Study-Unit Description

Study-Unit Description


TITLE Philosophical Approaches to Communication and Culture

LEVEL 02 - Years 2, 3 in Modular Undergraduate Course



DESCRIPTION This study-unit covers the major themes and methods in philosophy of communication and culture. As the philosophy of communication is a relatively young discipline it will take a contemporary approach in an attempt to unravel different strands and directions taken up by thinkers within this philosophical movement. It will then take up various areas such as the production of messages, the reception of messages and the performance of messages and connect these themes to various forms of cultural production.

Study-Unit Aims:

The aim of this study-unit is to familiarise students with both the analytic and continental views of communication and its relationship to culture. Special attention will be given to the way communication circulates within cultural practices.

Learning Outcomes:

1. Knowledge & Understanding:

By the end of the study-unit the student will be able to:
- Examine key philosophical concepts within the philosophy of communication and culture;
- Explain the engagement of certain contemporary philosophers of communication with the tradition of continental philosophy;
- Compare and contrast the views of certain analytic and continental philosophers of communication on signs and their circulation within culture.

2. Skills:

By the end of the study-unit the student will be able to:
- Bring out the interrelationships between the key concepts within this philosophical movement;
- Analyse different theoretical approaches that are applied to the understanding of communication and culture;
- Produce a scholarly research paper on key philosophical aspects of communicaiton and culture.

Main Text/s and any supplementary readings:

Main Text:

Mangion C, Philosophical Approaches to Communication, Intellect Books 2011.

Supplementary Readings:

Bert O, Philosophy and Communication, Collected essays, Peter Lang 2009.

Carey J, Communication as Culture, Routledge 1979.

Craig R and Muller H,Theorizing Communication, Sage Publications Limited 2007.

Radford G, On the Philosophy of Communication, Wadsworth 2005.

STUDY-UNIT TYPE Lecture and Tutorial

Assessment Component/s Assessment Due Resit Availability Weighting
Classwork SEM2 No 20%
Assignment SEM2 Yes 40%
Assignment SEM2 Yes 40%

LECTURER/S Claude Mangion

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