The University of Newcastle, Australia
Available in 2020

Course handbook


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.

Availability2020 Course Timetables

Newcastle City Precinct

  • Semester 2 - 2020

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


  • 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


Face to Face On Campus 1 hour(s) per Week for 12 Weeks starting in week 1


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