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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 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 merely reviewing critical 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 various 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 2021 [Standard Offering]
  • May 2022 [Standard Offering]
  • May 2022 [Standard Offering]
  • May 2023 [Standard Offering]
  • May 2023 [Non-Standard Offering]
Study areas
  • Communication and Creative Media
Subject fees
  • Commencing in 2021: $4,040
  • Commencing in 2022: $4,040

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.

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Subject outlines

Subject dates

Standard Offering
Enrolment opens21/03/2021
Semester start17/05/2021
Subject start17/05/2021
Cancellation 1?31/05/2021
Cancellation 2?07/06/2021
Last enrolment30/05/2021
Withdraw – Financial?12/06/2021
Withdraw – Academic?03/07/2021
Teaching census?11/06/2021