COMM1001 Power, Participation and Meaning

6 points
(see Timetable)
Semester 1UWA (Perth)Face to face
Non-standard teaching periodHong KongFace to face
Details for undergraduate courses
  • Level 1 core unit in the Communication and Media Studies major sequence
  • The area of knowledge for this unit is Society and Culture
  • Category B broadening unit for students
  • Level 1 elective
This unit provides an introduction to media and communication. It examines the key debates and ideas in media and communication, communication as a form of persuasion, and addresses the range of methods for analysis of key communication texts and forms. The unit is designed to provide students with the skills, knowledge and expertise required to become versatile communicators and future media professionals.
Students are able to (1) identify, evaluate and utilise key methodologies and theoretical traditions in the field of Communication Studies; (2) critically assess the implications of changing communication forms and technologies across history; (3) identify, evaluate and utilise key approaches to analysing communication; (4) critically engage with the concept and practice of interdisciplinarity; and (5) formulate, express and defend an argument.
Indicative assessments in this unit are as follows: (1) participation and (2) writing tasks. Further information is available in the unit outline.

Supplementary assessment is not available in this unit except in the case of a bachelor's pass degree student who has obtained a mark of 45 to 49 overall and is currently enrolled in this unit, and it is the only remaining unit that the student must pass in order to complete their course.
Unit Coordinator(s)
Dr Katja Lee
Unit rules
COMM1101 Human Technology: Debating Communication
Contact hours
2 hours per teaching week
Unit Outline
Semester 1-2020 [SEM-1-2020]
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  • Books and other material wherever listed may be subject to change. Book lists relating to 'Preliminary reading', 'Recommended reading' and 'Textbooks' are, in most cases, available via the Booktopia Textbook Finder, which has the functionality to search by course code, course, ISBN and title, and may also be posted or available at the appropriate school's administrative offices. Where texts are listed in the unit description above, an asterisk (*) indicates that the book is available in paperback.