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MSD1000 Understanding Media

Units : 1
Faculty or Section : Faculty of Business, Education, Law and Arts
School or Department : School of Humanities & Communication
Grading basis : Graded
Course fee schedule : https://www.unisq.edu.au/current-students/administration/fees/fee-schedules


Enrolment is not permitted in MSD1000 if CMS1012 has been previously completed.


The media has never been more central to the way most of us live our lives. Our working lives can occur through email, Zoom, or LinkedIn; our personal lives through smartphones, Facebook, or Instagram; and our leisure through Hollywood, Netflix, or PlayStations. In this course, students will be introduced to how the media work and begin to develop a critical literacy and knowledge of how the media shapes meanings and values in society, offering an important starting point for preparing them for work and life in a society structured through media.

This course offers a foundational scholarly context for the study of media. Students explore a range of media texts, forms, and systems and survey key concepts and debates about the media. By developing media literacy, students will critically engage with the media and develop skills and knowledge that will complement study in any area that works within or uses media, both at university or as part of their employment.

Course offers

Study period Mode Campus
Semester 1, 2022 Online
Date printed 10 February 2023