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Journalism and Society (9303.3)

Level: Level 2 - Undergraduate Intermediate Unit
Credit Points: 3
HECS Bands:

Band 1 2013-2020 (Expires 31 Dec 2020) Band 2 2021 (Commenced Before 1 Jan 2021) Band 4 2021 (Commenced After 1 Jan 2021)

Faculty: Faculty of Arts and Design
Discipline: Discipline of Communication and Media



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    • Semester 1, 2018, ON-CAMPUS, BRUCE (176450) - View
    • Semester 1, 2017, ON-CAMPUS, BRUCE (165244) - View
    • Semester 1, 2016, ON-CAMPUS, BRUCE (154953) - View
    • Semester 1, 2015, ON-CAMPUS, BRUCE (136610) - View

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    This unit provides a framework for students to understand the role played by journalists in a democratic society, and shows how that role can differ in societies with other forms of government. The syllabus begins by providing a framework of ethics for individual practitioners, examining a range of approaches to journalism ethics and showing how they can be applied in practice. Issues such as dealing with sources, invading people?s privacy and covering traumatic events are covered. The syllabus moves on to locate the individual practitioner in the workplace and examine a range of issues arising for practitioners, whether by being part of a large media company or as a sole practitioner in a small start-up. New and emerging approaches to journalism practice are examined.

    Learning Outcomes

    On completion of this unit, students will be able to:

    1. Understand the important role performed by journalists in a democratic society, and how that role has developed;

    2. Understand the ethical principles that underpin journalism and how they are applied in practice;

    3. Examine the issues that arise for journalists in their workplace, whether in a large media company or a small start-up;

    4. Appreciate how the role and practice of journalism is changing; and

    5. Examine new and emerging approaches to the practice of journalism.

    Assessment Items

    Contact Hours

    3 hours per week


    Must have passed Reporting, 5572 OR Mobile Reporting, 9923.



    Assumed Knowledge

    Units in first year of the Bachelor of Communication (Journalism).

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