Bachelor of Arts (Media Studies)

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Bachelor of Arts (Media Studies) structure

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Possible First Year

You may know you have an interest in Media Studies but you are unsure about what courses might complement this interest or lead on to a second major, or minor. The following list provides possible choices for interests in English, Philosophy, Politics, Social Anthropology, or Sociology to help with planning your first year of study. A usual full-time workload for first year is eight courses; four courses in Semester One, and four courses in Semester Two.

You should take:

230.110 Tūrangawaewae: Identity and Belonging in Aotearoa New Zealand
230.111 Tū Kupu: Writing and Inquiry
230.112 Tū Arohae: Critical Thinking
154.101 Intro to Media Studies
154.115 Stardom and Celebrity and the Media

Choose three electives from:

139.133 Creative Communication
139.171 Intro to Literary and Cultural Studies
139.139 Intro to English Studies
146.101 Intro to Social Anthropology
146.102 Endangered Cultures
148.120 Blockbusters and Biopics
134.101 Knowledge and Reality 15.0 credits
134.102 Great Western Philosophy 15.0 credits
134.104 Practical Ethics 15.0 credits
134.105 Philosophy of Religion: God, Freedom and Evil
176.101 Intro to Sociology
176.102 NZ Society
176.104 Identity and Culture in NZ
200.161 Intro to Politics
200.132 Politics and Public Policy in NZ

This is not an exhaustive list of options and you can search for courses in other interest areas e.g. Business via the course search webpage.

Requirements

The Media Studies major contains courses that explore the histories and theories of media and communication via the industries of television, cinema and print media, as well as new media such as the Internet. It is designed to be a stimulating discipline that prepares you for future challenges in an information rich society. You commence your studies by gaining an understanding of the broad concepts of media through the 100-level courses. As you go through to the more advanced courses these concepts are developed more fully and you can start to concentrate on specific areas in which you are interested.

A major in Media Studies consists of 135 credits (nine courses). At least 120 credits (8 courses) must come from 154 and 139 prefix courses.

Minor

A minor consists of 75 credits in Media Studies, including 15 credits at 300-level; 30 credits at 200- and/or 300-level; and 30 credits at any level from the Media Studies schedule.

To find out how to plan your study and/or see what courses are necessary to complete your programme, please click the ‘regulations‘ tab.

If you would like to find out more about individual course requirements, please use our Course search.

Note: the courses with prefix number 219 count towards the maximum number of courses you can take from other degrees other than the Bachelor of Arts degree.

Not all courses will be offered in all modes or across all campuses in any given year.

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