Bachelor of Arts (Politics & Journalism)

School of Arts & Sciences, Fremantle Campus

By blending the study of politics and journalism into a single degree, graduates of this program will be equipped to pursue a career in politics, public relations or the media. This degree combines Australian political theory with hands-on experience of various forms of media, so you will be comfortable working in radio, television, print, video or digital formats.

  • Why study this major?

    Employers want the skills you will develop in the Bachelor of Arts (Politics & Journalism). The ability to research, analyse, interpret, draw conclusions and problem-solve are just what is needed in the flexible workplace of the 21st century. Communication skills in all forms, team work, initiative and adaptability are also at the heart of this version of the Bachelor of Arts degree.

    This specialist degree combines two disciplines into a single program of study. In addition to studying Australian politics and international relations, you will receive a solid grounding in media theory plus the opportunity to gain practical experience in various forms of journalism, including print, broadcast and online media.

    To complete the Bachelor of Arts (Politics & Journalism) you will study a total of 24 courses, including three from Politics & International Relations and eight from Journalism. You will also study one Business course, one History course and two general electives. The choice of courses is designed to improve your analytical and creative skills, while imparting important content knowledge.

    Internships: This degree offers you the opportunity to take part in our Internship program where you will learn on location in a real work environment such as a publishing company, TV studio and radio station, and get credit towards your degree. Overseas internships are possible.

    Service-learning: Service-learning through our Social Justice area combines community service with academic instruction as it focuses on critical, reflective thinking and civic responsibility. Placements for some courses are in local the community and there is also the opportunity to take the international version of this course and travel to locations such as Cambodia.

  • Program summary

    Core Curriculum

    • CORE1010 Introduction to Philosophy
    • CORE1020 Ethics
    • CORE1030 Introduction to Theology

    More information about the courses can be found at the course descriptions page.

    Compulsory courses

    • ARTS1000 Academic Writing, Communication and Research
    • POLI1000 Introduction to World Politics
    • POLI1001 Politics, Democracy and Governance in Australia
    • POLI3003 Setting the Agenda: The Media and Politics
    • COMM1420 Introduction to Journalism
    • COMM1060 Media and Society
    • COMM2340 Journalism: Theory and Practice
    • COMM3050 Media Ethics and Law
    • COMM3700 Radio OR COMM2330 Journalism for Television and Video OR COMM3210 Interactive Media
    • COMM3060 Online Newsroom OR COMM3008 Communications Internship
    • HIST1000 A History of Western Civilisation
    • BUSN2580 Public Relations


    Students must complete:

    • FIVE (5) approved Politics and International Relations Elective courses.
    • TWO (2) approved Journalism Elective courses.
    • TWO (2) 3000-level Electives courses offered by the School of Arts and Sciences, providing the prerequisites for those courses have been met. Where a course is approved for use in both the Politics and International Relations program and the Communications and Media program, it may be used only once in this Award.

    Special Interest courses

    A maximum of seventy-five (75) units of credit from the following ‘special interest courses’ may be accrued towards this Award (unless otherwise approved by the Dean).

    • ARTS3010 Experience the World I
    • ARTS3020 Experience the World II
    • ARTS3030 Experience the World Study Tour
    • ARTS3800 Special Project
    • ARTS3810 Special Project

    Full details of the program requirements are contained in the Program Regulations.

    Here you can find full details of the courses on offer.

    Please note: The availability of these courses is indicative only and may be subject to change.

  • Study Abroad

    You will have the opportunity to complete part of your degree at one of our partner institutions
    through our exchange program. Get in touch with the Study Abroad Office to find out more about
    studying in Asia, Europe and North America.

  • Real-world experience

    You will learn from academics who are industry leaders and, through our practicum placements and internship programs, you will gain real professional experience and make valuable contacts with potential employers.

  • Entry requirements

    Academic requirements for this program are outlined below.  In addition, to be eligible for admission, all applicants need to satisfy minimum requirements outlined at admission requirements. These include those relating to age and English Language Proficiency.  We also consider your application more broadly – your non-academic achievements (such as any previous leadership roles, volunteering, work, church and/or community involvement) as well as personal qualities - your aspirations and interests and your capacity to complete your chosen program.

