New Media Theory

Qualification: Postgraduate unit
Study mode: Online
Payment options: FEE-HELP may be available
Duration: 14 weeks
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Awarded by: Griffith University
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About this unit

Consolidate and expand your understanding of contemporary communication with this online unit in New Media Theory. Provided over 14 weeks through Open Universities Australia and Griffith University, this unit is designed for advanced students wishing to study in the creative industries of media and communications.

You will learn about traditional and emerging theories of communication, with a particular focus on digital technology. You will also explore the links between modern and post-modern communication theories, as well as debates surrounding the construction of cyberspace.

The unit provides students with a professional qualification in new media theory. Upon completion, you will be familiar with the various theories that inform current communication practices. You will also gain a thorough understanding of the issues facing media and communication professionals in the modern world.

Eligibility

Applicants must meet the following criteria to be eligible to enter this program: You cannot enrol in this unit if you have completed units that are considered academically equivalent. Enquire now to find out more. To enrol in this unit, you must have completed the following units, or currently be enrolled in the following units in a prior study period:

  • Introducing Communication Studies
  • Visual Culture

Areas of study

In this communications unit, the topics you will study include:

  • What is technology? What is communication?
  • Digital evidence: problems of authenticity and perception
  • Cyber democracy
  • Cyberfiction
  • A digital fairytale: the myth of internet exceptionalism
  • Video games and gamers in popular mythology
  • Intellectual property issues and the Internet
  • Through the Google-Glass: how search engines shape our view of the world
  • A case study: the internet as a public sphere
  • A case study: creativity in the digital age
  • Review

Course pathways

This unit is a core requirement in the following course:

  • Master of Communication, 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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How will this unit advance my career?

By completing this unit, you will gain a thorough insight into the ever-changing media landscape. The unit, which focuses on digital technology, will equip you with the knowledge and skills necessary to become a successful and strategic communicator in today’s world. Specifically, you will gain a thorough understanding of new media, by examining traditional theories of communication, along with emerging theories about cyberspace. The unit covers a broad range of issues including creativity in the digital age, the popularity of video games, intellectual property and the internet, and how search engines are changing the world.

How else will I benefit from this unit?

  • Upon successful completion of this unit you will receive credit for competencies in New Media Theory from Griffith 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 may be 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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Financial assistance

If you are an Australian citizen, you may be eligible to receive a government FEE-HELP loan, meaning you can defer payment of your fees.

 

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You may be eligible to receive FEE-HELP for this course!

This course can be paid for through the FEE-HELP government loan scheme. 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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