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Undergraduate - Area of Study

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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 Applied Media and Social Sciences
School of English, Communications and Performance Studies
Campus(es)Berwick, Caulfield, Clayton, Gippsland, South Africa, Sunway

Notes

  • Unit codes that are not linked to their entry in the handbook are not available for study in the current year.
  • The sequence of units and units available differ between campuses. Refer to the individual campus entries below. Also available via off-campus learning.

Description

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

The focus 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, Gippsland, off-campus learning

At Berwick and Gippsland campuses and via off-campus learning, communications is offered by the School of Applied Media 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. Communications is complemented by the related disciplines of journalism, public relations and writing, as well as other humanities and social sciences.

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

Caulfield and Clayton

First-year level

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

Note: the first-year sequence for communications at Caulfield and Clayton changed in 2009; all students who completed COM 1010 and COM 1020 prior to 2009 (refer to archived handbooks) 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 compulsory units listed below
  • a major requires completion of a further six units (36 points) from the units listed below, including a minimum of two compulsory units. A minimum of three units must be taken at third year level.
Compulsory units
Elective units
Additional electives

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

Berwick

First-year level

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

Note: the communications major at Berwick has changed; all students who commenced prior to 2011 should refer refer to archived handbooks or seek course advice to ensure you meet the communication minor/major requirments.

Compulsory units

Elective units

Gippsland and off-campus learning

First-year level

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

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 units listed below
  • a major requires completion of a further six units (36 points) from the units listed below, including all compulsory units. A minimum of three units must be taken at third year level.
Compulsory units
Elective units

South Africa

First-year level

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

Note: the first year sequence for communications changed in 2009. All students who completed COM 1010 and COM 1020 prior to 2009 (refer to archived handbooks) 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.

Units include:

Sunway

First-year level

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

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.

Units include:

Relevant courses

Diplomas

  • 2327 Diploma in Liberal Arts
  • 2552 Diploma of Tertiary Studies

Associate degree

  • 4074 Associate Degree in Arts and Social Sciences

Bachelors

Single degrees

  • 0002 Bachelor of Arts
  • 3920 Bachelor of Arts - at Sunway
  • 4073 Bachelor of Arts and Social Sciences
  • 1638 Bachelor of Arts as a Participant in the Dean's Scholars Program
  • 3914 Bachelor of Arts (Criminal Justice)
  • 3907 Bachelor of Arts (English Language)
  • 3910 Bachelor of Arts (Global)
  • 4077 Bachelor of Arts (International)
  • 2396 Bachelor of Arts (Journalism)
  • 1366 Bachelor of Arts (Languages)
  • 1708 Bachelor of Arts (Professional Communication)
  • 1712 Bachelor of Arts (Psychology)
  • 1719 Bachelor of Behavioural Science
  • 2476 Bachelor of Communication - at Sunway
  • 1731 Bachelor of Community Welfare and Counselling
  • 4042 Bachelor of Journalism
  • 0202 Bachelor of Letters
  • 1144 Bachelor of Performing Arts
  • 1275 Bachelor of Professional Communication
  • 4086 Bachelor of Social Science

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)
  • 0542 Bachelor of Arts and Bachelor of Commerce
  • 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
  • 0080 Bachelor of Arts and Bachelor of Laws
  • 3054 Bachelor of Arts and Bachelor of Music
  • 0530 Bachelor of Arts and Bachelor of Science
  • 3426 Bachelor of Arts and Bachelor of Social Work
  • 0002 Bachelor of Arts and Bachelor of Theology
  • 3779 Bachelor of Arts and Bachelor of Visual Arts
  • 1807 Bachelor of Arts and Social Sciences and Bachelor of Business and Commerce
  • 1806 Bachelor of Arts and Social Sciences and Bachelor of Community Welfare and Counselling
  • 4208 Bachelor of Arts and Social Sciences and Bachelor of Education
  • 4089 Bachelor of Arts and Social Sciences and Bachelor of Visual and Media Arts
  • 4403 Bachelor of Arts (Global) and Bachelor of Commerce
  • 3537 Bachelor of Arts (Global) and Bachelor of Science
  • 2131 Bachelor of Arts (Journalism) and Bachelor of Science
  • 1798 Bachelor of Arts (Psychology) and Bachelor of Community Welfare and Counselling
  • 1941 Bachelor of Business and Commerce and Bachelor of Communication
  • 4423 Bachelor of Business and Commerce and Bachelor of Professional Communication
  • 4075 Bachelor of Community Welfare and Counselling and Diploma of Community Services (Alcohol, Other Drugs and Mental Health)
  • 4076 Bachelor of Community Welfare and Counselling and Diploma of Disability
  • 0116 Bachelor of Engineering and Bachelor of Arts
  • 3281 Bachelor of Mechatronics Engineering and Bachelor of Arts
  • 1945 Bachelor of Professional Communication and Diploma of Professional Writing