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Bachelor of Politics & International Relations/Bachelor of Communication in Media and Public Affairs - 237JA

Course Code: 237JA
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: 361496
CRICOS Code: 077613A
ATAR 70
English Language Requirements: Academic IELTS of 6.0 or equivalent, with no band score below 5.5

Study politics in the heart of the country’s political landscape? Tick.

This double degree provides the foundation for a successful career in foreign affairs, state and federal government, national and international business among more. Rooted in exploring the dynamic interactions between media, government and society, this diverse double degree provides you with a broad understanding of the communication industry, theories and research. Key study topics include media, politics and government; digital and global communication; public opinion and media consumers.

Study a Bachelor of Politics & International Relations / Bachelor of Communication in Media & Public Affairs at UC and you will:

  • gain an in-depth understanding of politics and international relations paying attention to both the historical and contemporary context
  • understand the disciplinary perspectives of politics and international relations
  • discover political institutions and how they operate including, at the national level, institutions and practices of politics, governance and policy, national security and border control; and at the international level, foreign policy, international institutions and the implications of globalisation and post-globalisation
  • develop an understanding of and competence in a range of politics and international relations research methods and analytical techniques and the ability to apply these to research tasks
  • Develop an in-depth understanding of contemporary society and politics paying particular attention to the relationships between media, politics and public opinion.

Work-integrated learning

Work-integrated learning (WIL) is learning first-hand through real work or work-like experiences. WIL is a key element to enhancing employability in the workplace and is integral to many of our courses. This reinforces our commitment to preparing professional and highly employable graduates with the right mix of skills and knowledge. This double degree provides many opportunities for students to gain relevant work-based experience

Career opportunities

A range of career opportunities exist for Bachelor of Politics & International Relations / Bachelor of Communication in Media & Public Affairs including:

  • State and federal government
  • National and international business
  • Intelligence community
  • Diplomatic service
  • Foreign affairs
  • Communications & media officer
  • Government relations officer
  • Public information officer
  • Media planner

Course specific information

The Bachelor of Media and Public Affairs offers opportunities for workplace learning through internships in a range of local and national institutions and provides an excellent introduction to communication and media research for those wishing to pursue an honours degree.

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 Politics and International Relations B Politics&IntlRel
Bachelor of Communication in Media and Public Affairs BComm Media&PubAffairs

Alternate Exit Awards

Bachelor of Politics and International Relations 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
2017 CSP $24,500
2018 CSP $28,900

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
To provide an in-depth understanding of politics and international relations paying attention to both the historical and contemporary context. Students will develop analytical and critical capacities as they engage with the complex issues relating to politics and international relations.
Provide an advanced understanding of the disciplinary perspectives of politics and international relations. Students will be encouraged to develop innovative solutions to problems facing society as they consider, for example, ethical and policy issues relating to politics in an international context.

Students will learn to appreciate the values that underpin relations between states and the democratic and non-democratic systems that underpin these.

Students will be able to present arguments and ideas effectively and have the capacity to analyse and assess these arguments.
Provide an understanding of political institutions and processes and how they operate including, at the national level, institutions and practices of politics, governance and policy, national security and border control; and at the international level, foreign policy, international institutions and the implications of globalisation and post-globalisation. Students will develop analytical and critical capacities as they engage with the complex issues relating to politics and international relations.

Students will develop information literacy and numeracy and their competencies in the use of information as they engage wit the disciplinary perspectives and characteristic methods of enquiry of Politics and International Relations studies.

Students will engage with complex ethical and political questions, strategic thinking, and problem solving as they study processes in politics and international relations.

Students will learn to express knowledge, ideas and opinions in politics and international relations, both orally and in written form with confidence and clarity.

Students will be able to select and use appropriate information and communication technology to retrieve, manipulate and present information.
Students will develop an understanding of and competence in a range of politics and international relations research methods and analytical techniques and the ability to apply these to research tasks. Students will develop generic skills and attributes that will equip students for success in professional life including critical thinking and professional ethics. Students will develop information literacy and numeracy as they develop basic competency in a range of politics and international relations research methods.

Students will develop an appreciation of research ethics and related questions of social responsibility.

Students will develop problem solving skills and develop their capacity to work with others to create effective workplace relations.

Students will develop as independent self-directed learners with the capacity and motivation for life-long learning and obtain personal attributes that will allow them to be independent thinkers and agents for change.

Students will be confident in themselves and their own skills and knowledge.
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)

Diploma of Political Studies, Associate Degree of Political Studies.

UCC Pathway

Diploma of Communication; Diploma of Communication Extended.

Offerings

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

Enrolment Numbers

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