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 UnitJournalism
OfferedCaulfield Second semester 2015 (Day)
Caulfield Second semester 2015 (Online)
Coordinator(s)Dr Andrea Baker


This unit explores the research and journalism practices associated with Reporting the Arts Circuit across film, literature, visual and performing arts. Students will learn how to canvass contemporary issues and case studies with key personalities and institutions. Students will also critically consider the professional and social implications of reporting the arts circuit. Please be aware that access to certain technology/equipment may be required for this unit. Contact the unit coordinator for details. The successful reportage will be showcased on Monash's journalism website, Mojo, or published on lifestyle websites.


Upon successful completion of this unit, students should be able to:

  1. Acquire a conceptual overview of the art circuit and its functionality in the media industry.
  2. Demonstrate an ability to identify and research a film, literature, visual or performing arts story from the arts circuit, conduct interviews and gather appropriate evidentiary material in the appropriate medium.
  3. Demonstrate an ability to report on the arts circuit in a clear, concise, factual and meaningful way using a variety of elements in a coherent package.
  4. Identify and observe key ethical and legal obligations associated with arts journalism, and reflect critically on their own and others' performance in this regard, for example the ethical standards of sponsorship.
  5. Work independently and collaboratively in learning and production processes, including online forums, to produce arts journalism reports.
  6. Demonstrate an ability to set and meet deadlines, and report under pressure.
  7. Demonstrate an awareness of local, national and international people and events relevant to current issues and media issues related to Reporting the Arts Circuit.
  8. Demonstrate a critical awareness of the capacities, limitations and socio-professional implications of reporting practices in arts journalism.
  9. Demonstrate an understanding of the PR/ market orientation in which arts journalists provide entertainment or information to audiences.
  10. Demonstrate an understanding of the motivational aspects of journalists (i.e. levels of critical inquiry in portraying the arts).


Within semester assessment: 100%

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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Twelve credit points of second-year Arts units. As this is a third-year level unit, it is highly recommended that students only take this unit after they have completed two second-year level units in Journalism or Journalism practice.