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Communication and Journalism

219.100 Introduction to Business Communication 15 credits
This course teaches key communication skills in the business context. It provides students with communication strategies to solve real-world problems both in and beyond the workplace.
219.101 Media Skills 15 credits
Understanding and working with the news media combining practical skills with critical and ethical perspectives on media use. Skills include media strategy, writing media releases, broadcast interviewing and running a media conference.
219.108 Introduction to Journalism 15 credits
An introduction to the role and function of contemporary news media, with special attention to the role of the journalist in society, the diversity of journalism cultures and basic journalism skills.
219.203 Business Communication 15 credits
A study of the processes and practices of business communication in the context of the private and public sectors. The course is based on those theories of human communication of most relevance in developing an understanding of and facility in skills such as listening, speaking to a group, interviewing and writing in organisations.
219.204 News Media and Society 15 credits
This course examines the structure and functions of New Zealand news media, including its linkages to global news media systems. It also examines how different social identities are constructed in news media.
219.205 Professional Presentations in Business 15 credits
This course is about how to persuade, inform, and entertain. In this practical course students will learn about aspects of performance, including character, style, creativity, making meaning, psychology, semantics, and how to read contexts/audiences. Students will explore and develop strategies for managing fear and anxiety.
219.206 Communication and Technological Change 15 credits
This course examines the impacts of technology on communication, organizations, and cultures. Students will learn to anticipate change and engage with big problems. Students will also design, create and critique human-centric, ethical solutions to help navigate the complex challenges of the 21st century.
219.207 Writing for Public Relations and Digital Media 15 credits
This course develops students' skills in writing for public relations and relationship management purposes, with particular attention paid to the characteristics and requirements of digital media.
219.209 Public Relations Practice 15 credits
An introductory study of public relations and its use to create and maintain communication between organisations and their internal and external publics. Theoretical and practical approaches are combined so that students are introduced to the diversity of contemporary public relations theory and techniques and have opportunities to develop key skills in practical assignments.
219.223 Advanced News Reporting 15 credits
The practice and theory of advanced news reporting, including sourcing and producing multi-platform news stories to a publishable standard.
219.230 Sport Communication 15 credits
An examination of the theoretical background of sport communication, which includes an application of skills and principles within the topic.
219.231 News Media Reporting 15 credits
An exploration of current principles and practices and the fundamentals of news gathering and news production.
219.234 Editing & Publishing 15 credits
Editing text for print and web publication including grammar, punctuation, clarity and style; and the principles of design and layout in publishing.
219.302 Gender and Communication in Organisations 15 credits
This course closely examines how language and communication are used by women and men, and explores the social and biological factors that contribute to communication differences and similarities. Students study the implications of theories of sex and gender for communication and organizational behaviour, with emphases on identity management, leadership, (in)equality, and harassment.
219.303 Organisational Communication 15 credits
This course draws on current research and theory to examine the communication process, practice and ethical considerations of organisations' communication with their internal and external stakeholders.
219.304 Intercultural Communication 15 credits
This course compares the communication behaviours of different cultures. Students will develop skills that help them analyse and address intercultural conflicts and issues, and gain skills that allow them to communicate effectively in intercultural contexts..
219.305 Public Relations Management 15 credits
This course provides an in-depth examination of public relations theory and shows how it applies to practice. It focuses on strategic engagement with diverse publics, the development of long-lasting and meaningful organisational relationships, and reputation management.
219.307 Interpersonal Communication 15 credits
This course builds understanding of the struggle to make sense of other people and to build thriving communities and relationships, both in and out of the workplace. Students will examine how communication is used to connect with others, to express and uphold identities, and to manage challenging interactions and relationships.
219.309 International Case Studies in Public Relations 15 credits
An examination of the practice and theory of public relations internationally, overviewing the increasingly global industry structure, comparing international theoretical approaches, and introducing specialist intercultural communication skills for internationally mobile public relations practice.
