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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 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 further papers from 200-level MFCO papers, GEND 205  Gender and the Media

18

36

300-level

MFCO 303   Advanced Communication Theory

Three further papers from 300-level MFCO papers, 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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Master of Arts (MA) in Communication Studies

Thesis
  • Thesis: COMS 5

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Master of Arts (MA) in Communication Studies - coursework option

Papers

GEND 401 or SCOM 409 may be substituted for one 400-level MFCO paper

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Minor Subject Requirements

Communication Studies as a minor subject for a BA, MusB, BPA, BTheol, BSc, BAppSc, BCom, BHealSc or BASc degree

Available as a minor subject for a Bachelor of Arts (BA), Bachelor of Music (MusB), Bachelor of Performing Arts (BPA), Bachelor of Theology (BTheol), Bachelor of Science (BSc), Bachelor of Applied Science (BAppSc), Bachelor of Commerce (BCom), Bachelor of Health Science (BHealSc), or Bachelor of Arts and Science (BASc) degree

Level Papers Points
100-level

MFCO 102  Understanding Contemporary Media

MFCO 103  Introduction to Communication Studies

18

18

Above 100-level

MFCO 202  Theory of Communication Studies

Two further MFCO papers, of which one must be above 200-level

Note: GEND 205 or 305 may be substituted for one MFCO paper at the same level.

18

36

Total   90

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