Understanding Media: Introduction to Media Literacy and Representation
Duration 3 weeks
Weekly study 3 hours
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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 in to practice
When would you like to start?
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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 developed the course?
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 #207 in the world (QS rankings, 2020).
- LocationNewcastle, Australia
- World rankingTop 210Source: QS World University Rankings 2020
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Which program and degree is this course part of?
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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