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COM4413 - Writing Communication Culture

12 points, SCA Band 1, 0.250 EFTSL

Undergraduate Faculty of Arts

Leader: Robert Briggs


Gippsland Second semester 2007 (Day)
Gippsland Second semester 2007 (Off-campus)


This unit explores the motif of writing in terms of its potential to raise a range of questions within the study of communication and culture. In doing so it introduces and exemplifies a speculative approach to signification, often referred to as "post-structuralism". The first part of the unit charts the development of post-structuralism, out of the fertile soil of semiotics and through the introduction of four key concepts: sign, code, discourse, writing. The second part demonstrates the practical potential of this approach by introducing some of the specific issues or contexts that have come to demarcate central areas of investigation within the "postmodern humanities".


On successful completion of this unit students will have:

  1. a sound, theoretically-informed knowledge of contemporary approaches to signification, communication and culture;
  2. the capacity to undertake advanced, speculative analysis of a range of concepts informing contemporary research within the humanities;
  3. an ability to write in several academic genres, including critical-interpretive essay, research project proposal, research-based essay, and referee's report;
  4. advanced research and communication skills appropriate to seminar discussion, research publication, and peer review.


Minor Essay (2,500 words) : 25%
Major Essay (4,000 words) : 40%
Seminar Contribution : 15%
Research Proposal and Peer Review (1,000 words) : 20%

Contact hours

2 hours per week


First degree with a major in communications, writing or a related discipline