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Bachelor of Politics and International Relations/ Bachelor of Communication and Media - SCAR01

Course Code: SCAR01
Course Version: 1
Location: UC - Canberra, Bruce
Faculty: Faculty of Business, Government & Law
Discipline(s): Canberra School of Politics, Economics and Society
School of Arts and Communications
UAC Code: 361529
CRICOS Code: 099000D
Selection Rank: 65
English Language Requirements: Academic IELTS of 6.0 or equivalent, with no band score below 6.0

Learn how to communicate at the highest levels

If you’re interested in a career in the fast-paced world of international politics, media and communication, then the Bachelor of Politics and International Relations/Bachelor Communication and Media course will give you the skills, knowledge, qualifications and confidence to engage in top level discussions at the highest levels.

This course will cover the theory and practical application of political principles, concepts and the issues that are shaping the global geopolitical landscape, while simultaneously developing your creative, critical, professional and personal communication capabilities.

Collectively, you’ll gain a high level of theoretical and empirical analysis skills and a comprehensive understanding of how to use communication and media to inform, engage, persuade and influence change across a wide range of audience demographics.

Each elective is taught within a smaller, more personalised class, offering students an individually tailored learning environment that will ensure they’ll receive the highest level of support and encouragement throughout their UC study journey.

Study a Bachelor of Politics and International Relations and Bachelor of Communication at UC and you will:

  • explore theories, institutions, policies and practices in the disciplines of politics and international relations in both contemporary and historical contexts
  • learn strategy and campaign development, social and digital analytics, the basics of graphic design and visual language, multi-media production and stakeholder management
  • apply in-depth knowledge of political science and international relations in a rapidly changing geo-political environment
  • evaluate and apply a range of research methods and analytical techniques to enhance your critical thinking, communication and problem-solving abilities in Australian and international contexts
  • apply professional judgement and knowledge in adapting marketing communication theories, principles and methodologies across diverse social, cultural and organisational contexts
  • become a confident professional storyteller with the ability to work locally, regionally and internationally
  • evaluate the cultural, historical and theoretical models of corporate and public communication in the context of professional practice
  • produce professional communication and media work that supports, promotes or critiques a range of domestic and global programs or issues.

Career opportunities

The UC Bachelor of Politics and International Relations/Bachelor of Communication and Media double degree offers highly transferrable qualifications that could easily lead to successful careers as a:

  • member of parliament
  • public affairs consultant
  • political researcher
  • intelligence officer
  • national security adviser
  • foreign policy adviser
  • political adviser
  • diplomat
  • campaign director
  • campaign manager
  • brand manager
  • digital advertising sales manager
  • marketing manager
  • media analyst
  • freelance consultant
  • public affairs manager
  • corporate communications manager
  • media analystcommunication strategist
  • marketing manager.


Prospective Domestic Students
Email or Phone 1800 UNI CAN 1800 864 226
Prospective International Students
In person, Student Centre Building 1 (take a BGL Faculty course advice ticket) or Email
Current and Commencing Students
In person, Student Centre Building 1 (take a BGL Faculty course advice ticket) or Email

Admission Requirements

Admission to this course is based on an entrance rank. A rank can be achieved by the following means:
- Year 12 ATAR
- other Australian Qualification
- work experience
- overseas qualification

We also offer a number of entry initiatives that give you the opportunity to gain entry to the University via alternate pathway programs and admissions schemes.
More information is available on our Alternative Entry page:

Assumed Knowledge


Periods Course is Open to New Admissions

Year Location Domestic International
2021 UC - Canberra, Bruce Semester 1
Semester 2
Semester 1
Semester 2
2022 UC - Canberra, Bruce Semester 1
Semester 2
Semester 1
Semester 2
2023 UC - Canberra, Bruce Semester 1
Semester 2
Semester 1
Semester 2

Information on admission closing dates can be found here.

Course Requirements

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If your course contains an open elective component of 12 credit points or more you may like to complete a breadth major or minor. For a list of breadth majors and minors follow this link. Other majors may also be available so seek course advice if you want more information.

In addition to course requirements, in order to successfully complete your course you may need to meet the inherent requirements. Please refer to the inherent requirements statement applicable to your course


Award(s) Official Abbreviation
Bachelor of Politics and International Relations B Politics&IntlRel
Bachelor of Communication and Media (Corporate and Public Communication) BComm&Media (Corp&PubComm)
Bachelor of Communication and Media (Journalism) BComm&Media (Jnl)
Bachelor of Communication and Media (Marketing Communication) BComm&Media (MktgComm)
Bachelor of Communication and Media (Sports Media) BComm&Media (SportsMedia)

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



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.

Course Learning Outcomes

Course Objectives Graduate Qualities
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Course Duration

Standard 4 year full time or equivalent. Maximum 10 years.


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Related Courses (Double Degrees, Nested Courses and Alternative Exits)

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  • Past Offerings
    • 2019->UC - Canberra, Bruce-Internal
    • 2020->UC - Canberra, Bruce-Internal

Enrolment Numbers

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