ATS3802 - Journalism practice and discourse - 2017

6 points, SCA Band 1, 0.125 EFTSL

Undergraduate - Unit

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Organisational Unit



Professor Chris Nash

Not offered in 2017


This unit provides students with an opportunity for a critical engagement with contemporary scholarship on theories of practice, on the sociology of the professions with reference to journalism and on journalistic discourse. Areas covered include field theory, the comparative history and geography of the professions with special reference to journalism, journalists and their sources, the social role of intellectuals and the information society, journalism as literature and art, theories of knowledge and power and critical discourse analysis. Please be aware that access to certain technology/equipment will be required for this unit. Contact the unit coordinator for details.


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

  1. demonstrate a superior knowledge and capacity to make effective usage of the academic literature in the fields of journalism studies, critical discourse analysis and the sociology of the professions;
  2. demonstrate an advanced ability to research, discuss and analyse scholarly 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 second-year Arts units. As this is a third-year level unit, it is highly recommended that students only take this unit after they have completed two second-year level units in Journalism studies.