The University of Newcastle, Australia
Available in 2019

Course handbook

Description

This course examines the human experience of making meaning. This experience is identified as consisting of two major components: the creative process of expressing ideas through various forms of communication media, and the experience of encountering and interpreting those forms. It will explore how the making of meaning as a form of creative production interplays with the making of meaning as a form of creative reception. Students will explore the manner in which the contexts of production and reception affects how different meanings may be understood from individual acts of communication.


Availability2019 Course Timetables

Newcastle City Precinct

  • Semester 2 - 2019

Learning outcomes

On successful completion of the course students will be able to:

1. recognise and understand a variety of models applied to the making of meaning

2. understand the interplay between producers and consumers of symbolic messages in the making of meaning

3. use a variety of methods for making meaning

4. develop an understanding of the importance of social and cultural contexts and ways of knowing in the making of meaning

5. demonstrate written communication skills at introductory level


Content

  • The Exchange of Symbolic Messages
  • Simple Transmission Models
  • Semiotics
  • Encoding-Decoding
  • Active Audience
  • Discourse
  • Cultural Context Models
  • Meaning Making Systems
  • Power Relationships Between Producers and Consumers of Symbolic Messages.

Assessment items

Quiz: Quiz

Project: Project

Essay: Essay


Contact hours

Newcastle City Precinct

Lecture

Face to Face On Campus 1 hour(s) per Week for Full Term

Tutorial

Face to Face On Campus 2 hour(s) per Week for Full Term