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Monash University

Bachelor of Arts (Journalism)

Course code: 2396 ~ Course abbreviation: BA(Journ) ~ Total credit points required: 144 ~ 3 years full-time, 6 years part-time ~ Managing faculty: Arts

Study mode and course location

On-campus (Gippsland)

Off-campus (Gippsland - P/T only; Singapore)

Multimode (Gippsland)

Course description

This course helps students understand issues applying to the study of journalism, understand the role of communication in modern society, and develop practical skills and experience in the field.

Particular attention is focused on the skills applicable across print, radio and television; desktop publishing; electronic journalism; narrowcasting, as well as broadcasting on television and radio; and local, regional and international journalism. A comparative journalism approach and knowledge of a second language are encouraged.

There are opportunities for final-year students to take placements overseas. The course addresses Australia in its multi-racial and multicultural context, and looks at the responsibilities in reporting Aboriginal affairs.

Course objectives

The degree is designed to foster the acquisition of soundly based knowledge and skills that will enable graduates to seek employment in the journalism and communication industries. Journalism at Monash has an international focus, with a particular emphasis on Asia. The course aims to provide students with an opportunity to work in this broader region.

Course structure

Areas of study

In addition to the journalism major, minors can be taken in Australian Indigenous studies, Australian studies, communications, community studies, history-politics, philosophy, psychological studies, psychology, public relations, social and community welfare, sociology and writing.

For information on the journalism major and all minors offered, refer to the `Areas of study' section on the Arts faculty website at

Course requirements

Students must complete the following:

(a) a journalism major (48 points) - as on-campus and off-campus sequences differ, refer to 'Areas of study' at for details

(b) an arts minor (24 points)

(c) a further 24 points at first-year level including COM1010 Media studies and COM1020 Introduction to communication studies

(d) a minimum of 36 points at third-year level (includes the units completed in the journalism major).

Of the 144 points, 96 points must be completed within the Faculty of Arts. The remaining 48 points may be taken from disciplines in the Faculty of Arts or disciplines outside the faculty.

Note that no more than 10 units (60 points) are to be completed at a first-year level.

Students have a maximum of eight years to complete this course.

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