Introduction to Communication Theory

Course code CMNS1234Units 10Level 1000Faculty of Science and Information TechnologySchool of Design, Communication and IT

This foundational survey course introduces students to major theoretical positions used in communication studies and gives an introduction to the basic communication models, key terms and concepts used in the discipline. It introduces students to a broad range of theories in order to evaluate communication in its many forms and investigate its relationship to society and culture. In doing this it not only gives an overview of the social and cultural contexts in which communication occurs but also requires students to think critically and analytically about this relationship.

Available in 2015

Callaghan CampusSemester 1
UoN SingaporeTrimester 3
Previously offered in 2014
ObjectivesAt the successful completion of this course students will be able to:
1. Understand the foundational material of communication studies.
2. Become conversant with key terms, models, concepts and a range of theories about communication.
3. Understand the conceptual connections between communication models and theories about communication.
4. Understand the link between major theoretical understandings of communication and the sociocultural setting they have developed in.
5. Develop critical thinking and analytical skills expressed in written and verbal modes.
6. Develop the capacity for independent research, argument and expression of argument using academic modes of communication.
7. Begin to make meaning from the intersection between communication, in its many forms, and society and culture.
Content1. Overview of the development of communication studies.

2. Survey and mapping of contributing theories.

3. Introduction of key concepts, terms and models.

4. Theoretical perspectives relevant to communication studies

5. An examination of the relationship between communication, in its many forms, and culture and society. Particular attention will be paid to communication functions, structures, audiences, news, media effects, advertising and propaganda, intersecting narratives such as gender, race and class that occur in communication contexts, as well as international and global communication, ideology and popular culture.
Replacing Course(s)CMNS1110 - Introduction to Communication Studies
TransitionStudents who have successfully completed CMNS1110 will not be required to complete CMNS1234. Credit cannot be gained for both CMNS1110 and CMNS1234.
Industrial Experience0
Assumed KnowledgeNil as it is an introductory course.
Modes of DeliveryInternal Mode
Teaching MethodsLecture
Assessment Items
Examination: Class
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
Timetables2015 Course Timetables for CMNS1234