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 Outlines
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Session 2 (60)
On Campus
Bathurst Campus
Bathurst 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

Grading System



One session


School 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; and
  • 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.


This 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


Current Students

For any enquiries about subject selection or course structure please contact Student Central or or phone on 1800 275 278.

Prospective Students

For further information about Charles Sturt University, or this course offering, please contact info.csu on 1800 275 278 (free call within Australia) or enquire online.

The information contained in the 2018 CSU Handbook was accurate at the date of publication: August 2018. The University reserves the right to vary the information at any time without notice.