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MFCO202 Theory of Communication Studies

 

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Communication theory as it applies to cultural, media, and technological contexts and processes.

All forms of media communication are social and shaped by our cultural and political environment. This is why we communicate in some ways and not others. MFCO 202 provides a critical overview of forms and theories of mediated communications in order to explain how we communicate differently to different audiences and publics. The paper investigates the centrality of communication to the formation of public space, citizenship, popular culture and institutions of power. The paper explores: the public sphere; citizenship, education and health; new mediated sociality; communication as a form of governance; fannish communications; and diasporic uses of media communications.

Paper title Theory of Communication Studies
Paper code MFCO202
Subject Media, Film and Communication
EFTS 0.1500
Points 18 points
Teaching period Second Semester
Domestic Tuition Fees (NZD) $851.85
International Tuition Fees (NZD) $3,585.00

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Prerequisite
18 MFCO or COMS points
Restriction
COMS 201
Schedule C
Arts and Music
Contact
mfco@otago.ac.nz
Teaching staff
Convenor and Lecturer: Dr Holly Randell-Moon
Paper Structure
The paper covers three key themes in communication studies and debates:
  • The centrality of communication to social relations
  • The role of media technologies in the establishment and contestation of public opinion
  • The role of communication as an expression of power
Assessment:
  • Blog: 25%
  • Written/creative exercise: 25%
  • Group presentation: 25%
  • Exam: 25%
Teaching Arrangements
One 2-hour lecture per week

One 1-hour tutorial per week
Textbooks
Course reader
Graduate Attributes Emphasised
Communication, Critical thinking, Cultural understanding, Information literacy, Research, Self-motivation.
View more information about Otago's graduate attributes.
Learning Outcomes
Students who successfully complete this paper will
  • Be able to evaluate the social and political assumptions informing theories of communication
  • Explain how space and culture influence our public identity and public forms of communication
  • Develop the capacity to critically analyse a range of contemporary media texts and their public effects

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Timetable

Second Semester

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

Lecture

Stream Days Times Weeks
Attend
L1 Wednesday 12:00-13:50 28-34, 36-41

Tutorial

Stream Days Times Weeks
Attend one stream from
T1 Wednesday 16:00-16:50 29-33, 36-38, 40-41
T2 Thursday 11:00-11:50 29-33, 36-38, 40-41
T3 Thursday 13:00-13:50 29-33, 36-38, 40-41
T4 Thursday 14:00-14:50 29-33, 36-38, 40-41
T5 Wednesday 15:00-15:50 29-33, 36-38, 40-41

Communication theory as it applies to cultural, media, and technological contexts and processes.

All forms of media communication are social and shaped by our cultural and political environment. This is why we communicate in some ways and not others. MFCO 202 provides a critical overview of forms and theories of mediated communications in order to explain how we communicate differently to different audiences and publics. The paper investigates the centrality of communication to the formation of public space, citizenship, popular culture and institutions of power.

Paper title Theory of Communication Studies
Paper code MFCO202
Subject Media, Film and Communication
EFTS 0.1500
Points 18 points
Teaching period Second Semester
Domestic Tuition Fees (NZD) $868.95
International Tuition Fees (NZD) $3,656.70

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Prerequisite
18 MFCO or COMS points
Restriction
COMS 201
Schedule C
Arts and Music
Contact
mfco@otago.ac.nz
Teaching staff
Convenor and Lecturer: Dr Davinia Thornley
Paper Structure
The paper covers three key themes in communication studies and debates:
  • The centrality of communication to social relations
  • The role of media technologies in the establishment and contestation of public opinion
  • The role of communication as an expression of power
Teaching Arrangements
One 2-hour lecture per week
One 1-hour tutorial per week
Textbooks
To be confirmed.
Graduate Attributes Emphasised
Communication, Critical thinking, Cultural understanding, Information literacy, Research, Self-motivation.
View more information about Otago's graduate attributes.
Learning Outcomes
Students who successfully complete this paper will
  • Be able to evaluate the social and political assumptions informing theories of communication
  • Explain how space and culture influence our public identity and public forms of communication
  • Develop the capacity to critically analyse a range of contemporary media texts and their public effects

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Timetable

Second Semester

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

Lecture

Stream Days Times Weeks
Attend
L1 Monday 11:00-11:50 28-34, 36-41
Wednesday 13:00-13:50 28-34, 36-41

Tutorial

Stream Days Times Weeks
Attend one stream from
T1 Wednesday 16:00-16:50 30-34, 36-40
T2 Thursday 11:00-11:50 30-34, 36-40
T3 Thursday 13:00-13:50 30-34, 36-40
T4 Thursday 14:00-14:50 30-34, 36-40