COMS305-23S1 (C) Semester One 2023

Media and Social Change

30 points

Start Date: Monday, 20 February 2023
End Date: Sunday, 25 June 2023
Withdrawal Dates
Last Day to withdraw from this course:
  • Without financial penalty (full fee refund): Sunday, 5 March 2023
  • Without academic penalty (including no fee refund): Sunday, 14 May 2023


This course analyses the role of the media in social change and question whether media can, in fact, produce consensus within society, and if those changes are controllable by the artist/writer/producer, the audience, or the state. It does this by exploring theoretical underpinnings of societal shifts through the framework of the media as an important institution in society and in the construction of social reality. The course will invite students to further understand the role of the media in power relations by analysing such notions and processes as ideology, hegemony, representations, and media ethics. This course includes group work and requires active in-class engagement. This is not a distance course. This course has a strongly practical focus that requires active in-class engagement. This course requires students to create and share work with others, in order to learn from and support each other.


Any 30 points at 200 level from COMS, or
any 60 points at 200 level from the Schedule V of the BA.

Course Coordinator

Linda Jean Kenix


Assessment Due Date Percentage  Description
Portfolio Tasks 20% 4 tasks at 5% each. Select Wednesdays at 1pm
In class Quizzes 10% 4 x quizzes at 2.5% each, unannounced on Thursdays during entire Semester
In-Class Team Debates 10% 4 x 2.5% Planned During Entire Semester on Mondays
Individual Turotial with Professor Week 4 and 5
Essay 06 Apr 2022 20% WEDNESDAY, March 29, Week 6
Group Presentation Plan 04 May 2022 5% WEDNESDAY, May 03, Week 8
Group Presentations 15% Thursday, May 18, Week 10
test 02 Jun 2022 20% Thursday, June 1, Week 12

Indicative Fees

Domestic fee $1,641.00

International fee $7,500.00

* 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 COMS305 Occurrences

  • COMS305-23S1 (C) Semester One 2023