Course Title: Communication and Social Relations

Part A: Course Overview

Course Title: Communication and Social Relations

Credit Points: 12.00


Course Code




Learning Mode

Teaching Period(s)


City Campus


335H Applied Communication


Sem 1 2009,
Sem 2 2009


City Campus


345H Media and Communication


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


Singapore Inst of Management


345H Media and Communication


Offsh3 15


RMIT University Vietnam


345H Media and Communication


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

Course Coordinator: Ashley Perry

Course Coordinator Phone:

Course Coordinator Email:

Course Coordinator Location: 9.4

Course Coordinator Availability: By appointment - please email

Pre-requisite Courses and Assumed Knowledge and Capabilities


Course Description

In this course you will discover how ‘communication’ and ‘society’ are integral to each other. You will develop skills in describing, researching and analysing communication artefacts and the social relations they articulate, using techniques and conceptual frameworks developed within the field of communication studies. You will also reflect on the ways different communication disciplines interpret and approach the world.

Objectives/Learning Outcomes/Capability Development

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

  • Critically analyse and apply a diverse and industry relevant body of knowledge and skills to the field of media and communications in a global context.
  • Critically analyse, synthesize and reflect on professional communication in both local and international contexts
  • Work with others in a range of roles and contexts, demonstrating cultural, environmental and social awareness and ethical and reflective practice

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

  • analyse the diversity of communication texts, practices and forms and their role in the constitution of social relations;
  • explain the difference between primary and secondary sources related to a specific object of critical analysis;
  • collect, describe and critically analyse communication artefacts (written, visual, audiovisual, embodied) that reflect specific social relations; and
  • compare and contrast interpretative approaches of key communication disciplines.

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 may 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, procedures and instructions which are available for review online: