Faculty of Education

Undergraduate, Postgraduate - 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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LevelUndergraduate, Postgraduate
FacultyFaculty of Education
OfferedClayton First semester 2014 (Day)
Clayton First semester 2014 (Off-campus)
Coordinator(s)Ms Nishta Rosunee (day); Mr Brett Lamb (Off-campus)


This unit is part A of a two-part unit and must be taken in conjunction with part B (EDF4880).


This unit is designed to prepare specialist teachers of media studies. It will introduce students to current debates and trends in media education. Students critically explore the different justifications for teaching media studies in secondary schools, as well as the benefits and negatives of different approaches to teaching media studies (e.g. a more vocational, 'hands on' approach, as opposed to a more theoretical approach). Students will examine different approaches to teaching key media studies topics, including representation, narrative, new media and media production. Students will draw upon their knowledge of these topics to evaluate media studies teaching resources and design and implement individual lessons and assessment tasks for a range of levels and in accordance with state and national curriculum documents, including the VCE media studies study design.


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

  1. understand the scope and purpose of media studies
  2. understand and critically evaluate different approaches to teaching media studies
  3. identify, evaluate and use different resources for teaching media studies across different year levels
  4. effectively plan and teach media studies lessons for Years 7 to 12 and for students of diverse backgrounds and abilities
  5. understand and implement effective assessment tasks for Years 7 to 12 media studies and for students of diverse backgrounds and abilities
  6. understand the unique ethical, safety and legal issues associated with the teaching of media studies in secondary schools and be able to develop procedures to respond to these issues.


This unit is graded pass grade only (PGO)

Evaluation of teaching resources task (2000 words, 50%)
Lesson planning task (2000 words equivalent, 50%)

Chief examiner(s)

Workload requirements

Minimum total expected workload equals 12 hours per week comprising:

(a.) Contact hours for on-campus students:

  • 2-3 contact hours per week

(b.) Additional requirements

  • independent study to make up the minimum required hours per week


A minor sequence in media studies