Communication studies is a study of how we communicate differently to various audiences/users and communities. It understands that communication is social, political, and media-based, and occurs in different contexts. Communication studies is an interdisciplinary major that consists of a number of interrelated subfields: popular communication, science communication, health communication, political communication (including the study of news and journalism) , and philosophy of communication. Each subfield explains specific communication problems, but they are linked by a shared set of overlapping academic debates. These debates include: qualitative and quantitative methods (including the effects tradition and audience studies), critical theory, cultural studies, textual analysis, history, creative industries, and media theory (media ecologies and medium theory). We thus aim: 1) to introduce students to as many of the subfields as possible to explore how communication is shaped by and shapes society; 2) for students to develop research skills and an overview of key theoretical and methodological debates on historical and contemporary communication practices and technologies; 3) for students to develop a working knowledge of the globalised and digitised dynamics of contemporary communication; 4) for students to develop a critical understanding of communication technologies and associated practices as key sites for the operation of capitalism and public policy, the mediation of everyday life, the governance of populations, and the production of cultural identity.
Qualifications in Communication Studies
Communications Studies can be studied at both undergraduate and postgraduate level.
Combine Communication Studies with other subjects
Communication Studies can be combined with the study of a wide range of other subjects, including: