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Social and Cultural Inquiry Major (Master of Media and Communication)

MMedComm - MJRP-SOCUL Humanities
Location Bentley
Study method Full-time
Study mode On-campus
Intake February or July
Duration 2 years full-time or equivalent part-time.

The Social and Cultural Inquiry major is one of five in the Master of Media and Communication course. The course teaches you critical and theoretical understandings of the ways that contemporary cultures are affected by, and react to, processes of global change. You have a choice to study one of two disciplines: cultural studies or social science.

You’ll explore new modes of communication and learn how cultural values are demonstrated through social and cultural practices. You will develop critical and theoretical understandings of urbanisation, industrialisation, technological change, inter-ethnic contacts and environmental transformation from different local, regional, national and transnational viewpoints. Participants are encouraged to apply and test these skills and understanding through applied practice in the form of an advanced discipline project and a professionally-orientated placement. 
In your first year you will undertake introductory units, develop your skills in your chosen discipline and prepare for your major project. In your second year you will complete your major project as well as an internship within your relevant industry.

Entry requirements

Entry requirements for Australian and New Zealand students


Fees for Australian and New Zealand students

Year Student type Cost
2017 Domestic fee paying Domestic fee-paying - A domestic fee-paying place is a place at university which is not Commonwealth supported, that is, not subsidised by the Australian Government. Domestic fee paying students will be charged tuition fees and may be eligible for FEE-HELP assistance for all or part of those tuition fees. $17,700*

Fees are indicative first year only.

* Based on a first-year full-time study load of 200 credits. 400 credits are needed to graduate from this course. The total cost will depend on your course options (i.e. units selected and time taken to complete).

Use the Fee Calculator for an estimate of individual unit fees. There may also be some additional costs. For more information, see other fees and charges.

Credit for previous study

Bachelor degree in a related field, which will provide credit for recognised learning for one semester of study.

Learn about Credit for Recognised Learning (CRL)

Career opportunities

The research, literary and critical thinking that you will gain by studying this major will help you in pursuing a career as a sociologist, researcher, historian, anthropologist or arts administrator.

How this course will make you industry ready

All majors allow you to undertake an internship which can provide you with valuable work experience and a networking opportunity to advance your career.
In these streams you’ll be taught communication, interpersonal and research skills that will be appreciated by employers in the media industry. You may also be offered the use of modern media production equipment and facilities, and guidance by staff to help develop your ability to prepare content across print, broadcast and online media platforms. Our units have a strong practical and industry focus, which means you’ll be prepared for the workforce or creative practice.
You may also have access to a range of purpose-built student facilities and creative outlets, including the Centre for Culture and Technology, Curtin FM 100.1, Grok magazine, Hayman Theatre, the John Curtin Gallery, the Western Independent online student newspaper and an industry-standard television studio.


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