Faculty of Arts

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FacultyFaculty of Arts
Organisational UnitSchool of Journalism, Australian and Indigenous Studies
OfferedCaulfield First semester 2013 (Day)
Caulfield First semester 2013 (Off-campus)
Coordinator(s)Professor Chris Nash


The unit explores issues and debates concerning Journalism as a research practice, referencing debates in social theory and cognate humanities disciplines including historiography and anthropology, and engaging with quantitative and qualitative methods; methodological reflexivity and verification of empirical evidence; research integrity, ethical codes and accountabilities; the spatio-temporality of research practice and power relations in knowledge production. Students engage in online collaborative learning activities, and produce 9000 words of work for assessment.


At the satisfactory conclusion of the unit students should be able to:

  1. demonstrate a sound understanding of a set of debates in social theory broadly relevant to their research field;
  2. demonstrate a sound understanding of a set of prominent issues in contemporary journalism studies;
  3. analyse and expound the key contemporary debates in journalism ethics;
  4. identify the points of difference between journalistic and scholarly codes of ethics and prescribe when they respectively apply;
  5. participate effectively in collaborative face-to-face and/or online learning activities at a sustained high level;
  6. demonstrate a clear understanding of the relationship between theory, methodology and analysis in research;
  7. demonstrate a clear understanding of the points of continuity and difference between scholarly and journalistic research practice;
  8. produce written work for assessment of a quality appropriate to doctoral studies.


Structured online collaboration: 20%
Unstructured online collaboration: 20%
Contribution to resource database: 20%
Major essay: 40%

Chief examiner(s)

Contact hours

4 hours class contact and 20 hours private study including online collaborative and written assessment tasks, per week.

Off-campus attendance requirements

Off-campus students will have access to recordings of on-campus seminars and other electronic resources, and are required to be fully engaged in the online collaborative learning and assessment activities.