About this unit
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.
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You are recommended to have completed the following units, or have equivalent knowledge before starting this unit:
- Australian and Global Societies
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.
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
- Mediated interaction
- 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
Why Open Universities Australia?
For two decades, Open Universities Australia (OUA) has partnered with leading Australian educators to make tertiary-level courses easier to access for people, no matter their background, their work status or their other life commitments. OUA has built up their reputation by making education more flexible, easier to tailor and available almost entirely online.
OUA's devotion to online education remains to this day, but where they once focused on higher education, today they offer the broadest set of post-secondary education and training programs in Australia.
Open Universities Australia offers a range of administrative and student support options. As a student of OUA you will have access to four hours of free expert tutoring support for each unit undertaken through the tutoring service SMARTHINKING. This on-demand service allows you to get fast, detailed feedback on your assignment drafts and gives you access to your tutor in real time.
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