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 UnitSouth Africa School of Social Sciences
OfferedSouth Africa Second semester 2015 (Day)
South Africa Summer semester A 2015 (Day)
Coordinator(s)Mr Tinus De Jager


The unit is offered as a Summer Semester unit - see the Summer Arts ProgramSummer Arts Program (http://www.monash.edu/students/courses/arts/summer-program.html) page for further information.


In this unit, students have the opportunity to obtain a greater practice-based understanding of print, audio, visual or on-line media. Students have to apply to the unit coordinator for enrolment in this unit. The unit coordinator will discuss and negotiate placement opportunities. Students are required to produce self-authored work for publication/broadcast and to write a reflective report on the process and tangible outcomes of the placement experience.


Students who successfully complete the unit should be able to demonstrate:

  1. Practical experience in journalistic media in South Africa or Africa more broadly;
  2. The capacity to analyse, evaluate and reflect on newsroom and journalism practices and about news.
  3. Capacity to apply the theories, principles and practice of journalism and how to apply what they have learnt in their undergraduate studies;
  4. Skills relevant to prospective employers in the journalism field;
  5. Evidence of having compiled a portfolio of experiences and publications gained throughout the placement;
  6. The ability to meet the demands of a professional workplace and the capacity to reflect critically on those demands.


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.