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Politics, Journalism and Society (MCC240)

School School of Arts
Credit Points 4
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 media age and its practice in a range of subset disciplines, such as war reporting, business journalism, and its interaction with public relations.
Unit Learning Outcomes On successful completion of the unit you should be able to:
1. Explain the concept of the Fourth Estate within the political and societal context
2. Explain and define freedom of expression and press freedom
3. Outline the challenges of specialised reporting across a range of subject areas
4. Identify the issues facing journalism in modern Western democracies
Timetabled Learning Activities Lectures: 1 hour per week; tutorials: 1.5 hours per week.
Prerequisites Nil.
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
Associate Professor Chris Smyth
Associate Professor Journalism

Murdoch Campus
t: 9360 6246
e: C.Smyth@murdoch.edu.au
o: 245.2.019 - Science and Computing, Murdoch Campus
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