Course Title: Screening Politics and Economies

Part A: Course Overview

Course Title: Screening Politics and Economies

Credit Points: 12.00


Course Code




Learning Mode

Teaching Period(s)


City Campus


345H Media and Communication


Sem 2 2016,
Sem 2 2017,
Sem 2 2018,
Sem 2 2019,
Sem 2 2020

Course Coordinator: Huck Ying Ch'ng

Course Coordinator Phone: +61 3 9925 9264

Course Coordinator Email:

Course Coordinator Location: 009.04.055

Pre-requisite Courses and Assumed Knowledge and Capabilities


Course Description

In this course you will explore how politics and economic life are presented in popular film, television and other screen formats both locally and globally. You will consider the significance of popular cultural presentations of various political and economic themes and concerns, and any relation the works have to the conduct of political and economic life. These concerns will be explored through the analysis of both the internal relations (e.g., filmic techniques and materials) and external relations (e.g., occasions of composition and viewing, circulation, social outcome) of screen based texts.

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. Identify and apply different approaches to establishing the social, cultural and political significance of screen-based texts.
  2. Discuss and analyse how politics has been presented and is at issue in screen-based media locally and globally.
  3. Discuss and analyse how economic life has been presented and is at issue in screen-based media locally and globally.
  4. Employ rhetorical analysis on screen-based texts.

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 University Library has extensive resources for [discipline] students. The Library has produced subject guides that include quality online and print resources for your studies.

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 Policy

Task 1: Screen Text Discussion 30% Individual. Linked course learning outcome: 1

Task 2: Weekly Reflection 30% Individual. Linked course learning outcomes: 2, 3

Task 3: Review Essay 40% Individual. Linked course learning outcome: 4