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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 ideologies/citizenship, popular culture, audiences, and institutions of power.
|Paper title||Theory of Communication Studies|
|Subject||Media, Film and Communication|
|Teaching period||Semester 1 (On campus)|
|Domestic Tuition Fees (NZD)||$929.55|
|International Tuition Fees||Tuition Fees for international students are elsewhere on this website.|
- 18 COMS or MFCO points
- COMS 201
- Schedule C
- Arts and Music
- 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
Note: This is subject to change before the class commences.
- 80% Attendance (8 tutorials) and discussion 'starter' activity - 20%
- Essay (1500 - 2000 words) - 30%
- Journal (equivalent 1000 words) - 20%
- Test (approximately 2000 words) - 30%
- Teaching Arrangements
Two 1-hour lectures per week
One 1-hour tutorial per week
Required readings are provided via Blackboard or the course readings.
- Course outline
- Graduate Attributes Emphasised
- Communication, Critical thinking, Cultural understanding, Information literacy, Research,
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- 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