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University of Newcastle

Understanding Media: Introduction to Critical Media Literacy

University of Newcastle via FutureLearn


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Develop your media literacy skills and explore our relationship with media

So many of the defining moments in our lives are connected in some way to media. Media are a central part of how we live, work and play.

Through this course you will develop your media literacy, learning a range of analytical approaches you can use to understand and interpret media. You will explore the relationship between media and culture including a case study of LGBT representation in the media. You will develop your critical thinking and research skills leaving you better equipped to understand the role of media in the modern world.

This course is for anyone interested in media and film. It’s ideal for people looking to start or develop a career in film or television production, radio, journalism or marketing.


  • Media Literacy and Why We Study Media
    • Welcome and About the Course
    • Media Literacy and Why We Study the Media
    • The Lenses of Media Literacy
    • Conclusion
  • Representation
    • Welcome to Week 2
    • Introducing Representation
    • Stereotyping
    • Media Analysis
  • Case Study LGBT Representation in the Media
    • Welcome to Week 3
    • Hollywood Representation
    • Representation and Television
    • Public Attitudes and the News Media
    • Media Analysis
    • Conclusion

Taught by

Rebecca Beirne


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