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MFCO412 Communicating the Self

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Frames communications as producing mediated identities. How consumer cultures and media intersect with identity and how identities are produced through interactions with commodities and media.

Paper title Communicating the Self
Paper code MFCO412
Subject Media, Film and Communication
EFTS 0.1667
Points 20 points
Teaching period Not offered in 2021 (On campus)
Domestic Tuition Fees (NZD) $1,154.90
International Tuition Fees (NZD) $4,801.79

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54 300-level MFCO points
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Teaching staff
Dr Rosemary Overell
Paper Structure
  • Contextualising identity
  • Communicating identity
  • Mediating identity
Teaching Arrangements

This paper is taught via lectures and seminars.

A course reader will be made available.
Graduate Attributes Emphasised
Global perspective, Interdisciplinary perspective, Lifelong learning, Critical thinking, Information literacy, Research, Self-motivation, Teamwork.
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Learning Outcomes

Students who successfully complete this paper will

  • Develop an understanding of the history and social context of intersections between communications media and identity formation
  • Grasp the philosophical positions underlying how contemporary subjects are produced in relation to media and communications
  • Identify key academic approaches to intersections between communications media and identity formation
  • Demonstrate an in-depth knowledge and critical understanding of 'identity' as a social construct, constituted particularly via contemporary communications media
  • Reflect on the ethics of identity in terms of media and communications
  • Identify and engage with relevant debates at a sophisticated academic level
  • Apply advanced critical-theoretical frameworks related to intersections between communications media and identity formation

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Not offered in 2021

Teaching method
This paper is taught On Campus
Learning management system