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Key to the tables

P Prerequisite: Course(s) you must complete to a defined standard (or have waived) before your enrolment in another course is confirmed.

C Corequisite: Course(s) that must be completed in the same semester as another course, unless already passed or waived.

R Restriction: Similar courses, that cannot both be credited to the same qualification.

The Degree of Bachelor of Communication
BC

Qualification Regulations

Part I

These regulations are to be read in conjunction with all other Statutes and Regulations of the University including General Regulations for Undergraduate Degrees, Undergraduate Diplomas, Undergraduate Certificates, Graduate Diplomas, and Graduate Certificates.

Part II

Admission

1. Admission to the Bachelor of Communication requires that the candidate will meet the University admission requirements as specified.

Qualification Requirements

2. Candidates for the Bachelor of Communication shall follow a flexible programme of study, which shall consist of courses totalling at least 360 credits comprising:

(a) not more than 165 credits at 100 level;

(b) at least 75 credits at 300 level;

(c) at least 300 credits from the Schedule for the Degree of Bachelor of Communication;

and including:

(d) the core communication courses listed in Part A of the Bachelor of Communication Schedule;

(e) one major (120 credits) and one minor (60 credits) in accordance with the combinations specified in Regulations 4 and 5;

(f) the remaining courses (60 credits) from any undergraduate degree of the University.

Specialisations

3. Candidates must complete a major by passing at least 120 credits in a major. The requirements for each major are set out in Part B of the Schedule for the Qualification.

4. Candidates must complete a minor by passing at least 60 credits in a minor. The requirements for each minor are set out in Part B of the Schedule for the Qualification.

5. Candidates completing a major in Communication Management, Journalism, Marketing Communication or Public Relations must complete a minor in Expressive Arts, International Languages, Linguistics, Media Studies, or composite Expressive Arts/Media Studies.

6. Candidates completing a major in Expressive Arts, Linguistics, Media Studies or composite Expressive Arts/Media Studies must complete a minor in Communication Management, Journalism, Marketing Communication or Public Relations.

7. No course may be credited to both a major and a minor.

Completion Requirements

8. The timeframes for completion as outlined in the General Regulations for Undergraduate Degrees, Undergraduate Diplomas, Undergraduate Certificates, Graduate Diplomas and Graduate Certificates will apply.

9. Candidates may be graduated when they meet the Admission, Qualification and Academic requirements within the prescribed timeframes; candidates who do not meet the requirements for graduation may, subject to the approval of Academic Board, be awarded the Diploma in Communication, or the Graduate Diploma in Business Studies endorsed in Communication Management or the Diploma in Arts should they meet the relevant Qualification requirements.

Unsatisfactory Academic Progress

10. The general Unsatisfactory Academic Progress regulations will apply.

Transitional Provisions

11. Candidates who commenced the Bachelor of Communication prior to 1 January 2017 and who have completed at least 45 credits towards the Journalism Studies major, or at least 15 credits towards the Journalism minor, may complete this major or minor in accordance with the regulations in place at the time of their first enrolment. These transition arrangements expire at the end of 2019.

12. Candidates enrolled in the Bachelor of Communication prior to 1 January 2017 who have completed at least 45 credits towards the Linguistics major may be permitted variation in excess of the stated limits in order to complete the requirements of the major. These transitional arrangements expire on 31 December 2019.

13. Candidates enrolled in the Bachelor of Communication prior to 1 January 2019 who have already completed the core course 219.107 may be permitted to substitute this for the compulsory course 219.108. These transitional arrangements expire on 31 December 2025.

14. Candidates enrolled in the Bachelor of Communication prior to 1 January 2019 who have completed at least 45 credits towards the Media Studies major or minor or Composite Expressive Arts/Media Studies major may be permitted to substitute a course or courses already completed for a course or courses at the same level included in the Media Studies Schedule. These transitional arrangements expire on 31 December 2022.

15. Subject to the Maximum Time to Completion and Abandonment of Studies provisions specified in the Part I regulations for the degree, candidates enrolled in the Bachelor of Communication prior to 1 January 2019 who have completed at least 30 credits towards the Journalism Studies Major or 15 credits towards the Journalism Studies Minor, may be permitted to substitute courses already completed for courses at the same level, including compulsory courses, in order to complete the requirements of the Journalism Major or Minor. All candidates previously enrolled in the Journalism Studies major or minor who are yet to complete will from January 2019 enrol in the Journalism major of minor. These transitional arrangements expire on 31 December 2021.

