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Monash University Handbook 2010 Undergraduate - Area of Study

All areas of study information should be read in conjunction with the relevant course entry in the Handbook. The units listed for this area of study relate only to the 'Requirements' outlined in the Faculty of Arts component of any bachelors double degrees.

Managing facultyFaculty of Arts
Offered bySchool of English, Communications and Performance Studies
School of Humanities, Communications and Social Sciences
Campus(es)Berwick, Caulfield, Clayton, Gippsland, Off Campus, South Africa, Sunway

Notes

  • The sequence of units and units available differ between campuses. Please refer to the individual campus entries below. This area of study is also available in courses taught via off-campus learning.

Description

Berwick, Caulfield and Clayton

At these campuses communications is offered by the School of English, Communications and Performance Studies.

The focuses is on the organisation, processes and effects of traditional and new communications technologies such as print, television, film, electronic and digital media. Students gain an understanding of the practical operation of the media as well as the social and cultural dimensions of communications, and the complex relationships between audiences, producers and policy makers. Students also examine the nature of communication and the capabilities and applications of communication in a range of societies.

Students learn to critically analyse the media and learn about the structure of communications industries and the relations between media, culture and power. Communications theory is an integral part of the discipline, coupled with an investigation of the practices, technologies and processes that make up modern media.

The program prepares students to work across the public and private sectors, and a wide range of communications industries. The program offers an international approach to the study of communications and provides practical experience in the use of new communications technologies.

Berwick

Communications at Berwick focuses on both the practical operation of the media as well as the social and cultural dimensions of new and traditional communication. Berwick is the only metropolitan campus to offer a specialist communications degree - 1275 Bachelor of Communication - and the opportunity of completing an honours year. Double degrees are also available in conjunction with business and commerce, and multimedia, and with a combined TAFE course in professional writing and editing.

Caulfield and Clayton

On the Clayton and Caulfield campuses Communications is an academically oriented program with a focus on new media, and the dynamic changes in media and communication industries.

Gippsland, off-campus learning, South Africa and Sunway

At these campuses and via off-campus learning, communications is offered by the School of Humanities, Communication and Social Sciences.

Communications offers a range of units designed to equip students with specialised but flexible skills in describing and analysing the organisation, processes, diverse uses and effects of 'traditional' and 'new' communications technologies including print, broadcasting, cinema and the internet. Communications is interdisciplinary, drawing on literary and screen theory, social and political theory, media and cultural studies. The emphasis is on media as productive of the ways in which the social relations between individuals and social/political institutions are organised. Units in communications provide students with an understanding of the practical operation of communication media as well as the social and cultural dimensions, considering relations between the audiences, producers and policy-makers involved.

Gippsland campus and off-campus learning

Communications on the Gippsland campus and via off-campus learning emphasise the way old and new media organise social and political relations in democratic societies. Communications is complemented by journalism, creative and professional writing, and creative arts programs.

South Africa and Sunway

The communications program at Sunway offers a professionally-oriented program with minors in writing and international studies. At the South Africa campus, the program looks at the organisation, processes and effects of traditional and new communications technologies in the South African context.

Units

Berwick, Caulfield and Clayton

First-year level

Students studying a sequence in communications must complete two units (12 points) from the following:

Note: The first-year sequence for communications at Berwick, Caulfield and Clayton changed in 2009; all students that completed COM1010 and COM1020 will have those units counted towards their communication minor/major.

Second/Third-year level

Students studying a minor or major in communications must have completed the first-year sequence. In addition:

  • a minor requires completion of a further two units (12 points) from the core units listed below
  • a major requires completion of a further six units (36 points) from the units listed below, including a minimum of two core units. A minimum of three units must be taken at third year level.
Core
Electives
Additional electives

Students can also take a maximum of one of the following:

Units not offered in 2010

Electives:

Additional electives:

Gippsland and off-campus learning

First-year level

Students studying a sequence in communications must complete two units (12 points) from the following:

Second/Third-year level

Students studying a minor or major in communication must have completed the first-year sequence. In addition:

  • a minor requires completion of a further two units (12 points) from the core units listed below
  • a major requires completion of a further six units (36 points) from the units listed below, including all core units. A minimum of three units must be taken at third year level.
Core
Electives

Units not offered in 2010

Electives:

  • COM2417/COM3417 Virtual cultures: Sex, politics and war in cyber space

South Africa

First-year level

Students studying a sequence in communications must complete two units (12 points) from the following:

Note: The first year sequence for communications changed in 2009. All students that complete COM1010 and COM1020 will also have these units counted towards their communication minor/major.

