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3793 - Bachelor of Arts (Journalism)

This course entry should be read in conjunction with information provided in the Faculty information section of this Handbook by the managing faculty for this course

Abbreviated titleBA(Journ)
CRICOS Code054537J
Managing facultyArts
Study location and modeOn-campus (Caulfield)
Students may select limited units from any campus, but should be aware of the teaching location as this may require travel to another campus. Students may also select units offered in off-campus mode.
Total credit points required144
Duration (years)3 years FT, 6 years PT
Students have a maximum of eight years to complete this course.
Contact details


This course helps students understand issues applying to the study of journalism andthe role of communication in modern society, and develop practical skills and experience in the field. The course addresses Australia in its multi-racial and multicultural context, and looks at the responsibilities in reporting Aboriginal affairs.

Particular attention is focused on the skills applicable across print, radio and television; desktop publishing; electronic journalism; narrowcasting as well as broadcasting on television and radio; and local, regional and international journalism.

A comparative journalism approach and knowledge of a second language are encouraged, and there are opportunities for final-year students to take placements overseas.


The degree is designed to foster the acquisition of soundly based knowledge and skills that will enable graduates to seek employment in the journalism and communication industries. Journalism at Monash has an international focus, with a particular emphasis on Asia. The course aims to provide students with an opportunity to work in this broader region.


Areas of study

For information on the journalism major and all minors offered, refer to 'Areas of study' in this Handbook at


Students must complete the following:

(a.) a journalism major (48 points)

(b.) an arts minor (24 points)

(c.) a further 24 points at first-year level including COM1010 (Media studies) and COM1020 (Introduction to communication studies)

(d.) additional units to make up to a total of 144 points

No more than 10 units (60 points) are to be completed at a first-year level.

Students must complete a minimum of 36 points at third-year level (across the duration of the degree).

Of the 144 points, 96 points must be completed within the Faculty of Arts. The remaining 48 points may be taken from disciplines in the Faculty of Arts or disciplines outside the faculty.

Award(s) received on completion *

Bachelor of Arts (Journalism)

* Where more than one award is listed, or in the case of double degrees, where more than one award is listed for one or both components of the double degree, the actual award/s conferred may depend on units/majors/streams/specialisations studied, the level of academic merit achieved (eg in the case of 'with honours' programs), or other factors relevant to the individual student's program of study.


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