Faculty of Arts

Undergraduate - Unit

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24 points, SCA Band 1, 0.500 EFTSL

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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)
Clayton First semester 2013 (Day)
Clayton First semester 2013 (Off-campus)
Caulfield Second semester 2013 (Day)
Caulfield Second semester 2013 (Off-campus)
Clayton Second semester 2013 (Day)
Clayton Second semester 2013 (Off-campus)
Coordinator(s)Professor Chris Nash (semester 1); Dr Liam Brady (semester 2)


Students produce an original piece of supervised research, the specific topic to be agreed between the student and supervisor. This research is written up and analysed in a scholarly dissertation of 15,000 to 18,000 words, or a major piece of non-fiction professional production (10,000 words or equivalent) plus a 5000 word scholarly exegesis.


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

  1. Identify a key issue in Journalism, Australian and/or Indigenous Studies that lends itself to further investigation, analysis and discussion in a research essay or a substantial piece of non-fiction production, 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 analysis in a professional non-fiction genre in response to the research question accompanied by a scholarly exegesis.


15,000 to 18,000 words thesis or non-fiction production (10,000 words or equivalent)plus scholarly exegesis of 5,000 words: 100%

Chief examiner(s)

Dr Tony Moore (semester 1)
Dr Liam Brady (semester 2)

Contact hours

Supervision: 1 hour per week

Off-campus attendance requirements

Online session and phone discussion

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