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Monash University Handbook 2011 Postgraduate - Unit

6 points, SCA Band 1, 0.125 EFTSL

Refer to the specific census and withdrawal dates for the semester(s) in which this unit is offered.

FacultyFaculty of Arts
OfferedCaulfield First semester 2011 (Day)
Caulfield Second semester 2011 (Day)
Coordinator(s)Professor Chris Nash


Previously coded JRM5930


This is a capstone unit for the Master of Journalism program. Students are encouraged to further develop their interests in journalism research and theory in ways that relate to their professional interests. There is a strong emphasis on reflective approaches and producing scholarly work which is relevant to Journalism Professional Project. Students attend a series of seminars and develop a reading program and research proposal in consultation with their supervisor, and produce a 4500 word research essay on their chosen topic.


On satisfactory completion of this subject, students will be able to:

  1. Identify a key issue in Journalism Studies that lends itself to further investigation, analysis and discussion in a research essay, and synthesise it into a research question.
  2. Identify and utlise the relevant scholarly literature to frame the theoretical approach to be used, and identify the appropriate empirical field for exploration and analysis l
  3. Produce a substantial and well-argued scholarly analysis in response to the research question.


Research essay (4500 words): 100%

Contact hours

2 hour seminar per week


48pts in Master of Journalism