Introducing Communication Studies will allow you to become familiar with some of the key concepts and features of the field of communications. You will gain an understanding of research practices and traditions within the field, and will become aware of the key themes and issues addressed within the academic literature.
You will learn about the history of mass communications media, but will also explore contemporary aspects and familiarise yourself with the social and political contexts of modern communications. In doing so, you will gain an understanding of the current differentiated state of mass communications media, and will become aware of the vastly diverse audiences which receive these communications. You will touch upon social capital, and how social networks have changed the face of communications.
You will explore mass communications media within the context of Australian society, but will also examine elements of communications studies with regard to how communications function in America, Europe and Britain.
To be eligible for this unit, you must not have completed the following unit as it’s considered academically equivalent:
Not have completed Communications Analysis
To enrol in this unit, you must have been accepted into one of the following courses:
Graduate Certificate in Communication
Master of Communication
Areas of study
In this communication studies unit, the topics you will study include:
Introductions: an overview of the unit and its field of study
A history of communications media
Australian mass communications media
Mass communications and the public sphere
American communication studies: media effects
European critical theory: power and knowledge
British cultural studies: audiences and agency
Cultural capital: information resources
Social capital: communication and social networks
Creative societies: communication, creativity, space and place
This unit is a core requirement in the following courses:
Graduate Certificate in Communication, Griffith University
Master of Communication, Griffith University
Content may also be relevant to other courses, and could qualify you for Recognition of Prior Learning (RPL) for a course offered by another institution.
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This Introducing Communication Studies unit will be particularly beneficial if you intent to pursue a career in communications. Emphasis will be placed upon developing the knowledge and skill sets that underpin contemporary communication practices.
However, there are also a range of beneficial skills to be gained during this online unit. You will develop your written communication skills, and will be better prepared to pitch your ideas in writing.
You will become familiar with communication studies research practices, and will thus practice your research skills. In using secondary research, you will also develop your critical thinking skills. You will also be expected to critique and analyse current issues in the communications industry.
How else will I benefit from this unit?
Upon successful completion of this unit you will receive credit for competencies in Introducing Communication Studies from Griffith University.
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Gain industry-relevant skills and transferrable knowledge.
Government financial support through FEE-HELP may be available.
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Receive Recognition of Prior Learning (RPL) for this unit across a number of OUAÕs full degree programs.
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Instead, the Australian government will pay your course fees on your behalf. You’ll begin repaying your loan through the tax system once you start earning more than the minimum threshold of $54,869 (2016-17 income year).
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