Introducing Communication Studies - 2017

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Unit summary


  • Level of Study: Postgraduate
  • Study load: 0.125 EFTSL
  • Delivery method: Fully Online
  • Prerequisites: Yes
  • Duration: 14 weeks
  • Government loans available: FEE-HELP
  • Availability for 2017: Sess 1 , Sess 2 , Sess 3
  • Availability for 2018: Sess 1 , Sess 2 , Sess 3
  • Assessment: Assignment 1 - Research Task 1 (20%) , Assignment 2 - Research Task 2 (20%) - Learn more

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2017 Fees
Domestic 2,375.00
International 2,625.00

This unit is a postgraduate level introduction to the interdisciplinary practice of Communication Studies. It identifies key features of communication as a field of study: forms of communication; theories and histories of mass communications media; the diverse and evolving field of Australian mass media communications; and media communications issues in 21st century public policy and politics. The unit identifies key communication research traditions and examines their characteristic concepts, themes and issues. Introducing Communication Studies familiarises students with a range of social and cultural issues related to creative and communications industries and technologies.

At the completion of this unit students will:

  1. be familiar with interdisciplinary Communication Studies, its main research traditions and their key concerns, concepts, themes, and issues
  2. have a comprehensive understanding of the historical, social, policy and political contexts of mass communications media
  3. recognise the differentiated nature of mass communications media and the agency and diversity of their audiences or users
  4. be better prepared to produce effective communicative texts
  5. have acquired knowledge and analytical skills that can help you exercise responsible and adaptable leadership in your communities and workplaces
  6. be able to evaluate and contextualise key issues in the communications and creative industries: knowledge and skills that underpin current communication practices.
  • Assignment 1 — Research Task 1 (20%)
  • Assignment 2 — Research Task 2 (20%)
  • Journal — Draft Journal Article (50%)
  • Seminar — Discussion Board Activities (10%)

Equivalent units

You cannot enrol in this unit if you have successfully completed any of the following unit(s) because they are considered academically equivalent:

  • COMM110 — Communications Analysis

Mandatory co-requisites

You must either have successfully completed the following unit(s) before starting this unit, or currently be enrolled in the following unit(s); or enrol in the following unit(s) to study at the same time or prior to this unit:

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In order to enrol in this unit, you must be accepted into one of the following courses:

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This unit addresses the following topics.

1Introductions ¿ an overview of the unit and its field of study
2A history of communications media
3Australian mass communications media
4Mass communications and the public sphere
5American Communication Studies ¿ media effects
6European Critical Theory ¿ power and knowledge
7British Cultural Studies ¿ audiences and agency
8Cultural capital ¿ information resources
9Social capital ¿ communication and social networks
10Creative societies ¿ communication, creativity, space and place

This unit is delivered using the following methods and materials:

Instructional Methods

  • Discussion Forum/Discussion Board
  • Online assignment submission
  • Standard Media
  • Web links

Online materials

  • Printable format materials

This unit is a core requirement in the following courses:

This unit may be eligible for credit towards other courses:

  1. Many undergraduate courses on offer through OUA include 'open elective' where any OUA unit can be credited to the course. You need to check the Award Requirements on the course page for the number of allowed open electives and any level limitations.
  2. In other cases, the content of this unit might be relevant to a course on offer through OUA or elsewhere. In order to receive credit for this unit in the course you will need to supply the provider institution with a copy of the Unit Profile in the approved format, which you can download here. Note that the Unit Profile is set at the start of the year, and if textbooks change this may not match the Co-Op textbook list.
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