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Bachelor of Arts in International Studies/Bachelor of Communication and Media Studies - 126JA

Course Code: 126JA
Course Version: 3
Location: UC - Canberra, Bruce
Faculty: Faculty of Arts and Design
Discipline(s): Discipline of Humanities
Discipline of Communication
CRICOS Code: 069085J
English Language Requirements: Academic IELTS of 6.0 or equivalent, with no band score below 6.0


This combined degree course provides students with an in-depth understanding of the academically related areas of Communication Studies and International Studies and, in particular, provides an opportunity to understand the ways in which international relations are affected by emerging global communication systems.

The International Studies degree investigates the interplay of cultural, political and economic forces in the regional and global arena, and allows students to develop an understanding of intercultural communication. This is enhanced by foreign language study and a highly recommended international exchange semester.
The Bachelor of Communication and Media Studies provides an advanced study of the history, theory and methods of Communication and Media Studies with a special focus on political communication. It explores the way in which societies have evolved in conjunction with advances in communication technology and addresses the way communications media have profoundly transformed the way we live. This course develops an informed and critical understanding of how the media operate, the way they shape meanings and values, and the difference they are making to the social, economic and political worlds in which we live. It provides an in-depth understanding of political communication processes from a national capital perspective. Special attention is payed to the development of high level oral and written communication skills as well as to an appreciation of the power of visual communication forms.

Admission Requirements

Normal UC admission requirements to an undergraduate course.

Information on admission closing dates can be found here.

Course Requirements

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Award(s) Official Abbreviation
Bachelor of Arts in International Studies BA IntlSt
Bachelor of Communication and Media Studies B CommMediaSt

Alternate Exit Awards

Bachelor of Arts in International Studies Bachelor of Communication and Media 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

Delivery modes for units in this degree are yet to be confirmed. Please contact us for more details.

This course is closed to new admissions from semester 1, 2013. Please refer to course 223JA Bachelor of Arts in International Studies/Bachelor of Communication in Media and Public Affairs

Graduate Employment

The combined degree enables students to follow an international career in communication-related professions, either working in Australia for an international organisation, or working internationally.

Course Learning Outcomes

Course Objectives Graduate Qualities
To provide in-depth understanding of the ways in which international relations are affected by the globalisation of communication. Students will develop analytical and critical capacities as they engage with complex issues relating to the role of the international media and other global communication forms in international relations

Course Duration

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


Refer to individual courses.


The course offers opportunities for work-place learning through internships and provides an excellent introduction to communication and media research methods.


Depending on the course structure of the other degree, students will be advised which semester is most appropriate for students to go on exchange to a UC partner university overseas to further their studies.

International Exchange Opportunities

Highly recommended for this course.


  • Past Offerings
    • 2012->UC - Canberra, Bruce-Internal
    • 2014->UC - Canberra, Bruce-Internal
    • 2015->UC - Canberra, Bruce-Internal
    • 2016->UC - Canberra, Bruce-Internal

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