The University of Newcastle, Australia
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International entry requirement

Admission to our undergraduate degree programs usually requires successful completion of a senior secondary school qualification similar to the Higher School Certificate (HSC), the highest educational award in New South Wales schools.

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UAC code

484874
Newcastle

Start dates
  • First intake in 2021
Mode of delivery

Face to Face

Duration

4 years full-time or part-time equivalent up to 10 years maximum.

Location

Newcastle

Start dates
  • First intake in 2021
Fees

AUD32,045 (indicative annual fee, 2020)
Indicative annual fees are based on a full year full time load (80 units) Find out more about fees

English language proficiency
  • IELTS overall minimum - 6.5
  • IELTS section minimum - 6.0

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Duration

4 years full-time.

Mode of delivery

Face to Face

Program code: 40246
CRICOS code: 102635E

For additional information about this degree you can refer to the pages for the corresponding single degrees:
Bachelor of Development Studies, and Bachelor of Communication

Program handbook

Description

Development, poverty, inequality and environmental sustainability are some of the most important issues in the world today. The combined Bachelor of Development Studies/Bachelor of Communication degrees will let you develop the capabilities needed to construct and present clear and effective narratives and arguments across written, visual, oral and multimedia forms, allowing you to speak up and record the stories of those who need to be heard. Through the program you will focus on key global issues in local, national or international contexts, while also pushing your creative boundaries, and gaining practical skills with access to the latest media technologies including our multi-camera television studio and radio and sound recording studios.


Details

Information correct as at23 Oct 2020 5:36 am
Program code40246
AQF level

Level 7 Bachelor Degree

Locations and UAC codes
Mode of delivery
  • Face to Face
Duration
  • Australian students - 4 years full-time or part-time equivalent.
  • International students - 4 years full-time.
Selection Rank
LocationSelection RankMedian

This program is new for 2020, there is currently no commencing student profile available.

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Assumed knowledgeA command of written and spoken English equivalent to that found in students exiting the New South Wales High School Certificate (HSC) at a pass level is assumed knowledge.
Term typeSemesters
Fees
  • International students - AUD32,045 (indicative annual fee, 2020)
    Indicative annual fees are based on a full year full time load (80 units) Find out more about fees
Managing faculty
  1. Faculty of Science
Contributing schools
  1. Newcastle Business School
  2. Wollotuka School of Aboriginal Studies
  3. School of Creative Industries
  4. School of Humanities and Social Science
  5. School of Environmental and Life Sciences
Relevant University rules and policies
CRICOS Code102635E

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Admission information

Admission requirements

Admission to this program is available to Australian students, residents and international students. Admission information for Australian students and residents is available online here. Admission information for international students can be found here. During the admission process adjustment factors may be applied to your Selection Rank. Please visit our website to see if you are eligible.

Minimum English language proficiency requirements

All Applicants must demonstrate that they meet the University’s English proficiency requirement. Further information regarding English language proficiency requirements can be found at the English Language Proficiency for Admission Policy here.


Credit transfer

If you wish to apply for credit for studies completed at another institution, or if you are changing programs within the University and wish to transfer your credit to the new program, visit the University's credit website for more information on applying for credit.


Academic requirements for program completion

Total units required

320 units

Program duration

4 years full-time or part-time equivalent up to 10 years maximum.

International students studying this program on campus are required to enrol full time to comply with their student visa requirements and complete their study in the standard minimum program duration. International students requiring enrolment advice should review the program plan corresponding to the semester and year of commencement and can contact their Program Advisor at ProgramAdvice@newcastle.edu.au

Program requirements

The Bachelor of Development Studies/Bachelor of Communication requires the successful completion of exactly 320 units comprised of the following:


Program structure

Students are advised to read their program handbook information in conjunction with the program plans for course sequence/enrolment advice. Please refer to the Program Plan for the year that you commenced, or transitioned into, this program - Program Plans are available above.

