Communication Honours II: Directed Readings

Course code CMNS4120Units 10Level 4000Faculty of Science and Information TechnologySchool of Design, Communication and IT

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.

Available in 2015

Callaghan CampusSemester 1, Semester 2
Previously offered in 2014
ObjectivesOn completing this course students will be expected to have contributed to a demonstration of:
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.
Content1. 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.
Replacing Course(s)CMNS4030 - Communication Honours I
TransitionAs the B Arts (Communication Studies) (Honours) program will be discontinued from 2005, current students will be articulated into the new B Communication (Honours) program with full recognition of prior studies.
Industrial Experience0
Assumed KnowledgeStudents 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.
Modes of DeliveryInternal Mode
Teaching MethodsSelf Directed Learning
Workshop
Assessment Items
Essays / Written AssignmentsDetailed Research Proposal of 4000 words, including preliminary literature review and planning document
Group/tutorial participation and contributionAttendance and active participation and contribution to group discussions in workshops.
Presentations - IndividualIndividual presentation and discussion of approximately 30-minutes based on the proposed research area.
Contact HoursWorkshop: for 2 hour(s) per Week for 6 weeks
Compulsory Components
Requisite by EnrolmentCompulsory Program Component: This course is only available to students enrolled in the B Communication (Honours)
Timetables2015 Course Timetables for CMNS4120