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JN3303 - Ethics in Journalism

Credit points: 3
Year: 2011
Student Contribution Band: Band 1
Administered by: School of Arts & Social Sciences

Students study the ethical constraints that operate on journalists in the field. Students are introduced to the methodology of content analysis to attempt to quantify how particular issues are represented in the media including particular stories and issues such as race, ethnicity and gender. This in turn helps students to reflect on their own professional journalistic practice when entering the industry.

Learning Outcomes

  • to understand a range of ethical issues that confront working journalists.

Graduate Qualities

  • The ability to adapt knowledge to new situations;
  • The ability to deploy critically evaluated information to practical ends;
  • The ability to evaluate that information;
  • An understanding of the economic, legal, ethical, social and cultural issues involved in the use of information;
  • The ability to work with people of different gender, age, ethnicity, culture, religion and political persuasion.
Prerequisites: JN2300
IA2000 AND JN2000 AND JN2002 AND JN5000 AND JN5303


Townsville, Internal, Study Period 2
Census Date 25-Aug-2011
Coord/Lect: <Person not found>.
Workload expectations:
  • 13 hours lectures
  • 20 hours tutorials
Assessment: end of semester exam (40%); tutorial attendance and participation (10%); assignments (50%).

Note: Minor variations might occur due to the continuous Subject quality improvement process, and in case of minor variation(s) in assessment details, the Subject Outline represents the latest official information.