Media and Communication
Exploring the rapidly evolving, media-driven world and its impact on our identities, relationships and communities
Media and Communication at The University of Western Australia provides critical insights into our everyday, political, social, cultural and professional encounters with contemporary media cultures and communication practices.
This discipline area is one of the most exciting and rapidly evolving areas of study in today's media-driven world. What we know about the world, and how we act in it, is critically related to the use of communication technologies, from language to screen, and from text to image in digital settings.
Critical Approaches to Media and Communication
Our research strength, Critical Approaches to Media and Communication, focuses on interpretivist and philosophical approaches to communication. Staff and postgraduates undertake research on the historical and theoretical aspects of contemporary communication and media, tackling a broad set of issues.
Media and Culture Technologies
Our research uses a range of methodological and analytical approaches to explore digital, screen, gaming and networked technologies, and investigate their role in re-imagining the political, social and educational spheres.
Politics of Public Communication/Communication and Media Ethics
Representation, surveillance and control, sexuality and gender, social activism, political rhetoric and participation are just some of the topics explored by staff and postgraduate students in this research strength. This includes research into social movements, strategic communication and the use of new and emerging technologies in public relations and governance strategies. Research also includes professional media ethics as articulated by media workers, different visions of media power and responsibility, and contemporary forms of ethical critique.
Political Sciences and International Relations
Exploring a range of contemporary issues and challenges facing governments, peoples and international organisations, we examine and compare political systems and politics and relations in a range of countries and regions.
Linguistics at UWA aims to grow language understanding and skills, as well as complement other areas of study where language plays a role.
Anthropology and Sociology
Understanding people and the societies in which they live and work