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MFCO303 Advanced Communication Theory

News media routine processes, mythologies, structural constraints, access and equity; discourses and social contexts of news production.

MFCO 303 offers a critical and theoretical study of contemporary, everyday communicative encounters. The paper explores the various everyday encounters and introduces students to ethnography as a research method to unpack the complexities of the everyday. Students will go on fieldwork and write a photo-essay. The paper is both theoretically and practically oriented.

Paper title Advanced Communication Theory
Paper code MFCO303
Subject Media, Film and Communication
EFTS 0.1500
Points 18 points
Teaching period First Semester
Domestic Tuition Fees (NZD) $851.85
International Tuition Fees (NZD) $3,585.00

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Prerequisite
18 200-level MFCO or COMS points or GEND 205 or GEND 305
Restriction
COMS 301
Schedule C
Arts and Music
Contact
mfco@otago.ac.nz
Teaching staff
Convenor and Lecturer:Dr Brett Nicholls
Paper Structure
We aim to show that the everyday is not ordinary and explore concepts such as taste, culture industry, gender, somatics, consumer culture, nationalism and patriotism and place/space. Our focus is on learning the skills of ethnography and critical literacy to untangle the complexities of everyday communicative moments.

Assessment:
  • In-Class Test 25%
  • Methodology Essay 20%
  • Critical Photo Essay 45%
  • Tutorial Participation 10%
Teaching Arrangements
Lectures, tutorials and fieldwork
Textbooks
Course reader
Graduate Attributes Emphasised
Global perspective, Interdisciplinary perspective, Lifelong learning, Scholarship, Communication, Critical thinking, Ethics, Research.
View more information about Otago's graduate attributes.
Learning Outcomes
Students who successfully complete the paper will
  • Acquire knowledge of communication networks that operate between multiple and various social and cultural communities
  • Discover, through research, the ways in which communicative encounters are enabled
  • Learn, through the readings, how to think through the ideological and political implications of everyday communication
  • Achieve competence in oral and written skills in order to effectively communicate knowledge and understanding of the main issues raised by the paper

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Timetable

First Semester

Location
Dunedin
Teaching method
This paper is taught On Campus
Learning management system
Blackboard

Lecture

Stream Days Times Weeks
Attend
L1 Monday 12:00-12:50 9-15, 17-22
Wednesday 11:00-11:50 9-15, 17-22

Tutorial

Stream Days Times Weeks
Attend one stream from
T1 Wednesday 14:00-14:50 10-15, 17-20
T2 Wednesday 16:00-16:50 10-15, 17-20
T3 Thursday 11:00-11:50 10-15, 17-20
T4 Thursday 12:00-12:50 10-15, 17-20

News media routine processes, mythologies, structural constraints, access and equity; discourses and social contexts of news production.

MFCO 303 offers a theoretical and practical study of communication in both the media and everyday life. Students will develop an in-depth knowledge of research methods, as well as practical skills for applying these research methods to a range of communication contexts.

Paper title Critical Problems in Communication Studies
Paper code MFCO303
Subject Media, Film and Communication
EFTS 0.1500
Points 18 points
Teaching period First Semester
Domestic Tuition Fees Tuition Fees for 2018 have not yet been set
International Tuition Fees Tuition Fees for international students are elsewhere on this website.

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Prerequisite
18 200-level MFCO or COMS points or GEND 205 or GEND 305
Restriction
COMS 301
Schedule C
Arts and Music
Contact
mfco@otago.ac.nz
Teaching staff
Convenor and Lecturer: Dr Brett Nicholls
Paper Structure
We aim to develop theoretical understanding of communication as well as practical skills for analysing communicative contexts. The paper is organised around studies of a range of research methods and practical tasks.

Assessment
  • In-class test 20%
  • Methods essay 25%
  • Research essay 35%
  • Research tasks 20%
Teaching Arrangements
Lectures, tutorials and practical tasks.
Textbooks
Course reader.
Graduate Attributes Emphasised
Global perspective, Interdisciplinary perspective, Lifelong learning, Scholarship, Communication, Critical thinking, Ethics, Research.
View more information about Otago's graduate attributes.
Learning Outcomes
Students who successfully complete the paper will:
  • Acquire knowledge of communication networks that operate between multiple and various social and cultural communities
  • Discover, through research, the ways in which communicative encounters are enabled
  • Learn, through the readings, how to think through the ideological and political implications of everyday communication
  • Achieve competence in oral and written skills in order to effectively communicate knowledge and understanding of the main issues raised by the paper

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Timetable

First Semester

Location
Dunedin
Teaching method
This paper is taught On Campus
Learning management system
Blackboard

Lecture

Stream Days Times Weeks
Attend
L1 Monday 12:00-12:50 9-13, 15-22
Wednesday 12:00-12:50 9-13, 15-16, 18-22

Tutorial

Stream Days Times Weeks
Attend one stream from
T1 Wednesday 14:00-14:50 10-13, 15-16, 18-20
T2 Wednesday 15:00-15:50 10-13, 15-16, 18-20
T3 Wednesday 16:00-16:50 10-13, 15-16, 18-20
T4 Wednesday 17:00-17:50 10-13, 15-16, 18-20