Undergraduate study in Communication and Social Change

*We’re planning to launch the Bachelor of Communication in 2022. However, the programme is currently going through regulatory approval and details may change.

What you can study in Communication and Social Change

You will explore how forms of public communication, such as news, social media and awareness campaigns, shape attitudes, engagement and behaviour.

You will also look at how language, media narratives and public understanding have evolved over time in relation to social issues such as the marginalisation of groups in society, environmental challenges, and global and societal trends.

Structuring your major in Communication and Social Change

Communication and Social Change is a major in the Bachelor of Communication.*

You will complete core courses in Communication and Social Change and in Communication more broadly. You will also complete one module, two General Education courses, and one Elective course.


Stage I courses

  • COMMS 100 Communication, Technology and Culture
  • COMMS 101 Understanding Communication in Māori and Pacific Worlds
  • COMMS 102 Communication and Social Change
  • PHIL 104 Ethics and Justice

Stage II courses

  • COMMS 207 Communication Research Methods
  • COMMS 210 Practicing Communication in Māori and Pacific Worlds
  • COMMS 212 Narratives of Social Change

Stage III courses

  • COMMS 313 Principles and Practices of Social Communication

The full course selection for the Bachelor of Communication will be available by early October 2021.

Scholarships and awards

Help and advice

For help with planning your degree and enrolling in your courses, please contact the Arts Students' Centre.

If you would like to find out more about studying Communication and Social Change, you can contact our Undergraduate Adviser.