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Learn more about our graduate courses in communications and media studies

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Find out how you can become an expert in audience research and analytics, advocacy and persuasion, public relations and crisis communications through our Master of Strategic Communications Management.

Discover how you can develop a critical understanding of key global communication issues through our Master of Communications and Media Studies.

Learn more about the opportunities for industry engagement through guest speakers, internships, and site visits in Australia and abroad.

Date: 23 January 2020
Time: 5.30 - 6.00PM
Location: Monash Law Chambers, 555 Lonsdale St, Melbourne VIC 3000

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Dr Mugdha Rai

Dr. Mugdha Rai is Director of the Master of Strategic Communications Management at Monash University. She is also a Lecturer in the School of Media, Film and Journalism. She has degrees in media and communications, international law, and journalism from the University of Melbourne, Australian National University and Delhi University.

Her teaching and research focuses closely on issues of globalization, comparative media studies, political communication, advocacy and democracy. She has taught extensively at postgraduate level both at Monash University and the University of Melbourne and published widely in journals including Media, Culture & Society, International Communication Gazette and Global Media and Communication.

Dr Robbie Fordyce

Robbie completed his PhD, Radical Platforms, at the University of Melbourne, graduating in 2019. His thesis engaged in a critique of autonomist Marxist theories of imperialism. This included a wide engagement with the work of post-fordist and autonomist scholars, as well as platform studies, theories of globalisation and imperialism, and media theory. The thesis involved an investigation into activist and disruptive technologies; this included 3D-printing, blockchain services, wikileaks, interactive entertainment, social media, and pirate networks.

Robbie's research continues and advances these interests, expanding into research areas such as digital ethics, smart cities, infrastructure, automation, surveillance, and fabrication.

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