Faculty of Arts


Communication, Technology and Culture

Please note: this is archived course information from 2018 for COMMS 100.


We know that media and communications are big business and we know that in the twenty-first century they have become a massive presence in our daily lives. But arguments rage about what role and impact they actually have. Do they substantially influence our beliefs and behaviours or are we mostly just entertained or distracted by the media? Do we now live in a more informed and transparent society thanks to the proliferation of communication tools in recent times? Or do we live in a more "dumbed-down" and trivialised culture as a result?

This course explores the past, present and future of communications media. In particular, it highlights the radical changes brought about by the recent development and diffusion of digital technologies. It explores the impact these changes have had upon communications and media industries, the content they produce and the audiences and users they serve.

Key concepts and theories of communication, technology and culture are introduced via a range of current controversies that serve as case studies in media culture.

The course is designed for anyone with an interest in media and communication, regardless of whether you have studied these subjects previously.

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Availability 2018

Semester 1


Coordinator(s) Associate Professor Luke Goode


COMMS 100: 15.0 points



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