Faculty of Arts
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The unit examines the ways in which the production and distribution of media and journalistic products are regulated and how journalism is held accountable. Legal, economic, political, technological and social processes are considered. An underlying theme is a critique of the development of and contradictions among different ideas of free speech, and how these are used to promote or defend a range of communication practices.
This unit asks students to engage with a range of historical and contemporary perspectives on journalism, and equips them to reflect critically on one of the core questions in journalism studies - what is journalism for?
At the satisfactory completion of the unit, students will be able to:
Within semester assessment: 80%
Minimum total expected workload to achieve the learning outcomes for this unit is 144 hours per semester typically comprising a mixture of scheduled learning activities and independent study. A unit requires on average three/four hours of scheduled activities per week. Scheduled activities may include a combination of teacher directed learning, peer directed learning and online engagement.
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