In today’s modern world where the media’s presence can be felt in every aspect of our lives, it’s important for communication professionals and students to understand the complex and evolving ways in which we engage with and connect to media.
This online Engaging Media unit from Open Universities Australia in partnership with Curtin University, is designed to address the various ways in which contemporary audiences consume, manipulate and utilise everyday media.
By understanding the technological advancements and cultural significance of various media, students will gain a better understanding of how media entertains, informs and liberates audiences of today. The unit examines all sorts of media formats, from television and film to news outlets, social media and even video games.
There are no formal prerequisites for this unit, so anyone can apply.
Areas of study
In this communications unit, the topics you will study include:
Introduction: how does the media engage you? How do you engage with the media?
The medium is the message: when media converge?
Entertain me! Who makes your entertainment? Actors, institutions & participatory culture
Don't touch that! Copyright, ownership and institutional control
Entertaining the world: using media across cultural boundaries
Play with me! Having fun with media
All the world's a game: virtual worlds, interactivity, convergence
Inform me! News media
Networks of information: blogging, citizen journalism and collective intelligence
Talk to me! Chatting/texting/twittering at each other
Who's listening? Mass communication in a networked, mobile environment
This unit is a core requirement in the following courses:
Students and professionals from the field of communications, media and art will find this unit highly practical and helpful for their career trajectory. By studying this unit, students walk away with the ability to:
Apply a critcal awareness and undestanding of media cultures to your own consumption and interaction with the media across professional and personnal contexts
Analyse the various processes that influence the production and consumption of different media texts
Explain and analyse media using concepts that relate to institutions, audiences and cultures
How else will I benefit from this unit?
Upon successful completion of this unit you will receive credit for competencies in Engaging Media from Curtin University.
Studying online means you can study where you want, at your own pace.
Gain industry-relevant skills and transferrable knowledge.
Government financial support through FEE-HELP or HECS-HELP is available.
Studying single units allows you the flexibility to work towards a qualification at your own pace.
Receive Recognition of Prior Learning (RPL) for this unit across a number of OUA’s full degree programs.
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If you are an Australian citizen you may be eligible to receive HECS-HELP or FEE-HELP for this unit, meaning you can defer payment of your fees.
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Want more information about financial and student support? Fill out the enquiry form to the right and a study consultant will contact you with the details you need.
You may be eligible to receive HECS-HELP or FEE-HELP for this course!
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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