Course Title: Media and Communication Futures

Part A: Course Overview

Course Title: Media and Communication Futures

Credit Points: 12.00


Course Code




Learning Mode

Teaching Period(s)


City Campus


345H Media and Communication


Sem 1 2017,
Sem 1 2018,
Sem 1 2019,
Sem 1 2020,
Sem 1 2021

Course Coordinator: Dr Allan James Thomas

Course Coordinator Phone: +61 3 9925 3125

Course Coordinator Email:

Course Coordinator Location: Room 009.4.36

Course Coordinator Availability: Please check with course coordinator

Pre-requisite Courses and Assumed Knowledge and Capabilities


Course Description

This course is only available to Honours students enrolled in BH066 Bachelor of Media and Communication (Honours).

This course is designed to focus on the socially embedded and materially embodied ways in which critical theory is situated and able to be understood. The course assists you to locate critical theory in the context of media and communication within an interdisciplinary context, as you explore what these theories are, how they have been and are being assembled, and how they are and have been of consequence.
In the course you investigate the following questions:

  • How have people understood and used concepts in critical theory in relation to communication technologies?
  • What terms are being negotiated and/or struggled over?
  • What social, cultural, political and theoretical consequences have these uses and strategies involved, and what might they involve?
  • What might be the implications of critical theory for media and communication, broadly, be?

Objectives/Learning Outcomes/Capability Development

You will develop and be assessed on the following program learning outcomes in this course:

  • develop deep knowledge of your field from international vantage points and exercise critical thinking to show its relevance to contemporary media and communication
  • evaluate the strengths and contributions of your own discipline and the value of other disciplines to research.

Upon successful completion of this course you will be able to:

  • research and analyse how critical theory can be used to understand media and communcation locally and globally;
  • examine  social, cultural, political and critical theories in the broader context of media and communication;
  • compare and contrast past and present practices in the applications of critical theory, and argue the implications of critical theory to research and practice in media and communication; and
  • investigate emerging and predicted disciplinary and interdisciplinary implications of critical theory for practice and its implications in your field.

Overview of Learning Activities

This course will involve a mix of large and mixed group activities that may include the discussion, analysis and testing of arguments and examples, sharing and critique of research discoveries, the ongoing documentation of your learning, and class presentations.  

Overview of Learning Resources

A list of recommended resources will be provided by the lecturer, and will include books, essays, articles, and web resources.  You will be expected to find additional resources that are relevant to your own focus, with an emphasis on utilising the research tools available via the library. 

Overview of Assessment

Your grasp of course arguments, interdisciplinary knowledge of media and communication technologies, and ability to relate this to your disciplinary field of practice will be assessed through a mix of formative and summative tasks.  Tasks may include developed pieces of writing and presentations, individual and group work, and may involve negotiation of topics with the lecturer to enable connection to the concerns of your disciplinary field of practice. 

Feedback will be given on all assessment tasks.