Honours in Communication and Media Studies

Honours in Communication and Media Studies develops your understanding of the field and your capacity to contribute to this field. It introduces you to sophisticated disciplinary concepts and texts while developing your theoretical, creative and practical media skills. You will work on an original major research project, involving the development of research skills, including preparation of research proposals and critical bibliographies, acquisition of research materials and consideration of method. You will also develop a range of communication skills. Successful completion of an honours degree in Communication and Media Studies will be very valuable in areas such as journalism, the media, advertising, public relations, multimedia production, public administration, business, government and education, as well as preparing you for postgraduate research.

Outcomes: Students are able to (1) demonstrate coherent and advanced knowledge of key theories and methods in communication and media studies; (2) have cognitive and technical skills to demonstrate a broad understanding of empirical and theoretical concepts in communication and media studies; (3) demonstrate ability to critically review, analyse, consolidate and synthesize knowledge with with intellectual independence to provide understanding of complex problems and issues in communication and media studies; (4) identify, plan and implement an original research project or creative work in communication and media studies, including appropriate ethical issues; and (5) produce high-level oral and written communication appropriate to the discipline.

Entry requirements: the equivalent of a UWA weighted average mark of at least 70 per cent in the Level 3 units of the Communication and Media Studies major.

Intake periods: Beginning of year and mid-year

Honours sequence

Key to availability of units:
S1 = Semester 1; S2 = Semester 2; N/A = not available in 2018

Note: Units that are indicated as N/A may be available in 2019 or 2020.

See the Discipline Honours Handbook for details on semester study patterns.

Take all units (30 points):

2017 mid year commencing students refer to the 2017 handbook.

AvailabilityUnit codeUnit nameUnit rules
S1, S2SOCS4100Honours Research Skills
Incompatibility:
COMM4101 Concepts in Communication, COMM7481 Honours Seminar 1 (Communication Studies)
S1, S2SOCS4140Honours Dissertation 1
S1, S2SOCS4141Honours Dissertation 2
Prerequisites:
SOCS4140 Honours Dissertation 1
Group A—take unit(s) to the value of 18 points:
AvailabilityUnit codeUnit nameUnit rules
N/ACOMM4102Media, Representation, Culture
Incompatibility:
COMM7482 Honours Seminar 2 (Communication Studies)
S2COMM4104Public Communication
Incompatibility:
COMM7484 Honours Seminar 4 (Communication Studies)
S1COMM4105Research Methods in Media and Communication
S2COMM4106Advanced Topics in Media and Communication
S2COMM5604Media Governance