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Journalism and Society (COM240)

Organisational Unit Creative Media, Arts and Design
Credit Points 3
Availability MURDOCH: S2-internal
DUBAI-ISC: TJD-internal
Teaching Timetables Murdoch S2
Description The unit considers the relationship, roles and functions of the journalist in modern society. Students will investigate a range of issues which highlight the political and cultural significance of journalism in society, its application in the multi-platform digital media age and its practice in a range of subset disciplines, such as war reporting, business journalism, and its interaction with other streams of communication.
Unit Learning Outcomes On successful completion of the unit students should be able to:
1. Understand and explain the concept of the Fourth Estate, press freedom and speech within the political and societal context
2. Explain and define the roles and responsibilities of journalists in the digital media environment
3. Outline the challenges of specialised reporting across a range of subject areas
Timetabled Learning Activities Tutorials: 1.5 hours per week.
All offerings of this unit include the equivalent of 30 hours of structured learning.
Unit Learning Experiences Online lectures will introduce students to, and stimulate their thinking on the main issues of the unit. Tutorials will provide the opportunity to discuss their views and the findings of their own inquiries. As with other journalism units, students will be encouraged to keep abreast of the news and analyse current events as they highlight the relationship between the media and other institutions of society.
Other Learning Experiences Online Lectures: 1 hour per week
Assessment A 500-word blog (20%); a class presentation and report (40%) and a 1500-word essay (40%)
Prerequisites Nil.
Exclusions Students who have successfully completed JOU340 Journalism and Society may not enrol in this unit for credit.
Appears in these Courses/Majors:
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Journalism (BCommun) [New in 2018]
Internet Access RequirementsMurdoch units normally include an online component comprising materials, discussions, lecture recordings and assessment activities. All students, regardless of their location or mode of study, need to have access to and be able to use computing devices with browsing capability and a connection to the Internet via Broadband (Cable, ADSL or Mobile) or Wireless. The Internet connection should be readily available and allow large amounts of data to be streamed or downloaded (approximately 100MB per lecture recording). Students also need to be able to enter into online discussions and submit assignments online.


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MURDOCH: S2-Internal
Dr Lauren O'Mahony

Murdoch Campus
t: 9360 2077
e: L.OMahony@murdoch.edu.au
o: 450.3.054 - Building 450, Murdoch Campus

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