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Monash University Handbook 2010 Undergraduate - Unit

6 points, SCA Band 1, 0.125 EFTSL

FacultyFaculty of Arts
OfferedBerwick First semester 2010 (Day)
Caulfield First semester 2010 (Day)
Caulfield Second semester 2010 (Day)
Caulfield Second semester 2010 (Off-campus)
Gippsland First semester 2010 (Day)
Gippsland First semester 2010 (Off-campus)
Sunway First semester 2010 (Day)
Singapore Second semester 2010 (Off-campus)
Coordinator(s)Elizabeth Hart


As for JRN2909.


Students who successfully complete this unit should be able to demonstrate:

  1. knowledge of the professional practices and procedures in reporting legal proceedings and in reporting matters that could potentially lead to legal actions;

  1. knowledge of the journalist's rights and responsibilities in reporting on the civil and criminal courts;strategies to collect and write about sensitive information relating to private and public individuals and corporations;

  1. familiarity with the regulatory proceedings relating to journalism;

  1. understanding of the debates and conflicts between governments and media in various jurisdictions;

  1. ability to interpret and critically analyse legal and regulatory trends affecting freedom of expression.


Written work: Essay (1500 words): 30%
Oral presentation and written report: 30% (1000 words)
2 Hour Exam: 40%
For OCL students: Written work: 30% (2500 words)
Critical analysis of case studies (1000 words): 30%
2 hour exam: 40% 3rd year students are required to demonstrate greater levels of theoretical reflection and analysis in their written work than students studying at 2nd year level.

Contact hours

2 hour seminar per week

This unit applies to the following area(s) of study



Two second-year journalism units


GSC2909, GSC3903, GSC3909, JRN2909