Course Title: Literature/Philosophy: Communicating the Self

Part A: Course Overview

Course Title: Literature/Philosophy: Communicating the Self

Credit Points: 12

Course Code




Learning Mode

Teaching Period(s)


City Campus


335H Applied Communication


Sem 1 2007,
Sem 1 2008,
Sem 1 2009


City Campus


345H Media and Communication


Sem 1 2010,
Sem 1 2011,
Sem 1 2012,
Sem 1 2013,
Sem 1 2014

Course Coordinator: Dr Rebecca Hill

Course Coordinator Phone: 61 3 9925 2985

Course Coordinator

Course Coordinator Location: 9.5.31

Pre-requisite Courses and Assumed Knowledge and Capabilities

You should have satisfactorily completed the prerequisite courses (Any three [3] of the following four courses: Phil 1087, Lang 1006, Comm 2140, Phil 1003) before you commence this course.

Note it is a condition of enrolment at RMIT that you accept responsibility for ensuring that you have completed the prerequisite/s and agree to concurrently enrol in co-requisite courses before enrolling in a course.

Course Description

The course is anchored in a central theme: how we understand ourselves today. This theme raises questions like: what does it mean to speak of the self? What are the assumptions behind and the implications of making statements in the first person? How does our identity relate to our proper name? What can be successfully or truthfully thought or communicated about the self and one’s experience of reality?

We will investigate these questions through a selection of texts that explore the:

  1. nature of selfhood
  2. relation of the self to reality
  3. self’s formation through communication

The course will survey the evolution of the concept of the self through texts that blur the boundary between literature and philosophy.

Objectives/Learning Outcomes/Capability Development

See above.

Upon successful completion of this course you will have:

a) enhanced your ability to think, speak, and write in a critical and informed way about influential writers, texts and issues at the interface between literature and philosophy;
b) deepened and broadened your awareness of how meanings and knowledge claims are constructed in texts, especially in connection with communicating the self, and their ability to assess the merits and limits of this construction of meaning;
c) increased your capacity to apply their literary and philosophical learning and awareness to the broader communications field.  See above.

Overview of Learning Activities

There will be a weekly, one-hour lecture and a two-hour tutorial. Emphasis will be given in tutorials to prescribed and secondary texts, group discussion and consideration of related materials such as DVD, video, music, photography, etc.

Overview of Learning Resources

 See list of references as supplied.

RMIT will provide you with resources and tools for learning in this course through our online systems.

Overview of Assessment

You will be assessed on how well you meet the course’s learning outcomes.

Assessment will include a mix of essay based tasks and tutorial engagement activities.

Feedback will be given on all assessment tasks.

If you have a long term medical condition and/or disability it may be possible to negotiate to vary aspects of the learning or assessment methods. You can contact the program coordinator or the Disability Liaison Unit if you would like to find out more.
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An assessment charter ( summarises your responsibilities as an RMIT student as well as those of your teachers.