New Media Ecologies

MDA80004 12.5 Credit Points Hawthorn


  • One semester/teaching period

Contact hours

  • 36 hours

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, New 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. Critically analyse 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

From 2020 this unit will have a new code  MDA60021 Media Ecologies