ALM305 - Media Ecologies

Unit details


2024 unit information

Enrolment modes:Trimester 1: Burwood (Melbourne), Online
Credit point(s):1
EFTSL value:0.125
Previously coded as:ALC305
Unit Chair:Trimester 1: Toija Cinque
Cohort rule:Nil


Incompatible with: ALC305
Typical study commitment:

Students will on average spend 150-hours over the teaching period undertaking the teaching, learning and assessment activities for this unit.

This will include educator guided online learning activities within the unit site.

Educator-facilitated (scheduled) learning activities - on-campus unit enrolment:

1 x 2-hour seminar per week

Educator-facilitated (scheduled) learning activities - online unit enrolment:

Online independent and collaborative learning activities 1 x 2-hour seminar per week equivalent


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.

ULO These are the Learning Outcomes (ULO) for this unit. At the completion of this unit, successful students can: Deakin Graduate Learning Outcomes

Demonstrate a high-level of understanding of media-related scholarship and debates, and a sophisticated critical and analytical perspective on media ecology

GLO1: Discipline-specific knowledge and capabilities

GLO4: Critical thinking


Apply complex theoretical concepts to a range of social, industrial, political and cultural contexts

GLO1: Discipline-specific knowledge and capabilities


Utilise a range of media platforms to professional standard in developing an independent project

GLO3: Digital literacy


Demonstrate a high level of communication skills in preparing a self-evaluation, literature review and substantial research project

GLO2: Communication


Demonstrate personal motivation and a high-level capacity for original thought and independent learning

GLO6: Self-management


Assessment Description Student output Grading and weighting
(% total mark for unit)
Indicative due week
Assessment 1 - Media in the past: media archaeology exercise 1000 words
or equivalent
25% Week 4
Assessment 2 - Media ecologies of the present: media Ecosystem Exercise 1000 words
or equivalent
25% Week 8
Assessment 3 - The future of media: creative research project 2000 words
or equivalent
50% Week 11

The assessment due weeks provided may change. The Unit Chair will clarify the exact assessment requirements, including the due date, at the start of the teaching period.

Learning Resource

The texts and reading list for the unit can be found on the University Library via ALM305
Note: Select the relevant trimester reading list. Please note that a future teaching period's reading list may not be available until a month prior to the start of that teaching period so you may wish to use the relevant trimester's prior year reading list as a guide only. 

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