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Undergraduate - Area of study

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This area of study entry applies to students commencing this course in 2015 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 Faculty of Arts component of any bachelors double degrees.

Managing facultyFaculty of Arts
Offered bySchool of Arts and Social Sciences
School of Media, Film and Journalism
South Africa School of Social Science
Campus(es)Caulfield, Clayton, Malaysia, South Africa
CoordinatorAssociate Professor Shane Homan

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.

Description

Caulfield and Clayton

On the Clayton and Caulfield campuses, the communications program focuses on new media and the dynamic changes in media and communication industries. We examine the organisation, processes and effects of traditional and new communications technologies such as print, television, film, electronic and digital media, and the complex relationships between audiences, producers and policy-makers.

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 offers an international approach, examining communications in national and international contexts. It prepares students to work across the public and private sectors, and a wide range of communications industries.

Outcomes

Upon successful completion of the major, students will be able to:

  • articulate an advanced understanding of the historical and interrelated disciplines of communications and media studies
  • apply core theoretical concepts of communications and media studies to specify debates in contemporary society
  • demonstrate advanced skills in critical analysis, including the ability to synthesise theories and concepts from a range of research fields and materials
  • demonstrate high-level skills in the presentation of ideas in both oral and written forms
  • develop key research questions and successfully complete individual research projects derived from research interests.

Malaysia and South Africa

The communications program at Monash University Malaysia offers a professionally-oriented program with minors in writing and international studies.

At the South Africa campus, the program looks at interpersonal and organisational communication, the interplay between the media and culture, and the organisation, processes and effects of traditional and new communications technologies in the South African context.

Units

Caulfield and Clayton

Minor in communications

Students completing a minorminor (http://www.monash.edu.au/pubs/2015handbooks/undergrad/arts-07.html) in communications must complete four units (24 points), including:

(a.) two first-year gateway unitsgateway units (http://www.monash.edu.au/pubs/2015handbooks/undergrad/arts-08.html) (12 points):

(b.) two elective units from List A only (12 points)

Note: Students can take the second-year cornerstone units from the major as electives.

Major in communications

Students completing a majormajor (http://www.monash.edu.au/pubs/2015handbooks/undergrad/arts-07.html) in communications must complete eight units (48 points), including:

(a.) two first-year gateway unitsgateway units (http://www.monash.edu.au/pubs/2015handbooks/undergrad/arts-08.html) (12 points):

(b.) at least two second-year cornerstone unitscornerstone units (http://www.monash.edu.au/pubs/2015handbooks/undergrad/arts-08.html) (12 points), chosen from:

  • ATS2436 New media: From the telegraph to twitter
  • ATS2439 Youth media: Understanding media research
  • ATS2440 The public sphere

(c.) at least one third-year capstone unitcapstone unit (http://www.monash.edu.au/pubs/2015handbooks/undergrad/arts-08.html) (6 points), chosen from:

  • ATS3732 Communications and media studies: Contemporary debates
  • ATS3954 Media industry project

(d.) two elective units from List A (12 points) and one elective unit from List B (6 points).

A minimum of three units (18 points) must be completed at third-year level.

Note: Students can take the remaining cornerstone and capstone units as electives.

Elective units

List A
  • ATS2250 Communications and cultures in the global era
  • ATS2446 Australian media histories
  • ATS3437 Communication and creativity
  • ATS3445 Communications ethics, policy and law
  • ATS3763 The second media age
  • ATS3766 Animation cultures
  • ATS3897 Borderless media in East Asia
  • ATS3917 War and the media: Communication technology and the representation of war
  • ATS3114 The camera at war: Photography and the framing of conflict
  • ATS3135 War, media and memory: From the Crimea to the Cold War*
  • ATS3093 Specialist topic in media, film and journalism
List B
  • ATS2387/ATS3387 Beyond Gallipoli: Australians in the Great War*
  • ATS2442 Print cultures: Books as media
  • ATS2444/ATS3444 Inscribing Italy: Travels and imaginings*
  • ATS2457 Crime, media and culture
  • ATS2561 Sex and the media
  • ATS3091 Digital Literatures
  • ATS3391 A world of sport: Business, politics and media
  • ATS3443 On the road: Travel and representation

* Taught in Prato, Italy. This unit will require payment of an additional fee that may cover items such as accommodation, entry fees, excursions, coaches, transfers, flights and university administration.

