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Bachelor of Australian Politics & Public Policy/Bachelor of Communication in Media & Public Affairs - 230JA

Course Code: 230JA
Course Version: 2
Location: UC - Canberra, Bruce
Faculty: Faculty of Business, Government & Law
Discipline(s): School of Government & Policy
Discipline of Communication and Media
UAC Code: 361426
CRICOS Code: 077604B
English Language Requirements: Academic IELTS of 6.0 or equivalent, with no band score below 5.5

Launch your media career in the heart of Australia’s political landscape

You’re smack bang in the middle of the country’s political landscape, so it’s a no-brainer that this course will offer a unique opportunity to forge your own career in the intriguing world of public affairs and political communication.

Gain a solid understanding of the characteristics of Australian democracy, learn about the dynamic interactions between media, government, the public and society and explore global communication (hello, digital era) from a local perspective, via a multi-layered involvement with Canberra’s political agencies and media institutions. Plus, you can fine-tune your studies with a range of electives, and gain valuable on-the-job experience with a career-defining internship. Now that’s a fantastic state of affairs!

Combine a Bachelor of Australian Politics and Public Policy / Bachelor of Communication in Media and Public Affairs at UC and you will:

  • be able to apply an in-depth understanding of the historical and current systems of Australian Politics and Public Policy in order to give policy advice and develop new policies
  • develop an in-depth understanding of contemporary society and politics, paying particular attention to the relationships between media, politics and public opinion
  • develop digital media literacy and the skills to apply digital technologies in public and media messages
  • increase your knowledge of communication processes at the national level, including via elections, campaigning and lobbying
  • increase your knowledge of communication processes at an international level, including 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 in the processes of political communication.

Work-integrated learning

In this course, you can undertake a workplace internship as part of the Faculty of Business, Government & Law’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 Australian Politics and Public Policy / Bachelor of Communication in Media and Public Affairs graduates in a range of private and public sectors, including in:

  • Government
  • The Public Service
  • Industry
  • Community Groups and Agencies
  • Media & Public Relations
  • Publishing

Course specific information

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

Enquiries

Prospective Domestic Students
Email study@canberra.edu.au or Phone 1800 UNI CAN (1800 864 226)
Prospective International Students
Email international@canberra.edu.au or Phone +61 2 6201 5342
Current and Commencing Students
In person, Student Centre Building 1 (take a BGL Faculty course advice ticket) or Email bglstudent@canberra.edu.au

Admission Requirements

Normal UC admission requirements to an undergraduate course.

Additional Admission Requirements

Refer to individual courses.

Assumed Knowledge

Refer to individual courses.

Periods Course is Open to New Admissions

Year Location Domestic International
2017 UC Canberra - Bruce Campus Semester 1
Semester 2
Semester 1
Semester 2
2018 UC Canberra - Bruce Campus Semester 1
Semester 2
Semester 1
Semester 2
2019 UC Canberra - Bruce Campus Semester 1
Semester 2
Semester 1
Semester 2

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 Australian Politics and Public Policy B AustralianPolitics&PubPol
Bachelor of Communication in Media and Public Affairs BComm Media&PubAffairs

Alternate Exit Awards

Bachelor of Australian Politics and Public Policy Bachelor of Communication in Media and Public Affairs

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.
      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 $30,450
2017 CSP $28,460

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
Students will acquire the full range of generic skills and attributes as per the UC policy. Problem solving: ability to apply problem-solving processes in novel situations; identify, analyse problems and then formulate and implement policy solutions.
Working independently and with others: ability to plan own work, be self-directed, use interpersonal skills and attitudes to work collaboratively.
Students will be able to apply an in depth understanding of the historical and current systems of Australian Politics and Public Policy in order to give policy advice and develop new policy. Problem solving: ability to apply problem-solving processes in novel situations; identify, analyse problems and then formulate and implement policy solutions.
Students will be able to recognise the relationships between the nature of political values, political power and public policy and the particular impact of the Australian context. Analysis and inquiry: ability to gather information, analyse and evaluate information and situations in a systematic, creative and insightful way.
Communicate: ability to present knowledge, ideas and opinions effectively and communicate within and across professional and cultural boundaries.
Professionalism and social responsibility: capacity and intention to use professional knowledge and skills ethically and responsibility for the benefits of others and the environment.
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.

UCC Pathway

Diploma of Communication; Diploma of Communication Extended.

Offerings

  • 2017->UC Bruce Campus-Internal
  • Past Offerings
    • 2016->UC Bruce Campus-Internal

Enrolment Numbers

View course numbers for previous full year. Please note that course numbers are indicative only and in no way reflect individual class sizes.

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