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Monash University

6 points, SCA Band 1, 0.125 EFTSL

Undergraduate - Unit

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Organisational Unit

School of Media, Film and Journalism


Dr Johan Lidberg


Not offered in 2016



Digital storytelling and publication have broken down geographical boundaries and we now access stories from around the world on our mobile devices. The breakdown of the publishing gate keeping function of legacy media means that an ever increasing amount of content and stories are produced by the 'people formerly known as the audience'. Being able to communicate using story telling techniques is becoming increasingly important in many professions. Understanding and being able to add an international dimension to your story telling makes it even more potent.
Based at the Monash Prato study centre in northern Italy, this unit introduces digital storytelling in an international setting. A number of topics, clearly present and well represented in Italian and European society, are explored during a two-week intensive learning experience including a one-day excursion capturing the Florence Story and capped by a fieldwork trip to the heart of the European Union - Brussels.


On successful completion of the unit students will have:

  1. an understanding of the elements of storytelling;
  2. the practical ability to tell a basic story in various media formats;
  3. knowledge of some of the main topics in international reporting;
  4. critical grasp of different kinds of international reporting;
  5. an understanding of the importance of source critique in international reporting;
  6. some understanding of the market for international stories.


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.

Additional requirements
Fieldwork - This unit is taught intensively at Prato
Field trips to Florence and Brussels

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