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Monash University Handbook 2011 Undergraduate - 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 First semester 2011 (Off-campus)
Caulfield Second semester 2011 (Day)
Caulfield Second semester 2011 (Off-campus)
Coordinator(s)Prof Chris Nash


This subject introduces the study of news and information media and their relationship to contemporary Australian society. It locates the structures and major shifts in technologies, industries and audiences in their historical and geographical social contexts. It explores the developing political economy and sociology of production and consumption for news and information, and relates the changing patterns of media discourse in news and information to the shifting composition and structure of Australian society. It locates the Australian experience in its international context.


On successful completion of this unit students should be able to:

  1. demonstrate a satisfactory knowledge of the unit subject matter;
  2. demonstrate a capacity to make effective usage in written and oral presentation of the relevant academic literature;
  3. demonstrate an ability to research, discuss and analyse issues in a clear, concise and rigorous way;
  4. collaborate constructively with fellow students in learning and discussion processes, including online forums;
  5. produce their written work to deadline making effective use of the conventions of scholarly presentation (references, bibliography, etc);
  6. work independently and in groups to achieve their learning outcomes;
  7. demonstrate a critical awareness of the strengths, limitations and socio-professional implications of scholarly practice in journalism studies;


Minimum requirement: Attendance and participation
Minor project (invigilated, 1600 words): 40%
Class presentation and report (invigilated, 1000 words): 20%
Major project (2000 words): 40%

Chief examiner(s)

Prof Chris Nash

Contact hours

One 1-hour lecture per week
One 2-hour tutorial per week

This unit applies to the following area(s) of study