News and Politics - 2016

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Unit summary


  • Level of Study: Undergraduate Level 1
  • Study load: 0.125 EFTSL
  • Delivery method: Fully Online
  • Prerequisites: No
  • Duration: 13 weeks
  • Government loans available: FEE-HELP, HECS-HELP
  • Availability for 2016: SP1 , SP2 , SP3 , SP4
  • Assessment: Assignment 1 - News story (Media story) (30%) , Assignment 2 - News story (Political story) (30%) - Learn more

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2016 Fees
Domestic 782.00
HECS 782.00
International 1,032.00

Challenge yourself by reading news and current affairs in a critical fashion. You will combine the development of practical news writing skills with a study of politics and the media. The unit provides an overview of news writing skills, news gathering practices, Australian political institutions, the Constitution and citizenship, pressure groups, lobbying and elections. You are expected to be aware of current affairs on a daily basis. This unit is a great way to build your journalistic writing as well as your understanding of the interaction of political issues and institutions with the media. You will develop skills used in journalism and public relations.

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

  1. write in a journalistic style
  2. navigate your way through Australian political institutions
  3. appreciate the emerging global politics
  4. understand how the mass media relates to political institutions
  5. discuss key issues in current affairs
  6. appreciate your own biases and consider them rationally.
  • Assignment 1 — News story (Media story) (30%)
  • Assignment 2 — News story (Political story) (30%)
  • Non-Invigilated Exam — Online exam (20%)
  • Online Discussion (20%)

There are no prerequisites for this unit.

  • Broadband access

In order to enrol in this unit, you must be accepted into one of the following courses:

Please visit the course details page and read the Requirements tab for more information about eligibility.

This unit addresses the following topics.

1Newsgathering and news writing
2Introduction to news and politics
3News values -- what is news?
4The essentials of news writing
5Conducting interviews
6Finding a good story
7The news media industry
8Media ownership
9Media policy and journalism
10Key institutions
11Global media
12Politics and the media
13Cabinet, parliament and parties
14The states and local government
15Pressure groups and lobbyists
16Elections and number crunching

This unit is delivered using the following methods and materials:

Instructional Methods

  • Discussion Forum/Discussion Board
  • Online assignment submission
  • Standard Media

Online materials

  • Online Assessment
  • Printable format materials
  • Resources and Links

This unit is a core requirement in the following courses:

This unit is part of a major, minor, stream or specialisation 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.

Click on the titles of the listed books below to find out more:

Required textbooks

  • News as it Happens

    By:Stephen Lamble

    ISBN: 9780195520408


    Supplier:Go to The Co-op Bookshop

  • Daily Miracle : Introduction To Journalism


    ISBN: 9780195517293


    Supplier:Go to The Co-op Bookshop

  • Foundations Of Australian Politics


    ISBN: 9780733978043


    Supplier:Go to The Co-op Bookshop

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