COMS101-24S1 (D) Semester One 2024 (Distance)

Media and Society

15 points

Start Date: Monday, 19 February 2024
End Date: Sunday, 23 June 2024
Withdrawal Dates
Last Day to withdraw from this course:
  • Without financial penalty (full fee refund): Sunday, 3 March 2024
  • Without academic penalty (including no fee refund): Sunday, 12 May 2024


COMS101 explores the relationship between society and media - including social media, print, broadcasting, and all kinds of online spaces. It asks how our understandings of the world and people around us are mediated, how media have shaped society, and how society is reflected and produced through media. We will explore topics like media audiences, technologies, ownership and work; the frames of representation, power, and identity; and analytical tools like semiotics, discourse, and narrative. COMS101 is a stage one course that does not require any prior media study, but it builds on everything you have ever watched, listened to, interacted with, and produced. This course has on-campus and distance options. It includes weekly written exercises and requires active in-class engagement on campus, or in the distance stream to develop core university skills and learn effectively from the teaching staff and from each other.

Course Coordinator

Zita Joyce


Assessment Due Date Percentage  Description
Library exercise 5% This exercise will test your knowledge of accessing and retrieving information through online library resources.
Weekly Learn Questions 10% A short answer each week to develop regular engagement with the course content
Tutorial Participation 10% Completing activities in tutorials in class or online
Short essays 20% Due March 15, April 26, May 6, May 24 500 word essays to extend writing and analysis skills worth 5% each
Essay 27 Mar 2024 25% 1500 word essay to develop research skills and depth

Indicative Fees

Domestic fee $844.00

International fee $3,950.00

* All fees are inclusive of NZ GST or any equivalent overseas tax, and do not include any programme level discount or additional course-related expenses.

For further information see Language, Social and Political Sciences .

All COMS101 Occurrences

  • COMS101-24S1 (C) Semester One 2024
  • COMS101-24S1 (D) Semester One 2024 (Distance)