Get Set for Communication Studies

Get Set for Communication Studies

by Will Barton, Andrew Beck


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This volume assumes no prior knowledge of the subject. For students who have never studied Communication Studies before, it will give an idea of what to expect. For students already studying Media or Communication Studies at school or college, it will provide a concise but comprehensive learning aid.

Part One includes an overview of Communication Studies, a survey of the current approaches to and theories about Communication that are taught in the majority of UK universities, and the Communication Studies Toolkit - a roundup of the different approaches used to make sense of their objects of study, including semiotics, discourse analysis, social constructionism, visual rhetorics, historical materialism, psychoanalysis, gender criticism (including feminism, postfeminism, and queer theory), structuralism and poststructuralism, postmodernism and postcolonialism.

Part Two covers study skills for undergraduate communication - the level of reading required, types of assignments and assessment, time management, how to use a tutorial, recording notes in lectures, writing skills and revising for and passing examinations (including 'model' exam questions and answers).

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780748620296
Publisher: Edinburgh University Press
Publication date: 10/29/2005
Series: Get Set for University Series
Pages: 208
Product dimensions: 8.40(w) x 5.30(h) x 0.60(d)
Age Range: 18 Years

About the Author

Will Barton is Lecturer in Communication, Culture and Media at the Coventry School of Art and Design Andrew Beck is Principal Lecturer in Applied Communication at the Coventry School of Art and Design

Table of Contents

List of Illustrationsviii
Part IWhat Is Communication Studies?
1Communication Studies in the UK3
2Which Theory for Communication Studies?24
3Communication Studies Now44
4Mapping the Field56
From Intrapersonal Communication to Interpersonal Communication to Group Communication56
Non-Verbal Communication58
Verbal Communication62
Visual and Graphic Communication66
Organisational Communication69
Societal Communication71
Mass Communication75
Global Communication79
Public and Political Communication82
Integrated Communications83
5The Communication Studies Toolkit85
Discourse Analysis94
Social Constructionism97
Visual Rhetorics100
Historical Materialism103
Gender Criticism (including Feminism, Postfeminism and Queer Theory)112
Structuralism and Poststructuralism118
6Further Reading128
Part IIStudy Skills in Commuication Studies
7Becoming an Effective Communication Studies Student143
8Time Management154
9Using a Tutorial157
10Notes in Lectures162
11Writing Skills166
12Examinations: Revising and Sitting171

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