219.310 Speech Writing 15 credits
This course focuses on the art of writing interesting, strong and memorable speeches. Students will analyse some of the world's greatest speeches, and practise applying the techniques to write speeches that audiences will find compelling. The curriculum will assist, but is not exclusively directed at, students pursuing careers in Communication Management and Public Relations.
219.311 Communication Internship 15 credits
This course provides students with a period of workplace experience with knowledge of communication concepts and terminology gained throughout their degree, in a series of analytical assessments.
219.312 Risk and Crisis Communication 15 credits
This course critically evaluates ways that organisations can manage reputational risk and communicate in response to crisis situations.
219.325 Journalism and Politics 15 credits
The theory and practice of political journalism, including researching and writing news stories about political issues and events to a publishable standard.
219.335 Media Law and Ethics 15 credits
Students develop an understanding of the process of making editorial decisions on matters of media law and ethics, including defamation, privacy and complaints about the media.
219.336 Researching Journalism 15 credits
An examination of the affinities and tensions between academic research on journalism and journalism practice, highlighting the methodological diversity of the academic field of journalism studies, exploring the research methods used in investigative journalism, and reflecting on the research logic of journalism practice.
219.339 History of Journalism 15 credits
A study of the development of print journalism in English since the 1500s, concentrating on developments in England, the United States and New Zealand. The course also considers the growing distinction between fact and fiction in reportage, the role of the journalist, and the impact of new media technologies.
219.340 Feature Writing and Freelancing 15 credits
A study of the theory and practice of professional feature writing. It will examine the process and develop skills necessary for producing freelance feature writing.
219.345 Strategic Communication Capstone 15 credits
This course integrates the theory and application of strategic communication concepts and methods.
219.702 Management Communication 30 credits
This course examines the management of internal communication processes within organisations.
219.703 Perspectives in Business Communication 30 credits
An exploration of the theory and practice of workplace communication in diverse organisational settings. Theory is linked to practice through the analysis of contemporary case studies.
219.704 International and Intercultural Communication 30 credits
This course uses communication theory and research to explore ways of developing cross-cultural effectiveness, with an emphasis on communication in organisational settings.
219.705 Advanced News Media Processes 30 credits
A critical examination of news media processes, with a particular concentration on the New Zealand media industries, incorporating both theoretical approaches and practical applications. Particular attention is paid to the role of the journalist, ownership and ethics.
219.706 Strategic Public Relations 30 credits
This course examines the theory and practice of strategic public relations with particular attention to reputation, issues management and crisis management, and ethics.
219.708 Political Communication 30 credits
This course is a critical and theoretical inquiry into the nature of contemporary political communication.
219.709 Advanced Journalism Issues 30 credits
The course develops an understanding of advanced journalism theory in specified topic areas and builds students' ability to produce and analyse diverse journalism practices within contemporary communication contexts.
219.710 Persuasive Communication Practice 30 credits
This course provides students with the ability to critically examine processes of interpersonal influence in a broad variety of internal and external organisational settings. Through an exploration of a wide range of theories of persuasive communication and extensive application and practice, students develop skills and knowledge to be more sophisticated consumers and producers of persuasive messages, particularly in the context of everyday negotiation.
219.711 Shorthand 0 credits
Students study shorthand for this zero-credit, competency-based course. Students also study and apply correct techniques to prevent Occupational Overuse Syndrome while working.
219.712 Advanced News Journalism 30 credits
Students study the theory and practice of gathering and writing news journalism for publication, including generating news-story ideas, gathering the relevant information, writing these news stories, and publishing them in mainstream media outlets. Students critically reflect on their experience, making links to the relevant scholarly literature.
219.713 Advanced Audio-Visual Journalism 30 credits
Students study the theory and practice of journalism in various non-print media platforms, including radio, television and multi-media platforms.
219.714 Journalism and Society 30 credits
Students study and critically reflect on the role and function of journalism in society. This includes the principles of media law and ethics.
