CLT209 Media and Culture (8)

This subject introduces students to the analysis of media texts, including cinema, television, news, video games, and the internet. Students will learn how to describe and analyse media texts using a range of methods including semiotics, discourse analysis, and content analysis. Students will be able to identify and critique the power and ideology contained in media representations.


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 recall and explain the foundations of media studies;
  • be able to describe, interpret and analyse the language forms, features, structures and techniques used in various media texts and evaluate their appropriateness for purpose, audience and context; and
  • be able to identify power and ideology in media representations.


This subject will cover the following topics:
  • The media and media studies
  • Pictures: semiotic analysis
  • Making sense: discourse, ideology, and hegemony
  • Stories: approaches for narrative analysis
  • Media and identity: representation, impact, and influence
  • Postmodern and global perspectives

Indicative Assessment

The following table summarises the assessment tasks for the online offering of CLT209 in Session 2 2020. 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 and review
Opinion essay:the future of culture after covid 19

The information contained in the CSU Handbook was accurate at the date of publication: May 2021. The University reserves the right to vary the information at any time without notice.