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Photojournalism (JOUR90022)

Graduate courseworkPoints: 12.5On Campus (Parkville)

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Year of offer2019
Subject levelGraduate coursework
Subject codeJOUR90022
Availability(Quotas apply)
Semester 2
FeesSubject EFTSL, Level, Discipline & Census Date

This is a practice-based subject teaching the history, principles and techniques of photojournalism in the context of rapidly changing communications technology. Students will learn basic photographic techniques, as well as learning how to edit their work and present it in a variety of multimedia contexts and platforms. They will also learn how to handle the ethical issues involved in dealing with subjects in a variety of different situations, as well as how to present and market their work.

Intended learning outcomes

Students who successfully complete this subject should:

  • Be able to take professional standard photographs for use in a journalistic context
  • Be able to edit and crop their work, and prepare it for a variety of platforms and multimedia environments
  • Have an awareness of the international market for photojournalism, and how this is changing
  • Have the ability to identify the particular ethical issues involved in photojournalism
  • Be equipped to critically reflect on a range of case studies relating to journalism practice in the international context

Generic skills

Upon successful completion of this subject, graduates should develop the following generic skills:

  • Capacities relating to the to communication of facts and ideas in visual form
  • Capacities of ethical reflection and identifying on how these are relevant to exercising responsible judgement in applied settings
  • A capacity to analyse and reflect on the social significance of communication practices
  • Time management and planning skills relevant to the management and organisation of workloads

Eligibility and requirements





Non-allowed subjects


Core participation requirements

The University of Melbourne is committed to providing students with reasonable adjustments to assessment and participation under the Disability Standards for Education (2005), and the Assessment and Results Policy (MPF1326). Students are expected to meet the core participation requirements for their course. These can be viewed under Entry and Participation Requirements for the course outlines in the Handbook.

Further details on how to seek academic adjustments can be found on the Student Equity and Disability Support website: http://services.unimelb.edu.au/student-equity/home


  • Portfolio of photojournalism
  • 3,500 words
During examination period80%
  • Class paper on a case study
  • 1,500 words
Week 620%

Quotas apply to this subject

Dates & times

  • Semester 2
    Principal coordinatorDavid Nolan
    Mode of deliveryOn Campus — Parkville
    Contact hours24 hours: One two-hour workshop per week
    Total time commitment170 hours
    Teaching period29 July 2019 to 27 October 2019
    Last self-enrol date 9 August 2019
    Census date31 August 2019
    Last date to withdraw without fail27 September 2019
    Assessment period ends22 November 2019

    Semester 2 contact information

Additional delivery details

This subject has a quota of 20 students. Selection is automated and based on the order in which students enrol. Your enrolment in this subject guarantees a space unless you withdraw.

If the subject is full, spaces may become available in the future as others withdraw. The only way to check this is by attempting to enrol. Please note that there are no waiting lists for this subject.

As entry into this subject is based only on the order in which students enrol, special permission will not be offered to any students.

Further information

  • Texts

    Prescribed texts

    A compiled reader will be made available, together with relevant examples of photojournalism

Last updated: 22 January 2019