Media Ecologies

MDA60021 12.5 Credit Points Hawthorn


  • One Semester or equivalent

Contact hours

  • 36 hours face to face + blended

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

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.

Unit Learning Outcomes (ULO)
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