Bachelor of Arts (Social and Religious Studies)

Program Code: BA (Social and Religious Studies)

Requisites to complete the award

Achievement of 320 credit points or 40 credit points each semester.

Those who have done DYD are eligible to apply for BA Social and Religious Studies for a two year studies.

Duration of study

The main program of the Department is the four-year Bachelor of Arts (Social and Religious Studies) Degree.

Study mode and location

Students can apply for a Full time study (4 years) and live on campus or they can also apply for full time study and live off campus.

Pre- requisites


Minimum of ‘B’ in Grade 12 level subjects

Positive character references

Consideration is given to those who have been working successfully in religious-related fields. Evidence of such work should accompany the application form. In general, the Department is ready to recognize formal training in religious congregations to be a genuine professional equivalent in the field of academic religious development. Such programs should have included reflection on and genuine learning in scriptural, theological and pastoral subjects with a view to service within the PNG Churches. Such training needs to be at least on the platform of a successful completion of Grade 10, with evidence of further study and work experience and attendance at in-services.

 

Program Unit

First Year

Semester One

RS131  Hebrew Scriptures
RS133  General Psychology
RS234  Christian Ethics
IS117    End-User Computing and Word Processing

Semester Two
        
RS143   Counseling
RS146   Foundations of Social Work
RS244   Social and Ethical Issues
IS113     Spread Sheet Management

 

Second Year

Semester One
        
RS237   New Testament Literature
RS239   Social Work Theory and Practice
RS247   Pastoral Catechesis
RS248   Church History: Ancient

Semester Two

RS238   Christian Anthropology
RS240   Church History: Modern
RS245   Youth Social Work
RS246   Life Span Issues in Counseling

 



Third Year

Semester One
        
RS327   Johannine Literature
RS329   Counseling and Disorders
RS332   Melanesian Wisdom (E)
PG303   Community Development and Practice

Semester Two
       
RS331   Church Teachings on Social Justice
PG309   Social Policies of Community Development
CA319   Social Science Research Methods
BS317   Human Resource Management

 

Fourth Year

Semester One
        
RS322   Marriage and Family Issues
RS418   Social Themes in Pauline Literature
RS420   Research Proposal Writing
RS422   Pastoral Care of the Sick and Terminally Ill

Semester Two
        
RS419   Church as Communion of Communities (E)
RS417   Management Communication and Development
RS424   Prophesy and Poetry
RS416   Supervised Research Project


 

Reserve Units

RS145   Book of Revelation
RS326   Physical and Human Geography
RS333   Liturgy: Symbolism and Meaning
RS410   Literature and Drama
RS425   Modern World History

 

Unit Descriptions

RS131

RS131 Hebrew Scriptures - 10 Credit Points

This unit examines the political, social and religious development of the people of Israel and their religion from the time of the patriarchs until the time of Jesus. It enables the students to form basic interpretations of the content, origin and significance of the Pentateuch and the Historical Books. In so doing, it introduces the students to the historical – critical method and recent approaches in biblical interpretation. An exegesis of selected texts will be undertaken. RS131 Hebrew Scriptures is part of the Social and Religious Studies Degree program. This unit enables students to gain insights of the unit analyze the political, social and religious development of Israel and their religion from the time of the patriarchs until the time of Jesus.

RS133

 RS133 General Psychology  - 10 Credit Points

This unit focuses on the student’s ability to understand themselves and other people’s behavior. It also contributes to deepening the scope of knowing oneself fully and others around in connection with their common humanity. Intrinsic to this unit is an approach that explains the human behavior in two ways: (a) The developmental approach that accounts for the process of growth and (b) the interactive approach, on the basis of what is presently happening in the matter of stimuli, bodily conditions and conflicting tendencies. General Psychology is part of the Social and Religious Studies Bachelor’s degree program. It is a unit that investigates the human behaviour and the interactions and responses it receives through stimuli. It embarks on study involving the human brain and its functions that carry electromagnetic waves through the central nervous system. In order for a healthy mindset and study environment, General Psychology stimulates the awareness of students to be receptive to different stimuli and their overall approach to such interactions that are occurring.

RS234

RS 234 Christian Ethics - 10 Credit Points

This unit requires students to critically understand and engage in discussions on ethical issues affecting one’s personal and professional life and the evaluation of these ethical issues from the Christian perspective. It is concerned about what is right, fair, just or good: about what we ought to do, not just what is the case or what is most acceptable or expedient. It explores the various ethical theories and principles and relates them to contemporary issues.

RS143

RS143 Counselling - 10 Credit Points

The Counselling unit is focused on the theory and practice of basic counselling. It aims to assist the student to assimilate and practice the many skills linked to better relating, helping others, dealing with stress, appreciating personal differences, supporting those in need and referring those who are beyond their capacity to help. One key part of the course is identifying various aspects of oneself so as to be able to assist others effectively. Self-understanding is a key to relating better with others, in all fields such as community development, working with youth or adult awareness programs. Hence the counseling unit is one foundation of the Social and Religious Studies program upon which is built community development and support.


RS146

RS146 Foundations of Social Work - 10 Credit Points

This unit introduces to students the social, political and economic frameworks to understand how problems are socially constructed. It enlightens the students on the changing conceptions social problems, and various theories are briefly explained. The unit further provides the various themes, nature and key features of social work. It exposes the importance of the role of social workers, in society, particularly in developing countries like PNG. The historical background of the development of social work is an integral part of this unit. The concept of welfare and welfare state are also introduced in this unit. Thus, this unit provides a solid conceptual framework for students to build up the social units that will follow in the program. This unit serves as a solid basis for understanding the theory of social work in more detail. While this unit is the starting point for understanding the grounds and relevance of social work, it complements the religious and personal development units in helping the student to comprehend the social dynamics. It also helps the student to be aware of his/her role in the future as a contributor to the development of the society. The unit thus complements the religious units by opening up a very clear way to practice the principles learned in the religious units of the program.

