Course Title: Politics Communicated

Part A: Course Overview

Course Title: Politics Communicated

Credit Points: 12.00


Course Code




Learning Mode

Teaching Period(s)


City Campus


335H Applied Communication


Sem 2 2009


City Campus


345H Media and Communication


Sem 2 2010,
Sem 2 2011,
Sem 2 2018,
Sem 2 2019,
Sem 2 2020,
Sem 2 2021

Course Coordinator: Assoc. Prof. Cathy Greenfield

Course Coordinator Phone: +61 3 9925 5038

Course Coordinator Email:

Course Coordinator Availability: Email

Pre-requisite Courses and Assumed Knowledge and Capabilities


Course Description

In this course you will examine how politics and power is communicated and how communication is part of governing all kinds of populations. You will examine conceptions of power, major political frameworks, the significance of policy, and arrangements of government. As you consider particular political issues and regimes, you will explore discursive framings and rhetorics and how these are utilised in journalism, opinion polling, public relations and advertising, ‘mass’ media and networked media.

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. Describe and analyse various kinds of politics from a range of perspectives.
  2. Discuss politics and policies in terms of the governing of populations.
  3. Identify and discuss key assumptions in a variety of political discourses.
  4. Examine various media as arenas of political contestation.

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 Equitable Learning Services 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 and exams

Task 1: Reading Quizzes [25% Individual - Linked course learning outcomes: 1,2,3,4]

Task 2: Short answer test [25% Individual - Linked course learning outcomes: 2]

Task 3: Communicative artefact [10% Individual - Linked course learning outcome: 2,3,4]

Task 4: Reflection and analysis [40% Individual - Linked course learning outcomes: 1,2,3,4]