- 2018


Minor / Major

Commencement year

This area of study entry applies to students commencing this course in 2018 and should be read in conjunction with the relevant course entry in the Handbook.

Any units listed for this area of study relate only to the 'Requirements' outlined in the component of any bachelors double degrees.

Unit codes that are not linked to their entry in the Handbook are not available for study in the current year.

Managing faculty

Faculty of Arts

Offered by

School of Media, Film and Journalism


Dr Colleen Murrell

Contact details

JournalismJournalism (http://future.arts.monash.edu/ug-journalism/)



The journalism program will prepare you for the professional practice of high-quality journalism. It addresses all production technologies for journalism: digital, print, video and audio. It imparts advanced skills in research and communication for professional practice and is founded on the principle that robust and accurate journalism is an essential component of a democratic society.

The program in journalism also explores foundational and contemporary scholarship about the context and practice of journalism in Australia and internationally, with extensive use of media examples and case studies.

Through this program you can expect to gain skills that will help you to find appropriate industry employment or enter further study at a higher level if desired.


Journalism is listed in the Bachelor of Arts as a minor and major, and A0502 Diploma of Liberal Arts.


In addition to achieving the broad outcomes of their course, students successfully completing this major will:

  • use communication skills and technology at the level of professional practice
  • understand contemporary industry practices
  • have the ability to apply specialised knowledge of journalism
  • have the ability to report in particular fields.


Major requirements (48 points)

No more than 12 points at level 1 may be credited to the majormajor (http://www.monash.edu.au/pubs/2017handbooks/undergrad/arts-07.html) and at least 18 points must be at level 3.

Students complete:

  1. Two first-year level gateway unitsgateway units (http://www.monash.edu.au/pubs/2017handbooks/undergrad/arts-08.html) (12 points):
  2. One level 2 cornerstone unitcornerstone unit (http://www.monash.edu.au/pubs/2017handbooks/undergrad/arts-08.html) (6 points), chosen from:
    • ATS2784 News and power
    • ATS2787 Social media and digital storytelling
  3. Two level 3 capstone unitcapstone unit (http://www.monash.edu.au/pubs/2017handbooks/undergrad/arts-08.html) (12 points):
    • ATS3786 Journalism, law and ethics

    And one of the following units (6 points) chosen from:

    • ATS3265 Broadcast studio journalism
    • ATS3645 Journalism and global change
  4. Three units (18 points) chosen from the remaining capstones or from the elective list below, with at least one unit at level 3.

Minor requirements (24 points)

No more than 12 points at level 1 may be credited towards the minorminor (http://www.monash.edu.au/pubs/2017handbooks/undergrad/arts-07.html).

Students complete:

  1. Two level 1 gateway unitsgateway units (http://www.monash.edu.au/pubs/2017handbooks/undergrad/arts-08.html) (12 points):
  2. Two level 2 or 3 units (12 points) as listed within the major. It is a highly recommended that students complete a second-year level unit before enrolling in a third-year level unit.

Elective list

Units are 6 points unless otherwise stated.

  • ATS2087 Lifestyle journalism
  • ATS2169 Photojournalism
  • ATS2219Not offered in 2018 Sport journalism in the digital age
  • ATS2255Not offered in 2018 Mobile journalism
  • ATS2290/ATS3290 Global leadership and advanced research program
  • ATS2295/ATS3295 Screening contemporary Europe
  • ATS2310 Newsroom practice
  • ATS2315Not offered in 2018/ATS3315Not offered in 2018 Journalism and global change in Europe
  • ATS2324 Climate change communication
  • ATS2647Not offered in 2018 Journalism: War, crime and trauma
  • ATS2788 Audio storytelling
  • ATS2790 Feature writing
  • ATS2791 Editing and design
  • ATS3002 Documentary
  • ATS3062 Digital production
  • ATS3113 Reporting the Arts circuit
  • ATS3215 Global creative cities
  • ATS3278Not offered in 2018 Advanced writing and interviewing
  • ATS3789 Video journalism
  • ATS3795 Global correspondent
  • ATS3808 Investigative reporting
  • ATS3918 International journalism professional project
  • ATS3919 Journalism professional placement*
  • ATS3935 Professional practice

    * Distinction average required.

Relevant courses


  • A0502 Diploma of Liberal Arts


Single degrees

Successful completion of the minor or major can be counted towards meeting the requirements for the following single degree:*

Students in other single bachelor's degrees may be eligible to complete the minor or major by using 24 or 48 points of their free electives.

Double degrees

Successful completion of the minor or major can be counted towards meeting the requirements for the Bachelor of Arts component in the following double degrees:*

  • A2005 Bachelor of Arts and Bachelor of Fine Art
  • A2004 Bachelor of Arts and Bachelor of Music
  • B2019 Bachelor of Business and Bachelor of Arts
  • B2012 Bachelor of Business Specialist and Bachelor of Arts
  • B2020 Bachelor of Commerce and Bachelor of Arts
  • B2024 Bachelor of Commerce Specialist and Bachelor of Arts
  • D3002 Bachelor of Education (Honours) and Bachelor of Arts
  • E3002 Bachelor of Engineering (Honours) and Bachelor of Arts
  • C2002 Bachelor of Information Technology and Bachelor of Arts
  • L3003 Bachelor of Laws (Honours) and Bachelor of Arts
  • S2006 Bachelor of Science and Bachelor of Arts

* Students cannot complete both the minor and major in the same area of study.