Course Description

Pre-requisite Courses 

COS 801 Statistics for Communication Research

The course identifies the prerequisites for various statistical measures, and covers basic statistical methods as tools for data analysis in communication research. Students will learn to apply descriptive, inferential, and advanced statistics to communication research.

COS 802 Critical Approach to Communication Studies

A comprehensive review of the literature on critical and cultural traditions of communication studies from the modernism era to postmodernism, post-structuralism, post-colonialism, and mass culture/globalization. Emphasis is placed on a critical analysis of important theorists’ and philosophers’ ideologies and their applications in each era. For example, Marxism’s conflict theory and the dialectic method, the Frankfurt School and Jurgen Habermas, Cutural “hegemony,” and Antonio Gramsci, Post-structuralism and the work of Michel Fourcault, Neo-Marxism’s British cultural studies and political economy, Feminist cultural studies, etc. Lessons learned from these studies will provide a basis for decision-making on communication/media reform for sustainable social change in Thailand and other countries.

Required Courses

COS 901 Communication Theory

This course explores the nature and function of theories across the communication studies discipline.  It seeks to develop and enhance students’ understanding and interpretation of communication theories as well as their ability to apply these theories to their own research inquiries and endeavors.

COS 902 Communication Research

Pre-requisite: COS 801 Statistics for Communication Research
COS 802 Critical Approach to Communication Studies

This course explores the use of methods for investigating communication processes and its effects. It provides core knowledge in designing communication research and some hands-on experience with quantitative and qualitative methods in conducting empirical investigations.

COS 903 Integrated Approach to Communication Theory and Research

This course provides an overview of communication studies, offering theoretical coverage of the broad scope of communication study with theory-research integration. Students will learn to integrate theories and research through actual case studies, hypothetical cases, published studies, or unpublished research.

COS 911 Global Context and Communication

The course features a state-of-the-art view of the global contexts in which communication operates. It includes analysis of communication contexts in the global level such as global trends, transmedia, and world communication systems.

COS 912 New Technology in Communication Contexts

This course introduces students to new communication technology from a media perspective. Topics cover the areas of TV/video and movie production, radio and audio production, print and graphic communications, photography, and animation. Students will develop an awareness of environmental and societal issues related to new technology and explore training pathways and career opportunities in the various communication contexts.

COS 913 Media and Communication in Asia: Convergence or Divergence

The class focuses on the roles and functions of media and the broad range of communication forms in Asia. With growing diversification of cultural communication in Asia, the course will focus on international comparisons, highlighting differences and commonalities in the social and cultural position of media in diverse Asian societies.

Elective Courses

COS 921 Independent Study

A concentrated program of research on a particular topic will  be approved and guided by a faculty member. Progress and outcomes of the student’s work will be supervised throughout the semester according to the commonly-determined schedule.

COS 922 Seminar on Special Topics

The seminar will explore a particular set of communication concepts in more depth. The students may choose to focus on a particular issue such as critical thinking strategies or an applied communication problem. For example analyzing and evaluating a competitive strategic information or public communication campaign.

COS 923 Advanced Communication Research

Prerequisite: COS 801 Statistics for Communication Research
COS 802 Critical Approach to Communication Studies
COS 902 Communication Research

This course aims to provide students with advanced statistical analyses, and to assist them in turning research questions into substantive research designs, together with an understanding of concepts involved. Each student will be supervised to develop his or her own dissertation proposal as the final outcome.

COS 924 Media Innovation and Creative Strategies

This course will provide a survey of the broad implications of applying media technology through research and creative strategies focusing on personal and institutional choices. Students will learn about the policy and social contexts of media innovation in a globalized world.

COS 925 New Communication Technology in Social Contexts

This course aims to explore a new communication technology in various social contexts. It covers the main aspects of interactions between new communication technology and humanswith respect to social life, social connections, and social changes. The areas of discussion include: an acceptance of new communication technology and the social conditions affecting this acceptance, effects of new communication technology on humans in responseto changes of new communication technology, and structures of the society and the influence of new communication technology on these structures.

COS 926 Issues in Intercultural Communication

This course provides an overview of various issues in the area of Intercultural Communication. Students will explore the reciprocal relationship between communication and culture in various communication settings and platforms. Topics include: approaches in different cultures, the phenomenon of intercultural encounters at different levels, and important issues relevant to intercultural communication as identified in current literature in the communication field.

COS 927 Cross-Cultural Communication: Application to Global Businesses

This subject addresses the core theory and practice of cross-cultural communication. It also identifies various approaches to the cross-cultural dimensions of communication, and discusses the multiple challenges in managing cross-cultural communication. The course will highlight the key ideas and issues which are essential for communication practitioners in order to function effectively in the global business environment.

COS 928 Communication for Policy Issues

This course introduces students to the legal, political, ethical issues challenging today’s communication professionals, and to the subsequent impact of these issues in developing policy. Emphasis will be placed on organizational policy development, information ethics, and freedom of expression.

COS 929 Communication for Sustainability

This course will take a social communication approach. Students will be able to identify principles in sustainability and to seek best practices for planning and implementing effective communication strategies amidst the  social change. The course  aims to maximize improvements in human and environmental well-being.

COS 930 New Role of Media: Entrepreneurship and Ethics

This course intends to help students look into the perspective of the entrepreneurs. It aims at introducing students to the business side of media startups and teaching them to seek opportunities for innovation, whether from inside media organizations or as part of a media startup. The course is designed to build students’ digital and innovation skills so that they could be effective players in the emerging media landscape. It scrutinizes journalists’ values and ethics versus entrepreneurial risks, values and challenge.

Students will be well-equipped with the ability to plan a digital media startup and to develop a sustainable business model. Students will learn how to lead and manage interdisciplinary startup style project development teams. (In addition to classroom resources, students will learn from textbooks, case studies, team work and sharing of entrepreneurship networks.)

COS 931 Creative Economy and Content Development

This course provides a concept of creative economy and discusses various issues related to content development in the context of creative economy. Topics include: authoring, editing, and developing content for digital media.

Dissertation

COS 990 Dissertation for Academic Track

Condition: Passed all of the courses indicated in the curriculum

In the first phase, supervisors will support the students in systemizing their knowledge and expertise in order to develop a research proposal. Students will review and improve their proposals and develop their research tools. Students will collect and analyze data, and provide the outcomes of their studies. At the last stage, students will have to go through a final dissertation defense and the writing of the research paper for publication in a national or international journal, which has a peer-review and is acceptable in the field.

COS 992 Dissertationfor Professional Track

Condition: Passed all of the courses indicated in the curriculum and successfully conducted a professional project

In the first phase, supervisors will support the students in systemizing their knowledge and expertise in order to develop a research proposal.  Students will review and improve their proposals, and develop their research tools. Students will collect and analyze data, and provide the outcomes of their studies. At the last stage, students will have to go through a final dissertation defense and the writing of the research paper for publication in a national or international journal, which has a peer- review and is acceptable in the field.

 

Professional Project

COS 991 Professional Project

Condition: Passed all of the courses indicated in the curriculum

Under the professional track, students will focus on a communication project that is aligned to a specialization within the creative industry. Students will design a project and execute it at a level that meets creative industry standards. Following a successful accomplishment of their projects, professional track students will submit a minor thesis that critically discuss their selected industry.