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Teaching journalism in Oman: Reflections after the Arab Spring

Volume 17, Issue 2

October, 2011

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O'Rourke, S. (2011). Teaching journalism in Oman: Reflections after the Arab Spring. Pacific Journalism Review, 17(2): 109-129.
Media, cultural diversity and community
Author(s): Susan O'Rourke
Publication date: 
October, 2011

Between 2005–2011, the New Zealand Tertiary Education Consortium (NZTEC) was contracted to the Ministry of Higher Education (MOHE) in the Sultanate of Oman. This long-term, long-distance off-shore education contract committed four New Zealand universities to providing degrees in four discipline areas (as well as English language support) within the Omani Colleges of Applied Science. As part of this process, AUT University’s Bachelor of Communication Studies was redeveloped for delivery in Oman. This case study will focus on the Journalism major and in particular the nature of the courses within this major, the difficulties encountered in re-developing them and the challenge of delivering them under these particular circumstances in this particular time frame. The wider picture of the type of journalism practised in Oman; what is expected of—or indeed possible for― journalists in that society; and journalism as a force for democracy in Arab countries will also be briefly discussed.