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COMN71-103: Human Communication Theory


This subject provides postgraduate students with an overview of the field of communication study. Designed to develop a body of knowledge that includes an understanding of the history and trajectory of the discipline, students will compare and contrast communication theories and theoretical perspectives from the traditional to the alternative. Rather than simply reviewing key theoretical terms and metatheoretical concerns, this subject encourages and engages students in critical discussion of the value, functions and consequences of communication theory. Students will also analyse current communication issues across a range of contexts, including relationships, organisations, and the mediated world. In sum, students will develop an appreciation of the depth and breadth of the field of communication, and acquire theory-based knowledge and skills relevant to both advanced study and professional practice.

Subject details

FacultyFaculty of Society & Design
Semesters offered
  • May 2020 [Non-Standard Offering]
Study areas
  • Communication and Creative Media
Subject fees
  • Commencing in 2019: $3,650
  • Commencing in 2020: $3,840

Learning outcomes

1. Describe, critically analyse and integrate information into coherent arguments about a range of theories and related research in the field of Communication.
2. Apply communication theories studied to practical problems related to communication.
3. Demonstrate understanding and skill in research, group problem solving, and report writing through undertaking an ethnographic research exercise.
4. Summarise complex theories in visual and verbal formats.
5. Demonstrate understanding of a wide range of theories useful in communication.

Enrolment requirements

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This subject is not available as a general elective. To be eligible for enrolment, the subject must be specified in the students’ program structure.

Subject outlines

Subject dates

Non-Standard Offering
Enrolment opens18/03/2019
Semester start13/05/2019
Subject start27/05/2019
Cancellation 1?09/06/2019
Cancellation 2?12/06/2019
Last enrolment07/06/2019
Withdraw – Financial?21/06/2019
Withdraw – Academic?07/07/2019
Teaching census?20/06/2019