Introduction to Communication Studies

University of Otago

Course Description

  • Course Name

    Introduction to Communication Studies

  • Host University

    University of Otago

  • Location

    Dunedin, New Zealand

  • Area of Study

    Communication, Media Studies

  • Language Level

    Taught In English

  • Course Level Recommendations


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    Hours & Credits

  • Credit Points

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

    An introduction to communication theories, media and genres.
    This paper introduces students to the breadth and range of communication in everyday life. This paper helps students understand how and why we communicate, and what impacts communication has on who we are and what we do.

    Course Structure
    This course gives an overview of the breadth of communication studies, including:
    -Theories of communication
    -Texts and institutions
    -Communication in culture
    -Case studies of communication in everyday life

    -Reading responses: 30%
    -Essay preparation: 10%
    -Essay: 40%
    -Exam: 20%

    Learning Outcomes
    -Broad understanding of the critical interplay of communication forms, tools and theories
    -Understanding of key case studies in contemporary communication studies
    -Basic understanding of key theories and research traditions

    Media Studies 101: An open textbook(URL:

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