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C10361v1 Bachelor of Communication (Journalism)

Award(s): Bachelor of Communication (Journalism) (BComm)
UAC code: 600013(Autumn session)
CRICOS code: 087733K
Commonwealth supported place?: Yes
Load credit points: 144
Course EFTSL: 3
Location: City campus

Notes

Students who commenced the Bachelor of Arts in Communication (Journalism) before 2016 can view their course program at Course transition arrangements.


Overview
Career options
Course intended learning outcomes
Admission requirements
Course duration and attendance
Course structure
Course completion requirements
Course diagram
Course program
Honours
Other information

Overview

Journalism education at UTS is based on the principle that professional journalism is founded on the public's right to know. This degree develops professional skills across all media and critically engages with the intellectual, ethical and political foundations of journalism.

This course is designed to meet the essential practical skills and theoretical knowledge needed for a career in journalism. Students gain a crucial understanding of the role that journalists play in creating a democratic public sphere, providing a forum for debate and giving voice to diverse communities. The course equips students with advanced research, writing, reporting and analytical skills for print, television, video, radio, audio and online media; and knowledge of the intellectual, ethical and political foundations of journalism.

Career options

Career options include reporter, producer, publisher, editor, sub-editor, feature and freelance journalist, investigative journalist, media researcher, and print, broadcast and online media strategist.

Course intended learning outcomes

This course engages with the following Course Intended Learning Outcomes (CILOs), which are tailored to the Graduate Attributes set for all graduates of the Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences:

1.1 Possess a well-developed awareness of professional practice in the context of the communication industries
1.2 Apply theoretically-informed understanding of the communication industries in independent and collaborative projects across a range of media
2.1 Possess information literacy skills to locate, gather, organise and synthesise information across diverse platforms to inform the understanding of the communication industries
2.2 Be reflexive critical thinkers and creative practitioners who are intellectually curious, imaginative and innovative; with an ability to evaluate their own and others' work
3.1 Demonstrate an awareness and knowledge of global contexts and openness to cultural exchange
3.2 Employ professional skills responsibly and respectfully in a global environment
4.1 Possess a critical understanding of the importance of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples within contemporary Australian politics, history and culture
4.2 Integrate knowledge of Indigenous issues in professional practices and engage responsibly in communicating with and about Indigenous people and communities
5.1 Possess the awareness of ethical practice in the personal, political and professional contexts of civil society
5.2 Possess the skills to behave ethically in personal and professional contexts
6.1 Possess well-developed skills and proficiencies to communicate and respond effectively and appropriately across different contexts
6.2 Demonstrate digital literacy and production skills across a range of media and media texts

Admission requirements

Applicants must have completed an Australian Year 12 qualification, Australian Qualifications Framework Diploma, or equivalent Australian or overseas qualification at the required level.

The English proficiency requirement for international students or local applicants with international qualifications is: Academic IELTS: 6.5 overall with a writing score of 6.0; or TOEFL: paper based: 550-583 overall with TWE of 4.5, internet based: 79-93 overall with a writing score of 21; or AE5: Pass; or PTE: 58-64; or CAE: 176-184.

Eligibility for admission does not guarantee offer of a place.

International students

Visa requirement: To obtain a student visa to study in Australia, international students must enrol full time and on campus. Australian student visa regulations also require international students studying on student visas to complete the course within the standard full-time duration. Students can extend their courses only in exceptional circumstances.

Course duration and attendance

The course is offered on a three-year, full-time basis.

Course structure

Students must complete 144 credit points consisting of 24 credit points of core subjects, a 48-credit-point major and potential 48-credit-point second major (subject to application), and 24 credit points of cross-disciplinary electives. Students who do not meet the requirements to study the second major complete elective subjects.

Industrial training/professional practice

Students take part in relevant and applied journalism tasks throughout the course, and must undertake a professional internship with a media organisation.

Course completion requirements

STM91104 Communication core 24cp
CBK91115 Cross-disciplinary electives 24cp
CBK91116 Major/Electives 48cp
MAJ10046 Journalism 48cp
Total 144cp

Course diagram



Course program

A typical course program is shown below for students commencing in Autumn session.

All students choose a second major stream when enrolling in their first session. This 16-credit-point stream consists of two major subjects from another major. Students can choose any second major (excluding Media Arts and Production) and, subject to meeting criteria, they can apply to continue with their chosen second major (the remaining 32 credit points, i.e. another four subjects).

Students who choose not to continue with their second major choice or who do not meet the eligibility criteria, continue in their course by choosing 32 credit points of electives (i.e. four subjects).

Autumn commencing
Year 1
Autumn session
54000 Citizenship and Communication   8cp
54020 Stories from the Streets: Local Journalism, Social Media   8cp
Select 8 credit points from the following:   8cp
CBK91118 Stream choices 16cp  
Spring session
54001 Digital Literacies   8cp
54021 Live Action: Multiplatform Journalism   8cp
Select 8 credit points from the following:   8cp
CBK91118 Stream choices 16cp  
Year 2
Autumn session
54002 Communicating Difference   8cp
54022 Digging Deeper: Current Affairs and Longer-form Journalism   8cp
Select 8 credit points from the following:   8cp
CBK91120 Second major 48cp  
CBK91119 Electives 32cp  
Spring session
54023 From Dirty Data to Vivid Visualisation   8cp
Select 8 credit points from the following:   8cp
CBK91115 Cross-disciplinary electives 24cp  
Select 8 credit points from the following:   8cp
CBK91120 Second major 48cp  
CBK91119 Electives 32cp  
Year 3
Autumn session
54024 The Hive: Collaborative Journalism   8cp
Select 8 credit points from the following:   8cp
CBK91115 Cross-disciplinary electives 24cp  
Select 8 credit points from the following:   8cp
CBK91120 Second major 48cp  
CBK91119 Electives 32cp  
Spring session
54025 Industry Portfolio   8cp
Select 8 credit points from the following:   8cp
CBK91115 Cross-disciplinary electives 24cp  
Select 8 credit points from the following:   8cp
CBK91120 Second major 48cp  
CBK91119 Electives 32cp  

Honours

The Bachelor of Communication (Honours) (C09047) is available with an additional year of full-time study for eligible students.

Other information

Further information is available from the UTS Student Centre on:

telephone 1300 ask UTS (1300 275 887)
or +61 2 9514 1222
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