Humanities & Media

Humanities

Learn about people and their behaviour in a variety of contexts be it History, Media, or Behavioural Science. Whether you want to know where we have been, where we are, or where we are heading; you will find there is a course for you.

There are a number of courses which will give you direct vocational skills,but all courses develop skills which are relevant to the workplace and further study.

Click on the courses below to see more details.

Behavioural Sciences:

Commercial Studies:

Behavioural Sciences

Psychology has the answers:

  • The study of psychology will enable you to explore aspects of human behaviour, your own and other peoples.
  • Can you improve your memory and intelligence level? If you enrol, experiments conducted in the classroom will help you with the answers.

Sociology:

  • Euthanasia
  • Adoption
  • Deviant Behaviour
  • Surrogate motherhood
  • AIDS
  • Power

What do they mean?

Sociology deals with human behaviour in its social context. It will help you understand the way in which our society operates.
Excursions and guest speakers provide great interest and improve your understanding of these complex issues.

Courses Available

  • Behavioural Science T/A
  • Psychology T/A
  • Sociology T/A

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Commercial Studies

Accounting

In addition to providing valuable practical skills, Accounting embraces the wider academic and analytical aspects of this traditional branch of learning.

Students will be exposed to a variety of learning environments in order to develop business acumen, enterprise and language competence through business literacy. 

Computer based software such as MYOB and Excel will test students capabilities with accounting and provide them with the skills and attitudes for a variety of entry points to employment including continuing study at tertiary level as well as employee and employer roles.

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Business Studies

Business Management will fit the student with the skills necessary to evaluate the economic, social and ethical world of business and be able communicate effectively and evaluate options open to business mangers.

Through creating, planning and executing their own business initiatives students will experience first hand the role of the entrepreneur.

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Economics

We are all, in various capacities at various stages in our lives, participants in economic decision making processes. We all line up in the economy as consumers, owners, and managers of capital or workers. Through elections we become economic decision makers. We are bombarded by economic issues through all segments of the mass media; our daily activities are related to the performance of economic functions and our daily discussions often involve matters related to economics.

Individual decision-making is, therefore, extremely important in our economic system and it is most important that young economists understand the rules and forces at work in our basically free enterprise economy.

IB Economics

International Baccalaureate Economics will challenge students to further their economics through the diploma programme.

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Legal Studies

Legal Studies is aimed at giving students an understanding of the Australian legal system and developing an awareness of major issues related to the law existing in Australian society.  Units such as  World Order and Human Rights tackle the broader international legal issues and their effect on law in Australia.

For those who want to further their knowledge of advocacy and the courtroom procedures the mock and moot trials offer an opportunity to gain first hand experience in the ACT and NSW courtrooms.

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Social Geography

  • What are the issues facing the survival of our environment?
  • Why is geography so important in our economic development?

Geography examines the issues, it examines the causes and future problems.You will develop important investigative skills that will help you understand our society and gain valuable job skills.

Units offered are:

  • Australiafs Environment
  • Australia and Asia
  • Geopolitics and Conflict
  • Geography Beyond 2000
  • Marine Geography
  • Urban Geography
  • Tourism
  • Issues in Environmental Geography

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Media

Through media education students explore the most powerful forms of mass communication used in contemporary societies. Students learn the ways visual, aural, oral and written modes are manipulated in the communication of ideas and messages through media such as film, television, newspapers, magazines, posters, radio and computer technology. In this course students will work extensively with the latest multimedia computers, and thus develop generic information technology skills, as well as the capacity to work cooperatively with others in a range of media projects.

Media is about:

  • creating and producing
  • communication
  • critical analysis
  • Units are not sequential. A student may do any combination to make a Media Studies Minor, Major, Major/Minor and double Major. Students can study at either accredited or tertiary level. Media Studies units may be included in the English course. See the English section of this handbook for details.

Unit Description
Units are offered as either half-standardand/or standardunits as indicated against each unit.

