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Monash University Handbook 2011 Undergraduate - Unit

12 points, SCA Band 1, 0.250 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)Professor Chris Nash


Previously coded JRN4010B


Students produce an original piece of supervised research in journalism, the specific topic to be agreed between the student and supervisor. This research is written up and analysed in a scholarly dissertation of 15,000 - 18,000 words, or a major piece of journalism (10,000 words or equivalent) plus a 5000 word scholarly exegesis.


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

  1. Identify a key issue in Journalism that lends itself to further investigation, analysis and discussion in a research essay or a substantial piece of journalism, and synthesise it into an original research question.
  2. Identify and utilise the relevant scholarly literature to frame the theoretical approach to be used, and identify the appropriate original empirical field for exploration and analysis.
  3. Produce a substantial and well-argued scholarly analysis in response to the research question, or produce a substantial and well-argued journalistic analysis in response to the research question accompanied by a scholarly exegesis.


Dissertation (or major piece of journalism plus scholarly exegesis of 5,000 words: 15,000-18,000 (or equivalent) words (100%)

Chief examiner(s)

Chris Nash

Contact hours

supervision: 0.5 hours per week