Power describes the capacity of an individual or group to influence the opinions, decisions and actions of others. This unit explores the role of media in the communication of power in society and, importantly, the counter-movements that challenge power. In these spaces of cooperation and contest, individuals and groups form new networks to represent the interests of places and communities. Media and communication is an integral part of these processes because media is used to inform our ideas of the possibilities, challenges, hopes and responsibilities within moments of social change. Drawing on case studies, contemporary debates and the key concepts in sociology and media studies, this unit explores how groups interact in and through media to influence the negotiations and decisions affecting them.
|Unit name||Media, Power and Communication|
|College/School||College of Arts, Law and Education
School of Creative Arts and Media
|Coordinator||Doctor Claire Konkes|
|Available as student elective?||Yes|
|Delivered By||University of Tasmania|
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- Describe key concepts and debates in media and communication studies
- Identify representations of power in contemporary media and communication contexts
- Evaluate the strategic use of media of various actors to represent, assert and/or challenge authority
- Synthesise relevant theoretical and applied concepts to produce a professional analysis of a campaign strategy, which may include content analysis and/or counter-campaign material
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|Assessment||Communicating Climate Change (40%)|Close reading exercise (20%)|Social movement case study (40%)|
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