Introduction to Communication Theory

University of Newcastle

Course Description

  • Course Name

    Introduction to Communication Theory

  • Host University

    University of Newcastle

  • Location

    Newcastle, Australia

  • Area of Study

    Communication, Intercultural Communications

  • Language Level

    Taught In English

  • Prerequisites

    Replacing Course(s)

    This course replaces the following course(s): CNMS1110. Students who have successfully completed CNMS1110 are not eligible to enrol in CMNS1234.

  • 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


    This foundational survey course introduces students to major theoretical positions used in communication studies and gives an introduction to the basic communication models, key terms and concepts used in the discipline. It introduces students to a broad range of theories in order to evaluate communication in its many forms and investigate its relationship to society and culture. In doing this it not only gives an overview of the social and cultural contexts in which communication occurs but also requires students to think critically and analytically about this relationship.

    Learning Outcomes

    1. Understand the foundational material of communication studies.

    2. Become conversant with key terms, models, concepts and a range of theories about communication.

    3. Understand the conceptual connections between communication models and theories about communication.

    4. Understand the link between major theoretical understandings of communication and the sociocultural setting they have developed in.

    5. Develop critical thinking and analytical skills expressed in written and verbal modes.

    6. Develop the capacity for independent research, argument and expression of argument using academic modes of communication.

    7. Begin to make meaning from the intersection between communication, in its many forms, and society and culture.


    Overview of the development of communication studies.
    Survey and mapping of contributing theories.
    Introduction of key concepts, terms and models.
    Theoretical perspectives relevant to communication studies
    An examination of the relationship between communication, in its many forms, and culture and society. Particular attention will be paid to communication functions, structures, audiences, news, media effects, advertising and propaganda, intersecting narratives such as gender, race and class that occur in communication contexts, as well as international and global communication, ideology and popular culture.

    Assessment Items

    Written Assignment: Written assignment

    Written Assignment: Major Essay

    In Term Test: Multiple choice test

    Contact Hours


    Face to Face On Campus 1 hour(s) per Week for Full Term


    Face to Face On Campus 2 hour(s) per Week for Full Term

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.