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    A critical and theoretical study of contemporary issues related to inter-group relations and community, indigenous rights and global media, pornography and violence, gender and race.

    The paper will focus on issues such as globalisation, racism, ethnicity, war on terror, media activism and indigenous media across various media platforms. The paper will introduce students to key concepts, such as new exotica, biopolitics, necropower, orientalism, postnational media and media imperialism, and situate them within larger social, political, historical and cultural currents to unpack media images and practices that play a central role in how we represent, make meanings and communicate with others.

    About this paper

    Paper title Media and Intercultural Communication
    Subject Media, Film and Communication
    EFTS 0.15
    Points 18 points
    Teaching period Semester 1 (On campus)
    Domestic Tuition Fees ( NZD ) $981.75
    International Tuition Fees Tuition Fees for international students are elsewhere on this website.
    18 FIME or MFCO points
    FIME 202
    Schedule C
    Arts and Music
    Teaching staff

    Convener and lecturer: Dr Sabrina Moro

    Paper Structure

    The paper is structured into modules that deal with the key concepts.


    • Lecture and tutorial contribution 10%
    • Critical Responses 30%
    • Essay One (1,000 words) 20%
    • Essay Two (2,000 words) 40%
    Teaching Arrangements

    One lecture and one tutorial per week.

    Course readings will be available in both a Course Reader and on eReserve through Blackboard.
    Course outline

    View a sample course outline for MFCO 212

    Graduate Attributes Emphasised
    Global perspective, Interdisciplinary perspective, Scholarship, Communication, Critical thinking, Ethics.
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    Learning Outcomes

    Students who successfully complete the paper will:

    • Articulate and critically engage with concepts involved in media studies.
    • Effectively analyse a variety of texts: written, aural, visual and theoretical.
    • Develop a critical vocabulary for engaging with media culture through a close examination of various media examples.
    • Achieve competence in oral and written skills in order to effectively communicate knowledge and understanding of the main issues raised by the paper.


    Semester 1

    Teaching method
    This paper is taught On Campus
    Learning management system


    Stream Days Times Weeks
    L1 Thursday 13:00-14:50 9-13, 15-16, 18-22


    Stream Days Times Weeks
    Attend one stream from
    T1 Friday 14:00-14:50 10-12, 15-16, 18-21
    T2 Friday 15:00-15:50 10-12, 15-16, 18-21
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