Styles and Genres of Journalism - 2016

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Unit summary


  • Level of Study: Undergraduate Level 1
  • Study load: 0.125 EFTSL
  • Delivery method: Fully Online
  • Prerequisites: Yes
  • Duration: 13 weeks
  • Government loans available: FEE-HELP, HECS-HELP
  • Availability for 2016: SP1 , SP2 , SP3 , SP4
  • Assessment: Analysis Task - Briefing Note (40%) , Essay (40%) - Learn more

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2016 Fees
Domestic 782.00
HECS 782.00
International 1,032.00

This unit introduces you to various types of journalism in the context of current debates in and around the field of journalism. It will show you the possibilities and limitations in the work practices of journalism, and the effect that journalism can have on society.

At the completion of this unit you will be able to:

  1. identify the different styles and genres of journalism
  2. appreciate journalism's social function and institutional construction
  3. understand notions of journalistic ethics and judgment
  4. appreciate the role of different journalistic styles required for reporting, interpretation, comment and analysis
  5. identify the angle, bias and depth of any piece of journalism
  6. discuss story structure and production techniques used in journalistic work
  7. recognise your own biases and formulate your own approach to truth, honesty and objectivity in reporting.
  • Analysis Task — Briefing Note (40%)
  • Essay (40%)
  • Quiz (20%)

Equivalent units

You cannot enrol in this unit if you have successfully completed any of the following unit(s) because they are considered academically equivalent:

  • CMM29 — Styles and Genres of Journalism
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This unit addresses the following topics.

1Principles of journalism
2Current debates about the area
3Possibilities/limitations in work practices of journalism

This unit is delivered using the following methods and materials:

Instructional Methods

  • Discussion Forum/Discussion Board
  • Online assignment submission

Online materials

  • Online Assessment
  • Printable format materials
  • Resources and Links

This unit is part of a major, minor, stream or specialisation in the following courses:

This unit is an approved elective in the following courses:

This unit may be eligible for credit towards other courses:

  1. Many undergraduate courses on offer through OUA include 'open elective' where any OUA unit can be credited to the course. You need to check the Award Requirements on the course page for the number of allowed open electives and any level limitations.
  2. In other cases, the content of this unit might be relevant to a course on offer through OUA or elsewhere. In order to receive credit for this unit in the course you will need to supply the provider institution with a copy of the Unit Profile in the approved format, which you can download here. Note that the Unit Profile is set at the start of the year, and if textbooks change this may not match the Co-Op textbook list.

Textbooks are subject to change within the academic year. Students are advised to purchase their books no earlier than one to two months before the start of a unit.

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