Communication Honours II: Directed Readings

Description

Students examine contemporary communication and media literature focusing on theoretical perspectives and methodological assumptions. Current trends are examined in the context of the history of the field. Students will undertake a review of the main traditions and positions in communication theory in order to develop a contextualised understanding of contemporary approaches to theorising communication. Emphasis will also be given to examinations of cultural production and practices including a focus on theorising, planning and executing professional practice in journalism, public relations and media productions.

Availability

Callaghan Campus

  • Semester 1 - 2015
  • Semester 2 - 2015

Learning Outcomes

1. The ability to engage with prior literature and creative material;

2. An articulation of the relevance of the thesis or creative project to existing literature and work in the field;

3. A development of critical and analytical skills;

4. Research, project and time management skills and

5. Thesis writing and production skills.

Content

  1. Current trends in the context of the history of the field.
  2. A review of the main traditions and positions in communication theory.
  3. Contextualised understanding of contemporary approaches to theorising communication.
  4. Supervised examination of contemporary communication literature focusing on theoretical perspectives and methodological assumptions.
  5. Supervised examinations of cultural production and practices including a focus on theorising, planning and executing research and professional practice in journalism, public relations and media productions.

Assumed Knowledge

Students should - have completed the requirements for admission to the relevant Bachelor degree of the University, or to another cognate degree approved by the PVC; - have completed, in that Bachelor degree, the requirements of an approved major (or double major) in the discipline area, or in a cognate discipline area approved by the PVC, to be undertaken in the Honours program.

Assessment Items

Written Assignment: Essays / Written Assignments

Presentation: Group/tutorial collaboration and individual presentation

Contact Hours

Workshop

Face to Face On Campus 2 hour(s) per Week for 6 Weeks

Lecture material, group discussions, self-directed learning.