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Monash University Handbook 2011 Postgraduate - Course

This course entry should be read in conjunction with information provided in the 'Faculty information' section of this Handbook by the Faculty of Arts

Managing facultyArts
Abbreviated titleMJourn/MEnvSust
CRICOS code069116G
Total credit points required96
Standard duration of study (years)2 years FT, 4 years PT
Study mode and locationOn-campus (Caulfield, Clayton)
Admission, fee and application details
Contact details

Chris Nash, Professor of Journalism;; +61 3 9903 4948

Course coordinator

Professor Chris Nash


The Master of Journalism and Master of Environment and Sustainability provides a comprehensive introduction to issues of sustainability and related policy and planning processes, an entry-level qualification for a professional journalism career, and a mid-career course for working journalists seeking to extend their expertise and refresh the intellectual basis of their practice. It has a national and international orientation designed to optimise the contribution graduates will make to their profession using a full range of media technologies and insights into approaches to sustainability.


Graduates of the program will:

  • have an understanding of issues of social and environmental sustainability, be able to critically analyse them and propose realistic solutions
  • have strong professional research and reporting skills in a range of media technologies and formats
  • be equipped with the necessary skills and attributes either to enter professional practice in the news media or, for qualified journalists, to extend their existing skills and intellectual understanding of journalistic practices
  • understand and be able to contribute to the important role of professional and ethical journalism in the service of the public right to know and democratic processes
  • have an effective understanding of the role of journalism and the media in local, national, regional and global contexts.


The course involves extensive research and reporting in the field.


Students complete six core and four elective units at level four, plus one of the options outlined at level five. Students who achieve a distinction average in their level four units have the option of undertaking a 24-point research dissertation at level five.


Level four

Students complete 60 points as outlined below.

Students complete the following six units (36 points):

  • APG4425 Perspectives on environment and sustainability
  • APG4427 Frontiers in sustainability and environment
  • APG4773 Research and reporting
  • APG4774 Reporting with sound and image
  • APG4775 Journalism and the law
  • APG4776 Journalism studies

plus 12 points from the following (12 points):

plus 12 points of level four elective units from one or more of the following Master of Environment and Sustainability elective streams (12 points):

Working in the corporate and public sectors

  • APG4401 Communications, convergence and public policy
  • APG4433/APG5433 Corporate sustainability management
  • APG4434/APG5434 Sustainability measurement
  • APG4739 Stakeholder engagement and corporate environmental sustainability
  • APG4740 Strategic management for corporate environmental sustainability
  • APG5686 Issues in public policy
  • APG5762 Environmental economics and policy
  • ECC3640 Economics of climate change
  • ECF9210 Introduction to international economics
  • MGX5030 Corporate social responsibility
  • MGX5760 International institutions and organisations
  • MGX5770 Business and government
  • MGX9230 Public policy
  • MGX9270 Public management
  • MGX9720 Managing organisational change

Communities and development

  • APG4283 Sharing prosperity: Geographies of work, regional development and economy
  • APG4553 Field studies in regional sustainability
  • APG4556 Urbanisation and regional development in the Indo-Pacific Rims
  • APG4627 Research in political ecology
  • APG4628 Doctrines of development
  • APG4702 Culture and conflict in Indonesia
  • APG4772 Community development in a globalising world
  • APG5803 Special topics in international development
  • APG5804 Environmental revolutions
  • APG5805 The art and business of international development
  • ATS3376 Political anthropology: Ethnic and national identities in the modern world
  • ATS3378 Development and the Third World
  • ATS3622 Production, consumerism and the environment in the contemporary world


  • APG4389 Tourism industry and marketing
  • APG4390 Contemporary issues in tourism
  • APG4708 Ecotourism management
  • APG4709 Sustainable tourism development and planning

Environmental thinking and philosophies

  • APG4339/APG5339 Sustainability and the sacred
  • APG5804 Environmental revolutions
  • ATS3411 Weird Weather: Literature, culture and climate
  • ATS3427 Earthworks: Literature and environment
  • ATS3709 Politics of environmentalism
  • ATS3871 Environmental ethics
  • ATS4303 Issues in environmental history: Images of the natural world

Environmental law

  • BTX5100 Corporate environmental responsibility
  • BTX5130 International law and policy
  • BTX9100 Sustainability regulation
  • LAW4115 Environmental law 406
  • LAW5136 International environmental law 506

Geographic information systems

  • APG4552 Remote sensing of the environment
  • APG4758 Geographical information systems (GIS) for environmental science

Level five

Students complete one of the following options (36 points).

The units selected must not previously have been completed at level four.

Option 1

Students complete the following four units (24 points):

  • APG5426 Environmental analysis
  • APG5428 Environmental governance and citizenship
  • APG5813 Journalism studies project
  • APG5814 Journalism professional project

plus 12 points of units from the following(12 points):

  • APG5640 Journalism and society
  • APG5641 Reporting the environment
  • APG5642 Investigative reporting
  • APG5763 Environmental internship
  • APG5778 Research project
  • APG5809 Specialist reporting
  • level five elective units from one or more of the Master of Environment and Sustainability elective streams not already completed at level four

Option 2

Students complete the following (36 points):

  • APG5426 Environmental analysis
  • APG5428 Environmental governance and citizenship
  • APG5821 Journalism and sustainability research project (24pts)

Progression to further studies

Students who undertake the 24 point research project option and achieve at least a distinction are eligible to apply for a higher degree by research.

Alternative exit(s)

Students who have completed studies in either environment and sustainability or journalism to the value of:

  • 24 points may apply to exit with a related graduate certificate
  • 48 points may apply to exit with a related graduate diploma.


Master of Environment and Sustainability

Master of Journalism