Course Title: Journalism and Society

Part A: Course Overview

Course Title: Journalism and 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

Course Coordinator: Josie Vine

Course Coordinator Phone: +61 3 9925 5306

Course Coordinator

Course Coordinator Location: 6.2.18

Course Coordinator Availability: Consultation times: Mondays, 11am - 1pm

Pre-requisite Courses and Assumed Knowledge and Capabilities


Course Description

This is a foundation journalism course which examines the roles and responsibilities of contemporary Australian journalism and journalists.

Objectives/Learning Outcomes/Capability Development

This course will enable you to develop skills in critical thinking about the role of Australian journalism and journalists, and the ethical considerations that impact upon that role 


Students will develop an understanding of journalism’s role in contemporary Australia and its responsibilities to society, sources and employers. On completing this course, you will understand the privileges - and consequent responsibilities -  enjoyed by journalists working in a western democracy such as Australia and how to practise journalism within an ethical framework.

Overview of Learning Activities

Learning activities take place in seminars, involving lectures, presentations from industry representatives and documentaries, and tutorials, involving practical exercises, peer presentations and discussions. 

Overview of Learning Resources

The course materials will be delivered through a range of on-line readings, lectures, presentations by industry representatives and documentaries, in-class exercises and peer-presentations. 

Students are expected to read and watch a variety of news and current affairs. Additional readings and particular news shows/documentaries will be made available to you throughout the semester.

Overview of Assessment

Students are assessed through in-class practical exercises, in-class presentations and written essays.