Overview of Faculty Operational Plan

Department of Papua New Guinea Studies and International Relations

Overview

The Department of Papua New Guinea Studies and International Relations (PGSIR) is one of the four Departments in the Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences at the Divine Word University (DWU). The Department offers a four-year Bachelor of Arts degree program in PNG Studies and International Relations (PGSIR). This is in line with the Faculty’s commitment to producing quality graduates for the twenty-first century in an active Christian environment within a PNG and Melanesian context. The program is designed to equip students deal with social and political issues affecting the country and its neighbours. Papua New Guinea (PNG) is fast becoming a strategic place not only for its industrial and resource boom but also for its strategic location between the Asian neighbours, Australia/New Zealand and the Pacific Island countries. As such PNG is not only challenged to contribute its share of influence in cultural and social issues, politics, economics, regional and international obligations but also to provide adequate human resources to take on the challenges. Therefore, the Department is committed to train and shape its students, the future leaders, to become responsible citizens and contribute positively towards nation building.

As PNG society attempts to keep abreast with the fast changing social, political and economic landscape of the country, it has become necessary that the younger generations of PNG keep pace with changes and become active players of these changes. Accordingly, the units in the program at the Department are designed with updated content, teaching and learning strategies and techniques, and assessment methods in a creative and proactive way.

The Department offers multi-studies focus in PNG and Melanesian Studies; politics, comparative politics and international relations; policy analysis, development studies and community development; peace and gender studies; regional and global studies, life skills, ethics and Christian values; research methods and projects.

The Department has qualified, skilled and experienced academics and professionals who encourage and advance positive influence among the students through academic teaching, research, community engagement, and social action. This is in line with the university’s triple mission of learning and teaching, research and community engagement, and in accordance with DWU Second Decade Strategic Plan 2006 to 2016, PNG Vision 2050 and Higher Education Plan III.

Future Plans

The Department has undergone a number of developments over the years and now is structured around five majors: (1) anthropology, PNG Studies and history; (2) politics and international relations; (3) development studies and community development; (4) peace and gender studies; and (5) environmental and sustainability studies. The anthropology/PNG Studies strand was developed in partnership with the University of Heidelberg.

Currently, the main program of the Department of PGSIR is the Bachelor of Arts (PNG Studies). The Department has begun work on developing two (2) other stand-alone BA programs in International Relations and Community Development. It is envisaged we will introduce these soon, once the academic review process is complete. All our programs provide opportunities for acquisition of workplace skills as well as broad-spectrum education foundations required for training in a variety of exciting career pathways and occupations in Papua New Guinea, the Pacific and the Region.

The Department is progressively developing its academic programs to suit the modern day needs of PNG, Melanesia and the region. It engages in critical self-evaluation and innovative ideas on quality structure and delivery of the programs. It is the vision of the Department, and in line with the vision of the University, that the graduates of the Department be able to provide strong ethical, influential and constructive leadership in the work force both within PNG and abroad.

Contact Details

Contact Details

Administrative Assistant to Dean of FASS
The Registrar
Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences
Divine Word University
Tel: (+675) 424 1709 Tel: (+675) 422 2937
Fax: (+675) 422 2151 Fax: (+675) 422 2812

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Department of Communication Arts (Journalism)

CIC logoOverview

The Department of Communication Arts, under the Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences (FASS), offers a Bachelor of Communication Arts (Journalism) degree. The primary aim of the program is to mould students into journalists and communication specialists who can make a name for themselves in the various media outlets across the country.

What began as a two-year diploma eventually evolved into a degree program in 2005. Students now have to study for four years and upon successful completion, leading to an accumulation of 320 credit points, they graduate with a Bachelor of Communication Arts (Journalism) degree. Most CA graduates are absorbed into the mainstream media and many have already done the department and the university proud.

Over the course of the degree program, students become equipped with necessary communication skills, and are exposed to both theoretical and practical components of various units related to the media. The program is not centred around journalism per se, rather, its emphasis is also on communication models and theories, as well as development theories and praxis. Students will be able to critically analyse social concerns in relation to development in Papua New Guinea as communication experts.

The program has an even spread of various strands. While main subject areas include communication theories and concepts, including research methodologies and development philosophies, the skills areas include communication skills, ICT skills, radio and television skills, research skills, skills in public relations, and writing skills. These skills complement the core knowledge areas. In addition, there is also a focus on core values, ethics and life enhancement areas, regarded as compulsory by DWU. Special consideration is given to those students who enter the program with a Diploma in Communication, and to those students who have work experience in any of the mainstream media outlets in Papua New Guinea.

 

Program structure

There are three main areas of the program structure and they are:

• The main strands/subject areas in Communication Arts. The content includes communication theories and concepts, the key knowledge base for our CA students. Research methodologies, development philosophies and indigenous knowledge are embedded in the communication theories and concepts.

• The second key area for Communication Arts is centred on what is called the Skills Areas. This area complements the main strands/theories/knowledge areas above. Skills learned, include, Communication Skills, ICT Skills, Radio/TV Skills, Library Skills, Research Skills and other skills.

• The third area is focused on the Core Values, Ethics and Life enhancement areas which are regarded as compulsory by DWU.

Entry requirements

Those who wish to do a Bachelor of Communication Arts (Journalism) studies with us will have to have a “B” in English and other subjects in secondary schools in Papua New Guinea and the Pacific. Special consideration is also given to students who have a diploma in communication and have work experience in any mainstream media, and are willing to pursue their Bachelor of Arts Degree in this program.

Requisites to complete the award

Students will have to complete 320 Credit points in order to graduate. All these units are offered in full time residential mode.

Contact Details

 

Contact Details

Administrative Assistant to Dean of FASS
The Registrar
Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences
Divine Word University
Tel: (+675) 424 1709 Tel: (+675) 422 2937
Fax: (+675) 422 2151 Fax: (+675) 422 2812
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