University of Technology Sydney

C10370v2 Bachelor of Communication (Writing and Publishing) Bachelor of International Studies

Award(s): Bachelor of Communication (Writing and Publishing) (BComm)
Bachelor of International Studies (BIntSt)

UAC code: 609330 (Autumn session)
CRICOS code: 087767M
Commonwealth supported place?: Yes
Load credit points: 240
Course EFTSL: 5
Location: City campus

Notes

This course information relates to students commencing a combined degree with the Bachelor of International Studies in 2022. Students who commenced a combined degree with the Bachelor of Arts in International Studies prior to 2022 should refer to the Handbook for the year they commenced their degree.


Overview
Course aims
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

For those with an interest in different forms of creative writing and publishing, this practice-based course provides the skills and industry knowledge to work in the field. The Bachelor of Communication (Writing and Publishing) at UTS is an industry-led course, designed and taught by a team of award-winning published authors, editors, scholars and industry professionals. Writing and Publishing builds students’ knowledge of Australian and global publishing contexts, as well as writing and storytelling across an array of formats, like fiction and nonfiction, screenwriting, digital content and games. Students also develop strengths in critical thinking, research, editing and publishing and storytelling in broader contexts – all skills transferable to a wide range of industries and careers.

This degree combines a professional degree with language and culture studies, enhancing professional training and career options by providing students with the opportunity to undertake studies at an overseas University.

To hone their skills, students engage in interactive classes led by skilled practitioners. Subjects often rely on workshopping, with students learning key concepts, applying these to their own writing, and collaborating with other students to provide and receive feedback. In this way the course provides students with a brilliant opportunity to be a part of a unique writer’s studio and develop their craft, finishing with a folio of works covering key forms and genres.

Course aims

The aims of this degree are:

  • to produce graduates with a strong grounding in, and comprehensive knowledge of, contemporary writing practices and the publishing industry,
  • to enable students to develop innovative, creative and ethical practices as writers and editors, appropriate to a variety of professional and cultural contexts,
  • to equip students with the critical, creative and collaborative skills, aptitudes and experiences to gain employment or progress to further study.

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.

Graduates of this course have found work as writers of fiction and nonfiction in a variety of forms, both as freelance writers and in media organisations. These skills are transferable to careers in communication and marketing, and in organisations with communication processes, such as government, NGOs, industry and cultural groups.

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:

Com.1.1 Act in a professional manner appropriate to communication industries
Com.1.2 Apply theoretically informed understandings of communication industries to independent and collaborative projects across a range of media
Com.2.1 Employ appropriate research and inquiry skills to independently gather, organise and analyse information across diverse platforms
Com.3.1 Demonstrate a strong awareness, knowledge of, and sensitivity to, diversity, equity and global contexts
Com.4.1 Apply knowledge of Indigenous issues in professional practices and engage responsibly in communicating with and about Indigenous people and communities
Com.5.1 Analyse and act ethically in the personal, political and professional contexts of civil society
Com.6.1 Exemplify effective and appropriate communication in different communication industry contexts
Com.6.2 Utilise digital literacy and production skills across a range of media ?
INT.1.1 Understand and employ effective strategies to operate within professional and everyday settings across diverse cultures in Australia and/or internationally.
INT.2.1 Evaluate critically theoretical and specialised knowledge of contemporary societies, cultures and workplaces.
INT.2.2 Act as reflexive critical thinkers and innovative creative practitioners who evaluate their own and others' work
INT.2.2 Analyse, generate and communicate creative solutions to work-related problems within professional and everyday settings across diverse cultures in Australia and internationally.
INT.3.1 Understand and engage with cultural diversities in Australia and/or internationally.
INT.4.1 Apply knowledge of Indigenous peoples, cultures, languages and histories to practice in Australian and internationally.
INT.5.1 Engage critically with current issues to act in socially responsible ways in Australian and international settings.
INT.6.1 Communicate clearly and effectively in written and spoken language using diverse digital technologies.

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

There are no prior language requirements for the international studies program. During their first year of study students complete a language survey to ensure they commence their language and culture study at the appropriate level.

