Australian stories AOS 3 – Unit 1

Australian stories

Unit 1 – Area of study 3

In this area of study we focus on learning the following dot points:

• Fictional and non-fictional Australian narratives (stories) in two media forms.
• Individual style through the use of crafting narrative and structures to engage audiences.
• Audience engagement and readings of Australian stories.
• Factors that impact audience engagement, reception and consumption.

By the end of this area of study you should be able to Analyse and Discuss these dot points.

Study Design

Stories have always been a pivotal part of culture. Australian media is built on fictional and non-fictional stories
that reflect our local, national and global cultural histories. Media creators and producers develop an individual
style through the use and crafting of narrative and structures that engage different audiences and their interests.
Audience readings of meaning are mediated through a shared understanding of the media codes and conventions
used to construct narratives in media products.

The creation of narratives in media is contextual. Institutions and individuals involved at each stage of production
constrain and shape narrative development in response to the cultural, institutional, economic, social and political
constraints in which they work. Factors including government regulation, finance and the economic sustainability
of production play a part in the development and distribution of Australian narratives. These factors are most
evident in fictional works, games, photography, print and non-fictional narratives such as news and current affairs,
podcasts and advertising.

Students study a range of narratives in two or more media forms, exploring the context and features of their
construction and how they are consumed and read by audiences. Narratives selected for study must be by Australia
media creators and producers with primarily Australian content.

Key Knowledge

• the structure of Australian fictional and non-fictional media stories arising from cultural histories and institutions
• media codes and conventions used to engage audiences and communicate meaning
• the influence of the style of media creators and producers in the construction of fictional and non-fictional
narratives
• the impact of institutional, economic, social and political constraints on the production and distribution of
fictional and non-fictional narratives
• how audience engagement with and reception of narratives is affected by their expectation, consumption and
prior reading of a range of fictional and non-fictional narratives in a range of contexts
• media language.

Key Skills

• analyse structures in Australian fictional and non-fictional media stories arising from cultural histories and
institutions
• analyse media codes and conventions used to engage audiences and communicate meaning
• analyse the construction of narratives through the fictional and non-fictional style of media creators and
producers
• analyse the impact of institutional, economic, social and political constraints on the production and distribution
of fictional and non-fictional narratives
• discuss factors which impact on audience engagement and reception, such as consumption and prior reading
of narratives in a range of contexts
• use media language.

Australian Day Lamb Print Ad

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Schapelle Corby TV Mini Series

Australian Stories Questions

• What cultural histories arose in your mind after analysing the media texts studied in class?
• List the Australian representations that you noticed in the media texts you studied in class.
• What code and conventions were employed by the producers of each media text you studied in class?
• What impact on institutional, economic, social or political environments post the media text distribution?
• Discuss factors which impact on audience engagement and reception, such as consumption and prior reading of the narratives you studied in class.