    Applicants with recent Secondary Education:

    • Indicative ATAR of 70 with a score of 50+ in ATAR English, ATAR Literature or ATAR English as an Additional Language or Dialect (EALD)
    • Minimum International Baccalaureate (IB) score of 24
    • Completed AQF Certificate IV or higher in a relevant discipline, from an accredited provider such as TAFE or a Registered Training Organisation (RTO) with a score of 50+ in ATAR English, ATAR Literature or ATAR English as an Additional Language or Dialect (EALD).

    Applicants with Higher Education Study

    • Other university studies completed at undergraduate level or higher, a minimum of 4 successfully completed subjects;
    • Successful completion of the Notre Dame Tertiary Pathway Program or of another Enabling Program at a level deemed sufficient by the University;

    Applicants who have successfully completed subjects at another University, which are relevant to the selected program of study, may be eligible for Advanced Standing.

    Applicants with Vocational Education and Training (VET) study

    • Completed AQF Certificate IV or higher in a relevant discipline, from an accredited provider such as TAFE or a Registered Training Organisation (RTO).

    Applicants with Work and Life Experience

    Applicants who left secondary education more than two years previously and who have not undertaken VET or higher education study since then, but with relevant work and life experience. Such experience may include, but is not limited to:

    • STAT scores of at least 135 in the Multiple Choice section and 140 in the Written English section are required
    • Mature-age completion of two Year 12 WACE or HSC exams with a resulting ATAR of 70 or above
    • Western Australian Certificate of Education (WACE) or equivalent results if these have been completed within the last 5 years.

    Please note: all applicants must be of school leaving age or older to apply.

  • Fees and costs

    This Program has the following loan scheme(s) available for eligible students:

    The FEE-HELP loan scheme assists eligible fee-paying students with the payment of all, or part, of their tuition fees, not including additional study costs such as accommodation or textbooks. Your FEE-HELP debt will be indexed each year in line with the Consumer Price Index.

  • Honours

    An Honours award is available for this program.  Further information can be found in the Bachelor of Arts (Politics and Journalism) (Honours) regulations, or by contacting the School of Arts & Sciences.

  • Career opportunities

    The transferable skills from this Major are sought after by many employers. Career opportunities include: diplomatic service officer, Member of Parliament, electorate officer, political campaign assistant, social research officer, public affairs consultant, media advisor, human rights worker, intelligence analyst, public service officer, social media manager, aid worker/humanitarian worker and policy analyst.

  • Student profile data

    0Table 2 below gives an indication of the likely peer cohort for new students in this Program. It provides data on all students who commenced in this Program in the most relevant recent intake period, including those admitted through all offer rounds and international students studying in Australia.

    TABLE 2a – Bachelor of Arts (Politics & Journalism) BASIS OF ADMISSION IN SEMESTER 1, 2020 INTAKE

    Applicant background

    Semester 1 2020

    Number of students

    Percentage of all students

    (A) Higher education study
    (includes a bridging or enabling course)
    <5 N/A
    (B) Vocational education and training (VET) study<5N/A
    (C) Work and life experience
    (Admitted on the basis of previous achievement not in the other three categories)
    (D) Recent secondary education:
    • Admitted solely on the basis of ATAR
      (regardless of whether this includes the consideration of adjustment factors such as equity or subject bonus points)
    • Admitted where both ATAR and additional criteria were considered (e.g. portfolio, audition, interview, extra test, early offer conditional on minimum ATAR)
    • Admitted   on the basis of other criteria only and ATAR was not a factor (e.g. special consideration, audition alone, interview, school marks & recommendation with no minimum ATAR requirement)
    International students<5 N/A
    All students<5100.0%


    (Excluding adjustment factors) *
    Selection Rank
    (ATAR plus any adjustment factors) *
    [only if relevant]
    Highest rank to receive an offer 82.50 N/A
    Median rank to receive an offer 75.90 N/A

    Lowest rank to receive an offer

    69.30 N/A


    “<5” – the number of students is less than 5
    N/A – Students not accepted in this category
    N/P – Not published: the number is hidden to prevent calculation of numbers in cells with less than 5 students

  • More information

    For more information on the Bachelor of Arts (Major: Politics & Journalism) and related double degree options, please call our Prospective Students Office on +61 8 9433 0533 or email

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