Bachelor of Arts/Bachelor of Advanced Studies (Media and Communications)

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Media and Communications

Honours

Honours in Media and Communications requires 48 credit points from this table including:
(i) 12 credit points of Honours seminar units
(ii) 6 credit points of Media and Communications Internship unit
(iii) 30 credit points of Honours thesis units
Honours seminar units of study
MECO4113 Theoretical Traditions and Innovations

Credit points: 6 Teacher/Coordinator: Refer to the unit of study outline https://www.sydney.edu.au/units Session: Semester 1 Classes: 1x2hr seminar/week Assessment: 1x 1500wd class paper (25%), 1x 1000wd Wikipedia theory entry (20%), 1x 3500wd critical essay (55%) Mode of delivery: Normal (lecture/lab/tutorial) day
The unit gives students an advanced understanding of the foundational traditions in communications, media, and digital cultures. It relates these traditions to contemporary innovations, rethinking ideas to grasp present and future media and communications forms, practices, structures, and meanings. The unit features detailed reading and analysis of key ideas, texts, thinkers, and contexts.
MECO4114 Research Methods

Credit points: 6 Teacher/Coordinator: Refer to the unit of study outline https://www.sydney.edu.au/units Session: Semester 1 Classes: 1x2hr seminar/week Assessment: 1x 1500wd Dissertation Critical Review (25%), 1x 1500wd Methodology review (25%), 1x 3000wd Research Design Task (40%), 2 x Presentations (10%) Mode of delivery: Normal (lecture/lab/tutorial) day
This unit will develop students' knowledge of key research methods used in media, communications and digital cultures research. Students will be introduced to a range of research techniques and methods, including quantitative, qualitative and mixed methods, and will have the opportunity to reflect critically on these methods through practitioner presentations and directed discussion. The assessment tasks will help students develop their skills to design and undertake a supervised research dissertation and enhance their abilities as researchers and practitioners.
Internship unit of study
MECO4115 Media and Communications Internship

Credit points: 6 Teacher/Coordinator: Refer to the unit of study outline https://www.sydney.edu.au/units Session: Semester 1,Semester 2 Classes: 1x2hr introductory lecture Prerequisites: 72 credit points in the Media and Communications program Assessment: 1x2000wd internship journal, and satisfy the requirements of an internship contract with their workplace, including attendance and performance, as evaluated through a workplace supervisor report. Mode of delivery: Normal (lecture/lab/tutorial) day
Note: Department permission required for enrolment
The internship consists of a work placement comprising a minimum of 140 working hours in a media organisation, assisted and supervised by both the workplace and the department. Placements include print, broadcast, and online, in journalism, public relations and advertising organisations.
Honours thesis units of study
MECO4021 Media and Communications Honours Thesis 1

Credit points: 6 Teacher/Coordinator: Refer to the unit of study outline https://www.sydney.edu.au/units Session: Semester 1,Semester 2 Classes: 7 x 0.5hr supervision meetings/semester on average Corequisites: MECO4113 and MECO4114 and MECO4115 Prohibitions: MECO4111 Assessment: x Progression towards completion of a thesis to the satisfaction of the Honours coordinator (100%) Mode of delivery: Supervision
Note: Department permission required for enrolment
Research towards and preliminary writing of an Honours thesis of 18 000-20 000 words, in collaboration with a supervisor approved by the Honours Coordinator.
MECO4022 Media and Communications Honours Thesis 2

Credit points: 24 Teacher/Coordinator: Refer to the unit of study outline https://www.sydney.edu.au/units Session: Semester 1,Semester 2 Classes: 7x 0.5hr supervision meetings/semester on average Prerequisites: MECO4021 Prohibitions: MECO4112 Assessment: 1x18000-20000wd Thesis (100%) Mode of delivery: Supervision
In this unit students complete and submit a substantial, independent research project in Media and Communications. Regular meetings with a supervisor approved by the Department of Media and Communications Honours Coordinator will guide their progress. Students will continue to submit drafts at agreed times, and develop their expertise in relevant research methods and analytical skills as well as in the subject matter of their specialist topic.