Introduction to Communication Studies

Course code CMNS1110Units 10Level 1000Faculty of Science and Information TechnologySchool of Design, Communication and IT

Introduces students to the key terms, concepts and major theoretical positions in communication studies. It explores the relationship between communication, media, culture and society and pays particular attention to media production, news and information, advertising and persuasion, audiences, technology, gender and culture.

Not available in 2015

Objectives1. To introduce key concepts and competing theoretical positions on communication by providing an historical overview and summary of the relevant terms and perspectives.

2. To describe, examine, criticise and compare the theoretical orientations associated with communication studies and to provide students with opportunities to criticise, analyse and discuss them with their peers.

3. To map the relationship of the contributing disciplines to communication and media practice and to one another.

4. To develop critical analysis and writing skills through the production of coherent theoretical arguments in multiple forms.
Content1. Overview of the development of communication studies.

2. Survey and mapping of contributing disciplines.

3. Key concepts and terms.

4. Theoretical perspectives relevant to communication studies

5. An examination of the relationship between communication, media, culture and society. Particular attention will be paid to communication functions, audiences, news, media effects, advertising and propaganda, women and the media, international and global communication, communication and culture, ideology and popular culture.
Industrial Experience0
Assumed KnowledgeNil as it is an introductory course.
Modes of DeliveryInternal Mode
Teaching MethodsProblem Based Learning
Student Projects
Assessment Items
Essays / Written Assignments
Presentations - Tutorial
Contact HoursLecture: for 1 hour(s) per Week for Full Term
Tutorial: for 2 hour(s) per Week for Full Term