Asian media and culture (ES017)

Explore Asia through Media and Culture.

Modern Asia looks at the social and industrial transformation of Asia through the lens of Modernity. It grounds students in the history and culture of what Western society calls ‘Asia’. It introduces the media as a key aspect of that development in relation to politics and ideology. This understanding of the complexity of Asia then contextualises the key concepts of Mass Media in Asia and allows the student to investigate the specifics of mass media within the region, and its effects globally.

What you will study

Modern Asia (Semester 1)

In this course you will explore a range of questions and issues around the cultural, political, economic and media development of Asia. Some of the major questions this course asks are:

  • What is modernity?
  • Is there an Asian variety of modernity with an identity of its own?
  • How are politics, economy and culture in Asia modernised?

The course will encourage you to reflect on the diversity of Asian cultures. You will be encouraged to examine these issues as they relate to issues of communication.

For complete information on course assessment tasks and learning outcomes, check the course guide

Mass Media in Asia (Semester 2)

In this course you will explore key concepts and issues in Asian media studies through a range of case studies. You will examine mass media systems and industries in the Asian region. In particular, you will explore the relationship between Asian media systems and the broader political, economic, and social/cultural institutions of the region.

For complete information on course assessment tasks and learning outcomes, check the course guide.

Entry requirements

You must be in your final year of your VCE studies.

Acceptance into this course requires a recommendation from your Year 12 coordinator and your school principal. Parental/guardian permission is also necessary.

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Get ready to start

Applications will open in August 2021.

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