Undergraduate study in Communication and Social 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 need to pass at least 135 points (nine courses) towards the major.

You must pass the following courses as part of your major:

  • Three courses: COMMS 102, 212, 313
  • One course from: ENVSCI 101, GENDER 101, POLITICS 106, SOCIOL 100
  • Two courses from: COMMS 204, 213, MEDIA 231, PHIL 225, POLITICS 222, 229, SOCIOL 210, 229
  • Three courses from: COMMS 304, 312, 314, 315, 316, 321, GENDER 301, MEDIA 332, PHIL 345, POLITICS 313, SOCIOL 333

You also need to pass the following core courses for your Bachelor of

  • Three courses: COMMS 100, 101, PHIL 104
  • One course from: 15 points from DRAMA 100, LINGUIST 100, 101, SCIGEN 101
  • Two courses: COMMS 207, 210
  • Two courses from: COMMS 307, 311, 320, 322


Explore the undergraduate courses you can take. Students normally take Stage I courses in their first year, Stage II in their second and Stage III in their third.

Stage I courses
Stage II courses
Stage III courses

Scholarships and awards

Help and advice

Our friendly staff will provide you with advice on planning your degree and enrolling in your courses at Student Hubs.

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

You can learn more about BC career paths and opportunities on our Graduate Careers page.

Explore our Stage III internship course and industry placements here. 

Discussing the Bachelor of Communication

Associate Professor Luke Goode and Dr Bingjuan Xiong talk about the BC and what students can look forward to studying.