Schedule for the Bachelor of Communication

Part A: Core courses

115.116 Introduction to Marketing 15 credits R 115.104
139.133 Creative Communication 15 credits  
154.101 Introduction to Media Studies 15 credits  
172.131 Language and Communication 15 credits  
219.100 Introduction to Business Communication 15 credits R 114.100, 114.253, 219.203
219.101 Media Skills 15 credits  
219.108 Introduction to Journalism 15 credits  
230.111 Tū Kupu: Writing and Inquiry 15 credits R 230.100, 119.155, 119.177, 237.130, 247.155, 250.100, 247.177

Part B: Specialisations

Majors

Communication Management (120 credits)

Compulsory courses (30 credits from)

219.206 Communication and Technological Change 15 credits R 114.263, 14.263
219.303 Organisational Communication 15 credits R 114.353

At least 15 credits from

219.304 Cross-Cultural Communication 15 credits R 114.354
219.307 Interpersonal Communication 15 credits R 219.201,114.261,14.352

No more than 45 credits from

219.205 Professional Presentations in Business 15 credits R 114.285
219.207 Writing for Public Relations and Digital Media 15 credits  
219.209 Public Relations Practice 15 credits  

At least 30 credits from

219.302 Gender and Communication in Organisations 15 credits R 114.358
219.304 Cross-Cultural Communication 15 credits R 114.354
219.307 Interpersonal Communication 15 credits R 219.201,114.261,14.352
219.310 Speech Writing 15 credits  
219.311 Communication Internship 15 credits P 219.2xx or 156.2xx and Permission of Head of School

Expressive Arts (120 credits)

No more than 60 credits from

139.209 Speaking: Theory and Practice 15 credits  
139.220 Theatre for Change 15 credits  
139.223 Creative Processes 15 credits  
139.224 Making Plays for Theatre 15 credits  
139.225 Writing for Children 15 credits  
139.229 Writing Poetry 15 credits P 139.123 or 139.133
139.280 Creative Nonfiction: Creative Writing II 15 credits R 139.327
139.285 Fiction Writing 15 credits  
154.204 Digital Media Production I 15 credits  
154.224 Documentary (Non-Fiction) Film 15 credits  

At least 60 credits from

139.303 Modern Drama 15 credits  
139.320 Theatre in Production 15 credits  
139.323 Script Writing 15 credits  
139.326 Travel Writing 15 credits  
139.329 Advanced Fiction Writing 15 credits P 139.123 or 139.133 and any 200-level 139-prefix course
139.333 Creativity in the Community 15 credits P Any one of 139.123, 139.104, 139.133, 154.204, or 139.223
139.340 The Publishing Project 15 credits P Any 200-level course with a 139 prefix or 219.202
139.362 Oceanic Literatures of Aotearoa: Ngā Tuhinga Kōrero o te Moana nui a Kiwa 15 credits  
139.374 Tragedy 15 credits  
139.381 Advanced Studies in Creative Writing 15 credits  
139.386 Life Writing 15 credits R 139.226
154.304 Digital Media Production II 15 credits P 154.204

Journalism (120 credits)

Compulsory courses (90 credits from)

154.204 Digital Media Production I 15 credits  
219.204 News Media and Society 15 credits R 114.264
219.223 Advanced News Reporting 15 credits P 219.231, 154.204
219.231 News Media Reporting 15 credits P 219.108
219.325 Journalism and Politics 15 credits P 219.231, 219.223
219.335 Media Law and Ethics 15 credits R 219.331

At least 30 credits from

139.340 The Publishing Project 15 credits P Any 200-level course with a 139 prefix or 219.202
219.311 Communication Internship 15 credits P 219.2xx or 156.2xx and Permission of Head of School
219.336 Researching Journalism 15 credits  
219.339 History of Journalism 15 credits  

Linguistics (120 credits)

