This unit examines the scope and impact of American media. Google, Twitter, Netflix, Reddit, Instagram: the American nation is constructed and consumed through its media technologies, beamed around the world as "content. " This unit will consider the relationship between US media industries and the stories we consume. It surveys multiple forms and formats, including cinema, television, radio, podcasts, literature, and social media. Students will be encouraged to examine their own media habits and practices, as well as understand how the US projects an image of itself through its media industries.
2x1hr lecture/week, 1x1hr tutorial/week
1x750wd Media practice analysis (15%), 1x750wd Research essay proposal (15%), 1x2000wd Research essay (45%), 1x1000wd equivalent Group presentation (25%)