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CMS2008 Subjectivities, the Self and Communication

Semester 2, 2021 Toowoomba On-campus
Short Description: Subjectives,Self&Communication
Units : 1
Faculty or Section : Faculty of Business, Education, Law and Arts
School or Department : School of Humanities & Communication
Student contribution band : 2021 Grandfather Funding Cl 1
ASCED code : 100799 - Communication and Media Studie
Grading basis : Graded
Version produced : 6 August 2021


Examiner: Andrew Hickey

Other requisites

Students will require access to e-mail and have internet access to UConnect for this course.


The formation of identity through popular cultural texts provides a central theme for investigation in communication and media studies scholarship. Students will be specifically encouraged to consider how identities are both framed and circulate within and through popular communication and media texts and the effects this has on identity formation. Particular attention will be given to the ways that considerations of the Self form within contemporary popular cultural landscapes and the ways that media texts frame identity construction.


This course examines the relationship between communication and identity formation. With specific attention given to popular cultural texts, including social media, film and music, students will explore how communication and media representations shape conceptions of the Self in contemporary social contexts. With a specific focus on current approaches in communication, media and cultural studies scholarship for considering identity and the Self through popular culture, this course will equip students with analytic skills for understanding the ways identities are framed and formulated via popular culture.


On completion of this course students should be able to:

  1. discuss the nature of socio-cultural conceptions of identity and identity formation;
  2. identify and critically discuss the role of popular culture in identity formation;
  3. use key disciplinary terms and/or approaches from communications, media and cultural studies scholarship in analysing identity formation.


Description Weighting(%)
1. Identity and identity formation 20.00
2. Identity and popular culture 40.00
3. Communication and media theory 40.00

Text and materials required to be purchased or accessed

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There are no texts or materials required for this course.

Reference materials

Reference materials are materials that, if accessed by students, may improve their knowledge and understanding of the material in the course and enrich their learning experience.

Student workload expectations

Activity Hours
Directed Study 39.00
Private Study 126.00

Assessment details

Description Marks out of Wtg (%) Due Date Notes
ASSIGNMENT 1 100 40 27 Aug 2021
ASSIGNMENT 2 100 60 22 Oct 2021

Important assessment information

  1. Attendance requirements:
    It is the students' responsibility to attend and participate appropriately in all activities scheduled for them, and to study all material provided to them or required to be accessed by them, to maximise their chance of meeting the objectives of the course and to be informed of course-related activities and administration.

  2. Requirements for students to complete each assessment item satisfactorily:
    To satisfactorily complete an individual assessment item a student must achieve at least 50% of the marks for that item.

  3. Penalties for late submission of required work:
    Students should refer to the Assessment Procedure (point 4.2.4)

  4. Requirements for student to be awarded a passing grade in the course:
    To be assured of receiving a passing grade a student must achieve at least 50% of the total weighted marks available for the course.

  5. Method used to combine assessment results to attain final grade:
    The final grades for students will be assigned on the basis of the aggregate of the weighted marks obtained for each of the summative items for the course.

  6. Examination information:
    There is no examination in this course.

  7. Examination period when Deferred/Supplementary examinations will be held:
    Deferred and Supplementary examinations will be held in accordance with the Assessment Procedure

  8. University Student Policies:
    Students should read the USQ policies: Definitions, Assessment and Student Academic Misconduct to avoid actions which might contravene University policies and practices. These policies can be found at

Evaluation and benchmarking

In meeting the University’s aims to establish quality learning and teaching for all programs, this course monitors and ensures quality assurance and improvements in at least two ways. This course:
1. conforms to the USQ Policy on Evaluation of Teaching, Courses and Programs to ensure ongoing monitoring and systematic improvement.
2. forms part of the Bachelor of Education and is benchmarked against the:

  1. internal USQ accreditation/reaccreditation processes which include (i) stringent standards in the independent accreditation of its academic programs, (ii) close integration between business and academic planning, and (iii) regular and rigorous review.
  2. Queensland College of Teachers
  3. Australian Professional Standards for Teachers (APST) of the Australian Institute for Teaching and School Leadership (AITSL).

Date printed 6 August 2021