- 2019


Minor / Major

Commencement year

This area of study entry applies to students commencing this course in 2019 and should be read in conjunction with the relevant course entry in the Handbook.

Any units listed for this area of study relate only to the 'Requirements' outlined in the component of any bachelors double degrees.

Unit codes that are not linked to their entry in the Handbook are not available for study in the current year.

Managing faculty

Faculty of Arts

Offered by

School of Media, Film and Journalism


Associate Professor Gil-Soo Han

Contact details

CommunicationsCommunications (http://future.arts.monash.edu/ug-communications/)


Caulfield Clayton

The communications and media studies program focuses on new media and the dynamic changes in media and communication industries. We examine the organisation, processes and effects of traditional and new communications technologies such as print, television, film, electronic and digital media, and the complex relationships between audiences, producers and policy-makers.

Students learn to critically analyse the media and learn about the structure of communications industries and the relations between media, culture and power. Communications theory is an integral part of the discipline, coupled with an investigation of the practices, technologies and processes that make up modern media. The program offers an international approach, examining communications in national and international contexts. It prepares you to work across the public and private sectors, and a wide range of communications industries.


Communications and media studies is listed in A2000 Bachelor of Arts at Caulfield and Clayton as a major or a minor, and in A0502 Diploma of Liberal Arts at Caulfield and Clayton as a major.


In addition to achieving the broad outcomes of their course, students successfully completing this major will be able to:

  • articulate an advanced understanding of the historical and interrelated disciplines of communications and media studies
  • apply core theoretical concepts of communications and media studies to specific debates in contemporary society


Major requirements (48 points)

No more than 12 points at level 1 may be credited to the majormajor (http://www.monash.edu.au/pubs/2019handbooks/undergrad/arts-07.html) and at least 18 points must be at level 3.

Students complete:

  1. Two level 1 gateway unitsgateway units (http://www.monash.edu.au/pubs/2019handbooks/undergrad/arts-08.html) (12 points)
  2. Two level 2 cornerstone unitscornerstone units (http://www.monash.edu.au/pubs/2019handbooks/undergrad/arts-08.html) (12 points) chosen from:
    • ATS2436 New media: From the telegraph to Twitter
    • ATS2439 Youth media: Understanding media research
    • ATS2440 The public sphere
  3. One level 3 capstone unitcapstone unit (http://www.monash.edu.au/pubs/2019handbooks/undergrad/arts-08.html) (6 points) chosen from:
    • ATS3732 Communications and media studies: Contemporary debates
    • ATS3954 Media industry project
  4. Three units (18 points) from the remaining (cornerstone and capstone units or electives) with at least two units at level 3.

Minor requirements (24 points)

No more than 12 points at level 1 may be credited towards the minorminor (http://www.monash.edu.au/pubs/2019handbooks/undergrad/arts-07.html).

Students complete:

  1. Two level 1 gateway unitsgateway units (http://www.monash.edu.au/pubs/2019handbooks/undergrad/arts-08.html) (12 points):
  2. Two level 2 or 3 units (12 points) as listed within the major including cornerstones, capstones and electives. It is a highly recommended that students complete a level 2 unit before enrolling in a level 3 unit.

Elective list

Units are 6 points unless otherwise stated.

  • ATS2250Not offered in 2019 Communications and cultures in the global era
  • ATS2280 Video games: Industry and culture
  • ATS2324 Climate change communication
  • ATS2457 Crime, media and culture
  • ATS2538 Film and television institutions
  • ATS2561 Sex and the media
  • ATS2784 News and power
  • ATS3221 The music industries
  • ATS3445 Communications ethics, policy and law
  • ATS3531Not offered in 2019 Gender and sexuality in film and television
  • ATS3760 Global communications
  • ATS3824Not offered in 2019 Popular music and society
  • ATS3897 Borderless media in East Asia
  • ATS3935 Professional practice

International study tours

  • ATS2295/ATS3295 Screening contemporary Europe
  • ATS2315/ATS3315 Journalism and global change in Europe
  • ATS3795Not offered in 2019 Global correspondent

Intending honours students

Students intending to enter honours in this area of study must have completed a major in the discipline, with a minimum of 24 points at level 3 to be eligible.

Relevant courses


  • A0502 Diploma of Liberal Arts


Single degrees

Successful completion of the minor or major can be counted towards meeting the requirements for the following single degree:*

Students in other single bachelor's degrees may be eligible to complete the minor or major by using 24 or 48 points of their free electives.

Double degrees

Successful completion of the minor or major can be counted towards meeting the requirements for the Bachelor of Arts component in the following double degrees:*

  • A2004 Bachelor of Arts and Bachelor of Music
  • A2005 Bachelor of Arts and Bachelor of Fine Art
  • B2019 Bachelor of Business and Bachelor of Arts
  • B2020 Bachelor of Commerce and Bachelor of Arts
  • B2038 Bachelor of International Business and Bachelor of Arts
  • B2039 Bachelor of Marketing and Bachelor of Arts
  • B2046 Bachelor of Business Administration and Bachelor of Arts
  • C2002 Bachelor of Information Technology and Bachelor of Arts
  • D3002 Bachelor of Education (Honours) and Bachelor of Arts
  • E3002 Bachelor of Engineering (Honours) and Bachelor of Arts
  • L3003 Bachelor of Laws (Honours) and Bachelor of Arts
  • S2006 Bachelor of Science and Bachelor of Arts

* Students cannot complete both the minor and major in the same area of study.