This unit examines the scope and impact of American media. Google, Twitter, Netflix, Reddit, Instagram: the American nation is constructed and consumed through its media technologies, beamed around the world as “content”. This unit will consider the relationship between US media industries and the stories we consume. It surveys multiple forms and formats, including cinema, television, radio, podcasts, literature, and social media. Students will be encouraged to examine their own media habits and practices, as well as understand how the US projects an image of itself through its media industries.
Available in Semester 1, 2021
2 x 1 hour lecture per week
1 x 1 hour tutorial per week
1 x 750-word media practice analysis (15%)
1 x 750-word research essay proposal (15%)
1 x 2000-word research essay (45%)
1 x 1000-word equivalent group presentation (25%)