Faculty of Arts

Undergraduate - Unit

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6 points, SCA Band 1, 0.125 EFTSL

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FacultyFaculty of Arts
Organisational UnitCommunications and Media Studies
Monash Passport categoryResearch Challenge (Investigate Program)
OfferedCaulfield First semester 2014 (Day)
Coordinator(s)Dr Andy Ruddock


In this unit students revisit and expand on the media industries focus developed in Level 1 and 2 units. It requires students to deepen and apply specific knowledge on particular media industries and related debates or problems. Students identify a significant media industries figure, context or debate for detailed analysis in consultation with the unit coordinator. Through a combination of directed reading and research, students complete a major essay that demonstrates a high level of competence in theoretical and industrial analysis.


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

Increase their knowledge of contemporary debates and issues in the media industries;
Identify, plan and complete a major research project;
Apply media studies and media industry concepts and research to the analysis of one media industry context;
Demonstrate the ability to undertake a high level of independent research;
Demonstrate a high level of communication skills in argument and written presentation.


Media industry project plan: 20%
Media industry project essay: 80%

Chief examiner(s)

Workload requirements

On-campus: 2 hours per week; 12 hours per week private study/research

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


Two units at first-year level and one cornerstone unit in Communications.