Course Title: Communication Debates and Approaches

Part A: Course Overview

Course Title: Communication Debates and Approaches

Credit Points: 12.00


Course Code




Learning Mode

Teaching Period(s)


City Campus


345H Media and Communication


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


Singapore Inst of Management


345H Media and Communication


Offsh1 13,
Offsh1 14


RMIT University Vietnam


345H Media and Communication


Viet2 2013,
Viet3 2013,
Viet1 2014,
Viet2 2014,
Viet3 2014,
Viet1 2015,
Viet2 2015,
Viet3 2015

Course Coordinator: Dr Danielle Kirby

Course Coordinator Phone: +61 3 9925 3129

Course Coordinator Email:

Course Coordinator Location: 9.5.28

Pre-requisite Courses and Assumed Knowledge and Capabilities

You are required to have completed COMM2403 Communication Histories and Technologies.

Course Description

In this course you will examine, analyse and evaluate some of the key debates in communication studies. You will identify key approaches being taken within these debates and learn how the approaches adopted can shape outcomes. You will focus on topics that are central to communication, including audiences, publics and discourses of globalisation. Through examining these topics, you will explore the interdisciplinary nature of communication and some of the consequences of various approaches to intellectual inquiry.

Objectives/Learning Outcomes/Capability Development

Program Learning Outcomes

 In this course you will develop and be assessed on the following program learning outcomes

  • critically analyse, synthesize and reflect on professional communication in both local and international contexts
  • demonstrate creativity, critical thinking and innovation when identifying and solving problems in diverse contexts within the professional communication field
  • communicate using diverse formats and strategies to audiences within and external to your discipline

Course Learning Outcomes

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

• contextualise the impacts of globalised communication through an analysis of communication situations, audiences and debates;
• examine and critique a specific area of debate within communication, including the different approaches taken in analysing the debate and how those approaches influence outcomes;
• apply an interdisciplinary approach to analysis and problem solving; and
• reflect on the social, ethical and professional implications of an area of contemporary communication debate.

Overview of Learning Activities

Your learning experiences may include interactive lectures, tutorials and group based activities. There will be both individual and group exercises to further develop ideas based in classes

Overview of Learning Resources

 RMIT will provide you with resources and tools for learning in this course through online systems. All relevant course materials and lists of suggested reading will be made available to you. You will also be expected to make extensive use of library resources.

Overview of Assessment

You will be assessed on how well you meet the course’s learning outcomes and on your development against the program capabilities.

Assessment will consist of a range of activities such as assignments, projects, reports, presentations.

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 and procedures which are described and referenced in a single document:;ID=ln1kd66y87rc