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Course code



10 units


3000 level

Course handbook


Examines selected discourses to see in what ways professional practice can both constrain and enable. Students will also consider professional conventions, rules, institutional structures and the private and public practices of individuals and groups to see how power relationships are constructed and maintained.


PSB Singapore

    Learning outcomes

    On successful completion of the course students will be able to:

    1. Demonstrate how communication is constrained and enabled using everyday examples.

    2. Develop critical and creative thinking skills.

    3. Develop an understanding of key concepts in discourse and other communication practices.

    4. Develop an appreciation of the social, cultural and discursive constraints that affect meaning and effective communication.

    5. Demonstrate how professional practice is shaped by discursive processes.


    Through the grounded theory approach of this course theoretical abstractions will be discussed and located in the everyday practice of the media and communication sectors A problem based learning approach will be taken to study the content of documents and to observe professional and social practices. This analysis will consider institutionalised routines and behaviours such as modes of dress and speech, writing styles and presentation in relation to business, the media, government and communities. Students will also be expected to analyse their own social and academic discourses to see how these discourses shape and reflect student's own experience. As part of their group activity, students will engage in on-site observation of professional practice for one week during the semester.

    Assumed knowledge

    60 units including CMNS1000, CMNS1234, CMNS2600 and CMNS2720.

    Assessment items

    Participation: Group/tutorial Participation and Contribution

    Report: Project and Report

    Presentation: Group Seminar Presentation

    Case Study / Problem Based Learning: Major Essay

    Contact hours

    PSB Singapore


    Face to Face On Campus 1 hour(s) per Week for 7 Weeks


    Face to Face On Campus 2 hour(s) per Week for 12 Weeks

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