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CMS3001 Global Conflict Communication

Semester 2, 2016 On-campus Toowoomba
Units : 1
Faculty or Section : Faculty of Business, Education, Law and Arts
School or Department : School of Arts and Communication
Student contribution band : Band 1
ASCED code : 100700 - Communication & Media Studies

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Examiner: Karey Harrison

Other requisites

Students will require access to e-mail and have internet access to UConnect for this course.
This course should be completed during the student's last year in the program.


This course provides a communication and media studies perspective to the exploration and understanding of global conflicts. It introduces students to conflict resolution communication skills and principles. The course explores the role of mass and alternative media in global conflict communication. It develops students? capacity to connect discipline-based theory and practice to the sustainability of communities, economies and environments in a global context.


This course explores global conflict communication from the perspective of individuals, local communities, nation states, global corporations and NGOs, and transnational agreements, treaties and negotiations. Conflicts over resources' such as minerals, energy, land and water; and over consequences of pollution' such as greenhouse emissions and toxic wastes; are at the heart of most global conflicts today. This course will use case studies that engage students in consideration of sustainability practices and principles for global and local economies, communities, and environment. Case studies in global conflict communication develop and extend understanding of theories and practice of cross cultural communication. This course develops advanced critical research literacy skills that build upon knowledge and skills developed in CMS1010 and CMS2022.


On completion of this course, students will be able to:

  1. demonstrate understanding of relevant theoretical knowledge in communication and media studies
  2. demonstrate an understanding of global communications issues
  3. demonstrate an understanding of sustainability in relation to global conflicts
  4. demonstrate appropriate academic and professional literacy skills
  5. follow principles of ethical research and inquiry
  6. complete an independent research project
  7. apply conflict and cross cultural communication theory and principles to a relevant case study.


Description Weighting(%)
1. Conflict communication theory and principles 15.00
2. Cross-cultural communication 15.00
3. Advanced research and information literacy skills 20.00
4. Principles of cultural, economic and environmental sustainability 15.00
5. Threats and challenges to local, national and global sustainability 15.00
6. Global conflict communication case studies 20.00

Text and materials required to be purchased or accessed

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  • The study materials are not available from the bookshop. Study materials and readings can be accessed on Study Desk. All other study materials must be downloaded or accessed from the Study Desk for this course. Internet access is required to satisfactorily complete assessment for the course.

Reference materials

Reference materials are materials that, if accessed by students, may improve their knowledge and understanding of the material in the course and enrich their learning experience.

Student workload expectations

Activity Hours
Assignments 123.00
Lectures 14.00
Tutorials 28.00

Assessment details

Description Marks out of Wtg (%) Due Date Notes
JOURNAL 1 100 15 12 Aug 2016
PROJECT PROPOSAL 100 5 29 Aug 2016
JOURNAL 2 100 30 21 Oct 2016
PROJECT 100 40 21 Oct 2016

Important assessment information

  1. Attendance requirements:
    Students must attend and complete the requirements of the Workplace Health and Safety training program for this course where required.

    External and Online: There are no attendance requirements for this course. However, it is the students? responsibility to study all material provided to them or required to be accessed by them to maximise their chance of meeting the objectives of the course and to be informed of course-related activities and administration.

    On-campus: It is the students? responsibility to attend and participate appropriately in all activities (such as lectures, tutorials, laboratories and practical work) scheduled for them, and to study all material provided to them or required to be accessed by them to maximise their chance of meeting the objectives of the course and to be informed of course-related activities and administration.

  2. Requirements for students to complete each assessment item satisfactorily:
    To satisfactorily complete an individual assessment item a student must achieve at least 50% of the marks.

  3. Penalties for late submission of required work:
    Students should refer to the Assessment Procedure (point 4.2.4)

  4. Requirements for student to be awarded a passing grade in the course:
    To be assured of receiving a passing grade a student must achieve at least 50% of the total weighted marks available for the course.

  5. Method used to combine assessment results to attain final grade:
    The final grades for students will be assigned on the basis of the aggregate of the weighted marks obtained for each of the summative assessment items in the course.

  6. Examination information:
    Not applicable.

  7. Examination period when Deferred/Supplementary examinations will be held:
    Not applicable.

  8. University Student Policies:
    Students should read the USQ policies: Definitions, Assessment and Student Academic Misconduct to avoid actions which might contravene University policies and practices. These policies can be found at

Other requirements

  1. Students can expect that questions in assessment items in this course may draw upon knowledge and skills that they can reasonably be expected to have acquired before enrolling in the course. This includes knowledge contained in pre-requisite courses and appropriate communication, information literacy, analytical, critical thinking, problem solving or numeracy skills. Students who do not possess such knowledge and skills should not expect to achieve the same grades as those students who do possess them.