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Monash University Handbook 2011 Postgraduate - Unit

24 points, SCA Band 1, 0.500 EFTSL

Refer to the specific census and withdrawal dates for the semester(s) in which this unit is offered.

FacultyFaculty of Arts
OfferedCaulfield Second semester 2011 (Day)
Clayton Second semester 2011 (Day)
Coordinator(s)Professor Chris Nash


Previously coded JRM5960


Students produce an original piece of supervised scholarly interdisciplinary research in journalism and international relations, the specific topic to be agreed between the student and supervisor. This research is written up and analysed in a essay of approximately 18,000 words, or a major piece of journalism (equivalent to 13,000 words) plus a 5000 word exegesis


On satisfactory completion of this subject, students will be able to:

  1. Identify a key issue in Journalism and International Relations that lends itself to further investigation, analysis and discussion in a research essay or a substantial piece of journalism, and synthesise it into an original research question;
  2. Identify and utilise the relevant scholarly literature to frame the theoretical approach to be used, and identify the appropriate original empirical field for exploration and analysis;
  3. Produce a substantial and well-argued scholarly analysis in response to the research question, or produce a substantial and well-argued journalistic analysis in response to the research question accompanied by a scholarly exegesis.


Research essay (18,000 words) or a major piece of journalism (equivalent to 13,000 words) plus a 5000 word exegesis: 100%

Contact hours

One 1-hour weekly supervision session or seminar, plus an average of 15 hours per week in online discussion, private research and reporting activities and assessment projects


72 credit points in the Master of Journalism and Master of International Relations with a Distinction average


APG5819, APG5820