Course Title: The Journalist in Society

Part A: Course Overview

Course Title: The Journalist in Society

Credit Points: 12

Course Code




Learning Mode

Teaching Period(s)


City Campus


335H Applied Communication


Sem 1 2006,
Sem 1 2007,
Sem 1 2008,
Sem 1 2009

Course Coordinator: Josie Vine

Course Coordinator Phone: +61 99253596

Course Coordinator

Course Coordinator Location: 6.2.18

Course Coordinator Availability: Consultation times: Monday 11am - 1pm

Pre-requisite Courses and Assumed Knowledge and Capabilities


Course Description

This course examines the roles and responsibilities of contemporary Australian journalists.

Objectives/Learning Outcomes/Capability Development

Students will develop skills in critical thinking about, and an understanding of, Australian journalism and the role journalists play in Australia. They will also understand the ethical considerations that impact upon this role.

Students will develop an understanding of journalism’s role in contemporary Australia and its responsibilities to society, sources and employers.

Overview of Learning Activities

Weekly seminars, involving lectures, presentations from industry representatives and documentaries and weekly tutorials, involving assessable practical exercises and peer presentations.

Overview of Learning Resources

The course materials will be delivered through a range of on-line readings; lectures, presentations by industry representatives and documentaries; practical class-room exercises and peer-guided classroom presentation and discussion.

Overview of Assessment

Assessment for this course is through practical exercises, in-class presentations and written essays.