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 COM5260


In this unit students consider persuasion, history and theory of rhetoric, and public address. The unit looks at the relation between communication, politics, and public advocacy - and at the principles of rhetoric, public speaking, and speech writing. It explores the role of speeches in leadership - and how speeches persuade others, mobilize opinion, foster controversy and dramatic conflict, and create allegiances and social consensus.


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

  1. An understanding of the general principles of rhetoric and composition
  2. An understanding of the relation between social context and public address
  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