Course Title: Social Applications of Communication: A Political Economy of the Workplace

Part A: Course Overview

Course Title: Social Applications of Communication: A Political Economy of the Workplace

Credit Points: 12


Course Code




Learning Mode

Teaching Period(s)


City Campus


345H Media and Communication


Sem 1 2011,
Sem 1 2012,
Sem 1 2013,
Sem 1 2014,
Sem 1 2015,
Sem 1 2016,
Sem 1 2017,
Sem 1 2018,
Sem 1 2019,
Sem 1 2020

Course Coordinator: Associate Professor Cathy Greenfield

Course Coordinator Phone: +61 3 9925 5038

Course Coordinator Email:

Pre-requisite Courses and Assumed Knowledge and Capabilities

Required Prior Study

Successful completion of any three (3) of the following courses before you commence this course: COMM2402 Rhetorics & Politics of the Contemporary World; COMM2409 Politics Communicated; COMM2408 Economies Communicated; COMM2636 Screening Politics & Economies; SOCU2112 Global Political Economy.


Alternatively you may be able to demonstrate the required skills and knowledge before you start this course. Contact your course coordinator if you think you may be eligible for recognition of prior learning. Further information:;ID=x94or0ccuu7k

Course Description

In this course you will explore contemporary workplaces as sites of the social application of communication. You will analyse workplaces characteristic of knowledge economies from the perspective of a ‘political economy’ approach. You will investigate workplaces as complex organisations and explore the forms of agency possible within them.

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 this course, you will be able to:

  1. Discuss current political, economic, business, and communication issues and developments in relation to workplace practices.
  2. Apply a range of analytical perspectives to the challenge of communicating in professional contexts.
  3. Analyse complex workplace environments in terms of their multiple components.
  4. Reflect on and articulate the role of a communication professional and your objectives within that role.

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: 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 Policy

Task 1: Description Task [Individual 25% Linked course learning outcome: 1 and 3]

Task 2: Reading Quizzes [Individual 14% Linked course learning outcome: 2, 3 and 4]

Task 3: Debriefs  [Individual 16% Linked course learning outcome: 2, 3 and 4]

Task 4: Written Knowledge Artefact [Individual  45% Linked course learning outcome: 1 and 3]