Communication and Discourse

University of Newcastle

Course Description

  • Course Name

    Communication and Discourse

  • Host University

    University of Newcastle

  • Location

    Newcastle, Australia

  • Area of Study


  • Language Level

    Taught In English

  • Prerequisites

    60 units at 1000 level including CMNS1234 - Introduction to Communication Theory

  • Course Level Recommendations


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    Hours & Credits

  • Host University Units

  • Recommended U.S. Semester Credits
    3 - 4
  • Recommended U.S. Quarter Units
    4 - 6
  • Overview

    Examines selected discourses to see in what ways professional practice can both constrain and enable. Students will also consider professional conventions, rules, institutional structures and the private and public practices of individuals and groups to see how power relationships are constructed and maintained.
    1. Demonstrate how communication is constrained and enabled using everyday examples.
    2. Develop critical and creative thinking skills.
    3. Develop an understanding of key concepts in discourse and other communication practices.
    4. Develop an appreciation of the social, cultural and discursive constraints that affect meaning and effective communication.
    5. Demonstrate how professional practice is shaped by discursive processes.
    Through the grounded theory approach of this course theoretical abstractions will be discussed and located in the everyday practice of the media and communication sectors A problem based learning approach will be taken to study the content of documents and to observe professional and social practices. This analysis will consider institutionalised routines and behaviours such as modes of dress and speech, writing styles and presentation in relation to business, the media, government and communities. Students will also be expected to analyse their own social and academic discourses to see how these discourses shape and reflect student's own experience. As part of their group activity, students will engage in on-site observation of professional practice for one week during the semester.
    Participation: Group/tutorial Participation and Contribution
    Report: Project and Report
    Presentation: Group Seminar Presentation
    Essay: Major Essay

Course Disclaimer

Courses and course hours of instruction are subject to change.

Credits earned vary according to the policies of the students' home institutions. According to ISA policy and possible visa requirements, students must maintain full-time enrollment status, as determined by their home institutions, for the duration of the program.