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  • Objectives
    Do you want to develop a broad range of critical thinking, research and communication knowledge and skills? Do you want a broad range of career options open to you upon graduation? If you know how meanings are made and circulated in a culture and how that relates to the way in which social and political powers operate, you better understand how you are positioned in a cultural structure and can use that knowledge to your advantage. This course focuses on the theory and practice of communication and society’s representation of itself in a variety of media and other cultural forms. Through the course, you will gain a substantial grounding in the production, publishing, analysis and criticism of print and non-print texts, performance and creative production, as well as an in-depth understanding of modern culture. You will acquire a critical intellectual development through rigorous thinking and thoughtful reading. Both theoretical and practical subjects are offered in this course. You can choose to specialise in Creative Writing, Literary and Cultural Studies, Performance Studies or Professional Writing and Publishing, or in a combination of these areas. You can also choose to undertake subjects taught in other areas of the University, such as film and television, journalism, marketing, multimedia and public relations.
  • Entry requirements
    TEE English or English Literature
  • Academic Title
    Bachelor of Arts (Communication and Cultural Studies)
  • Course description
    Bachelor of Arts (Communication and Cultural Studies)

    BA(Curtin)

    Course CRICOS Code: 050349A
    Registered full-time Duration for International Onshore Students on student visas: 3 Years

    Introduction

    This course allows disciplinary and interdisciplinary offerings in the areas of: Creative Writing, the theoretical base and practices of creative writing; Literary and Cultural Studies, how literary texts articulate cultural values and contemporary cultural theories; Professional Writing and Publishing, professional communicators in a wide range of fields and the meanings these have in cultures, skills, roles and contexts of publishing; and Performance Studies, the practice, history and theory of theatre.

    Course Entry Requirements/Prerequisites

    English course, TEE English or English Literature.

    Specific Requirements

    STAT elements considered are E and V.

    Recognition of Prior Learning

    Applications for recognition of prior learning are assessed on an individual basis.

    Duration and Availability

    The course is three years' full-time or equivalent part-time study.

    Course Organisation

    The course structure enables the combination of a variety of major and minor sequences relevant to a wide range of employment opportunities and to further study. The following discipline majors are available: Creative Writing, Cultural Studies, Performance Studies, Professional Writing and Publishing. Students select one or two majors, one of which must be a discipline major. Students may undertake up to six units from outside the Department of Communication and Cultural Studies. Those studying majors outside of the Department may also, with approval, undertake an additional two units. Any units undertaken outside the Department must, in addition to the approval of the area teaching the unit, also be approved by the Department.

    Additional Course Expenses

    Students may be expected to purchase a number of textbooks, readers and other essential study materials.

    Further Information

    Contact the Faculty of Humanities. See also Communication and Cultural Studies/Commerce (double degree), Communication and Cultural Studies/Media andInformation (double degree) and Communication and Cultural Studies/Secondary Education (double degree).

    Combined Degree Information

    Communication and Cultural Studies may be combined with Commerce, Media and Information, Secondary Education, Social Science.

    Course Structure Disclaimer
    Curtin University reserves the right to alter the internal composition of any course to ensure learning outcomes retain maximum relevance. Any changes to the internal composition of a course will protect the right of students to complete the course within the normal timeframe and will not result in additional cost to students through a requirement to undertake additional units.

    Course Structure                                                                                     Hrs/Wk     Credit

    Majors, Streams or Other Core Components

    300360     v.3           Creative Writing Minor                                                                 100.0
          OR
    300363     v.4           Literary and Cultural Studies Minor                                             100.0
          OR
    301758     v.3           Professional Writing and Publishing Minor                                   100.0
          OR
    301759     v.4           Performance Studies Minor                                                          100.0
    303476     v.2           Creative Writing Major                                                                 200.0
          OR
    310516     v.1           Literary and Cultural Studies Major                                             200.0
          OR
    303554     v.2           Performance Studies Major                                                         200.0
          OR
    303555     v.3           Professional Writing and Publishing Major                                   200.0
                                     SELECT ELECTIVE UNITS TO THE TOTAL VALUE OF:                     150.0
                                                                                                                                         450.0

    Year 1 Semester 1

    301011     v.2           Cultures, Identities, Texts 111                                          3.0     25.0
                                                                                                                                         25.0

    Year 1 Semester 2

    301012     v.3           Literary and Cultural Studies 111                                     3.0     25.0
                                                                                                                                        25.0

    Year 2 Semester 1

    301013     v.3           Cultures, Identities, Texts 211                                         3.0     25.0
                                                                                                                                        25.0

    Year 2 Semester 2

    301014     v.3           Cultures, Identities, Texts 212                                         3.0     25.0
                                                                                                                                        25.0

    Year 3 Semester 1

    301015     v.3           Cultures, Identities, Texts 311                                         3.0     25.0
                                                                                                                                        25.0

    Year 3 Semester 2
    301016     v.2           Cultures, Identities, Texts 312                                         3.0     25.0
                                                                                                                                        25.0

    #              The topic selected for the minor must be different to that selected for the major
    *              Students select one major and one minor
    ^              Students intending to study either the Film or Journalism Studies streams must undertake the Communication and Cultural Studies Major

    Availability
    Year      Location                 Period              Internal    
    2009     Bentley Campus     Semester 1           Y                 
    2009     Bentley Campus     Semester 2           Y                 

    The information displayed above refers to study periods and locations where the course is available for first time entry. Students are normally only offered or admitted to a course once.

    *The course itself may not be available either solely internally or externally but individual units may be offered in either or both of those modes. Prospective students should contact the Course Coordinator for further information.

    ^Course and associated units are offered in this mode permitting International Onshore student enrolment.

    #Course and associated units are offered in this online only mode and DO NOT permit International Onshore student enrolment.

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