Course Title: New Perspectives in Contemporary Popular Culture

Part A: Course Overview

Course Title: New Perspectives in Contemporary Popular Culture

Credit Points: 12


Course Code




Learning Mode

Teaching Period(s)


City Campus


345H Media and Communication


Sem 1 2017,
Sem 1 2018,
Sem 1 2020

Course Coordinator: Dr Tresa Le Clerc

Course Coordinator Phone: +61 3 9925 3146

Course Coordinator Email:

Course Coordinator Availability: Contact Course Coordinator

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: COMM2633 Popular Culture in Everyday Life; COMM1073 Television Cultures; COMM2632 Popular Cinema; COMM1084 Music in Popular Culture; COMM2345 Exploring Asian Popular Culture.


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

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

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

  • Critique major and/or emerging perspectives in popular culture scholarship.
  • Discuss the implications of globalised communication for specific popular cultural contexts and issues.
  • Reflect on the social, ethical and professional significance of an area of popular culture for the individual and society.
  • Investigate and critically analyse issues in popular culture.

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.

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