University of Technology Sydney

57223 Exploring Human Communication: Theories and Practice

8cp; To comply with health advice from NSW Health, the planned delivery of this subject for Spring 2021 has been adjusted. Activities scheduled for campus until the 27th of August (inclusive) are being moved online. Timetabled activities for the remainder of the session will be held on campus only if the public health situation permits face-to-face learning in available teaching spaces. Please log into Canvas and monitor your UTS email for the latest advice concerning subject delivery and assessment information.
There are course requisites for this subject. See access conditions.
Anti-requisite(s): 57022 Foundations of Communication


This subject explores key theories and contemporary concepts that inform human communication and strategic communication practices such as advertising, public relations, organisational communication, communication management and social media. It draws on significant interdisciplinary knowledges and traditions: rhetoric, systems theory, psychology, semiotics, interpretation (phenomenology), sociology, cultural studies, and critical theory. The subject introduces students to de-Westernised processes and practices to recognise the importance of cultural nuances in negotiating meaning. Students review communication models that inform their understanding of factors that either contribute to, or challenge, effective communication in diverse communication contexts and issues.

Typical availability

Autumn session, City campus,
Spring session, City campus

The subject is usually offered in these sessions. To confirm availability check the UTS Timetable Planner.

Detailed subject description.

Access conditions

Note: The requisite information presented in this subject description covers only academic requisites. Full details of all enforced rules, covering both academic and admission requisites, are available at access conditions and My Student Admin.