Communication Studies may be defined as the study of the processes and effects of interpersonal and mass communication involving the production, reception, and human processing of aural, verbal and visual messages in their cultural contexts.
The interdisciplinary programme has been developed in response to the recognised need for graduates who understand the processes, effects, and cultural implications of communication in the Information Age. The revolution in information and communications technology has wrought profound changes in the way we experience the world and conduct our social, political and commercial affairs. It has produced more powerful systems of mass communication than have ever been seen before, which manipulate the ways in which we impart and receive information, and influence the ways in which we construct our individual and collective identities. It has resulted in a globalized economy with new pressures for increased understanding of intercultural communication, as well as the implications of modern technology and media for commercial and political interactions. Above all, it has introduced new interfaces with technology that affect every one of us in our daily lives.
- Bachelor of Arts (BA)
- Bachelor of Arts with Honours (BA(Hons))
- Diploma for Graduates (DipGrad)
- Postgraduate Diploma in Arts Subjects (PGDipArts)
- Master of Arts (MA)
- Doctor of Philosophy (PhD)
See the full list of Media, Film and Communication (MFCO) papers.
Bachelor of Arts (BA) majoring in Communication Studies
MFCO 102 Understanding Contemporary Media
MFCO 103 Introduction to Communication Studies
MFCO 202 Theory of Communication Studies
MFCO 205* Communication Research Methods
Note:* MFCO 205 is not available in 2013; if necessary, it may be replaced with another approved 200-level MFCO paper.
MFCO 303 Advanced Communication Theory
198 further points; must include 54 points at 200-level or above.
Up to 90 points may be taken from outside Arts
Bachelor of Arts with Honours (BA(Hons)) majoring in Communication Studies
Postgraduate Diploma in Arts Subjects (PGDipArts) in Communication Studies
The Postgraduate Diploma in Arts Subjects (PGDipArts) programme in Communication Studies is the same as the programme for the degree of Bachelor of Arts with Honours.
Minor Subject Requirements
Communication Studies as a minor subject for a Bachelor of Arts (BA), Bachelor of Theology (BTheol), Bachelor of Science (BSc), Bachelor of Applied Science (BAppSc) or Bachelor of Commerce (BCom) degree
|100-level||MFCO 103 Introduction to Communication Studies||18|
|200-level||MFCO 202 Theory of Communication Studies||18|
|300-level||MFCO 303 Advanced Communication Theory||18|
|At least two further papers from those available for Communication Studies major subject requirements, at least one of which must be above 100-level.||36|