School of English, Film, Theatre, and Media Studies

This information is for the 2016 academic year. See information for MDIA 201 in 2015.

MDIA-201 – Media in Aotearoa New Zealand

Points:20Prerequisites:20 100-level MDIA pts
Faculty:Humanities & Soc ScCorequisites:None
School:English, Film, Theatre, MediaRestrictions:None

The course explores the media industries in Aotearoa New Zealand through a series of case studies, including television, radio, newspapers, telecommunications, and film. These are discussed in terms of how ownership, regulation, funding/revenue, cultural norms and technological convergence affect media practices. The course will include consideration of how the NZ media sector is influenced by global media markets, how media value chains are changing in response to new media and evolving audience demands, and the public policy issues these raise (e.g. cultural identity, democratic engagement and Maori representation). The course will include input from industry experts where relevant. 100% internal assessment.

Tuition Fees

2015: domestic $850.60     international $3,796.00

Set Texts

Readings will be made available electronically via Blackboard and on closed reserve.


1 hour per week tba.

Trimester 1 2015

* indicates instructor is the course coordinator.

CRNFrom/ToDaysTimeBuilding [Campus]RoomInstructor
9564 2 Mar – 5 Apr 2015Mon1000 - 115077 Fairlie Tce [Kelburn]306Peter Thompson
20 Apr – 7 Jun 2015Mon1000 - 115077 Fairlie Tce [Kelburn]306

Course Outline Information

For FHSS and NZSM course outlines (current and previous years), please refer to the Course Outlines page on the FHSS website.