[csaa-forum] tutors wanted for 2010 - Media & Communication, RMIT, Melbourne

Brian Morris brian.morris at rmit.edu.au
Thu Nov 26 10:08:39 CST 2009

The School of Media and Communication, RMIT (Melbourne) is seeking
sessional tutors for first and second semester 2010 subjects in the
Communication Strand program.

The attached application form, together with a short CV and details of
one academic referee, should be sent by email to Ms Carey Walden
(carey.walden at rmit.edu.au) by close of business on 1 February 2010.
Applications will then be sent to the relevant course coordinators for

Applicants must be able to demonstrate proof of Australian work rights.

Selection Criteria
•	Potential as a teacher: in particular, an ability to communicate
effectively with undergraduates and to be responsive to the University's
administrative needs
•	An honours degree in a relevant area (e.g. communication
studies, media, cultural studies)
•	Previous experience with the relevant subject-matter

Guidelines for Payment of Sessional Tutors
Tutors in the School of Media and Communication are currently paid for
the following duties:
•	The number of tutorials conducted (repeat tutorials are paid at
a reduced rate)
•	marking (half hour per student for final essay)
•	Giving guest lectures – if required (paid at the basic lecture
•	Attending the subject lectures 
•	Other Academic Activity per semester - this includes course and
marking meetings
Information about the courses:

Communication and Social Relations (first and second semester course)
Coordinator: Dr Brian Morris (brian.morris at rmit.edu.au)

In this course you will discover how “communication” and “society” are
integral to and mutually formative of each other. You will learn that to
study “communication” and “society” is to research communicative
practices, networks and social relations. Your learning will strongly
focus on the collection and examination of a range of contemporary texts
(written, visual, audio-visual, embodied) that present or infer
different kinds of “communities”. You will develop skills in describing
and analysing these texts using techniques and concepts developed within
the field of communication studies. You will also develop an
introductory understanding of some of the ways in which communication
studies has conceptualised differences between diverse communicative
contexts (for example, "mass media", "face-to-face communication",
"imagined communities" and so on).The course will focus on a specific
’case study’ over the semester in order to concretely explore these

Communication Histories and Technologies (first and second semester
Coordinator: Dr Rebecca Hill (rebecca.a.hill at rmit.edu.au)

In this course you will investigate the uses and applications of
communication technologies in terms of their cultural, economic and
political significance. You will focus on three technologies: the
printing press; photography and digital technologies. You will analyse
these technologies through a framework that disrupts cause-and-effect
explanations of the technologies’ applications. By building on your
skills and knowledge from Communication and Social Relations, you will
explore the ways in which social relations and communication
technologies are formative of each other. 
Guiding questions of the course include: in what ways are technologies
always social; what are and have been the practices associated with the
technology; how does this technology interweave with other technologies;
how have the older technologies adapted to more recent historical
conditions and innovations; how do newer technologies incorporate
traditional practices; how do communication technologies expose a
discontinuous rather than a linear view of history; among others.
Textual forms relevant to the communication technology will be used for

Communication Debates and Approaches (semester one only)
Coordinator: Dr Catherine Gomes (catherine.gomes at rmit.edu.au)

This course engages with the field of communication studies to examine
some of its key debates through a variety of approaches for analysing
and evaluating those debates. Focus will be on a few topics that are
central to communication: 
•	audiences 
•	publics 
•	discourses of globalisation 
This course will help students examine the debates through approaches
that include: audience research, cultural studies, ideology and a
governmental approach. This course builds on students’ skills and
knowledge from “Communication and Social Relations” and “Communication
Histories and Technologies”; emphasis will be given to assessing their
limitations and possibilities in relation to the debates.
By examining these central areas of communication, students will
recognise its interdisciplinary nature, and some of the political
assumptions and consequences of the various approaches to intellectual


Dr. Brian Morris
Senior Lecturer in Media
State Library of Victoria Honorary Creative Fellow 2009

School of Media & Communication
RMIT University (City), GPO Box 2476
Melbourne VIC 3001, Australia

tel: (61 3) 9925 3882, fax: (61 3) 9925 9730
office: 9.4.42 (city campus)
e-mail: brian.morris at rmit.edu.au
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