Due: 23 November 23.59pm
Length: 2000 words
An essay of 2000 words that answers one question from the following list of six options and includes reference to:
- Compulsory unit of study readings – unlimited
- Other academic sources – three to six (this may or may not include unit of study recommended readings)
- Media examples – unlimited
Why are the number of additional academic sources limited? As first year students you are still learning to research and this is to encourage you to find the most relevant sources and research deeply, rather than just cherry pick from all over the place.
- “The digital creative economy depends on the belief that social media work is easy and potentially profitable” (Duffy and Wissinger, 2017). Evaluate this statement with reference to celebrity and influencers within the realities of the Australian digital media economy.
- Facebook argues regulation of digital platforms in Australia would result in restricted access to online services. Why should such regulatory bodies as the ACCC and ACMA have authority over the Australian operations of international companies like Facebook, Google, Amazon and Netflix?
- “Social media activism and innovation can be a double-edged sword, as Indigenous activists are exposed to racist discourse and traumatic content online and often experience direct threats of violence” (Carlson, Dreher, 2018). Discuss this statement with reference to media activism and the role of Australian regulatory bodies.
- Australian laws and regulations that promote and support the production and distribution of Australian media content are archaic and ineffectual within a global media landscape. Discuss.
- Regulation vs self-regulation. What are the advantages and disadvantages of both systems for the protection of rights and privacy of Australian media users in a diverse and fragmented media landscape?
- Within a year of passage of the Federal Government’s media reform laws Channel Nine successfully launched a takeover bid for Fairfax Media, intensifying the concentration of media ownership in Australia even further. What are the arguments for further media reform to ensure greater diversity and plurality of voices in the Australian media landscape?
Your essay answer is expected to use analytical writing and accurate and complete APA 6th edition style in-text references and reference list. For anonymous marking, you are expected to ONLY use your student identification number (SID) in the assignment file name and file contents.
Alignment with learning outcomes
- Students will be able to demonstrate disciplinary literacy in media political economy.
- Students are expected to research and analyse policy and regulatory practices in at least one Australian media sector.
- Students will be able to communicate learning outcomes in diverse formats including discussion and debate in lectures and tutorials, conceptual media production, and academic writing.
Regular and systematic discussion of the unit of study materials in the weekly lectures and tutorials (Weeks 1-12) will assist you in developing proficiency in researching and analysing policy and regulatory practices in Australian media and communications. In addition, to successfully complete this task, there will be opportunities to discuss your essay topic, and draft arguments, in tutorials.
Essay writing resources
The Learning Centre’s ‘Help Yourself’ guide to writing essays: http://sydney.edu.au/stuserv/learning_centre/help/writing/writing.shtmlLinks to an external site.
Alternatively, Eugenia Lee came across this fun and engaging essay writing resource for those of you looking around for some extra guidance and inspiration: https://www.timsquirrell.com/blog/how-to-write-undergraduate-essays (Links to an external site.)
The recommended APA6th Style Guide for referencing is available here: APA referencing guide
The finalised essay is to be submitted as a word doc or docx through the Assignments tab on the homepage of the MECO1002 Canvas siteAcademic honesty
While the University is aware that the vast majority of students and staff act ethically and honestly, it is opposed to and will not tolerate academic dishonesty or plagiarism and will treat all allegations of dishonesty seriously.
Further information on academic honesty, academic dishonesty, and the resources available to all students can be found on the academic integrity pages on the current students website: https://sydney.edu.au/students/academic-integrity.html.
Further information for on research integrity and ethics for postgraduate research students and students undertaking research-focussed coursework such as Honours and capstone research projects can be also be found on the current students website: https://sydney.edu.au/students/research-integrity-ethics.html.Compliance statement
In submitting this work, I acknowledge I have understood the following:
- I have read and understood the University of Sydney's Academic Honesty in Coursework Policy 2015.
- The work is substantially my own and where any parts of this work are not my own I have indicated this by acknowledging the source of those parts of the work and enclosed any quoted text in quotation marks.
- The work has not previously been submitted in part or in full for assessment in another unit unless I have been given permission by my unit of study coordinator to do so.
- The work will be submitted to similarity detection software (Turnitin) and a copy of the work will be retained in Turnitin's paper repository for future similarity checking. Note: work submitted by postgraduate research students for research purposes is not added to Turnitin's paper repository.
- Engaging in plagiarism or academic dishonesty in coursework will, if detected, lead to the University commencing proceedings under the Academic Honesty in Coursework Policy 2015 and the Academic Honesty Procedures 2016.
- Engaging in plagiarism or academic dishonesty in research-focussed work will lead to the University commencing proceedings under the Research Code of Conduct 2013 and the Academic Honesty Procedures 2016.
- Engaging another person to complete part or all of the submitted work will, if detected, lead to the University commencing proceedings against me for potential student misconduct under the University of Sydney (Student Discipline) Rule 2016.
|This criterion is linked to a Learning OutcomeDefinition of problem|
Definition of problem or issue in context
|This criterion is linked to a Learning OutcomeCritical questioning|
Critical questioning of ideas, evidence and assumptions
|This criterion is linked to a Learning OutcomeArgument|
Creation and evaluation arguments
|This criterion is linked to a Learning OutcomeConclusions|
Formulation of defensible conclusions and best possible solutions
|This criterion is linked to a Learning OutcomePresentation|
Grammar, spelling and APA6th referencing
Total Points: 40.0