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Monash University Handbook 2010 Undergraduate - Course

This course entry should be read in conjunction with information provided in the 'Faculty information' section of this Handbook by the Faculty of Arts

Managing facultyArts
Abbreviated titleBComn
CRICOS code018367K
Total credit points required144
Standard duration of study (years)3 years FT, 6 years PT
Study mode and locationOn-campus (Sunway)
Contact details

Head of Arts: Professor James Chin, email ; Course coordinator: Dr Andrew Ng, email; Course manager: Kevin Tan, email


  • Students have a maximum of eight years to complete this course.


This degree aims to develop an a understanding of the role of communication in modern society through studies of the application of communications theory to the corporate sector, the role of culture and social structures in social change, global trends and their local impact, and contemporary writing practices. Students undertake compulsory studies in communications, international studies and writing as well as a range of electives. In addition, students will undertake a range of elective units from the Faculty of Arts or other faculties.


This professionally-oriented program with an international focus provides students with skills that can be utilised in areas such as mass media, public affairs and corporate communication.


This course consists of a compulsory communication major and an arts minor, with additional studies chosen from a variety of disciplines.

Areas of study

For information on arts majors and minors, refer to the 'Areas of study' section in this Handbook at


Students must complete at least 144 points:

(a.) a communication major of eight units (48 points)

(b.) an arts minor (24 points)

(c.) at least three first-year arts sequences. Current unit offerings are:

Students must complete across the duration of the course:

  • at least 96 points of arts units
  • a minimum of 36 points at third-year (including those completed in the communications major sequence)
  • no more than 10 units (60 points) at a first-year level.

Arts electives

  • COM2418 Digital culture and new reading practices
  • COM2419 The cyborg subject: Identity and subjectivity in the 21st century
  • COM3420 Communication research methods
  • FTV1010 Contemporary television studies
  • FTV1050 Contemporary films studies
  • JCS2602 Journalism and the law
  • JRN2201 Online journalism
  • JRN2203 Video Journalism
  • JRN3301 Economic reporting
  • JRN3303 Investigating reporting
  • JRN3305 Reporting sport and culture
  • MAL1000 Malaysian studies
  • MUS1000 Asian music and popular culture
  • MUS1040 American music and popular culture
  • PRL2003 Public relation theories and processes
  • WMN2150/WMN3150 Rethinking global culture: Gender and consumption
  • WMN2240/WMN3240 Introduction to contemporary feminist theory


Bachelor of Communication