Course Title: Rhetorics & Politics of the Contemporary World

Part A: Course Overview

Course Title: Rhetorics & Politics of the Contemporary World

Credit Points: 12


Course Code

Campus

Career

School

Learning Mode

Teaching Period(s)

COMM2402

City Campus

Undergraduate

335H Applied Communication

Face-to-Face

Sem 1 2009,
Sem 2 2009

COMM2402

City Campus

Undergraduate

345H Media and Communication

Face-to-Face

Sem 1 2010,
Sem 2 2010,
Sem 1 2011,
Sem 2 2011,
Sem 1 2012,
Sem 2 2012,
Sem 1 2013,
Sem 2 2013,
Sem 1 2014,
Sem 2 2014,
Sem 1 2015,
Sem 1 2016,
Sem 1 2017

Course Coordinator: Dr Philip Dearman

Course Coordinator Phone: +61 3 9925 9568

Course Coordinator Email: philip.dearman@rmit.edu.au


Pre-requisite Courses and Assumed Knowledge and Capabilities

None


Course Description

In this course you will examine how political power, forms of governing and communication are intimately connected, and why these connections matter. You will explore practices and technologies of communication, and their various uses, as integral parts of a wider political economy.

Areas to be examined include classical rhetoric, political economy, rights and freedoms, capitalism, democracy, the knowledge economy, digital communication, and a variety of important contemporary political issues.

Throughout the course attention is paid to communication as something that is applied, as practices and technologies. You will also investigate the political, economic and commercial locations and aspects of such communications.

 


Objectives/Learning Outcomes/Capability Development

In this course you will develop the following program learning outcome:

  • Identify, evaluate and critically analyse cultural, historical and theoretical practices which contextualise your professional practice and further study.


Upon successful completion of the this course you will be able to:

  • Discuss what is counted as ‘politics’, ‘governing’ and ‘the economy’, and how these are routinely organised and communicated.
  • Describe the use of communication in the exercise of power through rhetoric, argument and persuasion.
  • Analyse particular uses of communication in contemporary political economic life.


Overview of Learning Activities

You will be actively engaged in a range of learning activities which may include project work, lectures, tutorials, class discussion, individual and group activities.


Overview of Learning Resources

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

A list of recommended learning resources will be provided by your lecturer, including books, journal articles and web resources. You will also be expected to seek further resources relevant to the focus of your own learning.

The Library provides guides on academic referencing: http://www.rmit.edu.au/library/referencing and subject specialist help via your Liaison Librarian.
 


Overview of Assessment

You will be assessed on how well you meet the course’s learning outcomes and on your development against the program learning outcomes. Assessment may include written and oral reports, reflective papers, creative projects and presentations, individually and in groups.

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.

Your course assessment conforms to RMIT assessment principles, regulations, policies, procedures and instructions which are available for review online: Assessment


Assessment Tasks

Assessment 1

In this assessment you will apply critical thinking and research skills by undertaking a task that involves reading and explaining. It will contribute 30% to your overall grade.

This assessment will cover the following:

Course learning outcome

  • Discuss what is counted as ‘politics’, ‘the economy’, and ‘business’ and how these are routinely organised and communicated.


Assessment 2

In this assessment you will apply critical thinking and research skills by undertaking a task that involves reading and reviewing. It will contribute 25% to your overall grade.

This assessment will cover the following:

Course learning outcome

  • Describe the use of communication in the exercise of power through rhetoric, argument and persuasion.


Assessment 3

In this assessment you will apply critical thinking and research skills by undertaking a task that involves reflection on learning. It will contribute 45% to your overall grade.

This assessment will cover the following:

Course learning outcome

  • Analyse particular uses of communication in politics, economies and business.