Subject Descriptions - Subject Information

Calendar: 2019 Undergraduate
Faculty: Faculty of Law, Humanities and the Arts
Department: School of the Arts, English and Media

COSMOS mastered subject: Version 2000.01

Subject Information
Subject Code JRNL211
Subject Name Advocacy Journalism
Credit Points 6
Pre-Requisites JRNL203, JRNL204 plus 18CP of JRNL subjects
Co-Requisites None.
Restrictions None.
Equivalence None.
Assessment Essay; Reflective Essay 25% Project; Case Studies 25% Journal/Blog 50%
General Subject Yes.
EFTSL (Non Weighted) 0.125
Non Weighted Student Contribution Amounts
Commonwealth Supported (HECS) Students Only
Pre-1997 Pre-2005 Post-2005 Post-2008 Post-2009 Post-2010
$ 820  $ 820  $ 820  $ 820  $ 820  $ 820 
Weighted Student Contribution Amounts
Commonwealth Supported (HECS) Students Only
1771-Bachelor of Laws (Honours) (Direct Entry)
1777-Bachelor of Laws (Direct Entry)
1827-Bachelor of International Studies - Bachelor of Laws
1845-Bachelor of Information Technology - Bachelor of Laws
1852-Bachelor of Business Information Systems - Bachelor of Laws
760-Bachelor of Communication and Media Studies - Bachelor of Laws
770-Bachelor of Laws (Graduate Entry)
771-Bachelor of Arts - Bachelor of Laws
771H-Course information not Found
772-Bachelor of Creative Arts - Bachelor of Laws
773-Bachelor of Commerce - Bachelor of Laws
774-Bachelor of Mathematics - Bachelor of Laws
775-Bachelor of Science - Bachelor of Laws
775H-Course information not Found
775M-Course information not Found
776-Bachelor of Computer Science - Bachelor of Laws
778-Bachelor of Information and Communication Technology-Bachelor of Laws
779-Bachelor of Engineering - Bachelor of Laws
858-Bachelor of Journalism - Bachelor of Laws
Work Experience No
Tutorial Enrolment Information None.
Availability Not Available in 2019

Subject Description
This subject explores an alternative approach to the prudent reporting and representation of marginalized groups. It extends the notion of ‘objective’ and ‘neutral’ reporting to consider the professional and moral value of taking a stand on issues under-represented in the mainstream media. Subject content and tasks rest on the premise that journalists are equipped with the tools of technology to initiate and foster change that improve the human condition. Case studies of advocacy (and civic) journalism provide a context to help students identify and pursue altruistic goals in journalism; and develop guidelines on how to research, source, verify, and package their stories with an informed point-of-view. Particular attention will be given to the role of digital technologies and social media as effective tools for community based advocacy journalism.

Subject Learning Outcomes
On successful completion of this subject, students will be able to:
1. Identify and analyse the relationship between advocacy journalism and social change as outlined in the scholarly literature and recent practice
2. Identify and analyse issues, including, but not limited to, race, gender, sexuality, disability, religion and class currently under-represented in the mainstream media
3. Articulate the ethical and legal constraints of advocacy journalism
4. Produce a digital advocacy journalism campaign using traditional journalism methodologies, social media and community engagement tools

Textbook Information
Students will be advised of recommended texts at the commencement of session.
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