ATS2784 - News and power - 2017

6 points, SCA Band 1, 0.125 EFTSL

Undergraduate - Unit

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Organisational Unit



Dr Mugdha Rai

Unit guides



  • Second semester 2017 (Day)
  • Second semester 2017 (Online)


This unit provides students with an opportunity for a critical engagement with contemporary scholarship on the sociology and political economy of news production; news organisations and practices in the public, private and not-for-profit sectors; news media formats and representation. It asks students to think critically about industrial and post-industrial news media; journalism, public relations and politics; journalism and social diversity; journalism and the public sphere; technologies, time and space in news media. The unit takes a comparative approach to historical and geographical contexts.


On successful completion of the unit, students should be able to:

  1. demonstrate a satisfactory knowledge and capacity to make effective usage of the academic literature in the sociology and political economy of journalism;
  2. demonstrate an ability to research, discuss and analyse issues in a clear, concise and rigorous way;
  3. collaborate constructively with fellow students in learning and discussion processes, including online forums;
  4. produce their written work to deadline making effective use of the conventions of scholarly presentation(references, bibliography, etc);
  5. work independently and in groups to achieve their learning outcomes;
  6. demonstrate a critical awareness of the strengths, limitations and socio-professional implications of scholarly practice in journalism studies.


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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Chief examiner(s)

This unit applies to the following area(s) of study


Twelve credit points of first-year Arts units. It is highly recommended that students only take this unit after they have completed two first-year level units in Journalism.