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Students who commenced study in 2015 should refer to this course entry for direction on the requirements; to check which units are currently available for enrolment, 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.

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This course entry applies to students commencing this course in 2015 and should be read in conjunction with information provided in the 'Faculty information' section of this Handbook by the Faculty of Arts.

If you are seeking to commence your studies in 2016, please visit our new Find A Course for 2016.

Course code4042
Managing facultyArts
Abbreviated titleBJourn
CRICOS code069011E
Total credit points required144
Standard duration of study (years)3 years FT, 6 years PT

Students have a maximum of eight years to complete this course.

Study mode and locationOn-campus (Caulfield)
Off-campus (Caulfield)
Multi-modal (Caulfield)

Students may select free elective units from any campus, but should be aware of the teaching location as this may require travel to another campus. Students may also select units offered in off-campus mode.

Admission, fee and application details
Contact details

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  • Unit codes that are not linked to their entry in the Handbook are not available for study in the current year.


This course provides entry-level preparation for a professional career in journalism and related fields, in the context of a critical appreciation of the role of the media in contemporary Australian and international society.

Double degrees

Student completing the Bachelor of Journalism as a double degree should refer to:

  • this course entry for the requirements of the Bachelor of Journalism
  • the course entry for the partner course in their double degree.

The Bachelor of Journalism is available as a double degree in the following courses:

  • 4426 Bachelor of Journalism and Bachelor of Business
  • 4425 Bachelor of Journalism and Bachelor of Commerce
  • 4069 Bachelor of Journalism and Bachelor of Science.


These course outcomes are aligned with the Australian Qualifications Framework level 7, the Bologna Cycle 1 and Monash Graduate AttributesAustralian Qualifications Framework level 7, the Bologna Cycle 1 and Monash Graduate Attributes (

Upon successful completion of this course it is expected that graduates will be able to:

  • analyse, consolidate and synthesise knowledge from a range of sources
  • apply critical understanding and analysis to the literature on journalism
  • demonstrate advanced skills of written and oral presentation, argument and analysis
  • apply a critical awareness of international trends and of the intellectual context of economic, technological and social change
  • apply research and reporting skills to a professional standard in a range of media technologies and formats
  • demonstrate an effective understanding of the role of journalism and the media in local, national, regional and global contexts.


This course consists of a journalism major, journalism studies, an arts minor and additional units.


All students

Students must complete the following:

(A.) core journalism studies (96 points) incorporating:

(1.) a journalism major (48 points)

(2.) journalism studies (36 points):

(a.) the following units (24 points):

(b.) at least one third-year capstone unit (6 points), chosen from:

  • ATS3645 Journalism and social change
  • ATS3802 Journalism: Practice and discourse

(c.) one elective unit (6 points) chosen from:

  • ATS2439 Youth media: Understanding media research
  • ATS2547 Cities and sustainability*
  • ATS2561 Sex and the media
  • ATS2647 Journalism: War and conflict
  • ATS3391 A word of sport: Business, politics and media

(3.) 12 points of arts electives

* This unit will require payment of an additional fee that may cover items such as accommodation, entry fees, excursions, coaches, transfers, flights and university administration.

Note: Students can take the remaining capstone unit as an elective

Single degree students only

(B.) Students in the single degree of Bachelor Journalism must also complete (48 points):

(4.) an arts minor in a different area of study (24 points)

(5.) 24 points of free electives

By combining some of the core arts requirements with elective units, single degree students can complete a double major in two different arts disciplines. For more details on this option, contact the Faculty of Arts.

Elective units can be identified using the browse units toolbrowse units tool ( and indexes of unitsindexes of units ( in the current edition of the Handbook. The level of the unit is indicated by the first number in the unit code; undergraduate units are those that commence with the numbers 1-3. Note: Some non-arts units may require permission from the owning faculty. Students must be able to meet any unit prerequisites.


No more than 10 units (60 points) are to be completed at a first-year level.

Students must complete a minimum of 36 points at third-year level (across the duration of the degree).

Areas of study

Core major

Other arts areas of study

For the specific requirements of arts majors and minors and information on other arts units refer to the Areas of studyAreas of study ( section in this Handbook.


Bachelor of Journalism