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MFCO212 Media and Intercultural Communication

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.

Paper title Media and Intercultural Communication
Paper code MFCO212
Subject Media, Film and Communication
EFTS 0.15
Points 18 points
Teaching period Semester 1 (On campus)
Domestic Tuition Fees (NZD) $955.05
International Tuition Fees Tuition Fees for international students are elsewhere on this website.

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18 FIME or MFCO points
FIME 202
Schedule C
Arts and Music
Teaching staff

Convenor and Lecturer: Dr Sabrina Moro

Paper Structure

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


  • Discussion starter and tutorial participation 10%
  • Essay One (1,000 words) 20%
  • Essay Two (2,000 words) 30%
  • Final Exam 40%
Teaching Arrangements
Two lectures and one tutorial per week.
Course readings will be available in both a Course Reader and on eReserve through Blackboard.
Course outline

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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

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Semester 1

Teaching method
This paper is taught On Campus
Learning management system


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


Stream Days Times Weeks
Attend one stream from
T1 Tuesday 14:00-14:50 10-14, 16, 18-20
Wednesday 13:00-13:50 17
T2 Tuesday 15:00-15:50 10-14, 16, 18-20
Friday 16:00-16:50 17
T3 Thursday 16:00-16:50 10-14, 16-20