Globalisation: Media and Telecommunications
2014 unit code: MDA60003 (formerly HAM411)
Please note that unit codes are changing from 2014.
|Credit points||12.5 Credit Points|
|Duration||One Teaching Period|
|Contact hours||36 Hours|
|Prerequisites||Nil - except for postgraduate Multimedia students who must successfully complete HAM405 The Media in Australia before studying HAM411.|
Aims and objectives
At the completion of this unit students should be able to:
- Appreciate the extraordinary growth and changes in the field of communications
- Understand to the convergence of media and telecommunications and the trend towards globalisation
- Appreciate the complex forces for change which are analysed, particularly the increasing international trend towards privatisation, mega amalgamation, liberalisation and deregulation.
- Understand the notion of an electronic culture with its relationship to established political economy, media and cultural theory.
Generic skills outcomes
Swinburne University of Technology works to produce higher education graduates who are capable in their chosen profession, can contribute in an entrepreneurial and innovative way within their workplace or community, to operate effectively and ethically in their business life and are adaptable and able to manage change. It is expected that graduates will leave with a diverse wealth of experiences and will have developed individual knowledge, abilities and attitudes.
Within this context this unit will contribute to students developing the following key generic skills:
- Evaluation skills
- Communication and presentation skills
- Critical thinking skills
- Ability to tackle unfamiliar problems
- Ability to work independently
- National comparative advantage in communications policy,
- Strategies for an emergent network society or broadband policy
- Approaches taken by the USA, Canada
- Approaches taken by Europe, Asia and Australia
- International networking
- Cultural imperialism, globalisation and the digital divide.
- Alternative international industry approaches
- Different perspectives of parties and government, carriers, suppliers and interest groups
- Comparative telecommunications policy models.
- The political policy process and the forces for change, lessons and outcomes for Australia.