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Study Communication Studies at Otago

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Overview

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.

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Contact details

Website: http://www.otago.ac.nz/mfco

Qualifications

Papers

See the full list of Media, Film and Communication (MFCO) papers.

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Programme Requirements

Bachelor of Arts (BA) majoring in Communication Studies

Level Papers Points
100-level

MFCO 102  Understanding Contemporary Media

MFCO 103  Introduction to Communication Studies

18

18

200-level

MFCO 202  Theory of Communication Studies

Two of
MFCO 203  Media History,
MFCO 205  Communication Research Methods
MFCO 212  Media and Intercultural Communication,
MFCO 217  Television Studies,
MFCO 220  Writing for the Media,
MFCO 251  Television Studio Production,
GEND 205  Gender and the Media.

18

36

300-level

MFCO 303   Advanced Communication Theory

Three of
MFCO 312  Communication and the City,
MFCO 313  Culture, Politics, Policy and Global Media,
MFCO 315  Digital Media and Society,
MFCO 317  Digital Culture,
MFCO 320  Irish and Australian Film: Contested Identities,
MFCO 321  Strategic Communication,
GEND 305  Gender and the Media.

18

54

Plus

198 further points; must include 54 points at 200-level or above.

Up to 90 points may be taken from outside Arts

198
Total   360

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Bachelor of Arts with Honours (BA(Hons)) majoring in Communication Studies

Papers

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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 (BA(Hons)).

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Master of Arts (MA) in Communication Studies

  • Thesis: COMS 5

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Minor Subject Requirements

Communication Studies as a minor subject for a Bachelor of Arts (BA), Bachelor of Performing Arts (BPA), Bachelor of Science (BSc), Bachelor of Applied Science (BAppSc) or Bachelor of Commerce (BCom) degree

Level Papers Points
100-level

MFCO 102  Understanding Contemporary Media

MFCO 103  Introduction to Communication Studies

18

18

200-level

MFCO 202  Theory of Communication Studies

Also see below

18
300-level

One of MFCO 303, MFCO 312, MFCO 313, MFCO 315, MFCO 317, MFCO 321

One further paper from MFCO 203, MFCO 205, MFCO 212, MFCO 217, MFCO 220, MFCO 230, MFCO 251, MFCO 303, MFCO 312, MFCO 313, MFCO 315, MFCO 317, MFCO 321, GEND 205, GEND 305

18

 
18

Total   90

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