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 Deb Anderson


The unit explores the role of journalism in raising awareness and empowering the dispossessed, questioning our responsibilities as citizens living in uncertain times. Students investigate the social, economic, cultural and ideological attributes of specific models of reporting - including environmental, citizen, public, alternative, development and peace journalism. By examining if and how those models challenge the cultural logic of late capitalism and failures of the industrial journalism model, the unit encourages students to tackle greater questions of journalism and social change.


On successful completion of the unit students should be able to

  1. Demonstrate a critical awareness of the role of journalism in the context of social change;
  2. Demonstrate an advanced ability to research, discuss and analyse issues in a clear, concise and nuanced way;
  3. Collaborate constructively with fellow students in learning and discussion, including online forums;
  4. Produce written work to deadline, making effective use of the conventions of journalism and scholarly presentation;
  5. Work independently and in groups to achieve learning outcomes;
  6. Demonstrate a critical awareness of the strengths, limitations and socio-professional implications of scholarly practice in journalism.


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 studies.