NQF credits: 30 at HEQSF level: 7

Course convener

Prof H Wasserman

Entrance requirements

The course is open to third-year Film and Media Production students in good standing and to students who have completed FAM2000F, FAM3000F and FAM2003S, or at the discretion of the Head of Department.


The course comprises a lecture series with a weekly supporting tutorial. The course aims to develop a critical understanding of research about the media, focusing on South African and African case studies. In particular, the course examines links between theoretical approaches or claims and applied media research. While the course centres on academic media research, it also introduces students to industry data, tools and researchers.

DP requirements

All written work must be submitted by the stipulated dates. Students who miss more than two tutorials will lose their DPs


Continuous assessment (essays, projects, tests, etc.) counts 100%.