Faculty of Arts

Media and Cultural Studies

Media and Cultural Studies at Wollongong is an innovative and interdisciplinary program, focusing on the development of advanced skills in media and cultural analysis and research. Topics include how the media industries frame political issues such as global warming, how new participatory media are changing the way audiences and producers work together, and how cultural meanings shape the design and development of everyday objects. Students learn how to read the languages of different media from paintings to digital photos, and explore the media of different cultures, such as Korean films and Japanese animation. We examine questions including how identity is formed, what causes happiness, and how culture relates to social change.

Students gain experience in designing, managing and presenting research projects, working individually and in teams. They write in a range of formats including reflective journals and creative writing, briefing papers, blogs and formal reports. Subjects are also designed to strengthen oral communication skills, both through formal presentations using a range of appropriate media, and by cultivating the ability to reason and negotiate effectively in diverse groups. This is a program for students interested in a broad range of careers where key skills are the capacities to research, analyse, negotiate and reflect.

Major Study

The MACS major requires a minimum of 54 credit points including MACS120, at least two of three core 200 level subjects plus one other 200 level subject from the list below, and three from the 300 level MACS research focus stream, also listed below.

Minor Study

A minor in Media and Cultural Studies will consist of at least 28 credit points of subjects from the Course Structure of the Media and Cultural Studies major. Students may not cross-count any subjects from the minor in any other minor or major study.

Honours

See Bachelor of Arts Honours

Study Program

Subject Code

Subject Name

Credit Points

Session

MACS120

The Culture of Everyday Life

6

Spring

At least two of the following three core subjects
(NB. Students may take all three, counting two as core subjects and one as the third required 200 level subject)

MACS230

Visual Communication

8

Spring

MACS235

Making Culture

8

N/O 2012

MACS239

Investigating Identities

8

Autumn

200-level Major Subjects (students may take their third required 200 level subject from this list):

HIST239

Water in Australia: An Environmental History

8

N/O 2012

HIST291

Film and History

8

Autumn

MACS225

Australian Content: International Contexts

8

Autumn

BCM288

Transnational Media Industries

8

N/O 2012

POL224

Politics and the Media

8

Spring

SOC206

Youth Cultures

8

Spring

SOC210

Gender and Society

8

Autumn

STS288

Risk, Media and Communication

8

Autumn

300-level Major Subjects (students must take three from this list):

ARTS301

Arts Internship

8

Autumn/Spring

HIST353

Japanese History Through Film

8

Autumn

MACS301

Culture and Emotion

8

Spring

MACS310

Locating Media and Communication Practices

8

Spring

MACS315

Making it Real: Film, Fiction and Artful Facts

8

N/O 2012

MACS325

Happiness: Investigating its Causes and Conditions

8

Autumn

MACS333

Hollywood and Beyond: Genres Across Cultures

8

Autumn

MACS335

Media Innovation and Global Communication

8

N/O 2012

MACS341

Media and Cultural Studies: Advanced Seminar

8

Autumn/Spring

MACS343

Directed Study

8

N/O 2012

MACS390

Media, War and Peace

8

Autumn

BCM 388

Convergent Asian Mediascapes

8

Autumn

SOC327

Body and Society

8

Autumn

Other Information

Further information is available at http://coursefinder.uow.edu.au/ or email: Arts - fac-arts@uow.edu.au