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The Media in Australia

2014 unit code: MDA60015 (formerly HAM405)

Please note that unit codes have changed from 2014.
Credit points12.5 Credit Points
Duration1 Semester
Contact hours3 Hours per Week

Aims and objectives

This unit of study is an introduction to some of the major historical and contemporary issues in broadcasting as a medium of mass communication, primarily in an Australian context.

Teaching methods

Lectures and Tutorials


Major essay, journal, attendance, participation, tests, group assignment work


This unit of study examines the political context of broadcasting institutions, public and private, and their relationship with other social institutions. Key political, social and ethical issues associated with the media are canvassed, such as the ownership and control of radio, television stations, newspapers and Pay TV, the regulatory climate, accountability in programming, relationships to audiences and journalistic practices and ethics. Vexed issues, such as media freedom and reform, public participation in ownership and programming, regulatory changes in broadcasting, and professional journalistic standards are discussed from a range of perspectives.