Media Ecologies

MDA60021 12.5 Credit Points Hawthorn Available to incoming Study Abroad and Exchange students


  • One Semester or equivalent

Contact hours

  • Blended delivery: Face to face 24 hours + Online 12 hours

On-campus unit delivery combines face-to-face and digital learning.

2023 teaching periods


Higher Ed. Semester 1

27 Feb 23 - 28 May 23

4 Jul 23

Last self enrolment:
12 Mar 23

31 Mar 23

Last withdraw without fail:
14 Apr 23



Aims and objectives

This unit introduces theories and approaches for understanding the dynamic ecologies generated by new media technologies, practices and processes. A ‘media ecologies’ approach considers the complex interrelation between technologies and platforms, people, communities, practices and commercial and political interests. In doing so, Media Ecologies aims to foster a critical awareness of new and emerging media processes and uses, as well as arm participants with the tools to undertake their own research and analysis.

Students who successfully complete this unit will be able to:
1. Evaluate current research methodologies for disciplinary knowledge of new media technologies, practices and processes
2. Prepare and deliver an oral presentation that evaluates current research into one area of dynamic media practice addressed within the unit
3. Plan and undertake research into a significant issue concerning a dynamic site of media use and practice.
4. Define, describe and analyse core concepts, theories and issues facing practitioners in new media environments

Courses with unit

GC-MCO Graduate Certificate Media and Communication
GD-MCO Graduate Diploma Media ad Communication
MA-MCO Master Media and Communication