Subject Descriptions - Subject Information

Calendar: 2020 Undergraduate
Faculty: Faculty of Law, Humanities and the Arts
Department: School of Humanities and Social Inquiry

COSMOS mastered subject: Version 2020.03

Subject Information
Subject Code PHIL106
Subject Name Media, Art and Society
Credit Points 6
Pre-Requisites None.
Co-Requisites None.
Restrictions None.
Equivalence BCM 106
Assessment 1. Assignment: Written Assignment 10% 2. Quiz 10% 3. Essay: Written Assignment 40% 4. Exam 40%
General Subject Yes.
EFTSL (Non Weighted) 0.125
Non Weighted Student Contribution Amounts
Commonwealth Supported (HECS) Students Only
Pre-1997 Pre-2005 Post-2005 Post-2008 Post-2009 Post-2010
$ 835  $ 835  $ 835  $ 835  $ 835  $ 835 
Weighted Student Contribution Amounts
Commonwealth Supported (HECS) Students Only
1771-Bachelor of Laws (Honours) (Direct Entry)
1777-Bachelor of Laws (Direct Entry)
1827-Bachelor of International Studies - Bachelor of Laws
1845-Bachelor of Information Technology - Bachelor of Laws
1852-Bachelor of Business Information Systems - Bachelor of Laws
351-Bachelor of Laws (Honours)
760-Bachelor of Communication and Media Studies - Bachelor of Laws
770-Bachelor of Laws (Graduate Entry)
771-Bachelor of Arts - Bachelor of Laws
771H-Course information not Found
772-Bachelor of Creative Arts - Bachelor of Laws
773-Bachelor of Commerce - Bachelor of Laws
774-Bachelor of Mathematics - Bachelor of Laws
775-Bachelor of Science - Bachelor of Laws
775H-Course information not Found
775M-Course information not Found
779-Bachelor of Engineering - Bachelor of Laws
858-Bachelor of Journalism - Bachelor of Laws
Work Experience No
Tutorial Enrolment Information None.

Subject Availability
Session Spring  (03-08-2020 to 03-12-2020)
Campus Wollongong
Delivery Method On Campus
Instance Name Class 1
Course Restrictions No restrictions
Contact Hours 3 hrs per week - lecture/tutorial/on-line
Lecturer(s) and
Cons. times
David Neil
Coordinator(s) and
Cons. times
David Neil
Instance Comment  
Census Date 31-08-2020

Subject Description
Is there a clear line between fact and fiction? Are journalists obliged to report the truth? Can the arts educate? Can we really feel for fictional characters? In addressing these questions we will examine the role of the media in relation to democracy, culture and freedom of expression. We will consider the impact of the digital revolution on individuals and society, with regard to personal identity, communication, relationships, artistic expression and the significance of virtual experiences.

Subject Learning Outcomes
On successful completion of this subject, students will begin to be able to:
1. Use basic concepts and ideas relevant to debates and controversies relating to media, art, and society.
2. Understand how the study of philosophical issues relevant to media, art, and society.
3. Identify and describe the structure of arguments.
4. Evaluate and produce cogent arguments orally and in writing.
5. Compare and evaluate alternative viewpoints in discussion with peers.

Extra Information
Generic Extra Information:
Students will acquire the following statistical, information, computer and academic literacy as a result of explicit teaching / learning activities in this subject: Commitment to continued and independent learning, intellectual development, critical analysis and creativity, through tutorial discussion and essay and exam preparation and writing; The first stages of a coherent and extensive knowledge of the discipline of philosophy; Self-confidence combined with oral and written communication skills of a high level, through tutorial participation and essay and exam writing; An ability to logically analyse issues, and evaluate different options and viewpoints, through study of and engagement with philosophical texts and arguments; Ability to use library, database and internet resources to identify and collect relevant sources; Ability to use word processor, database search engines, WebCT, email.

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