Rethinking Journalism

Griffith University

Course Description

  • Course Name

    Rethinking Journalism

  • Host University

    Griffith University

  • Location

    Gold Coast, Australia

  • Area of Study

    Media and Journalism

  • Language Level

    Taught In English

  • Course Level Recommendations


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    Hours & Credits

  • Credit Points

  • Recommended U.S. Semester Credits
    3 - 4
  • Recommended U.S. Quarter Units
    4 - 6
  • Overview

    Course Description
    This course is designed to equip students with knowledges of ways in which journalism is theorised and applied across different media cultures in the Asia-Pacific region. The course looks more broadly at the different roles of journalism as a cultural resource. The course will focus on case studies drawn from Australia, the Pacific, and Canada, along with others selected by students, according to their needs.
    Course Introduction
    The course begins with a general overview of prevailing ideas about journalism and its cultural role before considering various influences on journalism practices and the ways in which society and journalism interact. This course will be delivered using several complimentary approaches: problem-based seminars focusing on group work; keynote addresses dealing with various aspects of journalism; documentaries to stimulate discussion; policy documents and reports; podcasts; and other current material relevant to this exploration of journalism cultures. Students are encouraged to bring any materials which they think relevant to class seminars.
    Course Aims
    After completing this course, you should have knowledge of and be able to understand:
    • theoretical approaches to journalism as a cultural practice;
    • ways in which journalism operates across cultural boundaries;
    • journalism practices and cross-cultural reporting;
    • the nature and extent of alternative media approaches internationally; and
    • relationships between journalism and other social institutions.
    Learning Outcomes
    After successfully completing this course you should be able to:
    1. research, writing, and analytical skills appropriate for the new communication environment;
    2. specific knowledge of journalism theory and how this critically informs journalism practice in different cultural environments;
    3. an understanding of basic concepts of cross-cultural communication;
    4. problem-solving approaches and techniques;
    5. the ability to apply a range of problem-solving and critical analysis skills to chosen case studies; and
    6. organisational, interpersonal and team building skills.

Course Disclaimer

Courses and course hours of instruction are subject to change.

Eligibility for courses may be subject to a placement exam and/or pre-requisites.

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.