- 2019


Minor / Major

Commencement year

This area of study entry applies to students commencing this course in 2019 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 Andrea Baker

Contact details

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



The Monash journalism program is one of the most dynamic in Australia. One of the key strengths of Monash journalism is its foundational teaching of both the practice of journalism addressing all production technologies (print, broadcasting and podcasting, photojournalism and digital) and the study of journalism. Our program is designed for students to understand the history, power and context of journalism alongside units, which offer practical experience using multifaceted platforms and technologies. In doing so, it prepares students for the professional practice of high-quality journalism. This blending of critical enquiry and industry engagement provides students with an opportunity to explore journalism in all its facets, and to address the vital issues of the media today.

The program is taught by award-winning journalists and renowned journalism academics, in a multi-million-dollar purpose-built facility at the Caulfield campus. Monash journalism is designed to facilitate entry to an exciting and challenging profession providing internship opportunities. 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. Students from many other disciplines and areas of study take our journalism units to learn critical skills in communication in a variety of approaches and media platforms, which improves their employability.


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


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
  • gain an understanding of journalism.


Major requirements (48 points)

No more than 12 points at level 1 may be credited to the majormajor (http://www.monash.edu.au/pubs/2019handbooks/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/2019handbooks/undergrad/arts-08.html) (12 points):
  2. One level 2 cornerstone unitcornerstone unit (http://www.monash.edu.au/pubs/2019handbooks/undergrad/arts-08.html) (6 points), chosen from:
    • ATS2784 News and power
    • ATS2787 Social media and digital storytelling
  3. Two level 3 capstone unitscapstone units (http://www.monash.edu.au/pubs/2019handbooks/undergrad/arts-08.html) (12 points):

    Students complete:

    • ATS3786 Journalism, law and ethics

    Plus one of the following units 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/2019handbooks/undergrad/arts-07.html).

Students complete:

  1. Two level 1 gateway unitsgateway units (http://www.monash.edu.au/pubs/2019handbooks/undergrad/arts-08.html) (12 points):
  2. Two level 2 or 3 units (12 points) as listed within the major including cornerstones, capstones and electives. It is 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
  • ATS2219 Sport journalism in the digital age
  • ATS2255Not offered in 2019 Mobile journalism
  • ATS2310Not offered in 2019 Newsroom practice
  • ATS2324 Climate change communication
  • ATS2788 Podcasting and audio journalism
  • ATS2790 Longform journalism
  • ATS2791 Editing and design
  • ATS3002 Documentary
  • ATS3062 Digital production
  • ATS3113Not offered in 2019 Reporting the arts circuit
  • ATS3761Not offered in 2019 Civic forum journalism
  • ATS3789 Video journalism
  • ATS3808 Investigative reporting
  • ATS3919 Journalism professional placement*
  • ATS3935 Professional practice

International study tours

  • ATS2295/ATS3295 Screening contemporary Europe
  • ATS2315/ATS3315 Journalism and global change in Europe
  • ATS3795Not offered in 2019 Global correspondent
  • ATS3918 International journalism professional project

* 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:*

  • A2004 Bachelor of Arts and Bachelor of Music
  • A2005 Bachelor of Arts and Bachelor of Fine Art
  • B2019 Bachelor of Business and Bachelor of Arts
  • B2020 Bachelor of Commerce and Bachelor of Arts
  • B2038 Bachelor of International Business and Bachelor of Arts
  • B2039 Bachelor of Marketing and Bachelor of Arts
  • B2046 Bachelor of Business Administration and Bachelor of Arts
  • C2002 Bachelor of Information Technology and Bachelor of Arts
  • D3002 Bachelor of Education (Honours) and Bachelor of Arts
  • E3002 Bachelor of Engineering (Honours) 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.