No offerings have been identified for this subject in 2016

COM227 Culture, Society & the Media (8)


This subject examines the nature of the communications industries in contemporary societies, with a particular focus on Australia. It introduces students to some important sociological concepts and suggests ways in which these can be used to critically examine the structures, meaning and interpretations of the media. Students are encouraged to discuss current issues in relation to control, regulation and the future of the communications industries.

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Continuing students should consult the SAL for current offering details prior to contacting their course coordinator: COM227
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Subject information

Duration Grading System School:
One sessionHD/FLSchool of Humanities and Social Sciences

Enrolment restrictions

Not for students who have completed COM-1044 or COM107

Learning Outcomes

Upon successful completion of this subject, students should:
- be able to analyse media messages from a variety of positions
- be able to demonstrate an understanding of the structures and processes of the Australian media industries
- be able to reflect critically on the future direction of popular culture


The subject will cover the following topics:
1. The analysis of media industry structures 2. The nature of communication 3. Media policy issues 4. Popular media genres 5. Media audiences 6. National identity 7. Popular culture genres


The information contained in the 2016 CSU Handbook was accurate at the date of publication: 06 September 2016. The University reserves the right to vary the information at any time without notice.