News and Politics

Qualification: Undergraduate unit
Study mode: Online
Payment options: HECS-HELP may be available
FEE-HELP may be available
Duration: 13 weeks
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Awarded by: Griffith University
Course Unit A course unit is a single subject offered as part of a program of study, but can be completed individually. You may receive Recognition of Prior Learning for studying this unit.

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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.


Anyone can apply.

Areas of study

In this News and Politics unit, the topics you will study include:

  • 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

Course pathways

This 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

This unit is part of a major, minor, stream or specialisation in the following courses:

Content may also be relevant to other courses, and could qualify you for Recognition of Prior Learning (RPL) for a course offered by another institution.

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How will this unit advance my career?

This unit will give you the confidence to engage with current affairs and will develop your awareness and ability to spot political agendas within the news. It will also give you an understanding of the impact of lobbying and prepare you to debate topics of interest in an informed and analytical manner.

By completing this unit you will be able to:

  • Understand journalism conventions and write news stories that conform to these styles and formats
  • Appreciate the varying levels of government and effectively navigate your way through Australia’s different political institutions
  • Understand emerging issues in global politics and their representation through media outlets
  • Analyse the dynamic relationship between the mass media and political institutions
  • Critique and discuss key issues in current affairs in an analytical and informed manner
  • Identify personal bias and rationally consider their influence on your consumption and reaction to media stories

How else will I benefit from this unit?

  • Upon successful completion of this unit you will receive credit for competencies in News and Politics from Griffith University.
  • Studying online means you can study where you want, at your own pace.
  • Gain industry-relevant skills and transferrable knowledge.
  • Government financial support through FEE-HELP or HECS-HELP is available.
  • Studying single units allows you the flexibility to work towards a qualification at your own pace.
  • Receive Recognition of Prior Learning (RPL) for this unit across a number of OUA’s full degree programs.

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Financial assistance

If you are an Australian citizen you may be eligible to receive FEE-HELP or HECS-HELP for this unit, meaning you can defer payment of your fees.

You may be eligible to receive HECS-HELP or FEE-HELP for this course!

This course can be paid for through the HECS-HELP or FEE-HELP government loan schemes. If you are an Australian citizen or hold a permanent humanitarian visa, this means you don’t need to pay upfront.

Instead, the Australian government will pay your course fees on your behalf. You’ll begin repaying your loan through the tax system once you start earning more than the minimum threshold of $54,869 (2016-17 income year).

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