Faculty of Arts

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6 points, SCA Band 1, 0.125 EFTSL

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FacultyFaculty of Arts
Organisational UnitJournalism
OfferedNot offered in 2014
Coordinator(s)Dr Fay Anderson


This unit explores how Australian Indigenous people are represented by the media, the reporting of Indigenous and European race relations, the complex meanings of place, culture and power and the urgent political and social debates involving the Indigenous communities in Central Australia. The subject will include content-based discussions, readings, media and visual texts and a mandatory fieldtrip to Central Australia where the students will engage with local media organisations, journalists, political leaders and museum and art curators and develop independent and collaborative learning strategies. Topics include the ethics of journalism and fieldwork, national myth, land, power and race relations and the politics of the media and tourism. The students will be required to produce research and writing that investigates journalism and representation and draws upon their fieldwork observations and interactions.


  1. demonstrate a satisfactory knowledge of the interaction of journalism, race and place, and a critical capacity to make effective usage of a range of social science research methodologies;
  2. demonstrate an ability to use, discuss and analyse research and methodological techniques and approaches in a clear, concise and rigorous way;
  3. collaborate constructively with fellow students in learning and discussion processes, including online forums, group projects and fieldtrip work;
  4. produce written work to deadline making effective use of the conventions of scholarly presentation (references, bibliography, etc);
  5. work independently and in groups to achieve learning outcomes;
  6. communicate knowledge intelligibly and economically through essay preparation and writing and by public speaking through seminar discussion, on the fieldtrip and class presentations.


Minor exercise: 1000 words (worth 20%)
Minor exercise: 1500 words (worth 30%)
Major exercise: 2000 words (worth 50%)

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Workload requirements

Six two-hour seminars during the semester and go on the fieldtrip. Four of the seminars will be run before the fieldtrip and the remaining two after our return.

A compulsory fieldwork of six days/five nights to Central Australia (at additional cost) for all students. The fieldtrip will be held over the mid-semester break.

Off-campus attendance requirements

Students will be required to listen in full to the recorded two hour seminar, engage in online discussion groups, participate in some online interactive seminars and go on the fieldtrip.

A compulsory fieldwork of six days/five nights to Central Australia (at additional cost) for all students. The fieldtrip will be held over the mid-semester break.

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