Faculty of Arts

Undergraduate - Unit

This unit entry is for students who completed this unit in 2014 only. For students planning to study the unit, please refer to the unit indexes in the the current edition of the Handbook. If you have any queries contact the managing faculty for your course or area of study.

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6 points, SCA Band 1, 0.125 EFTSL

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FacultyFaculty of Arts
OfferedMalaysia First semester 2014 (Day)
Berwick Second semester 2014 (Day)
Gippsland Second semester 2014 (Off-campus)
Coordinator(s)Fleur Gabriel (Berwick and Gippsland); Julian Hopkins (Semester1 Malaysia)


Previously coded COM3413


This unit introduces students to key issues and debates about media regulation, freedom and control. Topics address issues of media ownership, convergence, censorship and classification, globalisation and resistance. Students will explore the policy frameworks that respond to these issues, and their implications and effects. The unit examines histories of different regulatory procedures, their present forms, and their particular application in an Australian context.


Upon successful completion of this unit, students should be able to:

  1. identify the key rhetorics informing media regulation and the ways in which they function within and through particular policy debates;
  2. demonstrate knowledge of the historical development and contemporary application of regulatory procedures;
  3. understand the policy issues of ownership, globalisation, convergence, censorship and resistance;
  4. analyse media industries and their policy frameworks;
  5. conduct independent research.


Assignment 1 (1500 words): 40%
Assignment 2 (2500 words): 50%
Online participation (500 words): 10%

Chief examiner(s)

Fleur Gabriel (Berwick and Gippsland) ; Julian Hopkins ( Semester1 Malaysia)

Workload requirements

One 1-hour lecturer and one 1-hour tutorial per week

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



ATS2451, COM2413, COM3413, GSC3413