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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.

FacultyFaculty of Education
OfferedPeninsula First semester 2011 (Day)
Coordinator(s)Dr Peter DeVries


In this unit students will examine theory and research in media studies. Social, cultural, aesthetic and educational significance of media texts, especially television and film texts; and will evaluate selected popular culture and media texts in relation to their own viewing practices as members of the community.


It is anticipated that by the end of the unit students should have developed the ability to:

  • critically analyse a range of popular cultural texts, in particular, film and television texts;
  • understand the role the media plays in educational and social contexts;
  • analyse their own and other adults' uses of television; and
  • examine the influences of television on children and adults.


Investigative task (2000 words): 50%
Research assignment (2000 words): 50%

Chief examiner(s)

Dr Peter DeVries

Contact hours

2 hours per week