2020 Undergraduate Courses
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Bachelor of Journalism - Bachelor of International Studies | 2020

Testamur Title of Degree:

Bachelor of Journalism - Bachelor of International Studies



UOW Course Code:




Total Credit Points:

Minimum of 216


4.5 years full-time or part-time equivalent

Home Faculty:

Faculty of the Arts, Social Sciences and Humanities

Intake Session(s):


Delivery Mode:


Delivery Campus / UAC Code:

Wollongong / 751666

Additional Information:

Course Finder


Combining a Bachelor of Journalism degree with a Bachelor of International Studies will allow you to explore global issues as you develop the skills needed to effectively research and communicate these stories on a global scale, across national, cultural and linguistic barriers.

The Bachelor of Journalism provides in-depth hands-on training in journalism, converging media (radio, TV, web, phone, tablet), digital communication and multimedia storytelling. It has a strong professional focus, with an emphasis on practical learning with studio-based studies in multimedia content production. You will learn to research, produce and present entertaining and timely stories through video, audio, print and digital technologies including podcasting and webcasting, working both independently and collaboratively.

International Studies is the analysis, appreciation and understanding of the diversity of the global community. It examines the relationships of politics, society, culture, language, and history in a range of countries. From climate change and global inequalities to international conflict and the movement of refugees, we understand global challenges mainly through journalism and the media.

Entry Requirements

Academic requirements and English requirements are available from the Course Finder.

Course Learning Outcomes

A number of the course learning outcomes in each of these degrees complement and consolidate outcomes in the partner degree. Applied across two discipline areas, the outcomes are achieved at a broader and more comprehensive level.

The outcomes, which are common and consolidated in this joint degree, ensure that on successful completion of the course students will be able to:

CLO Description
1 Apply a principle-based approach to disciplinary work and global citizenship;
2 Employ a wide range of sources to disciplinary analysis;
3 Communicate effectively to a range of audiences.

Please refer to the Course Handbook page of each individual degree for a comprehensive list of degree course learning outcomes.

Course Structure

To qualify for the award of this degree, students must complete a minimum of 216 credit points comprised of the following:

  1. 84 credit points of core subjects for the Bachelor of Journalism;
  2. 24 credit points of core subjects for the Bachelor of International Studies;
  3. A minimum of a minor in a language other than English (24 credit points) (students may elect to take a major in a language;
  4. One of the majors listed for the Bachelor of International Studies (48 credit points);
  5. If required, elective subjects to bring the total number of credit points completed to 216;
  6. No more than 90 credit points at 100 level.

Note: Students must achieve a clear pass in the core 300 level subjects.


Students completing this degree will complete one of the majors chosen from the Bachelor of International Studies.


Students enrolled in this degree are required to take at least one minor in a language other than English, and may be eligible to complete another minor provided they meet the requirements.

Information regarding minors, including which subjects to take to complete a minor, are available on the 2020 General Schedule of Minors page.

Minor studies consist of a minimum of 24 credit points of which no more than 12 credit points at 100 level can be counted.

Minors appear on the transcript (academic record), but do not appear on the testamur. To have a minor study recorded, students must submit an Application to Declare or Change Intended Major/Minor.

Students studying this degree cannot take a Journalism minor.

Compulsory Work Placement / Online Components 

Undertaking a work integrated learning (WIL) experience during your university education is now a significant contributor to being competitive in securing employment in your field of choice when you graduate from UOW.

This course contains a minimum of 70 hours of compulsory work-based placements. This course may also contain compulsory components to be completed online.

Students in the Bachelor of Journalism will complete this placement in the Journalism Internship subject, JRNL304, in their final year. This subject provides students with the opportunity to apply the skills acquired during their university subjects as an internship with a professional media organisation. Students will be required to work in the newsroom (or other suitable work environment). Students who obtain a position in a newsroom will be required to work under the direction of a chief of staff, news director or other nominated person. They will be expected to research, write and, where necessary, produce audio and video stories to deadline. This may be daily, weekly or monthly, depending on the publication/broadcast deadlines of the publication/program they are working for. Students who obtain work experience in a cognate field will be required to produce content (speeches, information packs, media releases, or other documents). Again, they will work under the direction of a nominated employee.


Honours is a fourth year of study that provides training in independent research. Students who complete the double degree with the required academic standard are encouraged to proceed to the Bachelor of International Studies (Honours). Please refer to the  handbook page for further information about this degree and entry requirements.

Other Information

INDS208 Working with Indigenous Communities is an elective subject available to all students. INDS208 fosters work skills, cultural competency and develops student awareness of Indigenous knowledges and community practices.

The Faculty may impose quotas on subjects to ensure optimal class sizes.

Further information is available via email: askuow@uow.edu.au

Last reviewed: 23 July, 2020