University of Technology Sydney

C10364v2 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 Communication (Social and Political Sciences) before 2022 can view their revised program of study here.


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

Overview

The Bachelor of Communication (Social and Political Sciences) at UTS is designed for those passionate about influencing key areas of public policy like climate change, human rights or issues facing Indigenous Australians and migrants. In the course, students explore current social issues, investigate society and analyse the implications of change in Australian and global communities. In this practice-led course, students work with experienced practitioners to develop their skills as researchers, analysts, critical thinkers, effective communicators and advocates, and bring key policy issues to life with their interpersonal and public communication skills.

The Bachelor of Communication (Social and Political Sciences) will provide students with a theoretical framework rooted in historical and philosophical perspectives on how societies function, bolstering this with applied learning in qualitative and quantitative research methods. Students learn how to tackle key social issues and make a real difference through research and communication, contributing to new and ongoing debates. They graduate with a multifaceted skillset to bring to diverse organisations striving for social change.

Career options

To increase career flexibility, students can add a second major from five of the other majors offered in the Bachelor of Communication, and build further skills and portfolios that equip them for a range of work options in media and communication. These courses give students practical and transferrable skills for the expanding media industries.

Career options include research in think tanks and academia, policy research, analysis and program management in government and private organisations, management of social services and welfare organisations, and advocacy in a variety of fields, such as environmental, Indigenous affairs, human rights, overseas development, and trade unions.

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 Act in a professional manner appropriate to communication industries
1.2 Apply theoretically informed understandings of communication industries to independent and collaborative projects across a range of media
2.1 Employ appropriate research and inquiry skills to independently gather, organise and analyse information across diverse platforms
2.2 Act as reflexive critical thinkers and innovative creative practitioners who evaluate their own and others' work
3.1 Demonstrate a strong awareness, knowledge of, and sensitivity to, diversity, equity and global contexts
4.1 Apply knowledge of Indigenous issues in professional practices and engage responsibly in communicating with and about Indigenous people and communities
5.1 Analyse and act ethically in the personal, political and professional contexts of civil society
6.1 Exemplify effective and appropriate communication in different communication industry contexts
6.2 Utilise digital literacy and production skills across a range of media

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.

External articulation

The Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences has established credit recognition packages with the following institutions:

  • UTS College: Diploma of Communication
  • Nanyang Polytechnic, Singapore
  • Temasek Polytechnic, Singapore
  • Ngee Ann Polytechnic, Singapore

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, a potential 48-credit-point second major, and 24 credit points of electives.

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.

Students can also elect to undertake a professional internship in industry.

Course completion requirements

STM91104 Communication core 24cp
MAJ09476 Social and Political Sciences 48cp
CBK92062 Elective Choice 24cp
CBK92061 Second Major/ Electives 48cp
Total 144cp

Course diagram

Course diagram: C10364

Course program

Typical course programs are shown below for students commencing in either Autumn, Spring or Summer session who are completing 8 credit point elective subjects. Students have the option to complete 6 credit point elective subjects under CBK92062 Elective Choice.

All students choose a second major stream when enrolling in their first session. This 18 credit point stream consists of three major subjects from another major. Students can choose any second major (excluding Media Arts and Production).

Students who choose not to continue with their second major choice can continue in their course by choosing 30 credit points of electives (i.e. five 6 credit point subjects). Students wishing to complete 30 credit points of electives should request this via erequest.

