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International Political Communication (7544.4)

Level: Level 3 - Undergraduate Advanced Unit
Credit Points: 3
HECS Bands:

Faculty: Faculty of Arts and Design
Discipline: Discipline of Journalism & Communication Studies




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    This unit examines aspects of international communication, including the contextualising and identification of key players in international communication, effect of communication on formulation of international issues, foreign policy and public opinion, domestic and international. It studies the communication of war, assessing the role of the foreign and war correspondents, news values, framing and agenda setting during war. The study also includes: theory and practice of public diplomacy; communication of Australian alliances and relationships, informing, influencing, and establishing dialogue with international publics and institutions; strategic communication; communication of international agencies, such as the United Nations; sources of international communication - technology and global effects are intrinsically interwoven throughout studied issues.

    Learning Outcomes

    On completion of this unit, students will be able to:

    1. demonstrate an understanding of the impact of technological change on international relationships;

    2. demonstrate an understanding of the influence of cultural contexts on international news and government policy;

    3. demonstrate an understanding of the key theories related to communication of foreign policy, diplomacy and the role of the media and other key players in this process;

    4. critically analyse a range of contemporary political communication texts;

    5. demonstrate critical thinking and problem solving skills;

    6. demonstrate essay writing skills.

    Contact Hours

    3 hours per week.



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