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Bachelor of Communication in Media and Public Affairs/Bachelor of Laws - 227JA

Course Code: 227JA
Course Version: 1
Location: UC - Canberra, Bruce
Faculty: Faculty of Business, Government & Law
Discipline(s): Canberra Law School
Discipline of Communication and Media
CRICOS Code: 077625G
English Language Requirements:

There are non-standard English language requirements for this course. To be eligible you must have an academic IELTS or equivalent of 6.5, with no band score below 6.0. Students who have undertaken all of their education in an English speaking country (as defined on UC website) are deemed to have met our English language proficiency requirements.


This course prepares students for a career involving a combination of communication and legal responsibilities.

The Bachelor of Laws course prepares students for employment in the legal profession by providing them with practical skills and competencies in the basic areas of legal practice. It also has a strong commercial orientation.

The Bachelor of Communication in Media and Public Affairs 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.

The double degree course prepares students for either a career in organisational communication requiring competence in law, or for legal practice, particularly in the fields of media and communication.

Admission Requirements

Normal UC admission requirements to an undergraduate course.

Additional Admission Requirements

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Assumed Knowledge

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Information on admission closing dates can be found here.

Course Requirements

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Award(s) Official Abbreviation
Bachelor of Laws LLB
Bachelor of Communication in Media and Public Affairs BComm Media&PubAffairs

Alternate Exit Awards

Bachelor of Communication in Media and Public Affairs Bachelor of Laws

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.

Professional Accreditation

This program is recognised by the Supreme Court of the Australian Capital Territory and the State of New South Wales. Through mutual recognition, UC's degree may serve as the basis for admission in all Australian jurisdictions.

Through a program offered in conjunction with the College of Law, students may (in their final year of the Bachelor of Laws at UC) begin their Graduate Diploma in Legal Practice course that qualifies for them for admission. Arrangements exist for students to articulate into programs leading to admission in the UK and the United States.

Course Learning Outcomes

Course Objectives Graduate Qualities
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.
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
1. Graduates will have a broad and coherent theoretical and technical knowledge of the discipline of law, suitable for entering the legal profession or undertaking other careers involving legal work. The course will provide students with a program of study and learning to satisfy the academic requirements for admission to legal practice.
2. Students will also undertake an in depth study of selected areas of law, including the Priestly 11 units, and in chosen law electives, with an emphasis on commercial law and/or justice studies.
3. In addition to the above, students graduating with Honours will have developed the ability to independently identify and provide solutions to complex legal problems.
1. Communication
The ability to present knowledge, ideas and opinions effectively and communicate within and across professional and cultural boundaries
- Communicate, both orally and in writing, in ways that are effective, appropriate and persuasive for legal and non-legal audiences
- Ability to communicate in plain English
- Ability to engage with culturally diverse audiences
- Appreciation and adaptability to the communication context, including genre and audience

2. Analysis and inquiry
The ability to gather information, and to analyse and evaluate information and situations in a systematic, creative and insightful way
- Develop intellectual and practice skills to identify, research, evaluate and synthesise relevant factual, legal and policy issues, drawing on a range of sources
- Legal referencing skills and ethical academic practice
- Engage in critical analysis and make a reasoned choice among alternatives

3. Problem Solving
The ability to apply problem-solving processes in novel situations; to identify and analyse problems, then formulate and implement solutions
- Identify and articulate legal issues in a text or scenario
- Apply legal reasoning and research to generate appropriate responses to legal issues
- Think creatively in approaching legal issues and solutions, including both adversarial and non-adversarial options

4. Working independently and with others
The ability to plan their own work, be self-directed, and use interpersonal skills and attitudes to work collaboratively
- Use interpersonal skills to collaborate effectively in teams
- Learn and work independently, including directing aspects of learning and effective management of times and workload
- Reflect on capabilities and performance and develop self-awareness
- Make use of feedback to support personal and professional development

5. Professionalism
The capacity and intention to use professional knowledge and skills ethically and responsibly, for the benefit of others and the environment
- Appreciate the principles and values of justice and ethical practice in legal professional roles
- Understand and be able to apply ethical approaches to decision-making
- Recognise and reflect upon ethical issues likely to arise in professional contexts
- Recognise and reflect upon the professional responsibilities of lawyers in promoting justice and in service to the community.
Application of Knowledge and Skills:
Graduates will have applied their knowledge and skills to analyse and solve legal problems, both in writing and orally (through presentations and mooting programs). They will have undertaken complex legal research tasks, made suggestions for law reform, and reflected upon ethical issues.

Graduates who have completed with Honours will have developed a research proposal and written a thesis.

Course Duration

Standard ten semesters full-time or equivalent. Maximum twenty-four semesters.


Refer to individual courses.

UCC Pathway

Diploma of Communication; Diploma of Communication 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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