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ATS2436

Faculty of Arts

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Monash University Handbook 2011 Undergraduate - Unit

6 points, SCA Band 1, 0.125 EFTSL

Refer to the specific census and withdrawal dates for the semester(s) in which this unit is offered.

LevelUndergraduate
FacultyFaculty of Arts
OfferedSouth Africa First semester 2011 (Day)
Coordinator(s)TBA

Notes

Previously coded COM2050

Synopsis

This unit introduces students to the technological, social, economic and political forces driving the development, and adoption of new media and communications technologies. It examines case studies of when 'old technologies were new' such as the telegraph and radio as well as the social shaping of very recent examples of new media, such as Online Social Networking and Twitter. Instrumentalist, substantivist and technologically determinist perspectives on new media will be compared as a means of understanding the dynamic convergence of telecommunications, IT and media industries.

Objectives

At the completion of this subject students are expected to:

  1. Have gained knowledge of the historical development of new media technologies; 2. Have developed an understanding of contemporary developments in communications internationally;
  2. Understand the processes and effects of media convergence, with particular reference to Internet and other emergent technologies;
  3. Have developed an understanding about the forces driving the information revolution;
  4. Have developed an understanding of the issues arising from mass adoption of new media technologies;
  5. Have developed the ability to critically assess the social, cultural, political impacts of communications developments.

Assessment

Major essay (2250 words): 50%
Exam (1800 words): 40%
Tutorial participation (450 words equivalent): 10%

Contact hours

2 hours (1 x 1 hour lecture and 1 x 1 hour tutorial) per week

This unit applies to the following area(s) of study

Communications

Prerequisites

ATS1279, ATS1280

Prohibitions

ATS3436