Course module - Communication in Society
Code : EDUC10301 Credit rating: 10 Semester : 1
This unit aims to:
• develop knowledge and understanding of the field of communication studies
• encourage reflection on individual styles of communication
• provide opportunities to experience actual communication events, and to discuss these in terms of knowledge and understanding from the field of communication studies
• enable participants to develop transferable interpersonal skills such as listening, questioning and giving and receiving feedback.
Objectives (Learning Outcomes)
Knowledge and understanding
• appreciate the complexities of the field of communication studies including the variety of forms, functions and levels of individual/mass communication
• adapt and employ conceptual frameworks for analysing information from a variety of sources
• perceive links between communication studies and the language and literacy strands of the course
• critically engage with actual communication events, through observation, analysis and discussion
• identify patterns and qualities of communication across a range of settings
• critically evaluate the effects of different features of communication across a range of settings.
• identify sources of data that may be used for analysing/exploring communication
• discuss ideas in groups
Transferable skills and personal qualities
• use communication theory to understand communication in the real world.
Examination : 2 hours (100%)
Staff/student contact: 15 hours
Preparation for sessions/tutorials : 15 hours
Independent reading: 30 hours
Preparation for and sitting exams : 40 hours
Total hours : 100
Topics of study include:
• existing theories of communication and their historical, social and intellectual setting
• the nature, forms and functions of communication
• different levels of communication from interpersonal to international
• questioning and listening skills
• introduction to non-verbal communication
10 x 1.5 hours per week
Sessions will include formal input, group work and individual tasks and simulation.
• Adler, R.B. and Rodman, G. (2000) Understanding human communication (7th ed.), Orlando, FL: Harcourt.
• Adler, R. and Towne, N. (1999) Looking out, looking in (9th ed.), Orlando FL: Harcourt.
• Adler, R. B., Rosenfeld, L.B., Towne, N. and Proctor, R.F. (1998) Interplay: the process of human communication (7th ed.), Orlando FL: Harcourt.
• Dimbleby, R. and Burton, G. (1998) More than words: an introduction to communication (3rd ed.), London: Routledge.
• Hartley, P. (1993) Interpersonal communication, London: Routledge.
• Hartley, P. (1997) Group Communication, London: Routledge.
• Littlejohn, S.W. (1999) Theories of human communication, Belmont, CA: Wadsworth.