The University of Newcastle, Australia
Available in 2018

Course handbook


This foundational survey course introduces students to major theoretical positions used in communication studies and gives an introduction to the basic communication models, key terms and concepts used in the discipline. It introduces students to a broad range of theories in order to evaluate communication in its many forms and investigate its relationship to society and culture. In doing this it not only gives an overview of the social and cultural contexts in which communication occurs but also requires students to think critically and analytically about this relationship.

Availability2018 Course Timetables


  • Semester 1 - 2018

PSB Singapore

  • Trimester 3 - 2018 (Singapore)

Learning outcomes

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

1. Understand the foundational material of communication studies.

2. Become conversant with key terms, models, concepts and a range of theories about communication.

3. Understand the conceptual connections between communication models and theories about communication.

4. Understand the link between major theoretical understandings of communication and the sociocultural setting they have developed in.

5. Develop critical thinking and analytical skills expressed in written and verbal modes.

6. Develop the capacity for independent research, argument and expression of argument using academic modes of communication.

7. Begin to make meaning from the intersection between communication, in its many forms, and society and culture.


  1. Overview of the development of communication studies.
  2. Survey and mapping of contributing theories.
  3. Introduction of key concepts, terms and models.
  4. Theoretical perspectives relevant to communication studies
  5. An examination of the relationship between communication, in its many forms, and culture and society. Particular attention will be paid to communication functions, structures, audiences, news, media effects, advertising and propaganda, intersecting narratives such as gender, race and class that occur in communication contexts, as well as international and global communication, ideology and popular culture.  


This course replaces CMNS1110. If you have successfully completed CMNS1110 you cannot enrol in this course.

Assessment items

Written Assignment: Written assignment

Written Assignment: Major Essay

In Term Test: Multiple choice test

Contact hours

Callaghan and PSB Singapore


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


Face to Face On Campus 2 hour(s) per Week for 12 Weeks