Faculty of Arts

Postgraduate - Unit

This unit entry is for students who completed this unit in 2012 only. For students planning to study the unit, please refer to the unit indexes in the the current edition of the Handbook. If you have any queries contact the managing faculty for your course or area of study.

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24 points, SCA Band 1, 0.500 EFTSL

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FacultyFaculty of Arts
OfferedCaulfield Second semester 2012 (Day)
Coordinator(s)Andrea Baker


Previously coded JRM5950


Students produce an original piece of supervised interdisciplinary research in Journalism and Australian Studies, the specific topic to be agreed between the student and supervisor. The results of the research are to be produced in either a monograph of approximately 18,000 words, or alternatively as a very substantial piece of journalism (eg a one hour video documentary, a 12,000 words of investigative feature(s), a substantial website) accompanied by a 5,000 word scholarly exegesis. Enrolment in this unit requires the consent of the Heads of the Journalism Section and the National Centre for Australian Studies.


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

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


Research monograph (18,000 words) or substantial piece of journalism accompanied by a 5,000 word exegesis

Chief examiner(s)

Associate Professor Philip Chubb

Contact hours

By Supervision


72pt in Master of Journalism and Australian Studies


APG5816, APG5817