COMM2001 Communication and Mass Media

6 points
(see Timetable)
Semester 2UWA (Perth)Face to face
Non-standard teaching periodHong KongFace to face
Details for undergraduate courses
  • Level 2 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 2 elective
This unit considers communication from a social science perspective while exploring key ideas and concepts from critical theory and mass communication research. Central concerns of the unit include the impact of technological change upon information sharing and the discourses of news and advertising. The unit examines the effects these changes have had on individual behaviour and culture as a whole. It seeks to equip students to act as critical and empowered participants in the world of mass communication.
Students are able to (1) identify, discuss and evaluate key research methods and concepts from the fields of communication and media studies; (2) discuss the role of media in shaping communicative discourses and critically engage with the notion of media effects; (3) apply various theories, concepts and discourse analytic tools to the analysis of mass media texts; (4) identify and critique the ideologies expressed within the mass media; (5) understand the construction of advertising and journalistic texts; (6) research a topic through the collection, analysis and interpretation of data; (7) express research findings and ideas coherently and logically in oral and written formats; and (8) demonstrate cooperation and leadership in peer learning group contexts and participation in discussion settings.
Indicative assessments in this unit are as follows: (1) presentations; (2) written assessment; and (3) participation. 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 Tauel Harper
Unit rules
COMM1101 Human Technology: Debating Communication
COMM1001 Human Technology: Debating Communication
COMM1001 Power, Participation and Meaning
COMM1002 Cultures, New Media and Communications
ENGL1112 Screen Cultures/Print Cultures
LING1101 Language and Communication
COMM2201 Communication and Mass Media
Contact hours
up to 3 hours per teaching week
Unit Outline
Non-standard teaching period [TS-QTR-A2-2020]
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