Faculty of Arts

Monash University

Undergraduate - Unit

This unit entry is for students who completed this unit in 2012 only. For students planning to study the unit, please refer to the unit indexes in the the current edition of the Handbook. If you have any queries contact the managing faculty for your course or area of study.

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6 points, SCA Band 1, 0.125 EFTSL

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FacultyFaculty of Arts
OfferedCaulfield Second semester 2012 (Day)
Caulfield Second semester 2012 (Off-campus)
Coordinator(s)Andrea Baker


Previously coded JCS3612


This unit provides students with an opportunity for a critical engagement with contemporary scholarship on the geography of journalism, with particular reference to urban, regional and rural contexts. Journalism will be placed in a larger context of film and literary production about urban and rural society and culture. It will take a comparative historical approach, canvassing the Chicago School and North American approaches to urban studies and journalistic methodologies; Australian and North American rural media; European urban culture, the global city hypothesis, multiculturalism and the new mega-cities; and the impact of rural depopulation.


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

  1. Demonstrate a satisfactory knowledge and capacity to make effective usage of the academic literature in the field of journalism about urban/regional/rural society.
  2. Demonstrate an ability to research, discuss and analyse scholarly issues in a clear, concise and rigorous way
  3. Collaborate constructively with fellow students in learning and discussion processes, including online forums
  4. Produce their written work to deadline making effective use of the conventions of scholarly presentation (references, bibliography, etc)
  5. Work independently and in groups to achieve their learning outcomes
  6. Demonstrate a critical awareness of the strengths, limitations and socio-professional implications of scholarly practice in journalism studies


Minimum requirement: attendance and participation as specified in the Unit Guide for the mode of delivery.
Minor project (1500 words): 30%
In-class Invigilation (500 words): 20%
Major Project (2500 words): 50%

Chief examiner(s)

Associate Professor Philip Chubb

Contact hours

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

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

Journalism studies