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

Course Code: 223JA
Course Version: 1
Location: UC - Canberra, Bruce
Faculty: Faculty of Arts and Design
Discipline(s): School of Arts and Communications
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 Media and Public Affairs 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 combined degree enables students to follow an international career in communication-related professions, either working in Australia for an international organisation, or working internationally.

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 field of Media and Public Affairs focuses on the dynamic interactions between media, government, the public and society and how meanings and values in these spheres are shaped as a result. The Bachelor of Media and Public Affairs is uniquely placed to prepare students for entry into the professional fields of public affairs and political communication given its location in the heart of the country's political landscape, Canberra. It provides an in-depth exploration of global public communication with a local perspective through multi-layered involvement with the national capitals political and political media institutions. The major in Communication Studies provides students with a broad understanding of the communication industries, theories and research, while the major in Media and Public Affairs develops an informed and critical understanding of how the media operate, and the skills needed to work in the contemporary media environment. Key topics include: media, politics and government; digital and global communication; public opinion and media consumers. Special attention is paid to the development of high level oral and written communication skills as well as to an appreciation of the power of visual communication forms. 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.

Admission Requirements

Normal UC admission requirements to an undergraduate course.

Additional Admission Requirements

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Assumed Knowledge

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Course Requirements

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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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Unit Delivery Modes

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Professional Accreditation


Course Duration

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


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UCC Pathway

Diploma of Communication; Diploma of Communication Extended; Diploma of International Studies; Diploma of International Studies Extended.


  • Past Offerings
    • 2013->UC - Canberra, Bruce-Internal
    • 2014->UC - Canberra, Bruce-Internal
    • 2015->UC - Canberra, Bruce-Internal
    • 2016->UC - Canberra, Bruce-Internal
    • 2017->UC - Canberra, Bruce-Internal
    • 2018->UC - Canberra, Bruce-Internal
    • 2019->UC - Canberra, Bruce-Internal

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