Faculty of Arts

Monash University

Postgraduate - Unit

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6 points, SCA Band 1, 0.125 EFTSL

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FacultyFaculty of Arts
OfferedCaulfield Second semester 2012 (Day)
Coordinator(s)Associate Professor Philip Chubb


Previously coded JRM5915


This unit introduces students to a set of research and reporting approaches and techniques that enable in-depth investigation. The subject is designed to demonstrate a variety of practical research techniques, especially the use of public records and databases; to explore the relationship of investigative and news reporting; and to assist students to produce in-depth investigations of their own.


On satisfactory completion of this unit students will be able to:

  1. Recognise what distinguishes investigative journalism from other journalism;
  2. Develop their own ideas for investigative projects;
  3. Utilize advanced skills in finding and interviewing a wide range of sources;
  4. Employ a range of investigative research techniques;
  5. Understand and utilise narrative and presentation techniques appropriate to in-depth journalism;
  6. Demonstrate an understanding of the role of investigative journalism in a democratic society and an appreciation of its practical link to the concept of the 'public right to know';
  7. Achieve all of the above objectives at a higher level appropriate to a Level 5 unit.


Minor project 1: 15%
Minor project 2: 25%
Major project: 40%
Online contribution:20%

Chief examiner(s)

Associate Professor Philip Chubb

Contact hours

One 2-hour seminar per week