Course Title: Popular Culture Now

Part A: Course Overview

Course Title: Popular Culture Now

Credit Points: 12.00

Important Information:

In 2021 this course is titled: New Perspectives in Contemporary Popular Culture

From Semester 1 2022 this course will be titled: Popular Culture Now.


Course Code




Learning Mode

Teaching Period(s)


City Campus


345H Media and Communication


Sem 1 2017,
Sem 1 2018,
Sem 1 2020,
Sem 1 2021,
Sem 1 2022,
Sem 1 2023,
Sem 1 2024

Course Coordinator: Divya Garg

Course Coordinator Phone: Contactable by email only

Course Coordinator Email:

Course Coordinator Location: Building 9, Level 4

Course Coordinator Availability: Contact Course Coordinator via email

Pre-requisite Courses and Assumed Knowledge and Capabilities

To be eligible to undertake this capstone course you must have completed: ● 36 credit points from the Approaches to Popular Culture Minor Stream OR ● 36 credit points from the Approaches to Popular Culture Contextual Stream OR ● a combination of 36 credit points from the Approaches to Popular Culture Minor and/or the Contextual Stream.   OR 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.

Course Description

This course offers opportunities to explore future directions in popular culture. You will reflect on major and emerging perspectives in the study of popular culture and apply those perspectives. You will explore these perspectives in the context of new technological developments and contemporary global issues. Within this context, you will examine the interaction between new media technologies and social practices, the effects of globalisation and social change, and some of the consequences of various perspectives to intellectual inquiry.

Objectives/Learning Outcomes/Capability Development

Program Learning Outcomes   In course you will develop the following program learning outcomes:   ● Identify, evaluate and critically analyse cultural, historical and theoretical practices which contextualise your professional practice and further study.

Course Learning Outcomes   Upon successful completion of this course, you will be able to:   1. Critique major and/or emerging perspectives in popular culture scholarship. 2. Discuss the implications of globalised communication for specific popular cultural contexts and issues. 3. Reflect on the social, ethical and professional significance of an area of popular culture for the individual and society. 4. Investigate and critically analyse issues in popular culture.

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. Delivery may be face to face, online or a mix of both.

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.   There are services available to support your learning through the University Library. The Library provides guides on academic referencing and subject specialist help as well as a range of study support services. For further information, please visit the Library page on the RMIT University website and the myRMIT student portal.

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.

Assessment Tasks
Assessment Task 1: Transmedia Project (Individual) 30% Linked CLOs: 1, 2, 3
Assessment Task 2: App Design Proposal (Group) 30% Linked CLOs: 1, 3, 4
Assessment Task 3: Case Study (Individual) 40% Linked CLOs 1, 2, 3, 4

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 Equitable Learning Services if you would like to find out more.

Your course assessment conforms to RMIT assessment principles, regulations, policies, procedures and instructions.