Communications and Media Studies

1st Year Communications and Media

Oryem Ajok

Communications and Media Studies

Subject Description
This foundation subject introduces students to ways of understanding media and communication practices, institutions and technologies. The subject takes an interdisciplinary approach to understanding how producers and consumers interact in a media saturated world. The subject will begin with the ways in which the media has been discussed in theory and in practice, and go on to examine how our communication practices and adoption and use of different technologies are integrated with our professional, social and political lives.
Subject Learning Outcomes
On successful completion of this subject, students will be able to:
1. Identify and discuss key scholarly approaches to the study of media and communications
2. Demonstrate knowledge of connections between communications technology and everyday behaviour in professional and social settings
3. Develop introductory skills in oral presentation
4. Show beginning level skills in critical thinking and analysis in relation to media and communications.
5. Demonstrate understanding of how to use their university studies to build graduate qualities for future professional careers

Global Media and Culture

Globalisation: Music

The globalisation of Hip-Hop around the world demonstrates a need for the creation of a dedicated body of art by the artists. Since the early 1990s it is known that Hip-Hop has been Afrocentric,…

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Globalisation: Film

“Chinese and Korean blockbusters argue that the blockbuster is no longer American owned. The idea may be borrowed and translated, but this should not be understood in terms of the original and the copy,…

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Globalisation: Television

Originally Television was just seeing at a distance and considered a “radio with visuals” more interestingly the earlier television shows were direct derivatives from the radio genres, which were, Gaming, Comedy, Drama and Soap…

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Subject Description
In an era of globalisation, communication across cultures is key to our capacity to thrive in diverse workplaces. This subject introduces students to the key issues of intercultural communication, and how these interrelate with developments in transnational media industries and practices. We examine the historical impact of media technologies and institutions on the formation of local, national and international cultural communities and explore contemporary sites of opportunity or crisis produced by the emergence of global communication networks.
Subject Learning Outcomes
On successful completion of this subject, students will be able to:
1. Identify and discuss ways in which communication within and across cultures is affected by media practices and transnational media flows.
2. Demonstrate skills in essay writing appropriate to first year university level
3. Demonstrate beginning skills in small group work.
4. Demonstrate awareness of benefits and challenges of intercultural interactions and understanding of strategies to improve communication across cultures.


Communication works for those who work at it.” – John Powell

It takes time and energy to become a great communicator. Though some people start out better than others, you can improve as long as you put in the effort. Take the time to understand your audience. In a marketing or team communication setting, you’d collect data about their interests, dislikes, preferences, etc.

To effectively communicate, we must realize that we are all different in the way we perceive the world and use this understanding as a guide to our communication with others.” – Tony Robbins

Whether you realize it or not, there are inherent assumptions in the things you say and do. For example, if you’re trying to communicate a concept around dog obedience training, you may assume the person understands its importance. Your message is clearest when you’re aware of your assumptions and work towards making sure the other person understands your perspective.

The Begining of Paul’s Sleepless Blog


People always say university is a huge jump from high school but, ‘huge’ is an understatement. I would use the word stupendous. As my dependence on noodles reaches an all-time high I’ve realised that the uni life has properly hit me. From having to create a twitter account and gain a following to, analysing my lack of humour when it comes to developing memes, it comes as no surprise that, yes, I study a Bachelor of Communications and Media. Hello, my name is Paul, I like nothing and I’m from nowhere… is what I want to say and end this…