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Bachelor of Arts in International Studies/Bachelor of Communication in Media and Public Affairs - 223JA

Course Code: 223JA
Course Version: 3
Location: UC - Canberra, Bruce
Faculty: Faculty of Arts and Design
Discipline(s): Discipline of Communication and Media
UAC Code: 362326
CRICOS Code: 077621A
ATAR 60
English Language Requirements: Academic IELTS of 6.0 or equivalent, with no band score below 5.5

Analyse public affairs - from an international perspective             

There’s no better launch pad for a career in the public affairs sector than to be immersed in the heart of Australia’s political landscape. With its location on the doorstep of the parliamentary press gallery, UC is uniquely placed to provide you with the low-down on the complex relationships between media, government and society. And it can also offer you specialised (and not-found-elsewhere) learning and internship opportunities.

With this Double Degree, you’ll gain an insight into digital media literacy, political communication and cultural diversity within the context of globalization, and you’ll also acquire the skills you need to work in a range of contemporary media environments – anywhere in the world. The scoop? You’ll be rubbing shoulders with the rest of the (media) pack before you can say, “press conference”!

Combine a Bachelor of Arts in International Studies / Bachelor of Communication in Media and Public Affairs at UC and you will:

  • understand the dynamic interactions between media, government, the public and society, in both national and international contexts
  • explore in-depth public communications from a national and international perspective
  • interact with political and media institutions in Canberra
  • gain a critical understanding of international media and the dissemination of information
  • acquire the skills needed to work in a contemporary media environment, anywhere in the world
  • gain in-depth knowledge of cultural diversity and socio-economic changes within the context of globalisation.

Work-integrated learning 

In this course, you can undertake an internship unit as part of the Faculty of Arts and Design’s commitment to supporting work-integrated learning, which will enhance your employability and ensure you’re armed with the right mix of skills and knowledge to take a super-confident leap into your future career.

Career opportunities

Opportunities exist for Bachelor of Arts in International Studies / Bachelor of Communication in Media and Public Affair’s graduates in a range of sectors including in:

  • Newspapers
  • Magazines
  • Radio
  • Television
  • Online
  • Start-up Ventures
  • Government Departments (in Media Liaison or as a Publication Officer)

Course specific information

Applicants must meet normal university requirements for admission to an undergraduate degree course.

Enquiries

Current and Commencing Students
Email artsanddesign.enquiries@canberra.edu.au or Phone (02) 6201 2570 or 6206 3887
Prospective International Students
Email international@canberra.edu.au or Phone +61 2 6201 5342
Prospective Domestic Students
Email study@canberra.edu.au or Phone 1800 UNI CAN (1800 864 226)

Admission Requirements

Normal UC requirements for admission to an undergraduate course.

Additional Admission Requirements

None.

Assumed Knowledge

Refer to individual courses.

Periods Course is Open to New Admissions

Year Location Domestic International
2017 UC - Canberra, Bruce Semester 1
Winter Term
Semester 2
Semester 1
Semester 2
2018 UC - Canberra, Bruce Semester 1
Semester 1
2019 UC - Canberra, Bruce Semester 1
Semester 1

Information on admission closing dates can be found here.

Course Requirements

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Information for Current Students

There are previous versions of this course. As a current student you will complete the requirements for the course that were in place when you commenced. Click on the relevant link below to view the requirements of your version of the course.

Awards

Award(s) Official Abbreviation
Bachelor of Arts in International Studies BA IntlSt
Bachelor of Communication in Media and Public Affairs BComm Media&PubAffairs

Alternate Exit Awards

Bachelor of Communication in Media and Public Affairs Bachelor of Arts in International Studies

Typical Study Pattern

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Please refer to the tab to view Course Requirements, check unit details and select Restricted Choice Units for the course. Please note not all units are offered in each teaching period.

Unit Delivery Modes

The University offers a wide range of delivery options to help you balance study with other commitments. Units within this degree may be available to be studied in the following delivery modes:

    UC - Canberra, Bruce

      Flexible: The unit combines online study with optional on-campus, face to face activities.
      Intensive: The unit is delivered on-campus and face to face in concentrated time blocks.
      Placement: The unit involves an internship, practicum or other work place experience program. Some on-campus, face to face activity may also be required.
      On Campus: The unit is delivered on-campus and face to face, supplemented with online content. Most classes are run on weekdays and during business hours.
      Online: The unit is studied completely online. On-campus, face to face interaction is not required.

    UC - Canberra, Bruce

      Flexible: The unit combines online study with optional on-campus, face to face activities.
      Intensive: The unit is delivered on-campus and face to face in concentrated time blocks.
      Placement: The unit involves an internship, practicum or other work place experience program. Some on-campus, face to face activity may also be required.
      On Campus: The unit is delivered on-campus and face to face, supplemented with online content. Most classes are run on weekdays and during business hours.
      Online: The unit is studied completely online. On-campus, face to face interaction is not required.

