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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.
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 program 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.
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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.
Applicants for this program must satisfy a minimum English Language Proficiency Standard equivalent to an IELTS overall minimum of 6.5 with no subtest result below 6.0.
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
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
The Bachelor of Development Studies/Bachelor of Communication requires the successful completion of exactly 320 units comprised of the following:
- 150 units of Core Courses
- 80 unit Development Studies major, chosen from the Bachelor of Development Studies program handbook
- 80 unit Communication major, chosen from the Bachelor of Communication program handbook
- 10 unit Development Studies Directed Course
Download a program plan for further details on what you will study. Please refer to the program plan for the year that you commenced or transitioned into this program.
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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Complete the following core courses.
|Code||Title||Term / Location||Units|
|ABOR1110||Introduction to Aboriginal Studies||10 units|
|CIND1004||Creative Collaborations||10 units|
|CMNS1000||Digital and Social Media||10 units|
|CMNS1234||Media and Communication Concepts||10 units|
|ECON1002||Macroeconomics in the Global Economy||10 units|
|ENVS1003||Environmental Values and Ethics||10 units|
|GEOG1030||Global Poverty and Development||10 units|
|SOCA1010||Society and Culture: A Sociological Introduction||10 units|
|CIND2003||Strategic Creativity||10 units|
|CMNS2600||Audience Participation and Interaction||10 units|
|DESN2002||Design Thinking and Innovation||10 units|
|GEOG2130||Geographies of Development||10 units|
|CMNS3310||Communication, Creativity and Cultural Production||10 units|
|GEOG3300||Rethinking Development||10 units|
Dev Studies Directed Courses
Complete 10 units from the following Directed courses.
|Code||Title||Term / Location||Units|
|ABOR2244||Reconciling Australia's Colonial Past and Present||10 units|
|ENVS2002||Environmental Legislation and Planning||10 units|
|ENVS2008||The Sustainable Society||10 units|
|GEOG2080||Cities and Regions||10 units|
|POLI2001||Ideas in Political Science||10 units|
|POLI2200||The Global Politics of Indigenous People||Not currently offered||10 units|
|POLI2203||International Political Economy and Global Development||10 units|
|SOCA2400||Future Societies: Beyond Capitalist Globalization||10 units|
|SOCS2400||Applied Social Research||10 units|
|SCIE3600||International Study Experience||10 units|
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
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.
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.
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 College 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.
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