Second/Third-year level

Students studying a minor or major in communications must have completed the first-year sequence. In addition:

  • a minor requires completion of a further two units (12 points) from the units listed below
  • a major requires completion of a further six units (36 points) from the units listed below. A minimum of three units must be taken at third year level.

Available units include:

Units not offered in 2010

Sunway

First-year level

Students studying a sequence in communications must complete two units (12 points) from the following:

Second/Third-year level

Students studying a minor or major in communications must have completed the first-year sequence. In addition:

  • a minor requires completion of a further two units (12 points) from the units listed below
  • a major requires completion of a further six units (36 points) from the units listed below. A minimum of three units must be taken at third year level.

Available units include:

Units not offered in 2010

  • COM2407 Authorship and writing
  • COM2418 Digital culture and new reading practices
  • COM2419 The Cyborg subject: Identity and subjectivity in the 21st century
  • JRN2907 Radio and television journalism

Relevant Courses

Diplomas

  • 2432 Diploma in Arts (Communications)
  • 2552 Diploma of Tertiary Studies

Bachelors

Single degrees

  • 0002 Bachelor of Arts
  • 3920 Bachelor of Arts - at Sunway
  • 1638 Bachelor of Arts as a Participant in the Dean's Scholars Program
  • 1708 Bachelor of Arts (Communication)
  • 3914 Bachelor of Arts (Criminal Justice)
  • 3907 Bachelor of Arts (English Language)
  • 3910 Bachelor of Arts (Global)
  • 2396 Bachelor of Arts (Journalism)
  • 1366 Bachelor of Arts (Languages)
  • 1719 Bachelor of Behavioural Science
  • 1275 Bachelor of Communication
  • 2476 Bachelor of Communication - at Sunway
  • 4042 Bachelor of Journalism
  • 0202 Bachelor of Letters
  • 0821 Bachelor of Music
  • 1144 Bachelor of Performing Arts
  • 1731 Bachelor of Social and Community Welfare
  • 3926 Bachelor of Sports Promotion and Events Management

Double degrees

  • 3277 Bachelor of Aerospace Engineering and Bachelor of Arts
  • 0550 Bachelor of Arts and Bachelor of Business (Accounting)
  • 0553 Bachelor of Arts and Bachelor of Business (Banking and Finance)
  • 0555 Bachelor of Arts and Bachelor of Business (Management)
  • 0556 Bachelor of Arts and Bachelor of Business (Marketing)
  • 1807 Bachelor of Arts and Bachelor of Business and Commerce
  • 3912 Bachelor of Arts and Bachelor of Business Information Systems
  • 0542 Bachelor of Arts and Bachelor of Commerce
  • 2672 Bachelor of Arts and Bachelor of Computer Science
  • 0170 Bachelor of Arts and Bachelor of Economics
  • 1541 Bachelor of Arts and Bachelor of Education-primary
  • 1641 Bachelor of Arts and Bachelor of Education-secondary
  • 3906 Bachelor of Arts and Bachelor of Information Technology and Systems
  • 0080 Bachelor of Arts and Bachelor of Laws
  • 3054 Bachelor of Arts and Bachelor of Music
  • 0530 Bachelor of Arts and Bachelor of Science
  • 1806 Bachelor of Arts and Bachelor of Social and Community Welfare
  • 3426 Bachelor of Arts and Bachelor of Social Work
  • 0002b Bachelor of Arts and Bachelor of Theology
  • 3779 Bachelor of Arts and Bachelor of Visual Arts
  • 3911 Bachelor of Arts (Communication) and Bachelor of Information Technology and Systems
  • 2130 Bachelor of Arts (Communication) and Bachelor of Science
  • 2130 Bachelor of Arts (Communication) and Bachelor of Science
  • 2131 Bachelor of Arts (Journalism) and Bachelor of Science
  • 1802 Bachelor of Arts (Journalism) and Bachelor of Social and Community Welfare
  • 3904 Bachelor of Arts (Journalism) and Diploma of Professional Writing and Editing
  • 1712 Bachelor of Arts (Psychology)
  • 1798 Bachelor of Arts (Psychology) and Bachelor of Social and Community Welfare
  • 1941 Bachelor of Business and Commerce and Bachelor of Communication
  • 3909 Bachelor of Communication and Bachelor of Information Technology and Systems
  • 1945 Bachelor of Communication and Diploma of Professional Writing
  • 0116 Bachelor of Engineering and Bachelor of Arts
  • 3281 Bachelor of Mechatronics Engineering and Bachelor of Arts