Course duration and attendance

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

Course structure

Bachelor of Communication (Writing and Publishing) (144 credit points)

  • Core subjects (24 credit points)
  • Major subjects (48 credit points)
  • Second Major or Electives (48 credit points)
  • Electives (24 credit points)

International Studies (96 credit points). Students select the language they will study at the time of enrolment, and either the Language, Culture and the Professional World pathway or the Language, Culture and Global Exchange pathway. Information relating to entry into the International Honours pathway can be found in the Information for Students section.

Overseas study

In the International studies component students have the following options:

1. Language, Culture & the Professional World: includes an internship and option of a short study abroad experience (2-6 weeks) overseas.

2. Language, Culture & Global Exchange: includes an internship and a 6-month global exchange at any UTS partner university.

3. International Honours: includes a full year at a relevant partner university where students complete an honours level research project.

Course completion requirements

STM91104 Communication core 24cp
MAJ09477 Writing and Publishing 48cp
CBK92062 Elective Choice 24cp
CBK92092 Second Major/ Electives 48cp
CBK92057 Country and Language choice 96cp
Total 240cp

Course diagram

Course diagram: C10370

Course program

The typical course program is shown below for students commencing in Autumn session with the German Language and Culture major, and completing the Language, Culture & the Professional World pathway or the International Honours pathway.

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 subjects). Students wishing to complete 30 credit point of electives should request this via erequest.

It is recommended that students who elect to complete the Language, Culture & Global Exchange pathway complete 999781 International Research Methods in Year 3 Autumn, so that they can undertake their Exchange session during Year 4 Autumn.

Year 1
Autumn session
54000 Citizenship and Communication   8cp
52690 Narrative in Theory and Practice   6cp
52691 Writing and Editing Foundations   6cp
Select 6 credit points from the following:   6cp
CBK92086 Stream choice 18cp  
Spring session
54001 Digital Literacies   8cp
52692 Imagining the Real   6cp
Select 12 credit points from the following:   12cp
CBK92086 Stream choice 18cp  
Summer session
99218 Intercultural Communication   8cp
Year 2
Autumn session
52650 Screen Story   6cp
97601 German Language and Culture 1   8cp
976421 Contemporary Germany   8cp
Spring session
52694 Publishing Cultures   6cp
52695 Adaptations   6cp
97602 German Language and Culture 2   8cp
Select 6 credit points from the following:   6cp
CBK92080 Second Major Choice 48cp  
CBK92066 Electives 30cp  
Year 3
Autumn session
54002 Communicating Difference   8cp
97603 German Language and Culture 3   8cp
Select 6 credit points from the following:   6cp
CBK92080 Second Major Choice 48cp  
CBK92066 Electives 30cp  
Spring session
97604 German Language and Culture 4   8cp
Select 6 credit points from the following:   6cp
CBK92080 Second Major Choice 48cp  
CBK92066 Electives 30cp  
Select 8 credit points from the following:   8cp
CBK92062 Elective Choice 24cp  
Year 4
Autumn session
999781 International Research Methods   8cp
Select 16 credit points from the following:   16cp
CBK92076 Pathway Options (Germany) 40cp  
Spring session
Select 24 credit points from the following:   24cp
CBK92076 Pathway Options (Germany) 40cp  
Year 5
Autumn session
52696 Professional Pathways in Writing and Publishing   6cp
Select 6 credit points from the following:   6cp
CBK92080 Second Major Choice 48cp  
CBK92066 Electives 30cp  
Select 8 credit points from the following:   8cp
CBK92062 Elective Choice 24cp  
Spring session
52697 Major Writing Project   6cp
Select 6 credit points from the following:   6cp
CBK92080 Second Major Choice 48cp  
CBK92066 Electives 30cp  
Select 8 credit points from the following:   8cp
CBK92062 Elective Choice 24cp  

Honours

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

Students who complete the subjects in the International Honours pathway are eligible for transfer into theBachelor of Communication (Writing and Publishing) Bachelor of International Studies (Honours) exit course on completion of all coursework. This transfer is managed by the Student Centre and occurs just prior to graduation.

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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