Course

Bachelor of Communication/Bachelor of International Studies

Approved Abbreviation: BComm/BIntlSt


Western Sydney University Course Code: 1707.2

AQF Level: 7

CRICOS Code: 088185C


Course Status: CONTINUING
This version of the course is available only to continuing or completing students.


Students should follow the course structure for the course version relevant to the year they commenced. This version applies to students whose commencement year for this course is 2016 or later.

Commencement Year 2013 TO 2015 - 1707.1 Bachelor of Communication/Bachelor of International Studies

Units may be revised or replaced to ensure students are provided with up to date curriculum throughout their studies, and this may result in a new course version. Refer to the Check My Course Progress page in MySR for the most up to date information for your course.

This double degree permits students to undertake multi-skilling into two diverse career paths, providing enhanced marketability into multiple areas of expertise.

The Bachelor of International Studies examines the relationships of societies, cultures, languages and systems of government within the international system. It develops students' capacity to analyse the historical development of relations among nation states and contemporary political, social and cultural issues, such as globalisation, transnationalism and migration. Students complete a major in International Relations and Asian Studies and a sub-major in Arabic, Chinese, Japanese or Indonesian. The Bachelor of Communication encompasses a wide range of units in the field of communication with a core program of media studies, practice and theory, and specialised Major sequences in advertising, journalism, and public relations. Students in this double degree also have the opportunity to extend their combined studies through a semester studying abroad. In addition, students complete an internship in their Communications Major.

  • Director of Academic Program - Jacki Montgomery

Study Mode
Five years full-time.

Course Advice

NameEmail
Course AdviceEnquiriesHCA@westernsydney.edu.au

Location

CampusAttendanceModeCourse Advice
Parramatta Campus - Victoria RoadFull TimeInternal See above

Accreditation
The Bachelor of Communication is accredited by professional organisations including the Public Relations Institute of Australia (PRIA) and the Media Federation of Australia (MFA).

Admission

Assumed knowledge: any two units of HSC English.

Recommended studies: HSC English standard or equivalent.

Applications from Australian and New Zealand citizens and holders of permanent resident visas must be made via the Universities Admissions Centre (UAC).

Applicants who have undertaken studies overseas may have to provide proof of proficiency in English. Local and International applicants who are applying through the Universities Admissions Centre (UAC) will find details of minimum English proficiency requirements and acceptable proof on the UAC website. Local applicants applying directly to the University should also use the information provided on the UAC website.

http://www.uac.edu.au/

International applicants must apply directly to the Western Sydney University via the International Office.

International students applying to The University through the International Office can find details of minimum English proficiency requirements and acceptable proof on their website.

International Office

Overseas qualifications must be deemed by the Australian Education International - National Office of Overseas Skills Recognition (AEI-NOOSR) to be equivalent to Australian qualifications in order to be considered by UAC and Western Sydney University.

Course Structure

Qualification for this award requires the successful completion of 400 credit points including the units listed in the recommended sequence below.

Students must complete the four Bachelor of Arts (BA) core units

100846Analytical Reading and Writing
100960Contemporary Society
100968Texts and Traditions
100958Australia and the World

Majors

Students must complete the International Relations and Asian Studies (IRAS) Major

M1055International Relations and Asian Studies

and must complete one of the Bachelor of Communication Majors from the list below

M1064Advertising
M1067Journalism
M1094Media Arts Production
M1065Public Relations

Please note the Media Arts Production Major is only available at the Penrith campus. Students based at Parramatta campus are required to submit rule waivers to complete the units from this Major at the Penrith campus.

Sub-major

Students must also complete a sub-major in Arabic, Chinese, Indonesian or Japanese (LOTE)

Note: The following Language sub-majors have inherent requirements. Please see the link below:

Inherent Requirements

SM1077Arabic
SM1078Chinese
SM1112Indonesian
SM1080Japanese

Recommended Sequence

Year 1

Autumn session

101920Writing Ecologies
100556Introduction to Journalism
100212Public Relations Theory and Practice
100846Analytical Reading and Writing

Spring Session

100706Advertising: An Introduction
101927Foundations of Media Arts and Production

Choose two units from

100960Contemporary Society
100968Texts and Traditions
100958Australia and the World

Year 2

Autumn session

101926Media Cultures and Industries

Level 2 Communication Major unit

Level 2 Communication Major unit

Choose one unit from

100960Contemporary Society
100968Texts and Traditions
100958Australia and the World

Spring session

101921Visual Storytelling
102421Data, Mediation, Power
101956Introduction to International Relations

Level 2 Communication Major unit

Year 3

Autumn Session

101928Media Law and Ethics
100277Politics of Australia and Asia Relations
101442Asia in the World

One Language Sub-major unit

Spring Session

101929Professional Writing and Editing
101957The Asian Century

Level 2 Communication Major unit

One Language Sub-major unit

Year 4

Autumn session

IRAS Major unit

Level 3 Communication Major unit

Level 3 Communication Major unit

One Language Sub-major unit

Spring session

IRAS Major unit

One Language Sub-major unit

Level 3 Communication Major unit or IRAS major unit

Level 3 Communication Major unit or IRAS major unit

Year 5

Autumn session

Study Abroad semester

Spring session

101931Media Memory
101930Communication Research Project

Level 3 Communication Major unit or IRAS major unit

Level 3 Communication Major unit or IRAS major unit



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