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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.
In this News and Politics unit, the topics you will study include:
This unit is a core requirement in the following course:
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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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:
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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.
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).Find out more about government study loans here.
Want more information about the career benefits of this course?
Fill out the enquiry form to the right and a study consultant will contact you with the details you need.