Compulsory course

172.235 Linguistic Analysis of the English Language 15 credits R 172.231

45 credits from

172.232 Language and Society in New Zealand 15 credits  
172.236 Forensic Linguistics 15 credits  
172.237 Language, Discourse and Power 15 credits  
172.239 Language and Culture 15 credits R 172.132

60 credits from

172.333 Discourse and Institutions 15 credits P Any 200 level 172-prefix course
172.335 Language and Identity 15 credits P 172.232 or 172.237
172.336 Languages of the Pacific 15 credits P Any 200-level Linguistics course.
172.338 Language and Mediated Communication in a Transcultural World 15 credits P Any 200-level Linguistics course

Marketing Communication (120 credits)

60 credits from

156.231 Strategic Marketing Management 15 credits P 115.116 or 115.104 or 156.200
156.237 Marketing Communication and Advertising 15 credits P 115.116 or 115.104 or 156.200 R 156.234 or 156.236
156.334 Marketing Consultancy Project 15 credits P 156.231 and any 156.2xx course
219.209 Public Relations Practice 15 credits  

15 credits from

156.232 Consumer Behaviour 15 credits P 115.116 or 115.104 or 156.200 or 75 credits for non Business students
156.235 Social Media and Digital Marketing 15 credits P 115.116 or 115.104 or 156.200 or 75 credits for non-Business students
219.207 Writing for Public Relations and Digital Media 15 credits  

45 credits from

156.339 Omni-Channel Retail Marketing 15 credits P 156.231 or 290.2xx
156.340 Customer Intelligence 15 credits P 156.233
156.341 Branding 15 credits P 156.231 and 156.232
219.304 Cross-Cultural Communication 15 credits R 114.354
219.305 Public Relations Management 15 credits P 219.209 R 114.363
219.309 International Case Studies in Public Relations 15 credits  
219.311 Communication Internship 15 credits P 219.2xx or 156.2xx and Permission of Head of School

Media Studies (120 credits)

Compulsory course

154.250 Digital Media: Theory and Practice 15 credits  

No more than 45 credits from

154.201 Television Studies 15 credits  
154.202 Advertising and Consumer Society 15 credits  
154.203 Popular Culture and the Media 15 credits  
154.204 Digital Media Production I 15 credits  
154.206 International Film History 15 credits  
154.224 Documentary (Non-Fiction) Film 15 credits  

At least 60 credits from

139.323 Script Writing 15 credits  
139.333 Creativity in the Community 15 credits P Any one of 139.123, 139.104, 139.133, 154.204, or 139.223
154.301 Culture, Power and The Media 15 credits P Any 200-level Media Studies course
154.302 Gender and Race in the Media 15 credits  
154.303 Hollywood Cinema 15 credits P Any 200-level Media Studies course
154.304 Digital Media Production II 15 credits P 154.204
154.308 Screen Fictions 15 credits P Any 200-level Media Studies course
154.311 Social Media and Digital Cultures 15 credits P Any 200-level Media Studies course
154.312 Trauma and the Media 15 credits P Any 200-level Media Studies course
154.313 Global Media Cultures 15 credits P Any 200-level Media Studies course
154.314 Independent Media in the Information Age 15 credits P Any 200-level Media Studies course
154.315 Popular Music Studies 15 credits P 15 credits from 154.2xx R 154.205
154.316 New Zealand Cinema 15 credits P 15 credits from 154.2xx R 154.212
154.333 Humour and the Media 15 credits P Any 200-level Media Studies course

Public Relations (120 credits)

30 credits from

219.209 Public Relations Practice 15 credits  
219.305 Public Relations Management 15 credits P 219.209 R 114.363

No more than 45 credits from

219.204 News Media and Society 15 credits R 114.264
219.205 Professional Presentations in Business 15 credits R 114.285
219.206 Communication and Technological Change 15 credits R 114.263, 14.263
219.207 Writing for Public Relations and Digital Media 15 credits  

At least 45 credits from

219.309 International Case Studies in Public Relations 15 credits  
219.310 Speech Writing 15 credits  
219.311 Communication Internship 15 credits P 219.2xx or 156.2xx and Permission of Head of School
219.312 Risk and Crisis Communication 15 credits  
219.335 Media Law and Ethics 15 credits R 219.331

Minors

Communication Management (60 credits)

