About this unit
Politics and the media are intertwined, so it’s important to read the news and current affairs with a critical eye. This online unit teaches you about politics, and where it intersects with news-making, so that you can make informed choices about what you read and write.
The unit builds your understanding of Australian political parties, and covers areas such as the different levels of government, the Constitution and citizenship. This is all done through the lens of the news, so you become familiar with elections, lobbying and pressure groups and develop a critical eye for understanding what makes the news and how stories are reported. The unit not only reviews the local state of affairs, it also takes a look at global politics and the emergent ways that we receive our news.
If you’re looking to get into journalism, public relations, or other media roles, then this unit will give you the essential road map you need for navigating Australian politics and the media landscapes.
Delivered online by Open Universities Australia in partnership with Griffith University, this unit is a core requirement and an area of specialisation for a number of journalism, public relations and arts courses.
Course pathwaysThis unit is a core requirement in the following course:
- Certificate of Journalism, Griffith University
- Certificate of Public Relations, Griffith University
- Bachelor of Arts (Internet Communications), Curtin University
- Bachelor of Communication, Griffith University
- Certificate of Arts, Griffith University
- Bachelor of Arts, Griffith University
- Diploma of Arts, Griffith University
- News gathering and news writing
- Introduction to news and politics
- News values – what is news?
- The essentials of news writing
- Conducting interviews
- Finding a good story
- The news media industry
- Media ownership
- Media policy and journalism
- Key institutions
- Global media
- Politics and the media
- Cabinet, parliament and parties
- The states and local government
- Pressure groups and lobbyists
- Elections and number crunching
Why Open Universities Australia?
For two decades, Open Universities Australia (OUA) has partnered with leading Australian educators to make tertiary-level courses easier to access for people, no matter their background, their work status or their other life commitments. OUA has built up their reputation by making education more flexible, easier to tailor and available almost entirely online.
OUA's devotion to online education remains to this day, but where they once focused on higher education, today they offer the broadest set of post-secondary education and training programs in Australia.
Open Universities Australia offers a range of administrative and student support options. As a student of OUA you will have access to four hours of free expert tutoring support for each unit undertaken through the tutoring service SMARTHINKING. This on-demand service allows you to get fast, detailed feedback on your assignment drafts and gives you access to your tutor in real time.
The My OUA portal is an online student medium that allows you access to all your course and enrolment information as well as access to student forums and assessment tips.