APG5351 - World news - 2018

12 points, SCA Band 1, 0.250 EFTSL

Postgraduate - Unit

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Organisational Unit


Chief examiner(s)

Dr Colleen Murrell


Dr Colleen Murrell

Not offered in 2018


The unit will enable students to understand how international news stories are sourced, gathered and distributed around the world. The unit explores the changing nature of the media ecosystem, from staff foreign correspondents working for international news organisations to local journalists and eyewitnesses. The content for this unit includes the history of the international news agencies, global news flows, transnational broadcasters, the role of the foreign correspondent, the evolution of the citizen journalist, and the big world news stories dominating the international news agenda. Students will use international news resources to research, study and write their own international media research report.


Upon successful completion of the unit, students will be able to:

  1. identify and explain how international news stories are selected, gathered and distributed;
  2. compare the particular approaches to news gathering and publishing in different countries;
  3. conceptualise how big global news stories contain inherent ethical dilemmas;
  4. explore and analyse an international news issue;
  5. design an international research project using media theories and methodologies;
  6. evaluate and communicate the results of the media project through class (and online) presentation and by writing a media report.


Within semester assessment: 100%

Workload requirements

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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