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.
|Paper title||Introduction to Communication Studies|
|Subject||Media, Film and Communication|
|Teaching period||Semester 1 (On campus)|
|Domestic Tuition Fees (NZD)||$955.05|
|International Tuition Fees||Tuition Fees for international students are elsewhere on this website.|
- COMS 101
- Schedule C
- Arts and Music
- Teaching staff
Convenor and Lecturer: Dr Brett Nicholls
- 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
- Graduate Attributes Emphasised
- Communication, Critical thinking, Information literacy.
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- 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