Course Title: Reading Space and Place

Part A: Course Overview

Course Title: Reading Space and Place

Credit Points: 12.00


Course Code




Learning Mode

Teaching Period(s)


City Campus


345H Media and Communication


Sem 2 2015,
Sem 2 2016,
Sem 2 2017,
Sem 2 2018,
Sem 2 2020,
Sem 2 2021,
Sem 2 2022,
Sem 2 2023

Course Coordinator: Dr Brigid Magner

Course Coordinator Phone: +61 3 9925 3792

Course Coordinator Email:

Pre-requisite Courses and Assumed Knowledge and Capabilities


Course Description

In this course you will examine texts from the travel genre in order to consider the imaginative possibilities of mobility. You will be introduced to ways of reading literature related to space (including psychological, physical, geographical) place (as it is imagined, traversed, and occupied). The course is primarily concerned with exploring the links between reading and location from classical times to the present. Texts may include accounts of pilgrimages, imaginary voyages, utopian fantasies, explorers’ tales and literary tourism.

Objectives/Learning Outcomes/Capability Development

In this course you will develop the following program learning outcome: 

  1. 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. Interpret and discuss texts relating to space, place and mobilities
  2. Discuss and apply contemporary theoretical approaches to selected travel literature
  3. Compare and contrast concepts and representations of space and place within historical and contemporary literature
  4. Investigate and critically analyse the relation between reading and location

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

Assessment Task 1: Reflection on Domestic Space [30% Individual Linked Course learning outcomes: 1,2,3,]

Assessment Task 2: Class Presentation [20% Group Linked Course Learning outcomes: 1,2,3,4]

Assessment Task 3: Psychogeography Experiment [40% Individual Linked Course learning outcomes: 1,4]

Assessment Task 4: Visual Analysis [10% Individual Linked course learning outcomes:1,2]