JOUR404-19S1 (C) Semester One 2019

Journalism in Society

15 points

Start Date: Monday, 18 February 2019
End Date: Sunday, 23 June 2019
Withdrawal Dates
Last Day to withdraw from this course:
  • Without financial penalty (full fee refund): Friday, 1 March 2019
  • Without academic penalty (including no fee refund): Friday, 10 May 2019


This course focuses on the political and social issues journalists need to understand to undertake their work in New Zealand and the wider region. It aims to give students a critical understanding of the role of the professional journalist and media industry, issues relating to Te Tiriti o Waitangi and its importance to bi-cultural reporting, and consideration of issues of media ownership, 'race', gender, ethnicity and class. The course combines critical analysis and practical skills through written work and tutorial exercises, and a Christchurch-based community journalism project.

Learning Outcomes

  • By the end of this course you are expected to demonstrate:

    Personal Attributes
  • a high level of analysis, critique, synthesis and problem-solving
  • self-reflection and critical evaluation of your own practice

    Interactive Attributes
  • an ability to work effectively and collaboratively with others
  • an ability to relate to and communicate with people from a wide range of backgrounds
  • a developing awareness of multi-cultural issues, both nationally and internationally
  • a developing cultural competence and confidence

    Specific Programme Attributes
  • an ability to reflect critically on journalism practice to ensure accurate, ethical and balanced reporting
  • an ability to identify and respond to professional, ethical, social and cultural issues in their own practice and within the journalism field
  • a critical understanding of journalism within its social, cultural and international contexts, including an understanding of bias and racism in the media
  • an ability to identify ownership of New Zealand media
  • an understanding of Te Tiriti o Waitangi and tikanga Māori

    In addition to your usual JOUR404 lectures we will also attend a day-long workshop at Tuahiwi Marae, dates tbc


Subject to the approval of the PGDipJ coordinator

Timetable 2019

Students must attend one activity from each section.

Lecture A
Activity Day Time Location Weeks
01 Wednesday 10:00 - 12:00 Elsie Locke 104 18 Feb - 7 Apr
29 Apr - 2 Jun

Course Coordinator

For further information see Language, Social and Political Sciences Head of Department

Indicative Fees

Domestic fee $923.00

* Fees include New Zealand GST and do not include any programme level discount or additional course related expenses.

Limited Entry Course

Maximum enrolment is 25

For further information see Language, Social and Political Sciences.

All JOUR404 Occurrences

  • JOUR404-19S1 (C) Semester One 2019