Core Module Information
Module title: Investigative Journalism

SCQF level: 09:
SCQF credit value: 20.00
ECTS credit value: 10

Module code: JAC09124
Module leader: Eamonn O'Neill
School School of Arts and Creative Industries
Subject area group: Media and Humanities

Completed Year 2 of BA Journalism

Description of module content:

Beginning with the theoretical context of investigative journalism, you will build an understanding of the importance of its existence in societies. You will work collaboratively to analyse key landmark cases in the genre, which have marked its evolution. A key turning point will be the Watergate case, for example, which marked the beginning of the modern age of investigative journalism. You will also examine more recent international cases, for example the role of the Guardian in the Edward Snowden NSA data leaks case. In individual and group practical work, you will learn about the evolution of the practices utilised in investigative journalism, including current digital approaches and the use of digital platforms to publish outcomes. You will also analyse the legal and ethical framework and constraints related to investigative journalism, both nationally and internationally.

Learning Outcomes for module:

Upon completion of this module you will be able to:
LO1. Demonstrate expertise in a range of digital methodologies and approaches to sourcing information unique to the practice of investigative journalism
LO2: Evidence evaluative understanding of the theoretical and practical aspects of investigative journalism as a unique genre.
LO3. Source original stories that could be developed in investigative projects.
LO4. Demonstrate a professional understanding of how investigative projects require unique approaches and can be enhanced with multiple digital platform publication opportunities, through working individually and as part of a team.
LO5. Develop a critical awareness of sources and an enhanced understanding of how varied research techniques (i.e. Freedom of Information research) can positively impact investigative projects.
LO6.Critically examine sources and documentary evidence within an ethical framework.

Full Details of Teaching and Assessment
2023/4, Trimester 2, FACE-TO-FACE, Edinburgh Napier University
Occurrence: 001
Primary mode of delivery: FACE-TO-FACE
Location of delivery: MERCHISTON
Partner: Edinburgh Napier University
Member of staff responsible for delivering module: Eamonn O'Neill
Module Organiser:

Student Activity (Notional Equivalent Study Hours (NESH))
Mode of activityLearning & Teaching ActivityNESH (Study Hours)
Face To Face Lecture 12
Face To Face Tutorial 24
Independent Learning Guided independent study 164
Total Study Hours200
Expected Total Study Hours for Module200

Type of Assessment Weighting % LOs covered Week due Length in Hours/Words
Essay 50 1,2,4,5 9 HOURS= 0, WORDS= 2500
Report 50 1-6 13 HOURS= 0, WORDS= 2500
Component 1 subtotal: 50
Component 2 subtotal: 50
Module subtotal: 100

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