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MFCO318 Indigenous Media

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The media's role in colonisation; the representation and stereotyping of minorities, specifically indigenous minorities; and discussion of native/indigenous peoples' portrayals of themselves.

This paper explores how we know 'indigeneity' is constructed, negotiated and challenged by a variety of moving imaged based media.

The paper examines the role of media in settler colonisation, as well as the ways in which indigenous peoples from around the world have used media to challenge colonialism and stereotyping.

Paper title Indigenous Media
Paper code MFCO318
Subject Media, Film and Communication
EFTS 0.15
Points 18 points
Teaching period Semester 1 (On campus)
Domestic Tuition Fees (NZD) $913.95
International Tuition Fees (NZD) $4,073.40

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18 200-level MFCO or FIME points
Schedule C
Arts and Music
May not be credited together with FIME310 passed in 2007 or 2008.
Teaching staff

Paper Co-ordinator and Lecturer: Dr Kevin Fisher

Paper Structure

This paper is structured according to three modules:

  • The role of media in the construction of 'indigeneity' and 'indigenous' identities
  • Media and settler colonisation including the stereotyping of indigenous peoples
  • Indigenous-produced media and self-representation


  • In class concept test: 30%
  • Critical media review: 30%
  • Take-home essay exam: 40%
Teaching Arrangements

One two-hour lecture per week
One one-hour tutorial per week
One three-hour screening per week


Course readings will be available on eReserve.

Graduate Attributes Emphasised
Global perspective, Critical thinking, Cultural understanding, Ethics, Self-motivation.
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Learning Outcomes

By the end of the course, students should be able to

  • understand the historical background to indigenous media representations and productions
  • discuss major trends in Indigenous-produced media
  • analyse media using a variety of critical approaches
  • demonstrate an awareness of the ideological implications of media representations of indigeneity

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Semester 1

Teaching method
This paper is taught On Campus
Learning management system

Film Screening

Stream Days Times Weeks
A1 Thursday 17:00-18:50 9-13, 15-22


Stream Days Times Weeks
A1 Thursday 15:00-16:50 9-13, 15-22


Stream Days Times Weeks
Attend one stream from
A1 Thursday 13:00-13:50 9-13, 15-22
A2 Thursday 14:00-14:50 9-13, 15-22