Faculty of Arts

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)Dr Belinda Morrissey


This unit examines media content and production processes through a gendered (and raced) lens, as both are key equity issues in journalism. Has the influx of women into media industries changed the 'news'? How is gender implicated in newsroom culture? Why do men continue to dominate positions of power in most media organisations? Students also explore the coverage of indigenous and ethnic issues in mainstream media, and the rise of indigenous and ethnic media in Australia. Students are introduced to key issues in feminist media scholarship, and Journalism Studies, while also critically engaging with contemporary journalism practice and the news media's relationship with, and responsibility to, indigenous and ethnic issues. Its overarching focus, however, is to explore gendered newsroom culture in this rapidly changing, intensified global industry.


On completion of this course students should be able to:

  1. demonstrate a satisfactory knowledge and capacity to understand and analyse the academic literature in the fields under examination
  2. demonstrate an ability to research, discuss and critically reflect on the issues of gender and race and how they relate to journalism practice and media content in a clear, concise and rigorous scholarly manner
  3. collaborate constructively with fellow students in learning and discussion processes, including online forums
  4. think critically and analytically, and to be able to articulate those thought processes in a high standard of written and oral expression
  5. work independently and in groups to achieve the learning outcomes
  6. demonstrate a critical awareness of the strengths and limitations of journalism practice in relation to gender and indigenous issues
  7. produce thoroughly researched, well documented and presented formal essays

Note: Level 3 students are required to demonstrate a higher level of critical argument and scholarship, including a stronger grasp of key concepts and the use of a more demanding range or type of sources.


Within semester assessment: 70%
Exam: 30%

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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Chief examiner(s)


Twelve credit points of second-year Arts units.