ALJ222 - From the Fourth Estate to Fake News
2023 unit information
Trimester 1: Burwood (Melbourne), Waurn Ponds (Geelong), Online
Trimester 3: Burwood (Melbourne), Online
|Unit Chair:||Trimester 1: Matthew Ricketson|
Trimester 3: Matthew Ricketson
|Typical study commitment:|
Students will on average spend 150 hours over the trimester undertaking the teaching, learning and assessment activities for this unit.
|Scheduled learning activities - campus:|
1 x 2-hour seminar per week and extensive online activities equivalent to 1 x 1-hour class per week
|Scheduled learning activities - online:|
Online independent and collaborative learning activities x 3-hours per week.
This will include a range of activities including recordings, and synchronous and asynchronous participation in online classroom activities.
Explore the functions of journalism in liberal democratic societies and how it connects — or divides — communities, from the local, national and global. You will critically examine the history of the news media, and analyse how changing business models, reforms to media regulations, and news consumption and production habits are simultaneously enriching, complicating and challenging the established values, conventions and boundaries of journalistic practices. Through critical reflection on a range of pressing issues facing working journalists, you will build your professional identity in a dynamic communication landscape to better understand and serve your communities.
|ULO||These are the Learning Outcomes (ULO) for this unit. At the completion of this unit, successful students can:||Deakin Graduate Learning Outcomes|
|ULO1||Synthesise and explain the social, economic, political and cultural factors that shape the production, distribution and consumption of the news media at the local, national and global levels|| |
GLO1: Discipline-specific knowledge and capabilitiesGLO8: Global citizenship
|ULO2||Distinguish and critically assess different approaches to journalism and evaluate the ethical challenges that arise for journalists practicing different forms of journalism|| |
GLO1: Discipline-specific knowledge and capabilitiesGLO4: Critical thinking
|ULO3||Critically analyse policy and regulatory debates, solutions and suggestions to support different approaches to journalism, drawing upon scholarly and practice-based research and media sources, government inquiries, submissions and/or activist initiatives|| |
GLO1: Discipline-specific knowledge and capabilities
GLO4: Critical thinkingGLO5: Problem solving
|Assessment Description||Student output||Grading and weighting |
(% total mark for unit)
|Indicative due week|
|Assessment 1 - Journalism reflection||1200 words |
|Assessment 2 - Presentation||3–5 minutes presentation plus |
300 word supporting documentation
|Assessment 3 - Explainer||1600 words |
The assessment due weeks provided may change. The Unit Chair will clarify the exact assessment requirements, including the due date, at the start of the teaching period.
There is no prescribed text. Unit materials are provided via the unit site. This includes unit topic readings and references to further information.
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