Course Title: Global News Studies

Part A: Course Overview

Course Title: Global News Studies

Credit Points: 12.00

Important Information:

Please note that this course may have compulsory in-person attendance requirements for some teaching activities. 

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Course Code




Learning Mode

Teaching Period(s)


City Campus


335H Applied Communication


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


City Campus


345H Media and Communication


Sem 1 2010,
Sem 1 2011,
Sem 1 2012,
Sem 1 2013,
Sem 1 2014,
Sem 1 2015,
Sem 1 2017,
Sem 1 2018,
Sem 1 2019,
Sem 1 2020,
Sem 1 2021,
Sem 1 2022

Course Coordinator: Dr Alex Wake

Course Coordinator Phone: +61 3 9925 9749

Course Coordinator Email:

Pre-requisite Courses and Assumed Knowledge and Capabilities


Course Description

This course exposes you to a range of issues facing the modern journalist in professional practice.

You will be encouraged to reflect critically on modern journalistic practice in Australian and international contexts. You will evaluate relevant readings and dissect coverage of significant events and/or issues and other examples of contemporary journalism practice.

Objectives/Learning Outcomes/Capability Development

In this course you will develop the following program learning outcomes:

  • Acquire and apply knowledge of local and international perspectives and issues about contemporary journalism.
  • Critically reflect on your own work to demonstrate autonomy, good judgement and ethical responsibility.
  • Undertake research into contemporary journalism theory and practice to explore possible industry and career directions.

Upon successful completion of this course you will be able to:

  1. Identify the contextual forces operating on journalists inside and outside the modern newsroom in Australian and international contexts.
  2. Assess how journalists respond to pressures on modern practice in national and international contexts, including historical, political and/or technological pressures.
  3. Critically reflect on the rapidly changing news environment, with a focus on contemporary issues.
  4. Assess a range of primary and secondary sources and evaluate their contribution to current debates surrounding modern journalistic practice.
  5. Develop strong, internally coherent arguments within written work that demonstrate critical thinking.

Overview of Learning Activities

You will be actively engaged in learning that involves a range of activities such as project work, lectures, tutorials, class discussion, individual and group activities.

Overview of Learning Resources

RMIT will provide you with resources and tools for learning in this course through our online systems.

A list of recommended learning resources will be provided by your lecturer, including books, journal articles and web resources. You will also be expected to seek further resources relevant to the focus of your own learning.

The University Library has extensive resources for Journalism students. The Library has produced a subject guide that includes quality online and print resources for your studies at

The Library provides guides on academic referencing: subject specialist help via your Liaison Librarian.

Overview of Assessment

You will be assessed on how well you meet the course’s learning outcomes and on your development against the program learning outcomes. Assessment may include a range of tasks including reports, in-class tests, class presentations and projects. Feedback will be given on all assessment tasks.

If you have a long term medical condition and/or disability it may be possible to negotiate to vary aspects of the learning or assessment methods. You can contact the program coordinator or the Equitable Learning Services if you would like to find out more.

Your course assessment conforms to RMIT assessment principles, regulations, policies, procedures and instructions which are available for review online: Assessment

Assessment Tasks

Task 1: News Quizzes Individual 30% 3x10% Linked CLO's: 1,3 

Task 2: Issue-based Interview and Report Individual 30% Linked CLO's 1,3,4,5 

Task 3: Group Project (20%) (Group) Individual Response 20% (Individual) Linked CLO;s: 1,2,3