COM124 Communication in Context (8)


This subject develops students’ awareness of the complexity of the relationship between different forms of communication and the society – local, national and global – in which they take place. It places communication in a wider social, historical, cultural and political context, providing a foundation for specialist subjects in the degree programme.

+ Subject Availability Modes and Location

Session 2
InternalBathurst Campus
DistanceBathurst Campus
Continuing students should consult the SAL for current offering details: COM124
Where differences exist between the Handbook and the SAL, the SAL should be taken as containing the correct subject offering details.

Subject information

Duration Grading System School:
One sessionHD/FLSchool of Communication and Creative Industries

Assumed Knowledge


Learning Outcomes

Upon successful completion of this subject, students should:
  • be able to describe the evolution of different forms of communication over time
  • be able to examine the impact of technology on creating a global communication culture
  • be able to consider the relationship between communication and society, including the role of public opinion and propaganda
  • be able to identify a range of communication models and show how the concepts of communicators (mediated and non-mediated) and audiences have changed over time


The subject will cover the following topics:
  • History of communication, from drums to Twitter, and beyond
  • Sustainability and communication
  • Communication and power: the role of public opinion and propaganda, past and present
  • Communication models, from the Hypodermic model to reception theory
  • Changing technologies, global communication and culture
  • Critical thinking about communication


The information contained in the 2016 CSU Handbook was accurate at the date of publication: 06 September 2016. The University reserves the right to vary the information at any time without notice.