International Journalism and Mass Communication

University of Queensland

Course Description

  • Course Name

    International Journalism and Mass Communication

  • Host University

    University of Queensland

  • Location

    Brisbane, Australia

  • Area of Study

    International Studies, Mass Communications, Media and Journalism, Media Studies

  • Language Level

    Taught In English

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    Hours & Credits

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  • Overview

    Course Description
    The course provides students with an understanding of different theories of mass media systems, their philosophical foundations and basic principles. It looks at varying relationships of mass media to politics and society and their important role in social and political change. The media systems of different countries and regions, as well as global media issues are addressed.
    Course Introduction
    This course is designed to introduce students to the theoretical and practical issues that inform international journalism and mass communication. Specifically, the course examines the different ways journalism is practised in different cultures and explores the underlying factors that underpin such practices, including technological changes that have transformed journalistic practices across the world.
    Deadlines & Submission Procedures for Assessment Tasks:
    Please note: Deadlines stipulated for all assessment tasks in this course will be strictly enforced. Failure to meet deadlines will result in penalties as outlined in the School policy on submission of assignments. You are required to adhere to the School's assignment submission procedures.
    Students are encouraged to attend tutorials and to participate actively in discussions and set readings. Tutorials will be conducted in the following weeks: 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9, 10, & 11.
    Tutorials are designed to assist students to develop relevant knowledge of the topics covered in this course. Tutorials will also cover important guidelines that will enable you to undertake assessment tasks. Tutorial attendance and participation has a weighting of 5%.
    Tutorials will cover issues that emerge from lectures; they will also include discussions about the assessment tasks.
    Students who miss a tutorial on medical grounds will be granted an opportunity to attend a make-up tutorial in another tutorial class.
    Learning Objectives
    After successfully completing this course you should be able to:
    • critically examine varying systems of mass media in different countries;
    • identify various mechanisms of media control in various countries;
    • understand how new technologies impact journalistic practices, especially foreign news reporting and the factors that influence the coverage of foreign events across cultures;
    • compare and contrast news media systems across cultures;
    • utilise a variety of research tools, including scholarly journals and the Internet.
    Class Contact
    2 Lecture hours, 1 Tutorial hour
    Assessment Summary
    Tutorial Presentation: 5%
    Review (Critical analysis of a foreign news event): 30%
    Literature Review: 35%
    Final Exam: 30%

Course Disclaimer

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Credits earned vary according to the policies of the students' home institutions. According to ISA policy and possible visa requirements, students must maintain full-time enrollment status, as determined by their home institutions, for the duration of the program.