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CMS2022 Communication and Power

Units : 1
Faculty or Section : Faculty of Business, Education, Law and Arts
School or Department : School of Arts and Communication

Other requisites

Students will require access to e-mail and have internet access to UConnect for this course.
Internet access is required to satisfactorily complete assessment for the course.


This course examines the institutional and rhetorical structuring of communication in the exercise of power and control within the public sphere and within society more broadly. This course will explore the shift from centralised to distributed conceptions of power. Power within the centralised state will be compared with power within organisations and groups within civil society. The mechanisms by which communicative interactions contribute to social integration, maintenance or subversion of relations of dominance and subordination, privilege and disadvantage will be considered in the context of competing theoretical frameworks making explanatory claims with respect to these phenomena.
The role of mass and alternative media in establishing and challenging relations of power will be examined in relation to debates about environmental issues and the development and adoption of policies relating to environmental, economic and cultural sustainability. The communication strategies of environmental social movements, and their use of social networking technologies and media will provide case studies for exploring theoretical developments in communication and media studies. Communication theories relating to propaganda, media effects, agenda setting and framing will be considered. Students learn more advanced critical and research literacy skills, building upon skills and knowledge developed in CMS1010.

Course offers

Semester Mode Campus
Semester 2, 2015 External
Semester 2, 2015 On-campus Toowoomba