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C10365v1 Bachelor of Communication (Journalism) Bachelor of Arts in International Studies

Award(s): Bachelor of Communication (Journalism) (BComm)
Bachelor of Arts in International Studies (BA)

UAC code: 609300 (Autumn session)
CRICOS code: 087763D
Commonwealth supported place?: Yes
Load credit points: 240
Course EFTSL: 5
Location: City campus

Notes

Students who commenced the Bachelor of Arts in Communication (Journalism) Bachelor of Arts in International Studies 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 program
Honours
Other information

Overview

This degree combines a professional degree with immersion in another language and culture, enhancing professional training and career options. The combined course seeks to augment the value of journalism by broadening awareness and understanding of another language and culture.

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 are also enhanced by international experience, making students more marketable to prospective employers.

Career options

Career options include editor, sub-editor, feature writer, freelance writer, investigative journalist, media researcher, producer, publisher, reporter, 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
INT.1.1 Graduates will have the capacity to operate appropriately in intercultural professional contexts
INT.1.2 Graduates will demonstrate the application of international knowledge as adaptable, flexible and resourceful practitioners
INT.1.3 Graduates will have a broad and coherent understanding of the historical, political, cultural, social and economic situations in other countries
INT.2.1 Graduates will be able to creatively design and conduct independent, engaged and ethical research in and about other cultural contexts and societies
INT.2.2 Graduates will possess critical problem-solving and research-led analytical skills in international and intercultural change
INT.3.1 Graduates will be able to personally reflect upon the relationship between diverse cultures in Australia while confidently engaging successfully with cultures overseas, particularly in this region
INT.4.1 Graduates will have the capacity to reflect upon and contextualise Indigenous peoples' experiences and circumstances to professional and social situations as and when appropriate
INT.5.1 As informed and engaged international citizens, graduates will demonstrate cosmopolitan openness, with an awareness of, and commitment to, ethical practices
INT.6.1 Graduates will possess a high-level of oral and written communication skills in English and, where relevant, a developed level of oral and written communication skills in at least one language other than English

Key

INT = International Studies course intended learning outcomes (CILOs)

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.

Students are admitted to the international studies program with no guarantee of entry to a specific major, although every effort is made to meet students' preferences.

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

There are no prior language requirements for the international studies program.

Course duration and attendance

This course is offered on a five-year, full-time basis.

Course structure

Students must complete 240 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), 24 credit points of cross-disciplinary electives and a 96-credit-point country major choice. Students who do not meet the requirements to study the second major complete 48 credit points of electives.

Overseas study

Students spend their fourth year of study at a university overseas.

Course completion requirements

STM91104 Communication core 24cp
MAJ10046 Journalism 48cp
CBK91115 Cross-disciplinary electives 24cp
CBK90005 Country major choice 96cp
CBK91116 Major/Electives 48cp
Total 240cp

Course program

A typical course program is shown below for students commencing in Autumn session with the Germany major as the chosen international studies major. Other countries may be chosen from the list of majors in CBK90005; the program has the same structure but with subjects specific to the chosen country major.

All students choose a second communications major in first year. At the end of this year, students who meet the required overall grade point average (GPA) and achieve suitable grades for the first two subjects in their second major are able to complete the remaining subjects in this major. Students who do not meet the GPA for the second major complete elective subjects.

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
97601 German Language and Culture 1   8cp
54022 Digging Deeper: Current Affairs and Longer-form Journalism   8cp
976001 Foundations in International Studies   8cp
Spring session
54023 From Dirty Data to Vivid Visualisation   8cp
97602 German Language and Culture 2   8cp
Select 8 credit points from the following:   8cp
CBK91115 Cross-disciplinary electives 24cp  
Year 3
Autumn session
97603 German Language and Culture 3   8cp
54002 Communicating Difference   8cp
Select 8 credit points from the following:   8cp
CBK91120 Second major 48cp  
CBK91119 Electives 32cp  
Spring session
976421 Contemporary Germany   8cp
97604 German Language and Culture 4   8cp
Select 8 credit points from the following:   8cp
CBK91120 Second major 48cp  
CBK91119 Electives 32cp  
Year 4
Autumn session
977420 In-country Study 1: Germany   24cp
Spring session
978420 In-country Study 2: Germany   24cp
Year 5
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:

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