University of Technology Sydney (UTS)

Bachelor of Communication (Social and Political Sciences) / Bachelor of International Studies

University of Technology Sydney (UTS)

Type of institution: University/Higher Education Institution
Level: Undergraduate
CRICOS: 00099F

The course combines a professional degree with immersion in another language and culture, enhancing professional training and career options. This combined degree seeks to augment the value of social and political sciences by broadening awareness and understanding of another language and culture. Social and political sciences come to life in the contemporary world through communication - inter-personal and community, and more widely in society and the global public sphere. This cross-disciplinary course investigates society, explores current issues, and questions implications of change and progress in the global community. Students undertake professional studies as well as social, cultural and communication theory and practice so they can ask questions, research issues, develop advocacy skills and develop effective communication strategies. Combining social, political, historical and philosophical perspectives on how societies work, the course provides students with practical skills in qualitative and quantitative social research methods. Students learn how to understand social issues and how to think through ways of making a difference; how to research, communicate and plan contributions to national and international debates. The course equips students with the knowledge and skills to be involved in diverse organisations engaging with social change.


Students must complete 240 credit points consisting of 24 credit points of core subjects, a 48-credit-point major and potential 48-credit-point second major (subject to application), 24 credit points of cross-disciplinary electives and a 96-credit-point country major choice. Students who do not meet the requirements to study the second major complete 48 credit points of electives. Students spend their fourth year of study at a university overseas.


  • Citizenship
  • Communication
  • Digital literacies
  • Language and culture
  • Politics
  • Social and political sciences

Standard entry requirements

  • Australian Year 12 qualification, AQF Diploma, or equivalent qualification. Assumed knowledge: Any 2 units of English and computer literacy. There are no prior language requirements for the international studies program. Entry level to the various language and culture programs depends upon students' prior knowledge of the relevant language. Students are admitted to the international studies program with no guarantee of entry to a specific country major, although every effort is made to meet their preferences. The English proficiency requirement for international students or local applicants with international qualifications is: Academic IELTS: 6.5 overall with a writing score of 6.0
  • Or TOEFL: paper based: 550-583 overall with TWE of 4.5, internet based: 79-93 overall with a writing score of 21
  • Or AE5: Pass
  • Or PTE: 58-64
  • Or CAE: 176-184.

Study pathways

The Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences has established credit recognition packages with the following institutions for the courses listed: INSEARCH UTS: Diploma of Communication Nanyang Polytechnic, Singapore: Diploma in Media Studies and Management Temasek Polytechnic, Singapore: Diploma in Communication and Media Management Ngee Ann Polytechnic, Singapore: Diploma in Mass Communication.

Further information

Career options include advocacy in environmental, Indigenous, human rights and overseas development organisations, and trade unions; policy research, analysis and program management in government; management in social services and welfare, including women's, migrant and indigenous programs; research in think-tanks and academia.

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