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    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.

    About this paper

    Paper title Critical Problems in 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.
    18 200-level COMS or MFCO points or GEND 205 or GEND 305
    COMS 301
    Schedule C
    Arts and Music
    Teaching staff

    Convener and lecturer: Dr Sabrina Moro

    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.


    • Take-home test 30%
    • Hands-on assignment 30%
    • Research essay 40%
    Teaching Arrangements

    This paper is taught via lectures, tutorials and practical tasks.


    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.
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    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.


    Semester 1

    Teaching method
    This paper is taught On Campus
    Learning management system


    Stream Days Times Weeks
    L1 Friday 10:00-11:50 9-12, 15-22


    Stream Days Times Weeks
    Attend one stream from
    T1 Wednesday 10:00-10:50 10-13, 15-21
    T2 Wednesday 11:00-11:50 10-13, 15-21
    T3 Wednesday 12:00-12:50 10-13, 15-21
    T4 Wednesday 09:00-09:50 10-13, 15-21
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