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Commencement year

This area of study entry applies to students commencing this course in 2016 and should be read in conjunction with the relevant course entry in the Handbook.

Any units listed for this area of study relate only to the 'Requirements' outlined in the Faculty of Arts component of any bachelors double degrees.

Unit codes that are not linked to their entry in the Handbook are not available for study in the current year.

Managing faculty

Faculty of Arts



In a rapidly changing media landscape, the Journalism Studies minor will provide you with the necessary techniques to develop and hone your journalistic skills. It prepares students for a career in several communication disciplines including print, broadcast and online journalism. The program is intended to prepare you for the fast-paced world of multi-media journalism and is founded on the principle that robust, accurate and ethical news-gathering is essential to democratic governance.

These studies will push you to cultivate a passion for the news while also focusing on journalism both as a professional and disciplinary practice. You will explore foundational and contemporary scholarship about the context and practice of journalism in Malaysia and internationally.

Upon successfuly completing this program, you will be able to cover stories across multiple platforms, thus preparing you for appropriate industry employment or postgraduate study if desired.


Journalism studies is listed in the Bachelor of Arts (Social Sciences) at Malaysia as a minor.


In addition to achieving the broad outcomes of their course, students successfully completing this minor will:

1. demonstrate an understanding of the contemporary news media

2. understand and apply the basic principles of news-gathering, writing, editing and reporting

3. demonstrate a broad understanding of news production and the media's influence in society

4. demonstrate skills in media production in at least one media platform.


Minor requirements (24 points)

No more than 12 points at level 1 may be credited to the minorminor (

Units are 6 points unless otherwise stated.

Students complete:

a. Two level 1 gateway unitsgateway units ( (12 points):

  • AMU1328 Introduction to journalism A
  • AMU1329 Introduction to journalism B

b. Two units (12 points), including at least one level 2 unit, from the following:

  • AMU3650 A world in crisis: Multilevel responses to global emergencies
  • AMU2787 Online news and current affairs
  • AMU3806 Business reporting

Relevant courses

Successful completion of the minor can be counted towards meeting the requirements for the following single degree:*

  • Bachelor of Arts (Social Sciences)

Students in other single bachelor's degrees may be eligible to complete the minor by using 24 points of their free electives.