ATS3760 - Global communications - 2019

6 points, SCA Band 1, 0.125 EFTSL

Undergraduate - Unit

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Organisational Unit

Communications and Media Studies

Chief examiner(s)

Associate Professor Gil-Soo Han


Associate Professor Gil-Soo Han

Unit guides



  • First semester 2019 (On-campus)


  • First semester 2019 (On-campus)


Twelve credit points of second-year Arts units.


People and nations in the 21st century are globally inter-connected. The unit explores why and how communication, underpinned by the innovations of Information and Communications Technologies, is a key contributor to globalising processes in political, economic and socio-cultural fields. The central focus is to examine Global Communications as an established and legitimate process which is strongly influenced by these processes. Topics include the relationships between Global Communications and global economy, politics, military operations, inequality, diplomacy/espionage, and cultural expressions.


Upon successful completion of the unit students will be able to:

  1. demonstrate a greater understanding of the historical development of Global Communications; and gain a deeper understanding of how the ever innovative world of electronic communication continues to impact everybody in the globe;
  2. explain positive and negative roles of Global Communications on international conflicts, poverty and wellbeing;
  3. describe the ways in which information flows from one part of the world to another or globally; and articulate the consequences;
  4. illustrate empirically how international diplomacy and business are affected by the management of communication; and vice versa;
  5. articulate and apply an advanced understanding of theories of Global Communications with reference to national and international economy and politics;
  6. have consolidated independent research skills as a senior undergraduate student.


Within semester assessment: 60%

Exam: 40%

Workload requirements

Minimum total expected workload to achieve the learning outcomes for this unit is 144 hours per semester typically comprising a mixture of scheduled learning activities and independent study. A unit requires on average three/four hours of scheduled activities per week. Scheduled activities may include a combination of teacher directed learning, peer directed learning and online engagement.

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