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Journalism studies - South Africa




Commencement year

This area of study entry applies to students commencing this course in 2019 and should be read in conjunction with the relevant course entry in the Handbook.

Any units listed for this area of study relate only to the ‘Requirements’ outlined in the Faculty of Arts of any bachelors double degrees.

Unit codes that are not linked to their entry in the Handbook are not available for study in the current year.

Managing faculty

Faculty of Arts


This study area provides you with an opportunity to practice journalism on multi-level platforms of print, radio and television all converging in the study of online journalism. In view of the changes confronting traditional media platforms and personnel in this technological age, the program is geared to equip you with the indispensable practices of research and reporting for news journalism; the social, professional and legal context for journalism production; the technical production and narrative conventions of all media aligned to a technologically driven media society. The program opens employment opportunities in the print and electronic media in the private sector and government.


Journalism studies is offered in the Bachelor of Social Science at Monash South Africa as a major or minor.


In addition to achieving the broad outcomes of their course, students successfully completing this major will be able to:

  1. apply specialised knowledge of journalism studies
  2. understand contemporary industry practices
  3. report in particular fields.


Minor requirements (24 points)

No more than 12 points at level 1 may be credited towards the minor.

Students complete:

  1. Two level 1 gateway units (12 points):
  2. Two additional units (12 points) from those listed under (b). It is highly recommended that students complete a level 2 unit before enrolling in a level 3 unit.

Major requirements (48 points)

No more than 12 points at level 1 may be credited to a major and at least 18 points must be credited to the major at level 3.

Students complete:

  1. Two level 1 gateway units (12 points):
  2. Two level 2 units (12 points) chosen from:
    • AZA2785 Legal aspects of journalism
    • AZA2787 Journalism: An online perspective
    • AZA2789 Journalism: Video perspectives
  3. Four level 3 units (24 points) chosen from:
    • AZA3453 Research fundamentals
    • AZA3806 Reporting economic and business issues
    • AZA3808 Investigative journalism in the South African and African context
    • AZA3810 Reporting sport and sport cultures
    • AZA3919 Professional placement in journalism: South Africa*

    * Optional internship units by department approval only.


Mr. Tinus de Jager;

Relevant courses

Successful completion of the minor or major can be counted towards meeting the requirements for the following single degree:*

  • 4086 Bachelor of Social Science

Students in other single bachelor’s degrees may be eligible to complete the minor or major by using 24 or 48 points of their free electives.

* Students cannot complete both the minor and major in the same area of study.