CLT209 Media and Culture (8)

Media and Culture introduces students to the fields of media studies and does so in a Cultural Studies context. It introduces the history of these two fields and traces key ideas from that history, such as narrative theory, semiotics and discourse analysis. The subject also looks at critical issues in media and culture, such as news reporting, surveillance, and media narratives. The subject is not confined to Australian contexts, but does take a situated view both of fictional and non-fictional screen texts and crtiique.


Session 2 (60)
Bathurst Campus

Continuing students should consult the SAL for current offering details: CLT209. Where differences exist between the Handbook and the SAL, the SAL should be taken as containing the correct subject offering details.

Subject Information

Grading System



One session


School of Humanities and Social Sciences

Learning Outcomes

Upon successful completion of this subject, students should:
  • be able to demonstrate an understanding of the fields of media studies and Cultural Studies
  • be able to describe and critique media texts
  • be able to apply theoretical ideas from fields such as semiotics and discourse analysis
  • be able to situate fictional and nonfictional narratives and texts in cultural context


This subject will cover the following topics:
  • - texts and contexts
  • - describing and analysing news narratives
  • - new and old media formations
  • - theories of discourse, narrative, and signification
  • - critical issues in media, culture, and society

Indicative Assessment

The following table summarises the assessment tasks for the online offering of CLT209 in Session 2 2019. Please note this is a guide only. Assessment tasks are regularly updated and can also differ to suit the mode of study (online or on campus).

Item Number
Value %
Technology, media and cultural diary
Essay: film analysis
Major essay: is julian assange a journalist?

The information contained in the CSU Handbook was accurate at the date of publication: July 2020. The University reserves the right to vary the information at any time without notice.