12 points, SCA Band 1, 0.250 EFTSL
Postgraduate - Unit
Refer to the specific census and withdrawal dates for the semester(s) in which this unit is offered.
Dr Johan Lidberg (Sem 1)
Ms Mary-Louise O'Callaghan (Sem 2)
- First semester 2017 (Day)
- First semester 2017 (Online)
- Second semester 2017 (Day)
- Second semester 2017 (Online)
This unit introduces students to a set of research and reporting approaches and techniques that enable in-depth investigation. The subject is designed to demonstrate a variety of practical research techniques, especially the use of public records and databases; to explore the relationship of investigative and news reporting; and to assist students to produce in-depth investigations of their own.
On satisfactory completion of this unit students will be able to:
- Recognise what distinguishes investigative journalism from other journalism;
- Develop their own ideas for investigative projects;
- Utilize advanced skills in finding and interviewing a wide range of sources;
- Employ a range of investigative research techniques;
- Understand and utilise narrative and presentation techniques appropriate to in-depth journalism;
- Demonstrate an understanding of the role of investigative journalism in a democratic society and an appreciation of its practical link to the concept of the 'public right to know'
Within semester assessment: 100%
Minimum total expected workload to achieve the learning outcomes for this unit is 288 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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