Public Affairs and Communication

Course code CMNS3520Units 10Level 3000Faculty of Science and Information TechnologySchool of Design, Communication and IT

Gives students the opportunity to study the processes of communication as they relate to the structures of government, and to other socio-political forces within society.

Available in 2015

Callaghan CampusSemester 1
UoN SingaporeTrimester 1
Previously offered in 2014
ObjectivesAt the successful completion of this course, students will:

1. be familiar with the developing professional field of public affairs communication;
2. be able to identify and describe the major components of the local, regional and national systems of government and politics, and the key forces involved in contemporary public affairs;
3. explore how these components and forces relate to each other;
4. be able to analyse and interpret current events and issues in the light of this understanding; and,
5. be able to identify and explain the role of communication professionals in public affairs.
ContentThis course provides students with an understanding of the significant institutions and forces that shape political society and their role in contemporary public affairs and includes:
- an examination of the local, regional and national systems;
- the role and operation of the various spheres of government;
- political parties, democracy and interest groups;
- the parliamentary, executive and judicial arms of government;
- the public and private sectors;
- the formulation of public policy; and,
- the role of communication professionals in public affairs.
Replacing Course(s)CMNS2240 - Public Affairs
TransitionCMNS3520 replaces CMNS2240. Students who have passed CMNS2240 cannot count CMNS3520 for credit. Students who have failed CMNS2240 should enrol in CMNS3520.
Industrial Experience0
Assumed Knowledge60 units at 2000 level as well as CMNS1090, and either CMNS1280 or CMNS1290.
Modes of DeliveryInternal Mode
Teaching MethodsLecture
Student Projects
Assessment Items
Essays / Written Assignments
Group/tutorial participation and contribution
Presentations - Tutorial
Contact HoursTutorial: for 2 hour(s) per Week for Full Term
Lecture: for 1 hour(s) per Week for 10 weeks
Timetables2015 Course Timetables for CMNS3520