A6008 - Master of Journalism - 2017

Postgraduate - Course

Commencement year

This course entry applies to students commencing this course in 2017 and should be read in conjunction with information provided in the 'Faculty information' section of this Handbook by the Arts.

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

Dr Deb Anderson

Contact details

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

Admission and fees

Australia

Course type

Specialist
Master by coursework

Standard duration

2 years FT, 4 years PT

Students 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)

Off-campus (Caulfield)

Award

Master of Journalism

Alternative exits

Graduate Certificate in Arts

Graduate Diploma in 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 graduates will make an excellent contribution to their profession using a full range of media technologies.

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, students 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. Students wishing to use this master's course as a pathway to a higher degree by research should take this second option.

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

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 graduates will be able to demonstrate:

  1. strong professional research and reporting skills in a range of media technologies and formats
  2. the necessary skills and attributes either to enter professional practice in the news media or, for qualified journalists, to extend their existing skills and intellectual understanding of journalism
  3. an understanding and ability to contribute to the important role of professional and ethical journalism in the service of the public right to know and democratic process
  4. an effective understanding of the role of journalism and the media in local, national, regional and global contexts.

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:

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

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

All students 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.

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

Students complete:

  1. Two 6 point units (12 points) from the following, taken during the first full time equivalent year of study:
  2. One unit (12 points) from the electives listed in Part C

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

Students complete:

  1. The following two units (24 points):
  2. Two capstone units (24 points) chosen from the following:

* Students electing to take the research thesis option and APG5856 should consult with the course coordinator.

Part C. Advanced expertise (24 points)

Students complete either a. or b. below.

  1. The following unit/s:
    • APG5848 Research thesis (24 points) or APG5849 Research thesis A (12 points) and APG5850 Research thesis B (12 points)**

** Students admitted to the course at entry level 3 who wish to complete a 24 point research thesis should consult with the course coordinator.

  1. Two elective units (24 points) from the following:
    • APG5099 Media innovation
    • APG5184 Video-making as research
    • APG5190 Global journalism: Hong Kong field school
    • APG5642 Investigative journalism
    • APG5653 Journalism futures: New York field school
    • APG5752 Field trip in media and communications
    • APG5782 Film festival study tour
    • a capstone unit not already completed in Part B

Alternative exits

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

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

Students entering at entry levels 1 and 2 can complete a research thesis (24 points) that will provide a pathway to a higher degree by research. Students entering at entry level 3 will normally already have an honours degree, however, students in this group who wish to complete a research thesis in journalism should discuss the options with the course coordinator.