The world is evolving and becoming increasingly complex with challenges characterised partly by the advancement in technologies and the high demand for wealth creation. At the same time, inequality is growing and new social challenges are constantly emerging in all countries, including wealthy and poor nations. Communication for Social Change (CSC), with its established theories, methods and practices for empowering people and facilitating equitable social transformation, is uniquely placed to provide in-depth understanding of these complexities in today’s world. Studying CSC builds your capacity to understand and apply the different ways in which communication can be leveraged to bring about change in attitudes, behaviours and knowledge in individuals, communities and organisations. You will analyse the ways in which ‘participation’ can make a difference in the planning, implementation and evaluation of change processes, the key role played by culture in social change, and contemporary uses of community media and ICTs in the facilitation of change.

Why Choose

The program is led and taught by Associate Professors Elske van de Fliert and Pradip Thomas with the support of guest lecturers who are world-leading academics in the field of communication, development practice and social change. The program combines theory and practice, with a focus on student-led learning approaches. You will participate in workshops, tutorials, seminars, individual and group discussions, project-based activities and practicum placements. 

Students will develop a range of skills in theory and practice in the application of communication methods, media techniques, community media and ICTs, participatory facilitation and media production, and media reform movements to social change.

We offer the following programs and courses as part of the Bachelor and Master degrees in Communication at the School of Communication and Arts.

Undergraduate and Postgraduate Study Options

Undergraduate

Postgraduate/Higher Degree Research

Career Opportunities

Students who complete the Communication for Social Change program have a large number of career options available to them in the private, public and international development sectors. Career opportunities include the following, to name a few:

  • Communications specialist
  • Community and Events manager
  • Digital Content Production and Media Manage
  • Communication Marketing Manager
  • Participatory Media Producer
  • Measurement, Evaluation and Learning Specialist
  • Community Program Manager
  • Communication, Advocacy and Fundraising Specialist
  • Community Informatics and Social Change Specialist

Some examples of jobs that graduates from the Communication for Social Change program secured are the following:

  • Communication Associate, UNOPS, Argentina
  • Digital producer, Al Jazeera English, UK
  • Consultant Participatory & Collaborative Visual Storytelling, UNICEF Indonesia
  • Communication and Knowledge Management Officer, MAMPU (Empowering Indonesian Women for Poverty Reduction), Indonesia
  • Capability Development Manager, Department of Housing and Community Development, Northern Territory Government
  • Communications Officer, Asian Pacific Network Information Centre (APNIC), Brisbane
  • Communications Officer, Ethnic Communities Council of Queensland, Brisbane
  • Manager - Community Liaison, Program Innovation and Administration, Logan East Community Neighbourhood Association
  • Senior Lecturer, The University of the South Pacific, Fiji

Testimony from one of our 2015/16 Master alumni:

“The most interesting aspect of the Communication for Social Change program is how it balances theory with practice. I found the courses to be accommodating for my future work in development because not only did it equip me with the skills to leverage communication in social change processes, but, most importantly, it enhanced my perspectives and helped me to think more critically and methodically. Additionally, it exposed me deeper to participatory video and community radio, both of which are topics that I would like to study more about in the future.’