Malaysia

Minor in communications

Students completing a minor in communications must complete four units (24 points), including:

(a.) two first-year gateway unitsgateway units (http://www.monash.edu.au/pubs/2015handbooks/undergrad/arts-08.html) (12 points):

  • AMU1277 Media studies
  • AMU1278 Communication technologies and practices

(b.) two elective units from List A only (12 points):

Note: Students can take the second-year cornerstone units from the major as electives.

Major in communications

Students completing a major in communications must complete eight units (48 points) including:

(a.) two first-year gateway unitsgateway units (http://www.monash.edu.au/pubs/2015handbooks/undergrad/arts-08.html) (12 points):

  • AMU1277 Media studies
  • AMU1278 Communication technologies and practices

(b.) at least two second-year cornerstone unitscornerstone units (http://www.monash.edu.au/pubs/2015handbooks/undergrad/arts-08.html) (12 points) chosen from:

  • AMU2439 Youth and mobile media
  • AMU2453 Research methods in communication and media studies

(c.) at least one third-year capstone unitcapstone unit (http://www.monash.edu.au/pubs/2015handbooks/undergrad/arts-08.html) (6 points) chosen from:

  • AMU3449 Reading social media: Sociotechnological literacies
  • AMU3451 Freedom and control in the media
  • AMU3650 A world in crisis: Multilevel responses to global emergencies

(d.) three additional elective units from List A (18 points)

A minimum of three units (18 points) must be completed at third-year level

Note: Students can take the remaining cornerstone and capstone units as electives

Elective units

List A

  • AMU2439 Youth and mobile media
  • AMU2450 Contemporary media theory
  • AMU2453 Research methods in communication and media studies
  • AMU3449 Reading social media: Sociotechnological literacies
  • AMU3451 Freedom control in the media
  • AMU3499 Authorship and writing
  • AMU3650 A world in crisis: Multilevel responses to global emergencies

South Africa

First-year level

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

Second/Third-year level

Students studying a minorminor (http://www.monash.edu.au/pubs/2015handbooks/undergrad/arts-07.html) or majormajor (http://www.monash.edu.au/pubs/2015handbooks/undergrad/arts-07.html) in communications must have completed the first-year sequence. In addition:

Units include:

Relevant courses

Diplomas

  • 2327 Diploma in Liberal Arts

Bachelors

Single degrees

  • 0002 Bachelor of Arts
  • 3910 Bachelor of Arts (Global)
  • 3920 Bachelor of Arts (Social Sciences)
  • 1638 Bachelor of Arts Scholars Program
  • 2476 Bachelor of Communication
  • 0202 Bachelor of Letters
  • 4086 Bachelor of Social Science

Double degrees

  • 4640 Bachelor of Aerospace Engineering (Honours) and Bachelor of Arts
  • 4098 Bachelor of Arts and Bachelor of Business
  • 0550 Bachelor of Arts and Bachelor of Business (Accounting)
  • 0553 Bachelor of Arts and Bachelor of Business (Banking and Finance)
  • 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
  • 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
  • 3779 Bachelor of Arts and Bachelor of Visual Arts
  • 4097 Bachelor of Arts Scholars Program and Bachelor of Commerce Scholars Program
  • 1941 Bachelor of Business and Commerce and Bachelor of Communication
  • D3002 Bachelor of Education (Honours) and Bachelor of Arts
  • 4634 Bachelor of Engineering (Honours) and Bachelor of Arts
  • 4644 Bachelor of Environmental Engineering (Honours) and Bachelor of Arts
  • L3003 Bachelor of Laws (Honours) and Bachelor of Arts