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ALC305 - Media Ecologies

Unit details

Year2018 unit information
Enrolment modes:Trimester 1: Burwood (Melbourne), Cloud (online)
Credit point(s):1
EFTSL value:0.125
Unit chair:

Toija Cinque




Must be enrolled in A300 or A333

Incompatible with:


Contact hours:

Campus: 1 x 2 hour Seminar per week

Cloud (online): Learning experiences are via CloudDeakin


This unit enables students to explore the past, present and future of media, engaging with various approaches to understanding the complex relations between former models of mechanic and industrial media production and the continuous transformation and fragmentation of the ways in which contemporary media are produced, regulated, consumed, and interacted with. Students analyse the many ecologies of media and the environmental impact that media consumption habits and the expanding quantity and quality of media devices have upon the Earth. The unit maps the trajectory and evolution of media gadgets with a view to understanding how they translate into the actor-networks, value creation processes, and social exchanges which shape our culture today. Students identify a significant media ecosystem in consultation with teaching staff and put into practice a range of theoretical perspectives to examine the particular area/example of their choosing, resulting in an innovative project that enables the visualisation of patterns of media transformation and social interaction, and builds skills and knowledge pertinent to media theory and practice.


Media in the past: media archaeology exercise, equivalent to 1000 words, 25%

Media ecologies of the present: media Ecosystem Exercise, equivalent to 1000 words, 25%

The future of media: creative research project, equivalent to 2000 words, 50%

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