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 JRNL305
Subject Name Journalism Professional Practice
Credit Points 6
Pre-Requisites BCM110, BCM113, JRNL203 and JRNL204
Co-Requisites None.
Restrictions None.
Equivalence None.
Assessment Essay 40% Court Story 20% Portfolio 40%
General Subject No.
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.

Subject Availability
Session Autumn  (04-03-2019 to 27-06-2019)
Campus Wollongong
Delivery Method On Campus
Instance Name Class 1
Course Restrictions No restrictions
Contact Hours 1hr lecture, 2hr tutorial per week
Lecturer(s) and
Cons. times
Steinar Ellingsen
Coordinator(s) and
Cons. times
Steinar Ellingsen
Instance Comment  
Census Date 31-03-2019

Subject Description
Journalists are regularly required to consider the ethical and/or legal consequences of their decisions. This subject will introduce students to a range of typical issues they will potentially be required to consider during the course of their careers. They will be equipped with the knowledge required to (1) understand these issues (both ethical and legal), and (2) respond to them. Ethical discussions will be based around the MEAA code of conduct and various in-house codes, while the legal component will be built around discussions of legal problems that confront journalists, including defamation, contempt, trespass, anti-terrorism and race-hate legislation, intellectual property , copyright and privacy. In both streams, discussions will be built around a combination of real-life examples and hypothetical situations. The subject will consider theories about the evolving role of journalists and professional storytellers as a professional grouping in society and their contribution to social health and functioning democracy.

Subject Learning Outcomes
On successful completion of this subject, students will be able to:
1. Identify, analyse and articulate the philosophical roots of legal and ethical thinking and the development of an individualís moral compass
2. Identify the key elements of the structure of the Australian legal system, and the need for laws and ethical codes of conduct/practice to guide individual, corporate and professional behaviour
3. Identify, analyse and articulate the importance of ethical behaviour as it relates to a range of issues covered by various journalistic codes of conduct
4. Identify, analyse and articulate key legal issues, including defamation, contempt, privacy, trespass, and intellectual property rights which constrain and order journalism practice
5. Identify, analyse and articulate how journalists can minimise the prospect of legal action against themselves or their employers
6. Identify, analyse and articulate the changing nature of professional journalism and the roles that it plays within communities

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