Bachelor of Arts (PNG Studies and International Relations)

Program code : BA (PGIR)


The aim of the Bachelor of Arts (PNG Studies and International Relations) program is to create global citizens who think creatively about the challenges facing Papua New Guinea in the 21st century. Students develop specialized knowledge in their chosen disciplines, rigorous critical thinking, clear and effective writing, the habits of life-long learning, sensitivity to ethical and aesthetic issues, and the ability to understand and interpret the cultures of PNG and the world, past and present. The graduates will be able to participate in the political, socio-cultural and economic field of developments.

Entry requirement

Applicants are required to have a minimum “B” in English and “B” grade average in final year 12 examinations.

Duration of study

Four years degree program - Full time study. Program offered at DWU Madang Campus

Credit points required

Achievement total of 320 credit points to graduate with a Bachelors Degree in PNG Studies and International Relations.

Requisites to complete the award

In the four-year program, units are offered either face-to-face or online. Each of the units carries 10 credit points, and students are required to obtain 320 credit points and to have paid all the fees to be eligible to graduate with the award.


Units Offered

Year One

Semester One

PG115 Literature and methodology

PG151 Cultural anthropology

IS117 Computing and word processing

RS234 Christian ethics

Semester Two

PG103 Ancient history of the South Pacific 

PG133 Politics, theories and concepts 

PG135 Environmental sustainability 

PG136 Gender and development studies

Year Two

Semester One

PG107 PNG Literature

PG216 Legal and constitutional studies

PG314 Gender and equity issues

IR202 Theories and concepts in international relations

Semester Two

PG220 PNG electorates and elections

PG252 Interpreting cultures 

RS146 Foundations of Social Work

IR203 International organizations

Year Three

Semester One

PG309 Social policies of community development

PG315 Peace & conflict studies

IR302 International law and practice

CA125 PNG history

Three Semester Two

PG316 Reforms and district developments

PG317 Research methods

IR333 Foreign policy analysis

BS317 Human resource development

Year Four

Semester One

PG418 PNG economy and Vision 2050

PG427 Data analysis & research report

PG453 Leading and managing a change project

IR431 International and regional security

Semester Two

PG407 Film studies for development

PG419 Traditional village religions

IR204 PNG foreign policy

IR432 Geopolitics in Asia-Pacific




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.

Contact Details


Execuitive Officer to Dean of FASS
The Registrar
Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences
Divine Word University
Tel: (+675) 424 1714 Tel: (+675) 422 2937
Fax: (+675) 422 2151 Fax: (+675) 422 2812
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