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MFCO332 Special Topic: Digital Asia


Digital Asia provides an opportunity for students to engage critically and creatively with contemporary approaches to Asian digital media and communications.

The paper examines the role of digital communications media in the constitution of 'Asia' as a coherent, cultural, geographical space. Topics discussed in this paper include the intersection between digital communication policy, creative enterprise and national identity; cultural proximity and 'pan-Asian' digital media; and methodological approaches to Asia. Digital Asia considers multiple modes for engaging with Asia - including critical theoretical research, as well as creative approaches. Students will complete a critically informed 'profile' of an Asian media and communications field and an essay or a creative response with theoretical exegesis.

Paper title Special Topic: Digital Asia
Paper code MFCO332
Subject Media, Film and Communication
EFTS 0.1500
Points 18 points
Teaching period Not offered in 2019
Domestic Tuition Fees (NZD) $886.35
International Tuition Fees (NZD) $3,766.35

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18 200-level MFCO or COMS points
Schedule C
Arts and Music
May not be credited with MFCO 441 when taken with the same content.
Teaching staff
Convenor and Lecturer: Dr Rosemary Overell
Paper Structure
The paper covers three key themes in thinking of Asia as a key site of digital media production and consumption through the following frameworks:
  • Understanding Asia through contemporary mediated representations
  • Constituting Asia through cultural institutions relating to digital media production
  • Engaging Asia through the application of digital media frameworks to a creative project or critical theoretical essay
  • Take-home test 25%
  • Research report and oral presentation 35%
  • Creative response and theoretical exegesis or theoretical essay 40%
Teaching Arrangements
Two 1-hour lectures per week
Two 1-hour tutorials per week.
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Graduate Attributes Emphasised
Communication, Critical thinking, Cultural understanding, Information literacy, Research, Self-motivation.
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Learning Outcomes

Students who successfully complete this paper will be able to:

  • Identify key academic approaches to media and communications in Asia - including critical theoretical, socio-historical and political-economic
  • Demonstrate an in-depth knowledge and critical understanding of 'Asia' as a social construct, constituted particularly via contemporary communications media
  • Apply a range of interdisciplinary approaches to research and analyse contemporary Asian communications institutions, practices and issues
  • Employ appropriate strategies for communicating research data to a range of audiences, including non-academic audiences
  • Reflect on the ethics of researching Asian communications
  • Comprehend the socio-cultural context of contemporary Asian communications institutions, practices and issues
  • Demonstrate independent research skills, including critical and creative thinking and advanced written communications
  • Work effectively in a group to meet assessment guidelines

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Not offered in 2019

Teaching method
This paper is taught On Campus
Learning management system