weeks
Attend one stream from
T1 Monday 10:00-10:50 29-33, 36-40
T2 Monday 12:00-12:50 29-33, 36-40
T3 Monday 14:00-14:50 29-33, 36-40
T4 Wednesday 14:00-14:50 29-33, 36-40
T5 Wednesday 15:00-15:50 29-33, 36-40
T6 Wednesday 16:00-16:50 29-33, 36-40
T7 Thursday 12:00-12:50 29-33, 36-40
T8 Thursday 13:00-13:50 29-33, 36-40
T9 Thursday 16:00-16:50 29-33, 36-40

An introduction to both the historical framework of media studies and the emergent contemporary discourses that define the discipline. Students will confront a series of issues (politics, aesthetics, and ideology) related to the topical concerns of media and communication theory.

We live in a highly mediatised world. The paper will equip students with tools for engaging critically with this world in both New Zealand and international contexts. Students will engage with theories of representation, subjectivity and power, as well as develop valuable skills for analysing media texts. These skills include discourse analysis of a range of media texts in terms of the following frameworks: Marxism, feminism, postcolonialism and postmodernism.

Paper title Understanding Contemporary Media
Paper code MFCO102
Subject Media, Film and Communication
EFTS 0.1500
Points 18 points
Teaching period Second Semester
Domestic Tuition Fees Tuition Fees for 2018 have not yet been set
International Tuition Fees Tuition Fees for international students are elsewhere on this website.

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Restriction
FIME 102
Schedule C
Arts and Music
Contact
mfco@otago.ac.nz
Teaching staff
Convenor and Lecturer: Dr Rosemary Overell
Paper Structure
This paper is divided into two modules:
  • Module one outlines the critical/cultural theory necessary for understanding contemporary media
  • Module two introduces students to media analysis, in particular discourse analysis
Assessment:
  • Take-home concepts test: 25%
  • Media analysis: 25%
  • Final exam: 50%
Teaching Arrangements
1-hour lecture twice a week
1-hour tutorial once a week
Textbooks
Articles will be provided for students through Blackboard.
Graduate Attributes Emphasised
Global perspective, Interdisciplinary perspective, Critical thinking, Research, Self-motivation.
View more information about Otago's graduate attributes.
Learning Outcomes
Students who successfully complete the paper will
  • Gain a theoretical understanding of the social issues raised by contemporary media studies
  • Develop critical tools for analysing contemporary media
  • Develop an understanding of the distinctive and interconnected nature of contemporary media
  • Form necessary skills for writing about contemporary media

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Timetable

Second Semester

Location
Dunedin
Teaching method
This paper is taught On Campus
Learning management system
Blackboard

Lecture

Stream Days Times Weeks
Attend
L1 Monday 11:00-11:50 28-34, 36-41
Wednesday 11:00-11:50 28-34, 36-41

Tutorial

Stream Days Times Weeks
Attend one stream from
T1 Monday 12:00-12:50 30-34, 36-40
T2 Monday 14:00-14:50 30-34, 36-40
T3 Monday 16:00-16:50 30-34, 36-40
T4 Wednesday 14:00-14:50 30-34, 36-40
T5 Wednesday 15:00-15:50 30-34, 36-40
T6 Wednesday 16:00-16:50 30-34, 36-40
T7 Thursday 12:00-12:50 30-34, 36-40
T8 Thursday 13:00-13:50 30-34, 36-40
T9 Thursday 16:00-16:50 30-34, 36-40