Master of Journalism - 2019

Postgraduate - Course

Commencement year

This course entry applies to students commencing this course in 2019 and should be read in conjunction with information provided in the 'Faculty information' section of this Handbook by the Faculty of Arts.

Other commencement years for this course: 2018, 2017, 2016 and more

Unit codes that are not linked to their entry in the Handbook are not available for study in the current year.

Course code

A6008

Credit points

96

Abbreviated title

MJournalism

CRICOS code

082656C

Managing faculty

Arts

Coordinator

Associate Professor Johan Lidberg

Contact details

Tel: 1800 MONASH (1800 666 274) Web address: http://future.arts.monash.edu/master-journalism/

Admission and fees

Australia

Course progression map

A6008 (pdf)

Course type

Specialist
Master by coursework

Standard duration

2 years FT, 4 years PT

This course normally takes 2 years full-time to complete but if you have relevant entry qualifications you may receive credit and be able to complete the course in 1.5 years or 1 year full-time, or part-time equivalent.

You have a maximum of 6 years to complete this course including any periods of intermission and suspension, and must be continuously enrolled throughout.

Mode and location

On-campus (Caulfield)

Award

Master of Journalism

Alternative exits

Graduate Certificate of Arts

Graduate Diploma of Arts

Refer to 'Alternative exits' entry below for further requirements and details.

Description

This course is both an entry-level qualification for a professional journalism career and a mid-career course for working journalists seeking to extend their expertise and refresh the intellectual basis of their practice. It is designed to ensure you will make an excellent contribution to your profession using a full range of media technologies. The course has a particular focus on public interest and investigative journalism.

Outcomes

These course outcomes are aligned with the Australian Qualifications Framework level 9 and Monash Graduate AttributesAustralian Qualifications Framework level 9 and Monash Graduate Attributes (http://monash.edu/pubs/handbooks/alignmentofoutcomes.html).

Upon successful completion of this course it is expected that you will be able to:

  1. critically analyse the history, role and function of journalism and the news media in local, national, regional and global contexts
  2. exercise professional journalism ethics, in the pursuit of truth, accuracy and fairness, and in service of the democratic process and the public right to know as manifested by public interest journalism
  3. analyse and critically evaluate journalism theory and its application in professional practice and scholarship
  4. utilise independent research and reporting skills in a range of generic and digital media technologies and formats, for a diversity of people and cultures in a global society
  5. enter, or continue, professional practice in the news media with the required expert knowledge and specialist skills to shape the profession during a time of great change.

Structure

The course is structured in three parts: Part A. Foundations for advanced journalism studies, Part B. Core master's study and Part C. Advanced expertise. All students complete Part B. Depending upon prior qualifications, you may receive credit for Part A or Part C or a combination of the two.

Note that if you are eligible for credit for prior studies you may elect not to receive the credit.

Part A. Foundations for advanced journalism studies (24 points)

These studies will introduce you to journalism studies at advanced undergraduate or graduate level. They are intended for students whose previous qualification is not in a cognate field.

Part B. Core master's study (48 points)

These studies draw on best practices within the broad realm of journalism studies. Through a combination of academic and practice-based work, you gain a solid foundation in all production technologies - print, video, radio and online - in metropolitan, regional and international contexts.

Part C. Advanced expertise (24 points)

The focus of these studies is professional or scholarly work that can contribute to a portfolio of professional development. You have two options:

  • a program of coursework study where you select the units to suit your own interests. This option includes the opportunity to undertake an internship in the field.
  • a 24 point research thesis. If you wish to use this master's course as a pathway to a higher degree by research you should take this second option.

If you are admitted to the course with a recognised honours degree in a cognate discipline including humanities or social sciences, you will receive credit for Part C, however, should you wish to complete a 24 point research project as part of the course you should consult with the course coordinator.

Requirements

The course comprises 96 points structured into three parts: Part A. Foundations for advanced journalism studies (24 points), Part B. Core master's study (48 points) and Part C. Advanced expertise (24 points).

Depending on prior qualifications you may receive entry level credit (a form of block credit) which determines your point of entry to the course. If you are admitted at:

  • entry level 1 you complete 96 points, comprising Part A, Part B and Part C
  • entry level 2 you complete 72 points, comprising Part B and Part C
  • entry level 3 you complete 48 points, comprising Part B.

Note: If you are eligible for credit for prior studies you may elect not to receive the credit and complete one of the higher credit-point options. If this applies to you, you should consult the course coordinator about appropriate units to complete since those listed in Part A (a) may not be appropriate.

