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AMST1202: Hashtag America: Media, Technology, Industry

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.

Code AMST1202
Academic unit United States Studies Centre
Credit points 6

At the completion of this unit, you should be able to:

  • LO1. recognise how America is constructed through multiple forms of media, technology, and industry;
  • LO2. describe their media habits and practices, in order to interpret the influence of American media on individuals and societies;
  • LO3. develop an American Studies research project that explains the influence of US media industries;
  • LO4. demonstrate an understanding of the diversity of the United States as represented by the historical formation of its media;
  • LO5. demonstrate proficiency in oral and written communication.

Unit outlines

Unit outlines will be available 1 week before the first day of teaching for the relevant session.