This online Sociology of Media unit from Open Universities Australia and Macquarie University applies key concepts such as change, modernity, self, community and sociability to the study of media contexts.
At the completion of this unit, students will understand how communication media help shape our social life. You will be able to develop informed, analytical arguments regarding the role media plays in society.
The unit also allows you to critically engage with other students' ideas through structured and informal discussions.
You are recommended to have completed the following units, or have equivalent knowledge before starting this unit:
Australian and Global Societies
Areas of study
In this Sociology of Media unit, the topics you will study include:
Introduction to sociology of media
Sociological approaches to media
Media communications and social change: part 1
Media communications and social change: part 2
Ideology and propaganda
Case study: race and ethnicity
Case study: gender
Case study: accessibility and disability
Case study: news and media regulation
New media and forms of sociability: part 1
New media and forms of sociability: part 2
This unit is part of a major, minor, stream or specialisation in the following courses:
Bachelor of Arts, Macquarie University
Bachelor of Behavioural Studies (Psychology), Swinburne University of Technology
Bachelor of Behavioural Studies, Swinburne University of Technology
This unit is an approved elective in the following course:
Bachelor of Arts, Griffith University
Content may also be relevant to other courses, and could qualify you for Recognition of Prior Learning (RPL) for a course offered by another institution.
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This course can be paid for through the HECS-HELP or FEE-HELP government loan schemes. If you are an Australian citizen or hold a permanent humanitarian visa, this means you don’t need to pay upfront.
Instead, the Australian government will pay your course fees on your behalf. You’ll begin repaying your loan through the tax system once you start earning more than the minimum threshold of $54,869 (2016-17 income year).
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