Compulsory courses

219.206 Communication and Technological Change 15 credits R 114.263, 14.263
219.303 Organisational Communication 15 credits R 114.353

At least 15 credits from

219.304 Cross-Cultural Communication 15 credits R 114.354
219.307 Interpersonal Communication 15 credits R 219.201,114.261,14.352

15 credits from

219.205 Professional Presentations in Business 15 credits R 114.285
219.207 Writing for Public Relations and Digital Media 15 credits  
219.209 Public Relations Practice 15 credits  
219.302 Gender and Communication in Organisations 15 credits R 114.358
219.304 Cross-Cultural Communication 15 credits R 114.354
219.307 Interpersonal Communication 15 credits R 219.201,114.261,14.352
219.310 Speech Writing 15 credits  
219.311 Communication Internship 15 credits P 219.2xx or 156.2xx and Permission of Head of School

Expressive Arts (60 credits)

A minor consists of 60 credits from the schedule of the Expressive Arts major, including at least 15 credits at 300 level.

International Languages (60 credits)

Chose from either A: Chinese OR B: French OR C: German OR D: Japanese OR E: Spanish

A: Chinese

Chinese compulsory courses (30 credits from)

241.201 Chinese 2A 15 credits P 241.102 or appraisal required R 241.202, 241.301, 241.302, 241.304, 241.305
241.202 Chinese 2B 15 credits P 241.201 or appraisal required R 241.301, 241.302, 241.304, 241.305, 241.306

Chinese subject courses (At least 15 credits from)

241.207 Chinese Diaspora 15 credits  
241.208 Contemporary Chinese Society in Literature and Film 15 credits R 241.203, 241.204
241.301 Chinese 3A 15 credits P 241.202 or appraisal required R 241.302
241.302 Chinese 3B 15 credits P 241.301 or appraisal required R 241.341, 241.342, 169.341, 169.342
241.304 Contrastive Study of Chinese and English 15 credits P 241.301 and 241.302 or appraisal required R 169.344
241.305 Translation from and into Chinese 15 credits P 241.301 and 241.302 or appraisal required R 169.343
243.301 Advanced French Language 15 credits P 243.202 or equivalent

B: French

French compulsory courses (30 credits from)

243.201 Intermediate French Language I 15 credits P 243.102 or 164.107 or equivalent R 243.202, 243.301
243.202 Intermediate French Language II 15 credits P 243.201 or 164.101 or 164.200 R 243.301

French subject courses (At least 15 credits from)

243.301 Advanced French Language 15 credits P 243.202 or equivalent
243.304 Contemporary French Popular Culture 15 credits P 243.301 or 164.301 R 164.307

C: German No new enrolments from 2011

D: Japanese

Japanese compulsory courses (30 credits from)

242.201 Japanese 2A 15 credits P 242.102 or appraisal required R 242.202, 242.301, 242.302, 242.304, 242.305, 242.306, 242.307
242.202 Japanese 2B 15 credits P 242.201 or appraisal required R 242.301, 242.302, 242.304, 242.305, 242.306, 242.307

Japanese subject courses (At least 15 credits from)

242.203 Japanese Language and Society 15 credits P 242.201 or appraisal required
242.205 Japanese Cinema 15 credits R 169.227
242.301 Japanese 3A 15 credits P 242.202 or appraisal required R 242.302
242.302 Japanese 3B 15 credits P 242.301 or appraisal required
242.304 Reading and Writing about Current Japan 15 credits P 242.202 or appraisal required
242.305 Readings in Modern Japanese Literature 15 credits P 242.202 or appraisal required
242.307 Japanese-English Translation Techniques 15 credits P 242.301 or appraisal required

E: Spanish

Spanish compulsory courses (30 credits from)

245.201 Intermediate Spanish Language I 15 credits P 245.102 R 245.202, 245.301
245.202 Intermediate Spanish Language II 15 credits P 245.201 R 245.301

Spanish subject courses (At least 15 credits from)

