Courses & Units

Researching Media and Communication HEJ412



This unit summarises key developments in journalism, media and communications theory, approaches and methods. It reviews the work of significant theorists and addresses a range of approaches. Various methodological resources are outlined for students, helping them to both undertake their own research and to locate their work in relation to contemporary and historical approaches.


Unit name Researching Media and Communication
Unit code HEJ412
Credit points 25
Faculty/School College of Arts, Law and Education
School of Creative Arts and Media
Discipline Media

Dr. Craig Norris

Teaching staff

Dr. Craig Norris

Level Honours
Available as student elective? No
Breadth Unit? No


Location Study period Attendance options Available to
Hobart Semester 1 On-Campus International Domestic


International students
Domestic students

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Key Dates

Study Period Start date Census date WW date End date
Semester 1 22/2/2021 23/3/2021 12/4/2021 30/5/2021

* The Final WW Date is the final date from which you can withdraw from the unit without academic penalty, however you will still incur a financial liability (see withdrawal dates explained for more information).

Unit census dates currently displaying for 2021 are indicative and subject to change. Finalised census dates for 2021 will be available from the 1st October 2021.

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Learning Outcomes

  1. Describe and explain critical media theories, concepts and methods in your verbal and written work
  2. Drawing on these theories, identify and explain how media shapes our perception of the world around us in your verbal and written work
  3. Identify ‘new’ problems within the discipline’s foundational questions to develop research questions that address contemporary social and cultural challenges in a local and/or global context
  4. Design and develop a research project that incorporates your understanding of the contemporary media and communication approaches presented in this unit.



Band CSP Student Contribution Full Fee Paying (domestic) Field of Education
1 2020: $1,671.00 2020: $4,890.00 100703

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Completion of a Bachelor degree with a major in Journalism, Media and Communications or equivalent


Teaching Pattern

Weekly Seminar (3 hours)


Task 1: Milestone tasks, 500 words (10%)

Task 2: Project proposal, 500 words (10%)

Task 3: In-class presentation, 2000 words equivalent (20%)

Task 4: Research methods project, 2000 words or equivalent (20%)

Task 5: Major project, 3000 words or equivalent (40%)

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