You must complete a minimum of 48 credit points at level 5 and a maximum of 24 points at level 2 or 3 for entry point 1. Unless otherwise stated, units with codes beginning with 2 or 3 are 6 points, and units with codes beginning with a 5 are 12 points.

The course progression mapcourse progression map (http://www.monash.edu.au/pubs/2019handbooks/maps/map-a6008.pdf) provides guidance on unit enrolment for each semester of study.

If you are eligible to enroll in the 1.5-year entry point, you have the option of completing this course intensively over a 12-month period by following the intensive course progression mapintensive course progression map (http://www.monash.edu.au/pubs/2019handbooks/maps/map-a6008-1yr.pdf).

Part A. Foundations for advanced journalism studies (24 points)

You must complete:

a. The following units (12 points):

  • APG5060 Advanced academic skills (6 points)
  • APG5070 Media, mobility and migration(6 points)

b. Two units (12 points) from the following:

  • ATS2087 Lifestyle journalism
  • ATS2169 Photojournalism
  • ATS2255Not offered in 2019 Mobile journalism
  • ATS2324 Climate change communication
  • ATS2395Not offered in 2019 Australia in a globalising world
  • ATS2490Not offered in 2019 Advanced professional writing
  • ATS2693 Politics and the media
  • ATS2784 News and power
  • ATS2787 Social media and digital storytelling
  • ATS2788 Podcasting and audio journalism
  • ATS2790 Longform journalism
  • ATS2791 Editing and design
  • ATS3113Not offered in 2019 Reporting the arts circuit
  • ATS3265 Broadcast studio journalism
  • ATS3645 Journalism and global change
  • ATS3789 Video journalism

Part B. Core master's study (48 points)

You must complete:

a. The following two units (24 points):

b. Two capstone units (24 points) chosen from the following:

Part C. Advanced expertise (24 points)

If you are admitted at Entry Level 1 you complete Option 1, 2 or 3 below.

If you are admitted at Entry Level 2 you complete either Option 1 or 2 below.

Option 1

Research Option

The following unit/s:

  • APG5848 Research thesis (24 points)** or APG5849 Research thesis A (12 points) and APG5850 Research thesis B (12 points)

** If you are admitted to the course at entry level 3 and wish to complete the 24 point research thesis you should consult with the course coordinator.

Option 2

Discipline Electives

Two units (24 points) from the following:

  • APG5184 Video-making as research*
  • APG5190Not offered in 2019 Global journalism: Hong Kong field school*
  • APG5351Not offered in 2019 World news
  • APG5355Not offered in 2019 Journalism and technology
  • APG5470 Managing multicultural teams (6 points)
  • APG5471 Leadership in intercultural environments (6 points)
  • APG5481 Language for professional purposes Part 1 (6 points)
  • APG5482 Language for professional purposes Part 2 (6 points)
  • APG5483Not offered in 2019 Language for professional purposes Part 3 (6 points)
  • APG5642 Investigative journalism *
  • APG5653 Journalism futures: New York field school*
  • APG5752Not offered in 2019 Field trip in media and communications*
  • APG5782 Film festivals in local and international contexts*
  • a capstone unit not already completed in Part B

Option 3

Complementary Electives

Up to 24 points of approved units from the following Arts Graduate coursework programs. All units are available unless marked with an asterisk (*)

These units must be selected form Part B: Core Master's study and /or Part C: Advanced expertise

  • A6001 Master of Applied Linguistics
  • A6002 Master of Bioethics
  • A6003 Master of Communications and Media Studies
  • A6004 Master of Cultural and Creative Industries
  • A6006 Master of International Development Practice
  • A6009 Master of Tourism
  • A6010 Master of International Relations
  • A6012 Master of International Sustainable Tourism Management

Alternative exits

You may exit this course early and apply to graduate with one of the following awards, provided you have satisfied the requirements for that award during your enrolment in this master's course:

  • Graduate Certificate of Arts after successful completion of 24 credit points of study with a minimum of 18 credit points at level 4 or above
  • Graduate Diploma of Arts after successful completion of 48 credit points of study with a minimum of 36 credit points at level 4 or above.

Progression to further studies

Successful completion of this course may provide a pathway to a higher degree by research if you are admitted at entry levels 1 and 2 completing a research thesis (24 points). If you are admitted at entry level 3 you will normally already have an honours degree, however, if you wish to complete a research thesis in journalism you should discuss the options with the course coordinator.