245.203 The Sound of Spanish: Diction, Dialects and Diversity 15 credits P 245.201
245.204 Latin American Voices 15 credits P 245.201 R 164.255
245.301 Advanced Spanish Language 15 credits P 245.202
245.302 Theory and Practice of Spanish Translation 15 credits P 245.301
245.303 Latin American Rhythms and Politics: From Tango to Rock 15 credits P 245.202 or 245.204
245.304 Travellers' Tales: the Invention of Latin America 15 credits P 245.202 or 245.204
245.305 Spanish Conversation on Film 15 credits P 245.202

Journalism (60 credits)

Compulsory courses (60 credits from)

219.204 News Media and Society 15 credits R 114.264
219.231 News Media Reporting 15 credits P 219.108
219.325 Journalism and Politics 15 credits P 219.231, 219.223
219.336 Researching Journalism 15 credits  

Linguistics (60 credits)

A minor consists of 60 credits from the schedule of the Linguistics Major, including at least 15 credits at 300 level

Marketing Communication (60 credits)

At least 30 credits from

156.231 Strategic Marketing Management 15 credits P 115.116 or 115.104 or 156.200
156.237 Marketing Communication and Advertising 15 credits P 115.116 or 115.104 or 156.200 R 156.234 or 156.236
219.209 Public Relations Practice 15 credits  

At least 15 credits from

156.334 Marketing Consultancy Project 15 credits P 156.231 and any 156.2xx course
156.339 Omni-Channel Retail Marketing 15 credits P 156.231 or 290.2xx
156.341 Branding 15 credits P 156.231 and 156.232

Media Studies (60 credits)

60 credits from including at least 15 credits at 300-level

139.323 Script Writing 15 credits  
139.333 Creativity in the Community 15 credits P Any one of 139.123, 139.104, 139.133, 154.204, or 139.223
139.376 Sexual/Textual Politics 15 credits R 139.361
154.201 Television Studies 15 credits  
154.202 Advertising and Consumer Society 15 credits  
154.203 Popular Culture and the Media 15 credits  
154.204 Digital Media Production I 15 credits  
154.206 International Film History 15 credits  
154.224 Documentary (Non-Fiction) Film 15 credits  
154.250 Digital Media: Theory and Practice 15 credits
154.301 Culture, Power and The Media 15 credits P Any 200-level Media Studies course
154.302 Gender and Race in the Media 15 credits  
154.303 Hollywood Cinema 15 credits P Any 200-level Media Studies course
154.304 Digital Media Production II 15 credits P 154.204
154.308 Screen Fictions 15 credits P Any 200-level Media Studies course
154.311 Social Media and Digital Cultures 15 credits P Any 200-level Media Studies course
154.312 Trauma and the Media 15 credits P Any 200-level Media Studies course
154.313 Global Media Cultures 15 credits P Any 200-level Media Studies course
154.314 Independent Media in the Information Age 15 credits P Any 200-level Media Studies course
154.315 Popular Music Studies 15 credits P 15 credits from 154.2xx R 154.205
154.316 New Zealand Cinema 15 credits P 15 credits from 154.2xx R 154.212
154.333 Humour and the Media 15 credits P Any 200-level Media Studies course

Public Relations (60 credits)

Compulsory courses (30 credits from)

219.209 Public Relations Practice 15 credits  
219.305 Public Relations Management 15 credits P 219.209 R 114.363

30 credits from

219.204 News Media and Society 15 credits R 114.264
219.205 Professional Presentations in Business 15 credits R 114.285
219.206 Communication and Technological Change 15 credits R 114.263, 14.263
219.207 Writing for Public Relations and Digital Media 15 credits  
219.309 International Case Studies in Public Relations 15 credits  
219.310 Speech Writing 15 credits  
219.311 Communication Internship 15 credits P 219.2xx or 156.2xx and Permission of Head of School
219.312 Risk and Crisis Communication 15 credits  
219.335 Media Law and Ethics 15 credits R 219.331

Composite Majors

Expressive Arts and Media Studies (120 credits)

A major consists of 120 credits from Expressive Arts and Media Studies, including at least 45 credits in Expressive Arts and 45 credits in Media Studies, with at least 60 credits at 300 level.

Composite Minors

Expressive Arts and Media Studies (60 credits)

A minor consists of 60 credits from Expressive Arts and Media Studies courses, with at least 30 credits in Expressive Arts and at least 30 credits in Media Studies, and including at least 15 credits at 300 level.

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