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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 Second semester 2011 (Day)
Caulfield Second semester 2011 (Off-campus)
Coordinator(s)Philip Chubb


Previously coded JRN3304


This unit provides a detailed exploration of the research and reporting practices for parliamentary and political reporting. It canvasses the major documentary and database sources, contemporary case studies, key federal and state personalities and institutions, and legal framework in this field. It places contemporary practices in their larger historical and geographical contexts, and critically considers the professional and social implications and accountabilities of reporting in this specialized field. Please be aware that access to certain technology/equipment will be required for this unit. Contact the unit coordinator for details.


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

  1. demonstrate an ability to identify and research a political story, conduct interviews and gather appropriate evidentiary material in the appropriate medium
  2. demonstrate an ability to report on political events in a clear, concise, factual and meaningful way using a variety of elements in a coherent package.
  3. identify, observe key ethical and legal obligations associated with political journalism, and reflect critically on their own and others' performance in this regard
  4. work independently and collaboratively in learning and production processes, including online forums, to produce political reports
  5. demonstrate an ability to set and meet deadlines, and report under pressure
  6. demonstrate an awareness of local, national and international people and events relevant to current issues and media issues
  7. demonstrate a critical awareness of the capacities, limitations and socio-professional implications of reporting practices in political journalism.


Minor project (news/current affairs reports totalling 1500 words or 6 mins.): 30% +
Major Project (news/current affairs reports totalling 2000 words or 10 mins): 50% +
Online critical reflection and in-class invigilation: 20%

Chief examiner(s)

Philip Chubb

Contact hours

1-hour lecture per week
1-hour tutorial per week

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



12 points of JRN units at the 2nd year level