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COMM1001 Power, Participation and Meaning

6 points
(see Timetable)
Semester 1UWA (Perth)Face to face
Semester 1OnlineOnline timetabled
Details for undergraduate courses
  • Level 1 core unit in the Communication and Media Studies major sequence
  • 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.
Unit Coordinator(s)
Dr Tauel Harper
Unit rules
COMM1101 Human Technology: Debating Communication
Contact hours
2 hours per teaching week
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  • Unit readings, including any essential textbooks, are listed in the unit outline for each unit, one week prior the commencement of study. The unit outline will be available via the LMS and the UWA Handbook one week prior the commencement of study. Reading lists and essential textbooks are subject to change each semester. Information on essential textbooks will also be made available on the Essential Textbooks. This website is updated regularly in the lead up to semester so content may change. It is recommended that students purchase essential textbooks for convenience due to the frequency with which they will be required during the unit. A limited number of textbooks will be made available from the Library in print and will also be made available online wherever possible. Essential textbooks can be purchased from the commercial vendors to secure the best deal. The Student Guild can provide assistance on where to purchase books if required. Books can be purchased second hand at the Guild Secondhand bookshop (second floor, Guild Village), which is located on campus.