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I came into this subject having done Media and Society in first year and I expected it to be kind of similar. However, this subject was challenging, a bit boring at times, and politics-heavy. The final assignment was pretty interesting though because we were able to pick our topics and I ended up getting an H1 overall so it is possible to do well in this subject despite it being challenging.

Anonymous, Semester 1, 2019

The lecturer was chronically overambitious with the amount of content they tried to cram into each lecture: always starting early and ending late, frequently skipping slides, and rarely managing to finish teaching all the content. I found the lectures difficult to follow due to the rapid pace and skipping, and also the disjointed flow. The assignment questions were vague and overly broad, and could often be answered without referring to course content at all. On the bright side, my tutor was very competent, good at facilitating discussion and giving feedback on assignments. It's quite interesting to look into how media systems differ between countries/regions.

Anonymous, Semester 1, 2019

Poorly organised, the content feels very shallow and not much was delved into. The readings don't help, the lecturer never finishes the slides. My tutor does not reconcile knowledge between lectures and readings most of the time, leaving lost sheep. I always feel lost for assignments, it feels like a death wish. Highly do not recommend

Anonymous, Semester 1, 2019

The found the subject to be very bland, and poorly structured. Very little information was provided by coordinators or tutors, and overall the subject was very poorly run. The only redeeming feature was that the subject was poorly taught enough that you had lots of leeway writing assignments, which meant I ended up doing well academically. However, I would not recommend this subject.

Anonymous, Semester 1, 2018

The tutor was not able to teach at all. Content in classes each week were irrelevant and confusing, or just a repeat of what we had done last week. In a level 2 subject, it is not necessary to spend an entire lesson on the structure of an essay, however that is what we spent two weeks doing. In class presentations are started in one week, with only one group presenting, and then promptly forgotten the next week. She greatly favoured the one caucasian girl in class, always calling on her to answer questions and never asking other people to share their opinion. For the first two classes we had not covered any of the weekly content, and were dismissed halfway through the one hour tutorial. The marking also makes no sense. When I received my first assessment back, the only feedback that I had gotten was that my paragraph was "too long" and that I had some issues with grammar. There was no helpful feedback about the quality of my arguments, or ways in which to improve my essay for the next time. It is already week 11 and I have absolutely no sense of what I have done in this subject, or what I have learnt. As for the essay topics/questions, they are much too broad and offer no guidance for students. This seems very lazy - almost as if one had realised only the night before that they needed to write essay questions and had decided to give us free reign over the topics we need to write about. If this had been a first level subject, I would probably have cut it some slack and would've loved the broader essay topics, however from a second level subject, this was not what I had expected. Very disappointed in how this subject has been managed, and the tutor that I was stuck with for the semester.

Anonymous, Semester 1, 2018

It's quite an easy subject to score if you have interest in what you write about

Anonymous, Semester 1, 2018

It is a bit confused at the very beginning since there is no clear definition of "media system". However, with the lectures going on, the issue start to make sense. All the assignment topic is interesting and worth to work on.

Anonymous, Semester 1, 2016

This was the most unorganised subject I've ever encountered. Not enough communication between the lecturer and tutors resulted in very stressful assessment preparation for us students. The lectures were dull and the readings/lectures/tutes were unrelated every week. I'd recommend taking another media subject if you need to complete your major requirements.

Anonymous, Semester 1, 2015

I really enjoyed this subject. The lecturers and tutors were informative and passionate, and the content was different to other media subjects - it was fascinating to learn about how the infrastructure of the media shapes the content and enfranchises/disenfranchises.

Anonymous, Semester 1, 2015