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Journalism and Society (JOU340)

Organisational Unit Creative Media, Arts and Design
Credit Points 3
Availability KAPLAN-SGP: TJA-internal, TSA-internal
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 you should be able to:
1. Understand and explain the concept of the Fourth Estate 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 Workshops: 24 hours contact time plus online content. (Perth, KAPLAN and Dubai)
All offerings of this unit include the equivalent of 30 hours of structured learning.
Unit Learning Experiences Face-to-face and online lectures will introduce you to, and stimulate your thinking on the main issues of the unit. Tutorials will provide the opportunity to discuss your own views and the findings of your own inquiries. As with other journalism units, you 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.
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 MCC240 Politics, Journalism and Society may not enrol in this unit for credit.
Previously 2016: 'Politics, Journalism and Society'
Appears in these Courses/Majors:
see individual structures for context
Journalism (BA) [New in 2014]
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.


Unit Coordinator
Ms Mia Brankov
Associate Lecturer in Journalism

e: Mia.Brankov@murdoch.edu.au
Unit Contacts

Ms Mia Brankov
Associate Lecturer in Journalism

e: Mia.Brankov@murdoch.edu.au

Associate Professor Terence Lee
Associate Professor in Mass Communication

Murdoch Campus
t: 9360 6689
e: T.Lee@murdoch.edu.au
o: 450.3.067 - Education and Humanities, Murdoch Campus
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