ALJ222 - From the Fourth Estate to Fake News


2024 unit information

Enrolment modes: Trimester 1: Burwood (Melbourne), Online
Trimester 3: Burwood (Melbourne), Online
Credit point(s): 1
EFTSL value: 0.125


Corequisite: Nil
Incompatible with: ALJ304
Study commitment

Students will on average spend 150 hours over the trimester undertaking the teaching, learning and assessment activities for this unit.

Scheduled learning activities - campus

1 x 2-hour seminar per week and extensive online activities equivalent to 1 x 1-hour lecture per week

Scheduled learning activities - online

Online independent and collaborative learning activities x 3-hours per week.

This will include a range of activities including recordings, and synchronous and asynchronous participation in online lectureroom activities.


Explore the functions of journalism in liberal democratic societies and how it connects — or divides — communities, from the local, national and global. You will critically examine the history of the news media, and analyse how changing business models, reforms to media regulations, and news consumption and production habits are simultaneously enriching, complicating and challenging the established values, conventions and boundaries of journalistic practices. Through critical reflection on a range of pressing issues facing working journalists, you will build your professional identity in a dynamic communication landscape to better understand and serve your communities.  

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