- 2018

Undergraduate

Minor / Major

Commencement year

This area of study entry applies to students commencing this course in 2018 and should be read in conjunction with the relevant course entry in the Handbook.

Any units listed for this area of study relate only to the 'Requirements' outlined in the component of any bachelors double degrees.

Unit codes that are not linked to their entry in the Handbook are not available for study in the current year.

Managing faculty

Faculty of Arts

Coordinator(s)

Dr Julian Hopkins

Contact details

Malaysia course and study optionsMalaysia course and study options (http://www.monash.edu.my/study/undergraduate/arts-social-sciences/bachelor-arts-social-sciences)

Location

Malaysia

NOTE: This area of study has had one or more changes made to it since publication on 1 October 2017. For details of changes, please consult the Handbook change registerHandbook change register (http://www.monash.edu.au/pubs/2018handbooks/2018-change-register.html).

Communication processes are integral to human society and culture. Since the 19th century rapid expansion and advances in media technologies have had profound impacts on developments in social, political, cultural and economic fields. In the 21st century, the impact of media technologies is expanding to all spheres of life - from interpersonal communication to professional practice, and enabling global networks of shared interests.

The communication major will enable you to develop a strategic and critical understanding of the role of mediated communication in society. You will explore the workings of the media and develop the skills to describe and analyse the organisation, processes, uses and effects of traditional and new communications. You will learn to critically analyse the media and learn about the structure of communications industries and the relations between media, culture and power in global and local contexts.

You will participate in a range of activities that develop key capabilities: creativity, teamwork, cross-cultural understanding, critical thinking, self-learning, researching and analytical writing skills. These will prepare you to work across the public and private sectors, and a wide range of communications industries.

Availability

Communication is listed in the Bachelor of Arts and Social Sciences at Malaysia as a major or minor.

Outcomes

In addition to achieving the broad outcomes of their course broadly, students successfully completing this major will be able to:

  1. analyse and evaluate the key concepts, theoretical perspectives and scholarly debates in the field of communication and media studies
  2. apply the key theoretical concepts of communication and media studies to a range of issues in contemporary society
  3. utilise research techniques and skills appropriate to the field of communication and media studies to investigate problems and communicate research findings.

Units

Minor requirements (24 points)

No more than 12 points at level 1 may be credited to the minorminor (http://www.monash.edu.au/pubs/2017handbooks/undergrad/arts-07.html).

Students complete:

  1. Two level 1 gateway unitsgateway units (http://www.monash.edu.au/pubs/2017handbooks/undergrad/arts-08.html) (12 points):
    • AMU1277 Media studies
    • AMU1278 Communication technologies and practices
  2. Two remaining units (12 points), with at least one level 2 unit, from those listed under the major

Major requirements (48 points)

No more than 12 points at level 1 may be credited to the majormajor (http://www.monash.edu.au/pubs/2017handbooks/undergrad/arts-07.html) and at least 18 points must be at level 3.

Units are 6 points unless otherwise stated.

Students complete:

  1. Two level 1 gateway unitsgateway units (http://www.monash.edu.au/pubs/2018handbooks/undergrad/arts-08.html) (12 points):
    • AMU1277 Media studies
    • AMU1278 Communication technologies and practices
  2. Two level 2 cornerstone unitscornerstone units (http://www.monash.edu.au/pubs/2018handbooks/undergrad/arts-08.html) (12 points):
    • AMU2439 Youth and mobile media
    • AMU2453 Research methods in the social sciences
  3. Two level 3 capstone units (12 points) chosen from two categories:

    One workplace integrated learning capstone from the following:

    • AMU3575 Task force: Responding to global challenges
    • AMU3650 A world in crisis: Multilevel responses to global emergencies
    • AMU3744 Workplace learning internship

    One communication capstone from the following:

    • AMU3449 Reading social media: Sociotechnological literacies
    • AMU3451 Freedom and control in the media
  4. Two units (12 points) from the remaining capstone units or the following electives:

Relevant courses

Successful completion of the minor or major can be counted towards meeting the requirements for the following single degree:*

  • A2006 Bachelor of Arts and Social Sciences

Students in other single bachelor's degrees may be eligible to complete the minor or major by using 24 or 48 points of their free electives.

* Students cannot complete both the minor and major in the same area of study.