Faculty of Arts

Monash University

Undergraduate - Unit

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6 points, SCA Band 1, 0.125 EFTSL

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FacultyFaculty of Arts
Organisational UnitCommunications and Media Studies
OfferedCaulfield Second semester 2013 (Day)
Clayton Second semester 2013 (Day)
Coordinator(s)Dr John Budarick (Caulfield)


Previously coded COM1520


In this unit students will be introduced to key concepts in the study of communications, and will be asked to consider the social, cultural, economic and political implications of different communication practices. The unit aims to show that communication permeates everything from everyday domestic routines to large-scale processes of social and cultural change. It is divided into three modules: what is communication and why study it; the role of communications in social and cultural change; communications and everyday life. A central feature of this unit is that students are required to apply concepts and tools from the study of communications to their own everyday experiences.


Upon successfully completing this unit, a student will:

  1. possess a basic understanding of the field of communications;
  2. employ basic concepts in the study of communications;
  3. analyze the role of communications in processes of social and cultural change;
  4. be able to apply communication analysis to everyday life;
  5. be informed about areas of industry and community life where the study of communications is applicable and relevant.


Critical review (750 words): 15%;
Essay (2000 words): 35%;
Tutorial presentation, attendance and participation: 10%;
Examination (2 hours): 40%

Chief examiner(s)

Dr John Budarick (Caulfield)

Contact hours

1 x 2 hour lecture and 1 x 1 hour tutorial per week

This unit applies to the following area(s) of study



GSC1901, ATS1278