Current issues and theoretical debates in Film, Media and Communication Studies and provides students with writing, research and organisational skills necessary for an Honours degree.
Research is not produced in a vacuum. The type of topic that interests you, the questions you generate and even your preferred referencing style are all informed by a specific method and theory - a particular way of writing, thinking and speaking about knowledge that seems normal or taken for granted. This paper will introduce students to key research methods and methodologies that cut across the disciplines of media, film and communication studies. Students will learn how methodologies produce research in particular ways, situate their own research within methodological practices and apply critical concepts and methods from media, film and communication studies to the development of their chosen MFCO 490 research project. We will also discuss the mechanics of writing, formatting and collating material for a thesis.
|Paper title||Advanced Media, Film and Communication Theory|
|Subject||Media, Film and Communication|
|Teaching period||Full Year|
|Domestic Tuition Fees (NZD)||$1,120.06|
|International Tuition Fees (NZD)||$4,439.89|
- 54 300-level MFCO or FIME points
- MFCO 403, COMS 401, FIME 401
- Course outline
- Teaching staff
Convenor: Associate Professor Catherine Fowler
- Paper Structure
- The paper is structured around the following learning outcomes:
- The identification of key methods and methodologies that characterise the disciplines of media, film and communication studies
- Instruction on the implementation of research methods appropriate to the student's MFCO 490 project
- Advice and assistance in conceptualising, writing and executing a research project
- Response paper 25%
- Presentation 15%
- Take-home exam 40%
- Journal 20%
- Teaching Arrangements
26 2-hour seminars
Students are expected to participate, lead discussion and take an active part in class seminars and workshops as independent learners.
- Course reader available for purchase from Uniprint or via download.
- Graduate Attributes Emphasised
- Communication, Critical thinking, Ethics, Research, Self-motivation.
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- Learning Outcomes
- Students who successfully complete this paper will:
- Develop knowledge of the key methods and methodologies that characterise the disciplines of media, film and communication studies
- Understand how research is situated and produced within a particular methodological history and practice
- Gain an advanced competency in the verbal and written presentation of research
- Effectively implement research methods and execute a research project