Autumn commencing
Year 1
Autumn session
54000 Citizenship and Communication   8cp
52670 Self and Society   6cp
52671 Histories of the Present   6cp
Select 6 credit points from the following:   6cp
CBK92065 Stream choice 18cp  
Spring session
54001 Digital Literacies   8cp
52672 Comparing Indigenous Histories and Politics   6cp
Select 12 credit points from the following:   12cp
CBK92065 Stream choice 18cp  
Year 2
Autumn session
54002 Communicating Difference   8cp
52673 Political Ideas and Change   6cp
52674 Global Economies   6cp
Select 6 credit points from the following:   6cp
CBK92063 Second Major Choice 48cp  
CBK92066 Electives 30cp  
Spring session
52675 Investigating Urban Change   6cp
Select 8 credit points from the following:   8cp
CBK92062 Elective Choice 24cp  
Select 12 credit points from the following:   12cp
CBK92063 Second Major Choice 48cp  
CBK92066 Electives 30cp  
Year 3
Autumn session
52676 Policy and Advocacy   6cp
Select 6 credit points from the following:   6cp
CBK92063 Second Major Choice 48cp  
CBK92066 Electives 30cp  
Select 8 credit points from the following:   8cp
CBK92062 Elective Choice 24cp  
Spring session
52677 Professional Placement   6cp
Select 6 credit points from the following:   6cp
CBK92063 Second Major Choice 48cp  
CBK92066 Electives 30cp  
Select 8 credit points from the following:   8cp
CBK92062 Elective Choice 24cp  
Spring commencing
Year 1
Spring session
54001 Digital Literacies   8cp
52671 Histories of the Present   6cp
52672 Comparing Indigenous Histories and Politics   6cp
Select 6 credit points from the following:   6cp
CBK92065 Stream choice 18cp  
Year 2
Autumn session
54000 Citizenship and Communication   8cp
52670 Self and Society   6cp
Select 12 credit points from the following:   12cp
CBK92065 Stream choice 18cp  
Spring session
52674 Global Economies   6cp
52675 Investigating Urban Change   6cp
Select 12 credit points from the following:   12cp
CBK92063 Second Major Choice 48cp  
CBK92066 Electives 30cp  
Year 3
Autumn session
52673 Political Ideas and Change   6cp
52676 Policy and Advocacy   6cp
Select 6 credit points from the following:   6cp
CBK92063 Second Major Choice 48cp  
CBK92066 Electives 30cp  
Select 8 credit points from the following:   8cp
CBK92062 Elective Choice 24cp  
Spring session
52677 Professional Placement   6cp
Select 6 credit points from the following:   6cp
CBK92063 Second Major Choice 48cp  
CBK92066 Electives 30cp  
Select 8 credit points from the following:   8cp
CBK92062 Elective Choice 24cp  
Year 4
Autumn session
54002 Communicating Difference   8cp
Select 6 credit points from the following:   6cp
CBK92063 Second Major Choice 48cp  
CBK92066 Electives 30cp  
Select 8 credit points from the following:   8cp
CBK92062 Elective Choice 24cp  
Summer commencing
Year 1
Summer session
54000 Citizenship and Communication   8cp
Select 16 credit points from the following:   16cp
CBK92062 Elective Choice 24cp  
Year 2
Autumn session
54002 Communicating Difference   8cp
52670 Self and Society   6cp
52671 Histories of the Present   6cp
Select 6 credit points from the following:   6cp
CBK92065 Stream choice 18cp  
Spring session
54001 Digital Literacies   8cp
52672 Comparing Indigenous Histories and Politics   6cp
Select 12 credit points from the following:   12cp
CBK92065 Stream choice 18cp  
Year 3
Autumn session
52673 Political Ideas and Change   6cp
52674 Global Economies   6cp
Select 6 credit points from the following:   6cp
CBK92066 Electives 30cp  
CBK92063 Second Major Choice 48cp  
Spring session
52675 Investigating Urban Change   6cp
Select 8 credit points from the following:   8cp
CBK92062 Elective Choice 24cp  
Select 12 credit points from the following:   12cp
CBK92066 Electives 30cp  
CBK92063 Second Major Choice 48cp  
Year 4
Autumn session
52676 Policy and Advocacy   6cp
Select 6 credit points from the following:   6cp
CBK92066 Electives 30cp  
CBK92063 Second Major Choice 48cp  
Spring session
52677 Professional Placement   6cp
Select 6 credit points from the following:   6cp
CBK92066 Electives 30cp  
CBK92063 Second Major Choice 48cp  

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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