Course Title: Asian Media Systems

Part A: Course Overview

Course Title: Asian Media Systems

Credit Points: 12

Course Code




Learning Mode

Teaching Period(s)


City Campus


335H Applied Communication


Sem 1 2006,
Sem 1 2007,
Sem 1 2009


City Campus


345H Media and Communication


Sem 1 2010

Course Coordinator: Dr Chengju Huang

Course Coordinator Phone: +61 3 9925 9718

Course Coordinator

Course Coordinator Location: 9.4.25

Course Coordinator Availability: By appointment

Pre-requisite Courses and Assumed Knowledge and Capabilities


Course Description

This course offers critical and comparative analysis of mass media (particularly news media) systems in Asia.

The course will focus on:
- the historical development of Asian media philosophies and systems;
- the structure and function of media systems in various Asian societies;
- the media’s roles in Asian politics and socio-economic transformation;
- patterns of media ownership and control in the Asian region,;
- journalistic practices in Asia; and
- Asia’s accommodation of, and resistance to, the globalisation of Western communication ideas.

Objectives/Learning Outcomes/Capability Development

On successful completion of this course, you will:
- be familiar with various theories of media systems (both normative media theories and transitional media approaches);
- have Increased/updated your knowledge about Asian media systems, media theories, and practices;
- be able to critically examine Asian media systems and practices by applying theories and knowledge leant; 
- have developed a comparative understanding of West-East media systems and media systems in various Asian societies; and 
- have developed research interests and expertise in Asian communication.

Overview of Learning Activities

The course consists of:
- lectures that will introduce key concepts and theories and analyse important issues regarding media system studies in general and Asian media systems in particular; and
- seminars that will provide an opportunity for students to discuss lecture topics, readings, and relevant video programs through group research, presentation and interaction.

Overview of Learning Resources

There is no set text. A course reader will be available on the DLS.

Overview of Assessment

You will be assessed through a combination of:
- class discussion;
- reading logs:
- group research/presentation; and
- a final essay.