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JRM4914

Faculty of Arts

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Monash University Handbook 2010 Postgraduate - Unit

6 points, SCA Band 1, 0.125 EFTSL

LevelPostgraduate
FacultyFaculty of Arts
OfferedCaulfield First semester 2010 (Day)
Coordinator(s)Professor Chris Nash

Synopsis

This unit introduces students to a set of research and reporting approaches that enable in-depth investigation of environmental issues. The subject is designed to demonstrate a variety of practical research techniques, drawing on a broad range of scientific and social sources; to explore the relationship of media reporting and social change; and for students to produce in-depth investigations of their own.

Objectives

On satisfactory completion of this unit students will be able to

  1. recognise the local and global dimensions of high quality environmental reporting
  2. contribute to a national or international database of investigative resources and sources on environmental issues.
  3. utilize a range of research skills in finding and interviewing a wide range of sources.
  4. produce quality environmental reporting relevant to both local and global audiences
  5. understand and utilise narrative and presentation techniques appropriate to in-depth journalism.
  6. demonstrate an understanding of the roles of environmental reporting in a context of marked environmental and social change.

Assessment

Contribution to and revision of an information database: 20%
Minor Investigative report (1200 words): 25%
Research plan and brief for major report: 15% +
Major Investigative project (2500 words): 40%

Chief examiner(s)

William Birnbauer

Contact hours

2 hour seminar per week

Prerequisites

JRM4901 and JRM4902

Prohibitions

JRM5914