This assignment involves the collection and analysis of four (4) media items on one current Indigenous health and wellbeing issue/topic. You are required to link this contemporary issue as presented in the media with those discussed in the unit outline and in the readings.
It is advisable to start thinking about your topic and collecting your media items from early in the semester.
For the purposes of this assignment, the definition of media is:
The main means of mass communication through broadcasting and publishing and the internet (TV, radio, newspapers etc.) that reach or influence people widely.
Discuss your topic and check the media items with the unit coordinator prior to commencing.
You will need to:
Identify an Indigenous health issue from a social determinants of health approach (i.e. not only disease or illness – for example the impact of racism)
Collect 4 media items in a variety of forms – this can include newspaper articles, editorials, magazine articles, video clips with transcripts, online blogs and other electronic articles.
The 4 media items also need to be from a variety of sources as much as possible � so not all 4 from the same source for example all from the SMH or the ABC.
You must have either a hyper linked or attached PDF copies to assignment.
Summarise key issue(s) in the media items collected .
Link media items to various models and approaches discussed in the unit modules and readings.
Discuss how the media items might affect the current debate and discussion on the issue.
Discuss your position and views on the issue as it presented and explore other perspectives.
The sources will need to be local, interstate and possibly international. Utilise a variety of sources in order to assess the breadth and depth of the issue. Using only one source may result is a biased account of the issue.
Please note: material including cartoons, posters, health promotion YouTube clips, websites or academic journal articles and government publications are not media items unless they are discussed and cited as a media release or news item
Feel free to run ideas and drafts past the lecturer for feedback. This may save you from a nervous breakdown.
You can format the assignment as follows (or close to):
Chosen topic and why it is an Indigenous health issue
2. The 4 media items – analysis
Full reference and working link at beginning of each item
Summary and analysis of key points in item
How fits into unit overall and topics discussed or covered
How media item contributes to the topic discussion or debate
Personal reflection on the issue
4. Reference list (on separate page)
You may wish to browse through one or both of these two references for ideas as to why we examine the media in relation to health:
Germov, J., & Freij. M. (2013). Media and health: moral panics, miracles, and medicalisation. In J. Germov (Ed.), Second opinion: introduction to health sociology (5th ed.). (pp.337-355). South Melbourne, Vic: Oxford University Press.
Willis, K., & Elmer, S. (2011). Society, culture and health an introduction to sociology for nurses. (2nd ed.). (pp45-65). South Melbourne, Vic: Oxford University Press.