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C10364v1 Bachelor of Communication (Social and Political Sciences)

Award(s): Bachelor of Communication (Social and Political Sciences) (BComm)
UAC code: 600028(Autumn session, Spring session)
CRICOS code: 087736G
Commonwealth supported place?: Yes
Load credit points: 144
Course EFTSL: 3
Location: City campus

Notes

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


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

Overview

Social and political sciences come to life in the contemporary world through communication – inter-personal and with the community, and more widely in society and the global public sphere. This cross-disciplinary course investigates society, explores current issues, and questions implications of change and progress in the global community. Students undertake professional studies as well as social, cultural and communication theory and practice so they can ask questions, research issues, develop advocacy skills and develop effective communication strategies.

Combining social, political, historical and philosophical perspectives on how societies work, the course provides students with practical skills in qualitative and quantitative social research methods. Students learn how to understand social issues and how to think through ways of making a difference; how to research, communicate and plan contributions to national and international debates. The course equips students with the knowledge and skills to be involved in diverse organisations engaging with social change.

Career options

Career options include advocacy in environmental, Indigenous, human rights and overseas development organisations, as well as trade unions; policy research, analysis and program management in government; management in social services and welfare, including women's, migrant and Indigenous programs; and research in think tanks and academia.

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.

Assumed knowledge

Any two units of English and computer literacy.

Course duration and attendance

This 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

All subjects provide students with practical research skills that are applied in real-world settings. The final three subjects are project-based, allowing students to work on topical issues and be placed with a community, corporate or government organisation, or within NSW Parliament.

Course completion requirements

STM91104 Communication core 24cp
CBK91115 Cross-disciplinary electives 24cp
CBK91129 Major/Electives 48cp
MAJ10049 Social and Political Sciences 48cp
Total 144cp

Course diagram



Course program

Typical course programs are shown below for students commencing in either Autumn or Spring 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
54050 Self and Society   8cp
Select 8 credit points from the following:   8cp
CBK91131 Stream choices 16cp  
Spring session
54001 Digital Literacies   8cp
54051 Politics, Ideologies and Beliefs   8cp
Select 8 credit points from the following:   8cp
CBK91131 Stream choices 16cp  
Year 2
Autumn session
54002 Communicating Difference   8cp
54052 Economy, Society and Globalism   8cp
Select 8 credit points from the following:   8cp
CBK91132 Second major 48cp  
CBK91119 Electives 32cp  
Spring session
54053 Investigating for Change   8cp
Select 8 credit points from the following:   8cp
CBK91115 Cross-disciplinary electives 24cp  
Select 8 credit points from the following:   8cp
CBK91132 Second major 48cp  
CBK91119 Electives 32cp  
Year 3
Autumn session
54054 Intervening for Change   8cp
Select 8 credit points from the following:   8cp
CBK91115 Cross-disciplinary electives 24cp  
Select 8 credit points from the following:   8cp
CBK91132 Second major 48cp  
CBK91119 Electives 32cp  
Spring session
54055 Professional Pathways Project   8cp
Select 8 credit points from the following:   8cp
CBK91115 Cross-disciplinary electives 24cp  
Select 8 credit points from the following:   8cp
CBK91132 Second major 48cp  
CBK91119 Electives 32cp  
Spring commencing
Year 1
Spring session
54001 Digital Literacies   8cp
54051 Politics, Ideologies and Beliefs   8cp
Select 8 credit points from the following:   8cp
CBK91131 Stream choices 16cp  
Year 2
Autumn session
54000 Citizenship and Communication   8cp
54050 Self and Society   8cp
Select 8 credit points from the following:   8cp
CBK91131 Stream choices 16cp  
Spring session
54002 Communicating Difference   8cp
54053 Investigating for Change   8cp
Select 8 credit points from the following:   8cp
CBK91132 Second major 48cp  
CBK91119 Electives 32cp  
Year 3
Autumn session
54052 Economy, Society and Globalism   8cp
Select 8 credit points from the following:   8cp
CBK91115 Cross-disciplinary electives 24cp  
Select 8 credit points from the following:   8cp
CBK91132 Second major 48cp  
CBK91119 Electives 32cp  
Spring session
54054 Intervening for Change   8cp
Select 8 credit points from the following:   8cp
CBK91115 Cross-disciplinary electives 24cp  
Select 8 credit points from the following:   8cp
CBK91132 Second major 48cp  
CBK91119 Electives 32cp  
Year 4
Autumn session
54055 Professional Pathways Project   8cp
Select 8 credit points from the following:   8cp
CBK91115 Cross-disciplinary electives 24cp  
Select 8 credit points from the following:   8cp
CBK91132 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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