219.715 Advanced Data and Investigative Journalism 30 credits
In the era of big data, journalists need the tools of data and investigative journalism to mine, refine and present stories that matter to their audiences. Students in this course will learn the principles and methods of advanced data and investigative journalism and apply them in a data-investigative journalism project.
219.716 Public Relations Research Methods 15 credits
An application of contemporary research methods to the demands of public relations practice in both local and transnational campaigns.
219.717 Digital Innovation and PR Management 30 credits
A critical examination of trends in public relations application of mobile and social media to inform communication planning. Students critically reflect on the implications of the rapid evolution of digital platforms for their own practice.
219.718 Reputational Risk and Ethics 30 credits
An evaluation of the implications of reputation management practices and an analysis of how reputation risk can be identified and managed in an ethical fashion as part of an organisation's enterprise-wide risk management framework under the direction of the board.
219.719 Public Relations Analytics 30 credits
Analytical techniques and strategies for PR practitioners using traditional, web, mobile and social media are explored, including the responsible interpretation and communication of the findings 'big data' makes and does not make possible.
219.720 Global Public Relations Management 30 credits
This course identifies and analyses how global public relations management is shaped by emerging technologies, national cultures and diplomacy. A comparative study of public relations practice in different countries is based on an international study trip.
219.721 Transdisciplinary Communication Research Methods 30 credits
An advanced introduction to selected communication research traditions and methods. Transdisciplinary competency in applied communication research is developed through the evaluation and application of different methodologies to communication research challenges.
219.790 Research Methods in Communication 30 credits
To introduce students to the research design principles of qualitative and quantitative research methodologies, data collection procedures, analysis of data and interpretation of results, and writing the research report.
219.799 Research Report 30 credits
Students are required to conduct a piece of independent research.
219.820 Applied Public Relations Project 45 credits
In this capstone course students apply their learning from the degree programme to developing a critically informed public relations activity plan for a selected organisation.
219.850 Thesis 120 credits
The supervised undertaking of an original piece of research in communication management.
219.851 Thesis 120 Credit Part 1 60 credits
A supervised and guided independent study resulting in a published work.
219.852 Thesis 120 Credit Part 2 60 credits
A supervised and guided independent study resulting in a published work.
219.853 Thesis 90 Credit Part 1 45 credits
A supervised and guided independent study resulting in a published work.
219.854 Thesis 90 Credit Part 2 45 credits
A supervised and guided independent study resulting in a published work.
219.855 Master of Communication Research Project 60 credits
An applied research project involving the critical evaluation and application of selected research methodologies to address communication-related challenges.
219.887 Research Report 60 credits
Candidates are required to conduct a piece of independent research under supervision and to produce a report of the research for examination.
219.888 Professional Practice 60 credits
Candidates will undertake professional practice within the subject area in which the Master of Management is being completed. Professional Practice may be conducted either individually or in groups and assessment of the outcome of the investigation may be in a variety of ways including written and oral presentations and case studies.
219.889 Journalism Project 60 credits
Students investigate and write a supervised 5,000-word piece of long-form journalism on a matter of substance and a 10,000-word scholarly, reflective, critically analytical report.
219.890 Journalism Project (Part I) 30 credits
Students investigate and write a supervised 5,000-word piece of long-form journalism on a matter of substance and a 10,000-word scholarly, reflective, critically analytical report.
219.891 Journalism Project (Part II) 30 credits
Students investigate and write a supervised 5,000-word piece of long-form journalism on a matter of substance and a 10,000-word scholarly, reflective, critically analytical report.
219.893 Thesis 90 credits
A supervised and guided independent study resulting in a published work.
219.897 Thesis 120 Credit Part 1 60 credits
A supervised and guided independent study resulting in a published work.
219.898 Thesis 120 Credit Part 2 60 credits
A supervised and guided independent study resulting in a published work.
219.899 Thesis 120 credits
A supervised and guided independent study resulting in a published work.
219.900 PhD Communication and Journalism 120 credits