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Media Studies

154.101 Introduction to Media Studies 15 credits
An introduction to theories of the media and communications. Particular attention will be paid to the concepts of representation and audience, the political economy of media products, and the social and cultural context in which they occur.
154.202 Advertising and Consumer Society 15 credits
A study of the form and function of advertising in the context of consumer society, with particular emphasis on the conflict between advertising as a form of corporate manipulation and as a form of creative expression. Critical theories will be used to explore the role of advertising in relation to consumerism, capitalism, branding, art and agency.
154.203 Popular Culture and the Media 15 credits
A survey of cultural theories and debates in relation to modern mass media. A number of issues such as identity, representation and cultural politics will be considered in their historical contexts and in relation to a variety of texts from popular culture and the media.
154.204 Digital Media Production I 15 credits
An advanced introduction to producing digital media. This course uses hands-on, experiential learning to introduce techniques, concepts and processes for producing photography and video using industry standard hardware and software.
154.206 International Film History 15 credits
A study of the history of film using case studies and including a consideration of the ways in which social contexts, industrial conditions, technologies and individuals have influenced film narratives and film theory.
154.208 Screen Media 15 credits
An exploration of the formal and textual features of film and television, and their relation to technological change, with an emphasis on how film and television have both shaped and been transformed by digital media.
154.224 Documentary (Non-Fiction) Film 15 credits
A study of the genre of documentary (non-fiction) film. The course will provide students with a critical awareness of the theory, history and various forms relevant to the genre. Students will plan and produce short documentary films. NOTE: Students require access to their own video camera and editing facilities.
154.250 Digital Media: Theory and Practice 15 credits
An exploration of the social, cultural, economic and technological transformations brought about by contemporary digital and networked media. Students will develop critical digital media literacies and learn to produce digital media.
154.301 Culture, Power and The Media 15 credits
A consideration of theoretical and critical approaches to the study of how culture, power and media interact in contemporary society. Attention will be given to the question of cultural identity and to how this relates to changing attitudes to nationhood and to the impact of consumerism.
154.302 Gender and Race in the Media 15 credits
A critical study of gender, race and ethnicity in the media, considered from a variety of theoretical approaches.
154.303 Hollywood Cinema 15 credits
An examination of how the formal, socio-cultural, and technological characteristics of Hollywood Cinema have intersected with its industrial conditions across history.
154.304 Digital Media Production II 15 credits
The further development of skills and abilities in a chosen media area with particular emphasis upon the production of a major media project.
154.311 Social Media and Digital Cultures 15 credits
This course explores how social media shapes identities, social relationships, work, politics and societies. From fake news to social media influencers, this course examines how digital technologies play a key role in shaping everyday life in the twenty-first century.
154.313 Global Media Cultures 15 credits
New media technologies and global patterns of media distribution have produced complex, emergent practices of transnational community formation, text-sharing and collaborative media production. This course examines these practices in relation to the maintenance and negotiation of cultural identity in the contemporary world.
154.315 Popular Music Studies 15 credits
A critical examination of the nature, role and meaning of popular music within contemporary Western societies. Particular attention will be paid to the political economy of the international music industry, music and technology, genre and musical texts, making music, stardom and auteur studies, and audiences and subcultures.
154.316 New Zealand Cinema 15 credits
An exploration of the development of the New Zealand film industry with a focus on aesthetics and national identity. Key films are examined in relation to wider contexts, such as history, politics, economics, and culture, which have all contributed to the creation of a distinctive local film industry and film culture.
154.701 Modern and Postmodern Visual Cultures 30 credits
An introduction to the key critical debates and cultural practices that have defined the response to modern mass media and their major ideological formations. Particular emphasis is placed on avant-garde notions of montage and their continuing influence on postmodern media theory and practice.
154.702 Advanced Film Studies 30 credits
This course engages students with a variety of critical and theoretical approaches to cinema, mapping their development across history and examining their usefulness in understanding the social, cultural, economic, political and aesthetic significance of film.
154.704 Researching Media and Cultural Studies 30 credits
An introduction to theoretical frameworks and research designs and methods in Media Studies and Cultural Studies and to various issues that arise in the conduct of research. Students preparing to undertake research-based theses or projects will receive assistance in the preparation of their proposals.
154.707 The World of Noir 30 credits
A study of the historical phenomenon of film noir, along with the related genre of the noir novel. The emphasis will be on classical film noir but more recent texts will also be examined. A variety of critical and theoretical approaches will be used.
154.708 Modern Fiction, Popular Culture and the Media 30 credits
An examination of major developments in approaches to fiction in the twentieth century, focusing on modern and postmodern trends, and on how these have impacted on the rise and alleged decline of distinctions between elite art and popular culture. Texts for analysis are selected from both literature and film and include examples of canonical as well as popular fiction.
154.709 Technology and Cultural Change 30 credits
This course examines the role of technology in producing and transforming contemporary culture. Through the investigation of key theorists, particular attention is given to the pivotal role technology plays in shaping space, time, and experience.
154.721 The Communication Field 30 credits
This course provides an advanced-level overview of the communication discipline, its history, key concepts, competing traditions, and noted scholars. Critical, creative and organisational theories and concepts from a broad communication studies body of knowledge are historicised, compared, and critically evaluated. Throughout the course, communication knowledge is applied to illuminate communication questions from media, industry and society.
154.747 Media Practice and Global Culture 30 credits
This course examines the critical context of contemporary media practice, exploring how media texts, technologies, and institutions respond to and produce processes of globalisation. Students will focus on the use of digital and mobile media technologies, and consciously negotiate decisions regarding the cultural, social, political, economic, ethical and environmental implications of their own media production, distribution and consumption.
154.797 Research Report (60) 60 credits
154.798 Research Report (30) 30 credits
A supervised and guided independent study.
154.800 MPhil Thesis 120 credits
A supervised and guided independent study resulting in a published work.
154.801 MPhil Thesis 120 Credit Part 1 60 credits
A supervised and guided independent study resulting in a published work.
154.802 MPhil Thesis 120 Credit Part 2 60 credits
A supervised and guided independent study resulting in a published work.
154.816 Thesis 120 Credit Part 1 60 credits
A supervised and guided independent study resulting in a published work.
154.817 Thesis 120 Credit Part 2 60 credits
A supervised and guided independent study resulting in a published work.
154.850 Thesis 120 credits
The supervised undertaking of an original piece of research into Media Studies.
154.851 Thesis 120 Credit Part 1 60 credits
The supervised undertaking of an original piece of research into Media Studies.
154.852 Thesis 120 Credit Part 2 60 credits
The supervised undertaking of an original piece of research into Media Studies.
154.855 Master of Communication Research Project 60 credits
An applied research project involving the critical evaluation and application of selected research methodologies to address communication-related challenges.
154.873 Research Report Media Studies (60) 60 credits
A supervised and guided independent study.
154.881 Thesis 90 Credit Part 1 45 credits
A supervised and guided independent study resulting in a published work.
154.882 Thesis 90 Credit Part 2 45 credits
A supervised and guided independent study resulting in a published work.
154.883 Thesis 90 credits
A supervised and guided independent study resulting in a published work.
154.899 Thesis 120 credits
A supervised and guided independent study resulting in a published work.
154.900 PhD Media Studies 120 credits