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    An introduction to communication theories, media and genres.

    This paper introduces students to the concepts and debates that are vital for the study of communication today. It examines the social, personal, economic and ethical effects of communication and media systems that increasingly dominate contemporary society.

    This is a foundation paper for a BA in Communication Studies and for studies in Media, Film and Communication more generally. It is also a core paper for a minor in Science Communication.

    About this paper

    Paper title Introduction to Communication Studies
    Subject Media, Film and Communication
    EFTS 0.15
    Points 18 points
    Teaching period Semester 1 (On campus)
    Domestic Tuition Fees ( NZD ) $981.75
    International Tuition Fees Tuition Fees for international students are elsewhere on this website.
    COMS 101
    Schedule C
    Arts and Music
    Teaching staff

    Convener and Lecturer: Dr Olivier Jutel

    Paper Structure

    This paper provides an overview of three interrelated areas:

    • Theories of communication
    • Debates in communication studies
    • Types of communication


    • Reading Responses 25%
    • Essay Preparation Task 15%
    • Essay 30%
    • Exam 30%
    Teaching Arrangements

    Twice weekly lectures.
    10 tutorials across the course of the semester.
    Optional library study-skills session.

    Course readings will be available on eReserve through Blackboard.
    Course outline

    View a sample course outline for MFCO 103

    Graduate Attributes Emphasised
    Communication, Critical thinking, Information literacy.
    View more information about Otago's graduate attributes.
    Learning Outcomes

    Students who successfully complete this paper will:

    • Be able to define communication as an object of study.
    • Understand the centrality of communication in contemporary society.
    • Develop a basic knowledge of theories of communication.
    • Develop an understanding of various types of communication.


    Semester 1

    Teaching method
    This paper is taught On Campus
    Learning management system


    Stream Days Times Weeks
    L1 Monday 10:00-10:50 9-13, 15-22
    Wednesday 10:00-10:50 9-13, 15-22


    Stream Days Times Weeks
    Attend one stream from
    T1 Tuesday 13:00-13:50 10-13, 15-21
    T2 Tuesday 16:00-16:50 10-13, 15-21
    T3 Tuesday 17:00-17:50 10-13, 15-21
    T4 Wednesday 12:00-12:50 10-13, 15-21
    T5 Wednesday 15:00-15:50 10-13, 15-21
    T6 Wednesday 17:00-17:50 10-13, 15-21
    T7 Thursday 12:00-12:50 10-13, 15-16, 18-21
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