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This course explores the history and contemporary nature and extent of media power, with a particular focus on media industries and institutions – on media as a business. The media’s influence within social, cultural, economic and political contexts will be examined. We will explore various facets and aspects of media power in relationship to changing techno-social contexts; we will examine how media industries are coming to terms with new media technologies and associated new modes of sociality and communication. Students are asked to develop a critical perspective on issues, together with an understanding of the ways in which contemporary media has come to wield significant power in society and culture.


Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences

Study Level


Offering Terms

Term 2



Delivery Mode

Fully on-site

Indicative contact hours


Conditions for Enrolment

Prerequisite: 48 uoc overall, including 6 uoc at level 1 and 6 uoc at level 2 in one of the following streams, MCT. Or 6 uoc level 1 and 6 uoc level 2 Prescribed Media Electives and enrolment in a Media single or double degreel program

Course Outline

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