Faculty of Arts

Monash University

Undergraduate - Unit

This unit entry is for students who completed this unit in 2014 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
Organisational UnitJournalism
OfferedCaulfield First semester 2014 (Day)
Caulfield First semester 2014 (Off-campus)
Coordinator(s)Professor Chris Nash


Previously coded JCS3611


This unit provides students with an opportunity for a critical engagement with contemporary scholarship on theories of practice, on the sociology of the professions with reference to journalism and on journalistic discourse. Areas covered field theory, the comparative history and geography of the professions with special reference to journalism, journalists and their sources, the social role of intellectuals and the information society, advocacy and public relations, theories of knowledge and power and critical discourse analysis. 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 unit students should be able to

  1. demonstrate a superior knowledge and capacity to make effective usage of the academic literature in the fields of journalism studies, critical discourse analysis and the sociology of the professions.
  2. demonstrate an advanced 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


Minor project (1500 words): 30%
Class Presentation and report (500 words): 20%
Major Project (2500 words): 50%

Chief examiner(s)

Workload requirements

One 1-hour lecture per week
One 2-hour tutorial per week

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