COMS101-22S1 (C) Semester One 2022

Media and Society

15 points

Details:
Start Date: Monday, 21 February 2022
End Date: Sunday, 26 June 2022
Withdrawal Dates
Last Day to withdraw from this course:
  • Without financial penalty (full fee refund): Sunday, 6 March 2022
  • Without academic penalty (including no fee refund): Sunday, 15 May 2022

Description

COMS101 explores the relationship between society and media - including social media, print, broadcasting, and all kinds of online spaces. It asks how our understandings of the world and people around us are mediated, how media have shaped society, and how society is reflected and produced through media. We will explore topics like media audiences, technologies, ownership and work; the frames of representation, power, and identity; and analytical tools like semiotics, discourse, and narrative. COMS101 is a stage one course that does not require any prior media study, but it builds on everything you have ever watched, listened to, interacted with, and produced.

Naku te rourou nau te rourou ka ora ai te iwi.
With your contribution and my contribution, the people will thrive.
If we all contribute to COMS101, the class will thrive!

COMS101 explores the relationship between society and media - including social media, print, broadcasting, and all kinds of online spaces. It asks how our understandings of the world and people around us are mediated, how media have shaped society, and how society is reflected and produced through media. We will explore topics like media audiences, technologies, ownership and work; the frames of representation, power, and identity; and analytical tools like semiotics, discourse, and narrative. COMS101 is a stage one course that does not assume any prior media study, but it builds on everything you have ever watched, listened to, interacted with, and produced.

COMS101 is a core course in the Bachelor of Communication, and it will lay the groundwork for the rest of your degree in whichever major you choose. It is also an option for a BA major or minor in COMS, and there we hope you will find productive interconnections with other arts subjects.

Learning Outcomes

  • By the end of the course, you should be able to demonstrate the following knowledge and skills:
    Knowledge: you should be able to…
  • understand the value of media literacy
  • understand the broad media environment of Aotearoa New Zealand
  • recognise the continuities and discontinuities between 'old' and 'new' media forms
  • recognise the critical possibilities of media analysis
  • describe how media discursively construct versions of the real
  • identify the understanding of audiences underlying arguments about media
  • define power, hegemony and ideology in media
  • recognise the role of media in producing and circulating ideas about identity, culture, and nation
  • produce arguments about media concentration and global ownership
  • identify arguments for a free media and individual choice
  • identify processes in the construction of media texts

    Skills: you should be able to…
  • research media issues using books, journals, and online sources
  • analyse a media text
  • write a well-structured academic essay confidently and with clarity
  • discuss the ideas and processes shaping the media
  • explain impacts of ownership on media
  • discuss the challenges of expanding media perspectives
  • interpret media content in terms of production processes, audiences, and technologies
  • relate critical theories of society to media content
  • read media critically using semiotic and discourse analysis

    Attributes: you should feel more confident about…
  • Researching and writing an academic essay
  • Writing in a range of styles and using a range of sources
  • Reflecting on your own experience as a media audience member and producer
  • Talking with your peers and lecturers
  • Your own abilities and aptitudes in university study
  • What you need more help with, and where to find it.
    • University Graduate Attributes

      This course will provide students with an opportunity to develop the Graduate Attributes specified below:

      Critically competent in a core academic discipline of their award

      Students know and can critically evaluate and, where applicable, apply this knowledge to topics/issues within their majoring subject.

Timetable 2022

Students must attend one activity from each section.

Lecture A
Activity Day Time Location Weeks
01 Tuesday 10:00 - 11:00 C3 Lecture Theatre
21 Feb - 10 Apr
2 May - 5 Jun
Lecture B
Activity Day Time Location Weeks
01 Wednesday 10:00 - 11:00 E8 Lecture Theatre
21 Feb - 10 Apr
2 May - 5 Jun
Tutorial A
Activity Day Time Location Weeks
01 Tuesday 13:00 - 14:00 Ernest Rutherford 260
28 Feb - 10 Apr
2 May - 5 Jun
02 Tuesday 14:00 - 15:00 Ernest Rutherford 260
28 Feb - 10 Apr
2 May - 5 Jun
03 Tuesday 15:00 - 16:00 Ernest Rutherford 260
28 Feb - 10 Apr
2 May - 5 Jun
04 Thursday 11:00 - 12:00 Ernest Rutherford 260
28 Feb - 10 Apr
2 May - 5 Jun
05 Thursday 12:00 - 13:00 Ernest Rutherford 260
28 Feb - 10 Apr
2 May - 5 Jun
06 Thursday 14:00 - 15:00 Ernest Rutherford 260
28 Feb - 10 Apr
2 May - 5 Jun
07 Thursday 15:00 - 16:00 Ernest Rutherford 260
28 Feb - 10 Apr
2 May - 5 Jun
08 Thursday 16:00 - 17:00 Ernest Rutherford 260
28 Feb - 10 Apr
2 May - 5 Jun
09 Friday 12:00 - 13:00 Ernest Rutherford 260
28 Feb - 10 Apr
2 May - 5 Jun

Course Coordinator

Zita Joyce

Assessment

Assessment Due Date Percentage  Description
Library exercise 5% This exercise will test your knowledge of accessing and retrieving information through online library resources.
Tutorial Assignments 30% Eight assignments designed to extend your media writing skills marked at 3.75% each
Essay 29 Mar 2019 35% 1,500 word limit (excluding references).
Final exam 30% 2 hours, scheduled during University exam period

Textbooks / Resources

The readings listed in the lecture outline are available on the Learn page for each lecture.

Course links

Library portal

Indicative Fees

Domestic fee $799.00

International fee $3,600.00

* All fees are inclusive of NZ GST or any equivalent overseas tax, and do not include any programme level discount or additional course-related expenses.

For further information see Language, Social and Political Sciences .

All COMS101 Occurrences

  • COMS101-22S1 (C) Semester One 2022
  • COMS101-22S1 (D) Semester One 2022 (Distance)