To find out more about delivery modes that are available for units in this course please visit

Information for Fee Paying Students

Year Domestic International
2018 CSP $25,400
2017 CSP $23,690

The fees detailed above are the annual fee rates for the course. The annual rate is the fee that applies to standard full-time enrolment, which is 24 credit points. The final fee charged is based on the proportion of 24 credit points in which a student enrols. Students enrolled in a Commonwealth Support Place (CSP) are required to make a contribution towards the cost of their education, which is set by the Commonwealth Government. Information on Commonwealth Supported Places, HECS-HELP and how fees are calculated can be found here.

Professional Accreditation

None.

Course Learning Outcomes

Course Objectives Graduate Qualities
The course gives students an opportunity to attain interdisciplinary understanding of global issues. It helps them understand the connection between geography, history, politics and cultures of global communities. Problem solving: ability to apply problem-solving processes in novel situations identify, analyse problems then formulate, implement solutions.

Analysis and inquiry: ability to gather information, analyse and evaluate information and situations in a systematic, creative and insightful way.
The course develops students' ability to understand and analyse current world events, by contextualising and communicating them in relation to relevant global developments and processes. Analysis and inquiry: ability to gather information, analyse and evaluate information and situations in a systematic, creative and insightful way.

Problem solving: ability to apply problem-solving processes in novel situations identify, analyse problems then formulate, implement solutions.
The course introduces students to a range of academic fields and approaches its themes and topics from a variety of multi- disciplinary perspectives, and improves their ability to engage in critical analysis of knowledge and practices. Communication: ability present knowledge, ideas and opinions effectively and communicate within and across professional and cultural boundaries.

Working independently and with others: ability to plan own work, be self-directed, use interpersonal skills and attitude to work collectively.

Analysis and inquiry: ability to gather information, analyse and evaluate information and situations in a systematic, creative and insightful way.

Problem solving: ability to apply problem-solving processes in novel situations identify, analyse problems then formulate, implement solutions.
Students will have the analytical skills required to understand and evaluate the global socio-economic impact on cultures and communities. Analysis and inquiry: ability to gather information, analyse and evaluate information and situations in a systematic, creative and insightful way.

Problem solving: ability to apply problem-solving processes in novel situations identify, analyse problems then formulate, implement solutions.

Professionalism and social responsibility: capacity and intention to use professional knowledge and skills ethically and responsibly, for the benefits of others and the environment.
The course equips students with skills needed for generation of creative ideas and problem solving. The course provides an internship unit and a minor in professional skills which aims to develop skills needed in workplaces. Communication: ability present knowledge, ideas and opinions effectively and communicate within and across professional and cultural boundaries

Working independently and with others: ability to plan own work, be self-directed, use interpersonal skills and attitude to work collectively

Analysis and inquiry: ability to gather information, analyse and evaluate information and situations in a systematic, creative and insightful way.

Problem solving: ability to apply problem-solving processes in novel situations identify, analyse problems then formulate, implement solutions.
Develop an in-depth understanding of contemporary society and politics paying particular attention to the relationships between media, politics and public opinion.

Appreciate the disciplinary perspectives of Communication Studies and the ability to apply these to the study of media and public affairs.

Develop digital media literacy and develop basic competency in a range of communication skills and media research methodologies.

Gain an appreciation of research ethics and related questions of social responsibility.

Knowledge of communication processes including, at the national level, elections, campaigning and lobbying, and, at the international level, public diplomacy, the role of the media in foreign relations, and the implications of globalisation.

Engage in complex ethical questions, strategic thinking, and problem solving as they study processes of political communication.

Develop high level written, oral and visual communication skills, the ability to think critically and the capacity to identify, analyse and use information relevant to professional practice in the digital era.
Communication: High order oral, written, visual and digital communication skills. Understanding communication with both the local and global context.

Working independently and with others: Development of interpersonal communication skills to maintain good working relationships and within groups.
Work sensitively with people with diverse background and interest.

Analysis and enquiry: Identify, understand and analyse information and content relevant to professional practice. Apply concepts and methodologies to communication tasks.

Problem Solving: Think analytically and creatively relevant to communication and media. Critical and strategic thinking and response in professional and political communication context.

Professionalism and social responsibility: Understand the social and professional influence of media and politics and the role in ethical practice. Insightful and systematic understanding of various social contexts and knowing the socially responsible approaches to communication practice.
Application of knowledge and skills reflected in the learning outcome includes:
- acquired an understanding of the main elements of studies of journalism, news and political process
- Understand the role of elections, campaigns, and lobbying in a democratic society
- Critically analyse contested approaches to the respective powers of governments and political parties, the media, and the public
- Practical knowledge and skills to apply digital technologies in public and media messages
- Demonstrate critical thinking and problem solving skills.
As above.

Course Duration

Standard eight semesters full-time or equivalent. Maximum twenty semesters.

Honours

Refer to individual courses.

Related Courses (Double Degrees, Nested Courses and Alternative Exits)

Bachelor of Communication in Media and Public Affairs Bachelor of Arts in International Studies

Offerings

  • 2017->UC Bruce Campus-Internal
  • Past Offerings
    • 2013->UC Bruce Campus-Internal
    • 2014->UC Bruce Campus-Internal
    • 2015->UC Bruce Campus-Internal
    • 2016->UC Bruce Campus-Internal

Enrolment Numbers

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