COM710 Communication in Society (16)

This subject considers a research project in its wider societal context. It explores how communication research is framed by sociological, professional, economic, technological and other dynamics. The relationship aspects of research are highlighted and these paradigms are applied to the students research project.
Note: subjects may be taken in any order; all subjects include a literature review, research approaches and a presentation to faculty and peers

Subject Outlines
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No offerings have been identified for this subject in 2018.

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Subject Information

Grading System



One session


School of Communication and Creative Industries

Enrolment Restrictions

Available only to students in the Doctor of Communication.

Learning Outcomes

Upon successful completion of this subject, students should:
  • be able to locate their research project in a wider social context
  • be able to articulate the social impact on and social implications of their research
  • be able to critically evaluate the role of the researcher in research and their relationship to the object of study
  • be able to discriminate between methodologies appropriate for studying communication in a social context
  • be able to draw upon relevant literature to develop research questions and defend these choices to Faculty and peers


This subject will cover the following topics:
  • Social science research approaches qualitative and quantitative
  • Social theory, constructivist and relationship-centred approaches to communication
  • Communication/creativity in its historical, spatial, technological and/or other dimensions, as appropriate
  • Communication and social responsibility; communicative ethics; the public perspective
  • Historical/social views of student's research field
  • Academic vs professional discourse


Current Students

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

Prospective Students

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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.