Faculty of Arts

Monash University

Undergraduate - Unit

This unit entry is for students who completed this unit in 2015 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 UnitSchool of Media, Film and Journalism
OfferedGippsland Second semester 2015 (Off-campus)
Coordinator(s)Elizabeth Hart


This unit aims to introduce students to key practices in journalism. At the same time, the unit will familiarize students with the various historical, technological, political, social, cultural and institutional conditions that influence journalism. The basic objective of this unit is to foster critical enquiry by developing specific news writing and reporting skills, and a comprehensive knowledge of the networks of power journalists are engaged with. Students in this unit will also participate in discourses surrounding the current issues and debates in journalism, particularly focused on media laws and codes of ethics and, their impact on professional practice.


To assist students in attaining:

  1. skills in research, writing and production of news and feature stories.
  2. an awareness of the impact of changing technologies on journalism practice
  3. an understanding of the current issues and debates in journalism and the changing media landscape
  4. an understanding of journalism's role as the Fourth Estate
  5. an ability to conduct interviews
  6. an understanding of journalism ethics
  7. a knowledge of basic legal issues as they impact on working journalists
  8. Literacy skills
  9. investigative, communication and negotiations skills
  10. Informational management skills


Within semester assessment: 60%
Exam: 40%

Workload requirements

Minimum total expected workload to achieve the learning outcomes for this unit is 144 hours per semester typically comprising a mixture of scheduled learning activities and independent study. A unit requires on average three/four hours of scheduled activities per week. Scheduled activities may include a combination of teacher directed learning, peer directed learning and online engagement.

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