Introduction to Media

Students will analyse a range of media products in order to interpret elements of media language which create meaning and to apply this in their own media production, using Photoshop or another digital medium. This unit is the introductory unit for students wishing to receive a Certificate II in Media and or other certificates. (0.5)

Animation

This unit examines the nature of and concepts related to traditional animation, stop frame, camera cell animation, and moves on to computer generated animation techniques e.g. Flash MX. (1.0)

Introduction to News and Current Affairs

In this unit students will demonstrate skills and knowledge in writing and producing news for radio, television and the web and explore how these elements shape the production of news in these media. They will critically analyse the codes and conventions of radio, television and internet news and communicate an understanding of the relationship between broadcast journalists, the products they make, and their target audiences. (0.5)

Documentary

Students will analyse distinctive features of documentary film and evaluate the development and impact of documentary film as a visual and aural record. Students will watch a number of films from different genres and historical periods with a view to creating their own documentary productions. (1.0)

Journalism

This unit will involve the study of as many examples of written, visual, oral and aural styles of journalism as possible. Students will have the opportunity to use and develop their digital publishing skills and will also produce final projects. (1.0)

Popular Culture A and B

Students will examine the concept of culture, ideology, systems of representation and the role of media. Emphasis is placed on the roles of media organisations in creating popular culture products, culture and consumerism and the position of the audience. (0.5)

Audio Communication

Students are introduced to concepts of digital audio and the historical and technological developments of sound. Research into issues related with sound and several sound productions are undertaken. (1.0)

Introduction to Film Making, Further Film Making

There are a range of (0.5) media units which focus primarily on a media genre, with in depth studies of the history of film and film as social practice. Students will view a range of material and create short pieces of work in class time.

  • Aboriginal Film

  • Asian Film

  • Australian Film

  • Film Making 1

  • Gender and Film

  • Children and the media

  • Television infotainment

Independent Media Project

In this specialist unit students will demonstrate a high level of aesthetic discrimination and creativity in their chosen medium. They will undertake a significant project which displays the ability to manage all stages of a media production and exhibit to a target audience. (0.5)

Public Relations

In this unit students will analyse activities performed by public relations teams. They will demonstrate uses of the media suitable for public relations tasks.

Students will undertake significant PR cases studies and apply them to a client. (0.5)

Scriptwriting 1

In this unit student will analyse and evaluate the role of the scriptwriter in the creation of media products. Students will identify the processes required to develop and write a script. The main focus of this unit will be for students to apply the skills and codes and conventions involved in the art and craft of storytelling on the big and small and interactive screens, usually a 10 page film script. (0.5)

Scriptwriting 2

Students will require Scripwriting 1, before enrolling in this unit.

They will either undertake to produce their previous script or undertake to produce and screen another short film script. Through this they will develop an appreciation of the role of aesthetics in visual and aural media. Students will also use current technology apply the skills, codes and conventions involved in the making of a script for both film, radio, TV and the web. (0.5)

Television Genre

Students will demonstrate an understanding of the elements associated with the production of television current affairs. They will critically analyse issues relating to ethical presentation and bias as well as content and messages of this genre through production of a range of non fiction news programming. (1.0)

Film, Genre and Cultures

Students will view, discuss and use written, oral, aural, and visual analysis to study films in an historical context and explore the nature of film and film making around the globe. Films from other cultures will form an integral part of this unit. Production will consist of a number of short exercises to confirm their understanding of issues and concepts covered in class. (1.0)

Interactive Media

Students should enrol in this unit to achieve their Certificate II in Multimedia. Students are introduced to the concept of multimedia, distribution formats and production techniques and create several interactive multimedia projects, finishing with the production of an interactive multimedia kiosk, incorporating digital video, graphics, sound, animation and text. (1.0)

Process to Production

Students are required to have completed at least one standard media unit before undertaking this unit.

This unit ties together the various units within the Vocational stream in media and allows students to create an entire media product within industry timeframes and requirements. Students may achieve a wide array of Vocational competencies during this unit.

Students will apply their understanding of media concepts through the production of a significant media project in their chosen medium. Students may produce an original idea or adapt an existing work in the medium of their choice. (1.0)

Vocational Certificates

Students who study this course and demonstrate competence in the listed units will be awarded one of the following nationally recognised vocational certificates or a Statement of Attainment.

CUF20107 Certificate II in Creative Industries (Media)

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