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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)
Caulfield Second semester 2011 (Flexible)
Coordinator(s)Bill Birnbauer


This unit provides a detailed exploration of the research and reporting practices associated with contemporary arts and culture. The precise emphasis will vary each semester, and may include the visual and perfoming arts, cinema, comedy, music and literary reporting. It canvasses contemporary issues and case studies, and key personalities and institutions. It critically considers the professional and social implications and accountabilities of reporting in these specialized fields. Off-campus students should be aware that access to certain technology/equipment may 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 arts/cultural story, conduct interviews and gather appropriate evidentiary material in the appropriate medium
  2. demonstrate an ability to report on arts/cultural 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 arts/cultural 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 arts/cultural 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 arts/cultural journalism.


Minor project (news/current affairs reports): 1500 words or 6 mins (30%)+ Major Project (news/current affairs reports): 2000 words or 10 mins (50%)+ Online critical reflection and in-class invigilation: 1000 words (20%)

Chief examiner(s)

Bill Birnbauer

Contact hours

One 2-hour seminar per week