Not currently offered
Course code

CMNS4120

Units

10 units

Level

4000 level

Course handbook

Description

Students examine contemporary communication and media literature focusing on theoretical perspectives, methodological assumptions and ethical research implications. 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 ethical implications for executing professional practice in journalism, public relations and media productions.


Availability

Newcastle City Precinct


    Learning outcomes

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

    1. Engage with prior literature and creative material and understand ethical approaches to communication research;

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

    3. Develop and apply critical and analytical skills to the proposed research design, ethical position and literature;

    4. Demonstrate and apply academic research skills and time management skills through written assessments about the research project.


    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, methodological assumptions and ethical implications.
    5. Supervised examinations of cultural production and practices including a focus on theorising, planning and ethical implications for 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: Essay / Written Assignment - Annotated Bibliography

    Written Assignment: Essay / Written Assignment - Ethics Justification


    Contact hours

    Newcastle City Precinct

    Lectorial

    Face to Face On Campus 2 hour(s) per Week for 4 Weeks starting in week 1

    Lecture material, group discussions, self-directed learning - Weeks 1,2,3 and 4

    The University of Newcastle acknowledges the traditional custodians of the lands within our footprint areas: Awabakal, Darkinjung, Biripai, Worimi, Wonnarua, and Eora Nations. We also pay respect to the wisdom of our Elders past and present.