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MFCO303 Critical Problems in Communication Studies

News media routine processes, mythologies, structural constraints, access and equity; discourses and social contexts of news production.

MFCO 303 offers a theoretical and practical study of communication in both the media and everyday life. Students will develop an in-depth knowledge of research methods, as well as practical skills for applying these research methods to a range of communication contexts.

Paper title Critical Problems in Communication Studies
Paper code MFCO303
Subject Media, Film and Communication
EFTS 0.1500
Points 18 points
Teaching period First Semester
Domestic Tuition Fees (NZD) $886.35
International Tuition Fees (NZD) $3,766.35

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Prerequisite
18 200-level MFCO or COMS points or GEND 205 or GEND 305
Restriction
COMS 301
Schedule C
Arts and Music
Contact
mfco@otago.ac.nz
Teaching staff

Convenor and Lecturer: Dr Brett Nicholls

Paper Structure
We aim to develop theoretical understanding of communication as well as practical skills for analysing communicative contexts. The paper is organised around studies of a range of research methods and practical tasks.

Assessment
  • In-class test 20%
  • Methods essay 25%
  • Research essay 35%
  • Research tasks 20%
Teaching Arrangements
Lectures, tutorials and practical tasks.
Textbooks
Course reader.
Course outline

View a sample course outline for MFCO 303

Graduate Attributes Emphasised
Global perspective, Interdisciplinary perspective, Lifelong learning, Scholarship, Communication, Critical thinking, Ethics, Research.
View more information about Otago's graduate attributes.
Learning Outcomes
Students who successfully complete the paper will:
  • Acquire knowledge of communication networks that operate between multiple and various social and cultural communities
  • Discover, through research, the ways in which communicative encounters are enabled
  • Learn, through the readings, how to think through the ideological and political implications of everyday communication
  • Achieve competence in oral and written skills in order to effectively communicate knowledge and understanding of the main issues raised by the paper

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Timetable

First Semester

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

Lecture

Stream Days Times Weeks
Attend
L1 Friday 10:00-11:50 9-15, 18-22

Tutorial

Stream Days Times Weeks
Attend one stream from
T1 Wednesday 14:00-14:50 10-11, 13-15, 18-21
T2 Wednesday 15:00-15:50 10-11, 13-15, 18-21
T3 Wednesday 16:00-16:50 10-11, 13-15, 18-21
T4 Wednesday 17:00-17:50 10-11, 13-15, 18-21

News media routine processes, mythologies, structural constraints, access and equity; discourses and social contexts of news production.

MFCO 303 offers a theoretical and practical study of communication in both the media and everyday life. Students will develop an in-depth knowledge of research methods, as well as practical skills for applying these research methods to a range of communication contexts.

Paper title Critical Problems in Communication Studies
Paper code MFCO303
Subject Media, Film and Communication
EFTS 0.1500
Points 18 points
Teaching period First Semester
Domestic Tuition Fees Tuition Fees for 2020 have not yet been set
International Tuition Fees Tuition Fees for international students are elsewhere on this website.

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Prerequisite
18 200-level MFCO or COMS points or GEND 205 or GEND 305
Restriction
COMS 301
Schedule C
Arts and Music
Contact
mfco@otago.ac.nz
Teaching staff

Convenor and Lecturer: Dr Brett Nicholls

Paper Structure

We aim to develop theoretical understanding of communication as well as practical skills for analysing communicative contexts. The paper is organised around studies of a range of research methods and practical tasks.

Assessment

  • Take-home test 30%
  • Hands-on assignment 30%
  • Research essay 40%
Teaching Arrangements
Lectures, tutorials and practical tasks.
Textbooks
Course reader.
Course outline

View a sample course outline for MFCO 303

Graduate Attributes Emphasised
Global perspective, Interdisciplinary perspective, Lifelong learning, Scholarship, Communication, Critical thinking, Ethics, Research.
View more information about Otago's graduate attributes.
Learning Outcomes
Students who successfully complete the paper will:
  • Acquire knowledge of communication networks that operate between multiple and various social and cultural communities
  • Discover, through research, the ways in which communicative encounters are enabled
  • Learn, through the readings, how to think through the ideological and political implications of everyday communication
  • Achieve competence in oral and written skills in order to effectively communicate knowledge and understanding of the main issues raised by the paper

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Timetable

First Semester

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

Lecture

Stream Days Times Weeks
Attend
L1 Friday 10:00-11:50 9-14, 17-22

Tutorial

Stream Days Times Weeks
Attend one stream from
T1 Wednesday 14:00-14:50 10-11, 13-15, 18-21
T2 Wednesday 15:00-15:50 10-11, 13-15, 18-21
T3 Wednesday 16:00-16:50 10-11, 13-15, 18-21