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Dilemmas in Journalism: Law and Ethics (JOUR90006)

Graduate courseworkPoints: 12.5On Campus (Parkville)

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Year of offer2019
Subject levelGraduate coursework
Subject codeJOUR90006
FeesSubject EFTSL, Level, Discipline & Census Date

This subject will provide students with a grounding in key aspects of media law that all journalists need to be aware of, and offer students an opportunity to engage with particular ethical dilemmas that arise in the field of journalism.It will provide students with an opportunity to gain a deep understanding and capacity to reflect on legal and ethical principles, as well as an understanding of how such knowledge is relevant to the ongoing dilemmas and decisions that journalists are faced with in the course of their work.

Intended learning outcomes

On successful completion of this subject, student should:

  • have a sound grasp of the legal and ethical issues associated with the history, theory and current practice of journalism;
  • have a sound grasp of key aspects of media law;
  • be able to outline the legal and ethical responsibilities associated with journalism;
  • be equipped to critically reflect on legal and ethical principles related to the practice of journalism;
  • be able to apply knowledge of legal and ethical principles to dilemmas that arise in the course of journalism practice; and
  • be able to make sound decisions in journalism practice based on knowledge of the law, ethics and case-based examples.

Generic skills

At the completion of this subject, students should gain the following generic skills:

  • the ability to provide leadership in journalism at a national and global level;
  • the ability to understand the fundamental principles for making critical legal and ethical judgments regarding professional journalism practice;
  • the ability to evaluate the dynamic processes of change operating in contemporary media and communication industries;
  • advanced skills in research, analysis and interpretation;
  • advanced skills in writing, reporting and communicating facts and ideas;
  • advanced critical thinking through presentation of research papers, conceptualising theoretical problems, forming judgements and arguments from conflicting evidence, and by critical analysis;
  • time management and planning skills through managing and organising workloads;
  • cultural and ethical understanding through reflection, reading and practical experience of journalists’ responsibilities; and
  • an understanding of how to market their own ideas and successfully pursue careers in an increasingly diversified and transforming industry environment.

Last updated: 2 August 2019