Asian Public Relations

Subject 100-207 (2009)

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Credit Points: 12.50
Level: 2 (Undergraduate)
Dates & Locations:

This subject has the following teaching availabilities in 2009:

Semester 2, - Taught on campus.
Pre-teaching Period Start not applicable
Teaching Period not applicable
Assessment Period End not applicable
Last date to Self-Enrol not applicable
Census Date not applicable
Last date to Withdraw without fail not applicable

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Time Commitment: Contact Hours: A 2-hour lecture and a 1-hour seminar per week
Total Time Commitment: 3 contact hours/week , 5 additional hours/week. Total of 8 hours per week.
Prerequisites: Completion of 25 points of core Media and Communications subjects and 25 points of optional Media and Communications subjects at first year level.
Corequisites: None
Recommended Background Knowledge: None
Non Allowed Subjects: None
Core Participation Requirements:

For the purposes of considering request for Reasonable Adjustments under the Disability Standards for Education (Cwth 2005), and Student Support and Engagement Policy, academic requirements for this subject are articulated in the Subject Overview, Learning Outcomes, Assessment and Generic Skills sections of this entry.

It is University policy to take all reasonable steps to minimise the impact of disability upon academic study, and reasonable adjustments will be made to enhance a student's participation in the University's programs. Students who feel their disability may impact on meeting the requirements of this subject are encouraged to discuss this matter with a Faculty Student Adviser and Student Equity and Disability Support:


Dr Umi Manickam Khattab


Umi Manickam Khattab
Subject Overview: This subject provides a cultural and political map of forms of public relations practices in a range of countries across the Asia Pacific region. The subject examines the emerging role of professional bodies and regulatory agencies in the ethical practice of public relations vis-a-vis the ‘Asian’ values debate and orientalist discourses in a diverse region with multiple notions of democracy, state-corporatist regimes and global cultural flows. In exploring the activities of public relations in the production, circulation and consumption of cultural and political products, the subject looks closely at the application of culturally specific persuasive, developmental and change strategies in the management of national and global public risk campaign programmes such as HIV/AIDS. Through analyses of news, campaigns, advertisements, public service messages and folklore, the subject asks students to critically examine the work of state, trans-national, non-government, independent and global activist public relations in shaping public opinion and influencing the civic/civil sphere through hegemonic and counter-hegemonic discourses in the promotion of local-national-global ideological values and identities.

A written essay of 2000 words 45% (due mid semester); a written global public risk campaign analysis report of 2000 words 45% (due at the end of semester) and class participation 10%. Students must have attended at least 80% of classes to be eligible for assessment. Students are advised to consult the following web address for details of assessment penalties which apply to this subject

Prescribed Texts: A Subject Reader will be available.
Breadth Options:

This subject is not available as a breadth subject.

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Generic Skills:
  • be able to apply appropriate frameworks to the description and evaluation of media and public relations in political and cultural systems and processes;
  • be able to develop a critical understanding of different forms of persuasive and promotional practices in the management of global public risk across the region;
  • be able to demonstrate skills in teamwork and cross-cultural communication.
Notes: This subject is only available to students enrolled in the BA (Media and Communications), BA (Media and Communications)/Bachelor of Commerce and BA (Media and Communications)/Bachelor of Laws. Students who have completed 100-107 or 100-207 Asia-Pacific Media Systems are not eligible to enrol in this subject
Related Course(s): Bachelor of Arts (Media & Communications) and Bachelor of Laws
Bachelor of Arts(Media and Communication) & Bachelor of Commerce
Bachelor of Arts(Media and Communications)
Related Majors/Minors/Specialisations: Media and Communications

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