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Understanding Media: Introduction to Media Literacy and Representation

How does the media affect us? Find out and improve your media literacy by learning how to analyse media, film and culture.

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Understanding Media: Introduction to Media Literacy and Representation
This course is part of the program Film, Media, Culture, which is one of the building blocks that leads to a degree in Bachelor of Arts. Find out more.

Develop your media literacy skills and explore our relationship with media

So many of the defining moments in our lives are connected in some way to media. Media are a central part of how we live, work and play.

Through this course you will develop your media literacy, learning a range of analytical approaches you can use to understand and interpret media. You will explore the relationship between media and culture including a case study of LGBT representation in the media. You will develop your critical thinking and research skills leaving you better equipped to understand the role of media in the modern world.

What topics will you cover?

  • Media literacy
  • Representation in the media
  • Putting media analysis into practice

When would you like to start?

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What will you achieve?

By the end of the course, you‘ll be able to...

  • Recognise the theoretical, conceptual and methodological bases for the study of film, media, and culture.
  • Apply analytical frameworks to specific texts, situations, and events.

Who is the course for?

This course is for anyone interested in media and film. It’s ideal for people looking to start or develop a career in film or television production, radio, journalism or marketing.

Who will you learn with?

Rebecca is a Senior Lecturer in Film, Media and Cultural Studies at the University of Newcastle. She is a leading expert in lesbian representation in popular culture.

Who developed the course?

The University of Newcastle Australia

The University of Newcastle is a world-class university distinguished by a commitment to equity and excellence. Ranked in Australia’s Top 10 universities, and 197th in the world (QS rankings, 2021).

  • Established

    1965
  • Location

    Newcastle, Australia
  • World ranking

    Top 200Source: QS World University Rankings 2021

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This course is part of the program Film, Media, Culture, which is one of the building blocks that leads to a degree in Bachelor of Arts.

Film, television and other media are ubiquitous. This program introduces ways of analysing our relationships with media, and provides insights into the influence of mass media in the post-truth age.

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