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Core Courses

Complete the following core courses

CodeTitleTerm / Location Units
ABOR1110Introduction to Aboriginal Studies
  • Semester 1 - 2020 (Callaghan)
  • Semester 1 - 2020 (Central Coast)
  • Semester 1 - 2020 (ONLINE)
  • Semester 2 - 2020 (Callaghan)
  • Semester 2 - 2020 (Central Coast)
  • Semester 2 - 2020 (ONLINE)
10 units
CMNS1000Digital and Social Media
  • Trimester 3 - 2020 (Singapore)
  • Semester 2 - 2020 (Callaghan)
10 units
CMNS1230Foundations of Media Production
  • Trimester 1 - 2020 (Singapore)
  • Semester 1 - 2020 (Callaghan)
  • Trimester 2 - 2020 (Singapore)
10 units
CMNS1234Media and Communication Concepts
  • Semester 1 - 2020 (Callaghan)
  • Trimester 3 - 2020 (Singapore)
10 units
ECON1002Macroeconomics in the Global Economy
  • Trimester 1 - 2020 (Singapore)
  • Semester 1 - 2020 (Newcastle City Precinct)
  • Trimester 2 - 2020 (Singapore)
  • Trimester 3 - 2020 (Singapore)
  • Semester 2 - 2020 (Central Coast)
  • Semester 2 - 2020 (Newcastle City Precinct)
10 units
ENVS1003Environmental Values and Ethics
  • Semester 2 - 2020 (Callaghan)
  • Semester 2 - 2020 (Central Coast)
10 units
GEOG1030Global Poverty and Development
  • Semester 1 - 2020 (Callaghan)
10 units
SOCA1010Society and Culture: A Sociological Introduction
  • Semester 1 - 2020 (Callaghan)
  • Semester 1 - 2020 (Central Coast)
  • Semester 1 - 2020 (ONLINE)
10 units
CMNS2600Audience Participation and Interaction
  • Trimester 1 - 2020 (Singapore)
  • Semester 1 - 2020 (Callaghan)
  • Trimester 3 - 2020 (Singapore)
10 units
CMNS2700Communication Research and Data Analytics
  • Trimester 2 - 2020 (Singapore)
  • Trimester 3 - 2020 (Singapore)
  • Semester 2 - 2020 (Callaghan)
10 units
CMNS2800Creative Industries Entrepreneurship
  • Trimester 1 - 2020 (Singapore)
  • Semester 1 - 2020 (Callaghan)
  • Trimester 2 - 2020 (Singapore)
10 units
GEOG2130Geographies of Development
  • Semester 2 - 2020 (Callaghan)
10 units
CMNS3310Communication, Creativity and Cultural Production
  • Trimester 2 - 2020 (Singapore)
  • Trimester 3 - 2020 (Singapore)
  • Semester 2 - 2020 (Newcastle City Precinct)
10 units
CMNS3320Global Trends in Media and Communication
  • Trimester 1 - 2020 (Singapore)
  • Semester 1 - 2020 (Callaghan)
10 units
GEOG3300Rethinking Development
  • Semester 2 - 2020 (Callaghan)
10 units

Dev Studies Directed Courses - 2000/3000 lev

Choose 10 units from the following directed courses

CodeTitleTerm / Location Units
ABOR2244Reconciling Australia's Colonial Past and Present
  • Semester 2 - 2020 (Callaghan)
  • Semester 2 - 2020 (ONLINE)
10 units
ENVS2002Environmental Legislation and Planning
  • Semester 1 - 2020 (Callaghan)
  • Semester 1 - 2020 (Central Coast)
10 units
ENVS2008The Sustainable Society
  • Semester 2 - 2020 (Callaghan)
10 units
GEOG2080Cities and Regions
  • Semester 1 - 2020 (Callaghan)
10 units
POLI2001Ideas in Political Science
  • Semester 2 - 2020 (Callaghan)
10 units
POLI2130Principles of Public Policy
  • Semester 1 - 2020 (Newcastle City Precinct)
10 units
POLI2140The Politics of GlobalisationNot currently offered10 units
POLI2160Global Power and World Order
  • Semester 1 - 2020 (Callaghan)
  • Semester 1 - 2020 (Newcastle City Precinct)
10 units
POLI2170Regime Change and Altered StatesNot currently offered10 units
POLI2200The Global Politics of Indigenous People
  • Semester 2 - 2020 (Callaghan)
10 units
POLI2203International Political Economy and Global Development
  • Semester 1 - 2020 (Newcastle City Precinct)
10 units
SOCA2400Future Societies: Beyond Capitalist Globalization
  • Semester 1 - 2020 (Callaghan)
  • Semester 1 - 2020 (Central Coast)
10 units
SOCS2400Applied Social Research
  • Semester 2 - 2020 (Callaghan)
  • Semester 2 - 2020 (Central Coast)
10 units
SCIE3600International Study Experience
  • Summer 2 - 2020 (Callaghan)
10 units

Honours

An Honours year is available to students as a separate program in the form of an additional year to those who meet the entry requirements.

For more information about the Bachelor of Development Studies (Honours) please see: https://www.newcastle.edu.au/degrees/bachelor-of-development-studies-honours

For more information about the Bachelor of Communication (Honours) please see: https://www.newcastle.edu.au/degrees/bachelor-of-communication-honours


Additional information

All students can access free academic skills and support provided by Academic Learning Support through the Pathways and Academic Learning Support Centre.

Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander students can draw on the assistance and support provided by the Indigenous Student Support and Development service through The Wollotuka Institute.


International students

All International Students enrolled in the program will be provided with an orientation to familiarise them with the rules, expectations, facilities and services offered by the University. Please visit our International Students website to find out more about the support services available to international students.


Additional support

AccessAbility provides advice and reasonable adjustments to Students with a medical or health condition or disability. If you require adjustments to undertake your program, contact the Student Support Advisors - AccessAbility before semester or early in the semester. They will work with the Faculty or School to ensure that this happens in a timely manner.

Please note: All students must fulfil the inherent requirements of the programs and courses they are undertaking. While reasonable adjustments can be made, these adjustments cannot compromise academic integrity. It is the student's responsibility to check all the requirements of courses, and consider the effects of any medical condition or disability on their ability to complete course requirements. More information is available online.