University of Technology Sydney

54080 Media Power

8cp; To comply with health advice from NSW Health, the planned delivery of this subject for Spring 2021 has been adjusted. Activities scheduled for campus until the 27th of August (inclusive) are being moved online. Timetabled activities for the remainder of the session will be held on campus only if the public health situation permits face-to-face learning in available teaching spaces. Please log into Canvas and monitor your UTS email for the latest advice concerning subject delivery and assessment information.
There are course requisites for this subject. See access conditions.
Anti-requisite(s): 58226 Media, Mediation, Power


Media power shapes individual and social environments from womb to tomb and beyond, raising questions about who controls our media lives: corporations or citizens? Governments or revolutionaries? Working in teams students use classic and cutting-edge media studies concepts to debate current media controversies such as privacy, trolling, cyberdating, manipulation, activism, ownership, avatars, diversity, and digital addictions to TV series, social media and games. Students acquire new skills in critical appraisal, research design, analysis and research reporting, and develop powerful research questions, and design and conduct original and ethical research projects. Students investigate key aspects of media audiences, producers, communities, media practice and power structures, building their research capacity for future media research careers, honours studies and beyond. Practical research skills are combined with communication practice in this media studies subject investigating media power.

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