Faculty of Arts

Monash University

Postgraduate - Unit

This unit entry is for students who completed this unit in 2012 only. For students planning to study the unit, please refer to the unit indexes in the the current edition of the Handbook. If you have any queries contact the managing faculty for your course or area of study.

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12 points, SCA Band 1, 0.250 EFTSL

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FacultyFaculty of Arts
OfferedNot offered in 2012
Coordinator(s)Associate Professor Peter Murphy


Previously coded COM5250


In this unit students consider performance and dramatic elements of public speeches. The unit looks at the inter-relation between performance, dramatic speech, communication, politics, and public advocacyand at the principles of rhetorical delivery of speeches and the non-discursive elements of speech making. It explores the role of gesture, silence, theatre, body language, non-verbal, dramatic structure, analogy and opposition, entry-and-exit, economy, condensation, time and space, and humor in public speaking and speech writing.


On the successful completion of this unit, students will be able to demonstrate:

  1. An understanding of the general dramaturgical principles of rhetoric and composition
  2. An understanding of the relation between speech and silence, speech and non-verbal (non-discursive) communication
  3. An enhanced capacity to compose speeches and public addresses
  4. An ability to explain and analyze course concepts and debates in written and oral forms, and to engage at a high level of independent research.


Essay 1 (Theory and debates) (4000 words): 40%
Essay 2 (Case study) (5000 words): 60%

Contact hours

One 2- hour seminar per week


Completion of Bachelor of Arts or equivalent