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Communication Evolution (9020.5)

Level: Level 2 - Undergraduate Intermediate Unit
Credit Points: 3
HECS Bands:

Band 1 2013-2020 (Expires 31 Dec 2020) Band 2 2021 (Commenced Before 1 Jan 2021) Band 4 2021 (Commenced After 1 Jan 2021)

Faculty: Faculty of Arts and Design
Discipline: School of Arts and Communications


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    • Semester 1, 2020, ON-CAMPUS, TQB-SB (194083) - View
    • Semester 1, 2019, ON-CAMPUS, TQB-SB (190994) - View
    • Semester 1, 2018, ON-CAMPUS, TQB-SB (176364) - View
    • Semester 1, 2018, ON-CAMPUS, BRUCE (176365) - View
    • UC Term 4, 2017, ON-CAMPUS, LIFE (169646) - View
    • Semester 1, 2017, ON-CAMPUS, BRUCE (165328) - View
    • Semester 1, 2016, ON-CAMPUS, BRUCE (154581) - View
    • UC Term 4, 2015, ON-CAMPUS, LIFE (148003) - View
    • Semester 1, 2015, ON-CAMPUS, BRUCE (147999) - View

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    This unit places communication within the context of relations of power. It emphasizes the relationship between communication technologies and social, political and cultural change. Students are introduced to key concerns and ideas in communication scholarship and the communication industries, with a focus on the transition from the one-to-many (broadcast) to the many-to-many (network) model. The communication of power and the power of communication are examined through a variety of perspectives, including political economy, the sociology of the journalistic field, and network theory.

    Learning Outcomes

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

    1. Demonstrate a basic understanding of the role and importance of communication technology in shaping, and being shaped by, society and culture;

    2. Demonstrate knowledge of key communication theories;

    3. Demonstrate basic knowledge of the main technological evolutions in communication and media history;

    4. Demonstrate a preliminary understanding of how communication has been analysed within particular traditions that over time have become increasingly exposed to globalisation; and

    5. Demonstrate an understanding of the role of communication in modern history.

    Assessment Items

    Contact Hours

    3 hours per week.


    9022 Digital Media Literacy.



    Assumed Knowledge


    Incompatible Units

    Restrictions: This unit is not open to students who have passed 8128 Communication, History and Society

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