About the School of Journalism, Australian and Indigenous Studies
The School of Journalism, Australian and Indigenous Studies is based at the Caulfield campus and houses the Journalism program, the National Centre for Australian Studies and the Monash Indigenous Centre.
The School has an innovative teaching and research culture with strong performance in competitive grants and publications. It has a particularly strong record in collaborative research with partners from government and industry, and staff in the School have leading roles in three of the Faculty of Art’s ten Australian Research Council (ARC) Linkage grants. Examples of current projects include:
- a centenary history of ANZAC Day, led by Professor Bruce Scates (in partnership with the Department of Veterans’ Affairs);
- a major biography of Australian Prime Minister Gough Whitlam, by Professor Jenny Hocking (in partnership with the National Library of Australia and the National Archives);
- a detailed study of heritage tourism and the historical landscapes of Australia, Asia and the Pacific by Monash Fellow Dr Keir Reeves; and
- an ARC Discovery project on Aboriginal visual histories by Professor Lynette Russell and ARC Future Fellow Dr Jane Lydon.
The School is highly interdisciplinary, with research strengths including: areas of media practice; journalism and democracy; investigative journalism; the media reporting of climate change; Indigenous history and contemporary issues; Australian studies; biography and biographical studies; tourism and heritage; sport and society; publishing studies; dance and fashion; cultural policy and creative industries.
The School has a strong commitment to public engagement, staging major public events and contributing regularly to public forums, journalism and media commentary. The National Centre for Australian Studies has a program of National Conversations, the Journalism area has established a high profile in public journalism and the Monash Indigenous Centre plays an important role in public engagement around indigenous issues. Recent books published within the school have gained major public attention, notably Professor Jenny Hocking’s Gough Whitlam: People, Party, Politics and Dr Tony Moore’s Death or Liberty: Rebels and Radicals Transported to Australia 1788-1868, both of which were listed for non-fiction book prizes. Research fellow, Dr Tim Soutphommasane is a senior project leader at the think tank Per Capita and a regular columnist for the Weekend Australian.
International collaboration is also seen as a key aspect of the school’s activities in particular through Journalism’s Global Environmental Journalism Initiative linking eight Australian and European universities and through the international collaborative teaching engagements fostered by Journalism and the National Centre for Australian Studies.
The success of JAIS in its mission to provide excellent teaching in its wide range of programs is measured by student enrolments, which are very strong across all of the School’s offerings, and by student satisfaction as measured by regular surveys conducted independently by the University.The School’s strong commitment to teaching has seen a number of staff recognised for their efforts at both University and Faculty level. Associate Professor Philip Chubb, for example, received a Dean’s commendation in 2010 for his teaching of Environmental Journalism, which is a popular third year unit that provides students with the knowledge and skills to write on climate change at the local and global level. The 2011 students went one step further and the unit was evaluated as such a success that it was placed in the top three per cent university-wide.
National Centre for Australian Studies
The National Centre for Australian Studies (NCAS) is Australia’s leading research and teaching centre in Australian Studies with a proven reputation for excellence in teaching, quality research supervision and significant staff and graduate student publication. Our teaching is distinguished by an interdisciplinary approach, innovative use of experiential field trips within Australia and overseas, and industry engagement within our post-graduate programs. NCAS offers a growing interdisciplinary research program for students undertaking PhDs in Australian Studies, Communications and Media Studies, Tourism and Publishing and Editing, and is a centre for research on war and memory, sport, creative cultural industries, Australia’s relationship to the world, political movements and the national project. Tourism and travel research is a growing specialisation through our new Australia-International Tourism Research Unit (AITRU). NCAS fosters national and international research collaborations with partners right across Asia and the world, attracts highly competitive research funding from leading national and international agencies, builds linkages to industry and the wider community in innovative and successful research collaborations and boasts a team of internationally acclaimed experts in the field of Australian Studies offering quality supervision to quality students.
Journalism at Monash is the largest and most stimulating undergraduate program in Australia. It combines a practice-based approach with rigorous professional and intellectual standards. Students are taught by journalists who are at the top of their field, including permanent staff members who between them have won all of Australia’s most prestigious journalism and television awards. Members of staff have experience at senior levels in all media: newspapers, radio, television and the web.
Journalism students have access to a vast range of electives from the Arts Faculty and other parts of Australia's largest university and can create a degree that suits their own interests and aspirations.
Monash Journalism is an exciting place to be, both for students who want a career in journalism, and for those who are still deciding their futures but want excellent research and communication skills.
Journalism is an essential component of a free, democratic society, holding to account powerful vested interests such as governments, corporations, unions, churches and other institutions. Through a vibrant journalistic culture, citizens can make informed choices about how they live their lives, how they vote, what they do with their money, how they live in their environments and which movies and sports they go to see.
Huge structural changes enabled by the internet are taking place in the media worldwide. While these will test some media outlets, they will also create exciting opportunities and new jobs. Whatever the fallout, the world will still need well-trained journalists to produce hard news stories, features, and intelligent analysis.
Monash Indigenous Centre
The Monash Indigenous Centre is a multi-purpose centre engaged in research and teaching of Indigenous Studies and support of Indigenous students. It is a centre to bring together Monash University’s Indigenous research and education and community engagement in the arts, humanities and social sciences.
The Centre promotes interdisciplinary approaches to improve understandings of Indigenous cultures, languages, history, colonialism, reconciliation, post-colonialism and decolonisation.
Staff members of MIC have received awards for excellence in teaching and research supervision and researchers are internationally renowned for their interdisciplinary approaches to Indigenous Studies in anthropology, archaeology and history.
A monthly seminar series, publications, conferences and public talks all contribute to the commitment of the Centre to promote Indigenous Studies in Australia and overseas.
The Monash Indigenous Centre offers undergraduate subjects that can be taken as Minor or Major towards an Arts Degree. Individual units can be taken as elective subjects. The Centre also offers Honours, postgraduate coursework, Masters by research and PhD degrees.
Both Indigenous and non-Indigenous students are welcome.
Monash Country Lines Archive
Housed within the Monash Indigenous Centre is the Monash Country Lines Archive project. This archive has been developed in conjunction with Monash University’s Faculty of IT. The Archive’s primary aim is to record and preserve Australia’s Indigenous languages through the medium of animation and to develop ways to assist in the cross generational transfer of knowledge. The Centre will work to promote, preserve and celebrate Indigenous histories, stories and narratives via internationally significant research; and present these in national and international forums, primarily through advanced virtual technologies such as 3D animation, as well as academic outputs and its collections.
Indigenous students are encouraged to consider tertiary study as an option for their future through Monash University’s entry options for Indigenous students.