Critical Media Studies department

The Critical Media Studies department covers both foundational and emerging areas in the study of communication and media at AUT. We deliver the core of the Bachelor of Communication Studies and cover a wide range of communication theory and practice.

Committed to the critical study of the media, we seek to understand the way that communication operates in society and also provide courses in media and power and communication for social change, as well as extensive postgraduate research opportunities with our experienced supervisors.

Undergraduate study in critical media studies will give you a solid grounding in this area.

Bachelor’s degree

We teach the core courses in the Bachelor of Communication Studies.

Minors related to critical media studies

You can study these minors as part of your Bachelor of Communication Studies and many other bachelor’s degrees at AUT:

Research in communication studies

We believe in high-quality research that has impact, and have world-class researchers and research strengths across communication studies.

More about our research

Critical media studies research centres

Much ado about Shakespeare
Celebrity and indigenous voice
For the love of Thor
Dr Merja Myllylahti
Wayne Hope media story
News pattern
Much ado about Shakespeare
Much Ado About Shakespeare
01 Nov, 2022
What role does Shakespeare play in New Zealand’s culture? Professor Barry King suggests a National Theatre could help in NZ's cultural identity crisis.
Celebrity and indigenous voice
Celebrity and indigenous voice
31 Aug, 2022
The Australian PM met with Shaquille O’Neal to enlist his support for constitutional recognition for an Indigenous voice. Some question why Shaq.
For the love of Thor
For the love of Thor!
12 Jul, 2022
Thor: Love and Thunder puts Marvel’s women in the spotlight. Senior Lecturer Angelique Nairn asks why Marvel still struggles with female superheroes.
Dr Merja Myllylahti
Trust in news declines
29 Apr, 2021
The AUT research centre for Journalism, Media and Democracy (JMAD) has published its second Trust in News in New Zealand report.
Wayne Hope media story
Greater media literacy is vital
09 Feb, 2021
In an age of digital disinformation, dropping level 1 media studies in NZ high schools is a big mistake, says Professor Wayne Hope.

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Curriculum leader contact

Dr Rufus McEwan
Head of Department, Critical Media Studies
Phone: +64 9 921 9999 ext 6895