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Communications and Marketing

This interactive and practical course will explore key communication and marketing concepts such as brand, reputation and stakeholder engagement as applied in the modern and fast-changing world of digital marketing and communications. It will teach you how to communicate and market more effectively in a networked, digital world of multiple, global and diverse stakeholders, essential in our modern world.

You will learn about persuasive and ethical interpersonal and organisational communication, the design of effective stakeholder communication strategies and the importance of reputation management. You will be introduced to key marketing concepts to help you understand audience behaviour and the significance of brands and the development of marketing strategy. You will learn about the new digital marketing and communications ecosystem and how it has changed how we think about and deliver modern communications and marketing. The course will be delivered by expert scholars and practitioners from the relevant fields and with industry experience using a mixture of workshops, master classes and seminars. You will acquire skills and understanding which will help you perform with greater confidence as a marketer and communicator.

This course is taught at an intermediate level.

I am very happy I attended the Warwick Summer School, I made some good friends and enjoyed the course thoroughly. It was lovely interacting with students, staff and guest speakers from all over the world. I had a wonderful time and I would definitely recommend WSS to anyone looking for a fulfilling summer experience.

Tina Thomas (India)

Key Facts

Level: Intermediate

Fees: Please see fees page

Teaching: 62 hours

Expected independent study: 68 hours

Optional assessment: Dependant on course

Typical credit: 3-4 credits (US) 7.5 ECTS points (EU)*
* Please check with your home institution

For more information on exams and credit, please see our Teaching and assessment page



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Syllabus and Course Overview

This course will explain the principles of communication in a digital marketing, updated to include the latest developments practised by leading firms in many industries, and how they use the services available from the leading suppliers such as Google, Amazon, Adobe, Microsoft and others. The course will use as its foundation the concept of the emergence of a new digital communications and marketing ecosystem and new business models. It will identify the main elements of this new ecosystem, and how the different elements of the ecosystem are connected in different sectors and for organisations of different sizes. It will explore not only the commercial aspects of this new system, but also the ethical and public policy aspects. It will then explore how digital communicators emerge, exploiting the features and applications of this new digital world, and how they use their skills to optimise branding, public relations, reputation and sales results. The course will feature talks by leading practitioners, from clients, digital/advertising agencies, and digital media and software firms and leading academics and conceptual thinkers in digital marketing and media.

The Topics to be covered include:

  • How communications and marketing are changing under the impact of digitalisation and globalisation
  • Models and theories of communication, how they are applied in practice and how they are changing under the digital influence and under the influence of cultural changes and globalisation
  • How to communicate better yourself
  • Audiences and stakeholders – who they are, how they think, feel and act, their relationships with media and organisations, how they need to be influenced and how to influence them
  • How the media world and media production is changing, including the new messaging – picture, words, videos, blogs, vlogs and apps
  • The digital marketing model and ecosystem and the role of communications in this new ecosystem
  • Marketing/communications planning and strategy e.g. branding, marketing mix design/delivery (product, pricing, channels, marketing communications, service), marketing, sales and service delivery (including helping customers to manage themselves)
  • Managing digital and real relationships
  • Making you and your company easy to find, buy from talk to, complain to, send things back to, pay, stay with you and how design thinking helps
  • Targeted marketing and communications – how to do it, how to measure it and how to capture its benefits
  • Data, information, platforms and new business models – information platforms and the cloud; issues of data quality and protection, ethics
  • Artificial intelligence in marketing operations and strategy

Course Aims

The course aims to apply the principles of modern communications and marketing to managing how you and your company relate to the world, but drawing on a much wider range of ideas than is usual in conventional marketing and communications courses. After taking the course, students will understand the impact of new communications, marketing and digital developments on what can be achieved professionally and in business, from a wide range of perspectives.

Students will examine how these new developments affect communications and marketing in a wide range of sectors, such as transport, retailing, packaged consumer goods, industrial engineering, financial services, media, telecommunication, electronics and other sectors.

Learning outcomes

The main learning outcome of this course is that students will become familiar with and develop the ability to confidently manage in the new world of communications and marketing.

Students will:

  • Understand the application of modern marketing and communication techniques in a wide range of business and professional situations
  • Understand how business and professional objectives can be achieved using modern communications and marketing techniques
  • Understand how new business models evolve and how they may require adoption of new communications and marketing techniques
  • Be able to apply their learning to development of professional careers and to advancing organisational performance

Course structure

For this course, there will be 4 hours of teaching on most weekdays, comprising mainly of lectures, exercises and presentations based on case studies and applications to contemporary communications and marketing problems.

The structure will be approximately 10 hours of lectures, 30 hours of presentations by practitioners of communications and marketing and 10 hours of group work supervised by lecturers and practitioners

Course Assessment

The module will be assessed via a 2-hour examination. It should be noted that the exam is not compulsory. Everyone who completes the course – whether or not they sit the exam - will receive a certificate of attendance. However, by taking the exam you will also receive a grade/mark for the course which can be helpful to you. In the third week, students will also be required to produce a presentation detailing the application of their learning to an organisation selected from a short list provided by the tutors.

Students will also be given time each day for independent study.

Reading List

Students will be provided with a series of weblinks to follow.

Entry Requirements

There are no prerequisites for this course. This course is open to students studying any discipline at University level. We welcome individuals from all backgrounds, including students who are currently studying another subject but who want to broaden their knowledge in another discipline. Students should also meet our standard entry requirements and must be aged 18 or over by the time the Summer School commences and have a good understanding of the English language.

Please note changes to the syllabus and teaching team may be made over the coming months before exact set of topics are finalised.

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