units

ATS1902

Faculty of Arts

Undergraduate - Unit

This unit entry is for students who completed this unit in 2015 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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6 points, SCA Band 1, 0.125 EFTSL

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LevelUndergraduate
FacultyFaculty of Arts
Organisational UnitJournalism
OfferedCaulfield First semester 2015 (Day)
Caulfield First semester 2015 (Off-campus)
Caulfield Second semester 2015 (Day)
Caulfield Second semester 2015 (Off-campus)
Coordinator(s)Ms Monica Jackson

Synopsis

This subject examines the study of news and the different approaches to journalism. It explores debates and issues relating to journalism and other interdisciplinary theory including the circulation of information, the Fourth Estate, the culture of the newsroom, ethics, sources, interviewing and memory, gender theory, advocacy journalism and orientalism. Using these central theoretical approaches, students will engage with, and interrogate the different genres of journalism and reporting. The unit examines examples from investigative journalism, television coverage, long-form journalism, 'faction', 'gonzo' reporting, 'new journalism', broadcasting, sports journalism and photojournalism. Drawing on seminal case studies, students will discuss works by journalists and writers.

Outcomes

On successful completion of this unit students should be able to:

  1. demonstrate a satisfactory knowledge of the unit subject matter;
  2. demonstrate a capacity to make effective usage in written and oral presentation of the relevant academic literature;
  3. demonstrate an ability to research, discuss and analyse issues in a clear, concise and rigorous way;
  4. collaborate constructively with fellow students in learning and discussion processes, including online forums;
  5. produce their written work to deadline making effective use of the conventions of scholarly presentation (references, bibliography, etc);
  6. work independently and in groups to achieve their learning outcomes;
  7. demonstrate a critical awareness of the strengths, limitations and socio-professional implications of scholarly practice in journalism studies.

Assessment

Within semester assessment: 100%

Workload requirements

Minimum total expected workload to achieve the learning outcomes for this unit is 144 hours per semester typically comprising a mixture of scheduled learning activities and independent study. A unit requires on average three/four hours of scheduled activities per week. Scheduled activities may include a combination of teacher directed learning, peer directed learning and online engagement.

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