Course Title: Screening Politics and Technologies

Part A: Course Overview

Course Title: Screening Politics and Technologies

Credit Points: 12.00

Important Information:

In 2021 this course was titled 'Screening Politics and Economies'

From Semester 1 2022 this course is titled 'Screening Politics and Technologies'


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,
Sem 2 2021,
Sem 2 2022,
Sem 2 2023

Course Coordinator: Dr Lucy Morieson

Course Coordinator Phone: +61 3 9925 9594

Course Coordinator Email:

Course Coordinator Location: Building 9, Level 4

Course Coordinator Availability: Refer to Canvas

Pre-requisite Courses and Assumed Knowledge and Capabilities


Course Description

In this course you will explore how politics and technologies are presented in popular film, television and other screen formats both locally and globally. You will consider the significance of popular cultural presentations of politics and technologies, and how a range of emerging technologies mediate and are shaping social, political and economic life. These concerns will be explored through the analysis of screen-based texts and the occasions of their viewing, circulation, and social outcomes.

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

Overview of Learning Resources

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.
RMIT will provide you with resources and tools for learning in this course through our online systems.
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
Task 1: Screen Text Discussion [30% Individual. Linked course learning outcome: 1] Task 2: Reading and Topic Responses [30% Individual. Linked course learning outcomes: 2, 3] Task 3: Review Essay [40% Individual. Linked course learning outcome: 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.