Public Affairs and Communication

University of Newcastle

Course Description

  • Course Name

    Public Affairs and Communication

  • Host University

    University of Newcastle

  • Location

    Newcastle, Australia

  • Area of Study

    Communication, Government, Public Policy Studies, Public Relations

  • Language Level

    Taught In English

  • Prerequisites

    60 units at 2000 level as well as CMNS1090, and either CMNS1280 or CMNS1290.

  • Course Level Recommendations


    ISA offers course level recommendations in an effort to facilitate the determination of course levels by credential evaluators.We advice each institution to have their own credentials evaluator make the final decision regrading course levels.

    Hours & Credits

  • Host University Units

  • Recommended U.S. Semester Credits
    3 - 4
  • Recommended U.S. Quarter Units
    4 - 6
  • Overview

    Gives students the opportunity to study the processes of communication as they relate to the structures of government, and to other socio-political forces within society.
    1. Be familiar with the developing professional field of public affairs communication;
    2. Be able to identify and describe the major components of the local, regional and national systems of government and politics, and the key forces involved in contemporary public affairs;
    3. Explore how these components and forces relate to each other;
    4. Be able to analyse and interpret current events and issues in the light of this understanding; and,
    5. Be able to identify and explain the role of communication professionals in public affairs.
    This course provides students with an understanding of the significant institutions and forces that shape political society and their role in contemporary public affairs and includes:
    an examination of the local, regional and national systems;
    the role and operation of the various spheres of government;
    political parties, democracy and interest groups;
    the parliamentary, executive and judicial arms of government;
    the public and private sectors;
    the formulation of public policy; and,
    the role of communication professionals in public affairs.
    This course replaces the following course(s): CMNS2240. Students who have successfully completed CMNS2240 are not eligible to enrol in CMNS3520.
    Written Assignment: Assessment 1 - Individual Essay
    Written Assignment: Assessment 2 - Written Assignment Blackboard Participant Postings and Log
    Online Learning Activity: Assignment 3 - Written Blackboard Presentation Postings
    Presentation: Assignment 4 - Presentation
    Report: Assignment 5 - Essay/Report

Course Disclaimer

Courses and course hours of instruction are subject to change.

Credits earned vary according to the policies of the students' home institutions. According to ISA policy and possible visa requirements, students must maintain full-time enrollment status, as determined by their home institutions, for the duration of the program.