RS244

RS244 Social and Ethical Issues - 10 Credit Points

In this unit, students explore a range of social and ethical issues in Papua New Guinea today. This study includes an in-depth examination of the various contemporary social and ethical issues like abortion, domestic violence, rape, settlements and evictions, etc. Thus, by eliciting Christian insights into the social and ethical questions of the day, the unit will better equip students to contribute to the common good in whatever profession they choose.


RS237

RS237 New Testament Literature - 10 Credit Points

This unit provides a background of historical, social, political, religious and cultural information as a means of comprehending the New Testament. A study of the formation of the Gospels leads to an examination of the origin, nature and theology of one of the synoptic Gospels. Luke’s Gospel will be studied and the missionary activity of Paul in Acts. The birth of the early Church and the first missionary work of the apostles in Judaea and Samaria, the crisis caused by the entry of Gentiles into the first Christian communities and the missionary activity of Paul will be treated in studying the Acts of the Apostles. RS141 New Testament is part of the Social and Religious Studies Degree program. This unit enables students to gain insights of the unit on the formation of the Gospels. It will critically analyze the social, political and cultural aspects of the people and problems and difficulties encountered by the people.

RS239


RS239 Social Work Theory and Practice - 10 Credit Points

This unit provides the students with the opportunity to familiarise with the major current theoretical frameworks for social work practice. Based on the theories the unit engages the students in the application of the purpose, values, and ethics for social work practice in various contexts and fields. The students are also trained to critically analyse different theories and structures. As well, this unit deals with a variety of issues the social workers confront when working with people at different stages of life. This unit enables to students to go deeper in the understanding of the theories underlying the practice of social work. The unit adds to the strength of the program by enabling the student to critically analyse various social work theories in relation to the results of the social work practice being carried out in the society. Analysing and solving social problems on the theoretical level is significant for conceptual clarity. The students are thus equipped to perform better with other social and religious units in the program.


RS247

RS247 Pastoral Catechesis- 10 Credit Points

This unit is designed to enable students to plan and practise doing pastoral catechesis with Church Agencies in Papua New Guinea (PNG). The unit deals with various approaches to learning and teaching in a classroom setting with well-established pedagogical principles of classroom practice. Besides theory lessons on principles and methods of pastoral catechesis, students are given opportunity to teach at a local provincial high school each week using praxis methods. This is in view of preparing the students for future work in similar fields. The nature and aims of pastoral catechesis are examined and discussed in detail. Attention is given to learning and teaching techniques in presenting different aspects of pastoral catechesis and in the evaluation of lessons. This unit is an integral part of the Bachelor of Arts Degree Program within Social and Religious Studies. There has been a growing emphasis that agencies play a key role in preparing students to be productive and useful citizens of PNG. Hence, the unit envisages students will gain insights into the theory, methods and praxis of pastoral catechesis in PNG and develop a personal perspective on how best they can contribute to the pastoral and catechetical activities to meaningfully benefit the agency and the nation. Thus this unit complements other units offered in the program.

RS248


RS248 Church History - 10 Credit Points

This unit explores the systematic study of the Early Church as it developed from a humble movement to an institution in the First Centuries after Christ. By tracing its emergence, the unit gives the students an opportunity to see within the history an overarching development of ideologies and various systems of rule blended within the Church and gradual emergence of the State entity. Other notable topics include: persecutions and the impact of the conversion of Constantine, gnosticism and early forms of monastic life, early missionary movements of the Church that reached out to Persia, China and India, the development of faith-life in the Middle Ages, European Monasticism, the rise of papal power, conflicts and problems that led to the schism of the Church in the East and West and the genesis of Protestant Reformation. Church History is crucial much like other units within the Social and religious studies Bachelor’s degree program. It enlightens the students’ perception of the Church and its recorded history, how it has developed from a simple movement into an institutionalised Church, an elaborative exposition of the developments that took place in history and how these fundamental insights influence our society. The students will acquire the knowledge and skills to interrelate to the Church’s history as to how it is significant in the search for truth.

RS238

RS238 Christian Anthropology - 10 Credit Points

This unit explores the interrelationship between the human persons as homo sapiens and their interaction with their cosmology as deriving from an ancient wisdom (logos). Students explore the basic understanding of logos becoming Man, being part of the human society and assumed a culture in a given environment. The basic themes from the four Gospels that highlight the many facets of humanity and divinity of Jesus are examined in order to discern the primordial humanity to subsist in Jesus Christ. An exposition of the understanding of Jesus developed in the Christian Communities from the early centuries as expressed in the creeds and the contributions made by contemporary theologians further enhances the idea of Jesus. The redemptive act of God through Jesus reconciles the human person and the cosmos. Seeing this great salvific encounter in the light of Melanesian understanding of Christ strengthens the concept of Man in Melanesia. Christian Anthropology is an integral unit of the Social and religious studies Bachelor’s degree program. It enables the students to know about their origin and the relationship with their environment in the light of Jesus as the prototype human person. A careful examination of the positive characteristics of the human and the divine natures of Jesus can assist the students to interact with their notion of Man in Melanesia as finding its fullness in the person of Jesus Christ.

RS240

RS240 Church History: Modern - 10 Credit Points

This unit explores the history of the Christian Church from the beginning of Reformation to the present day. Students examine the eventual consequences such as religious, economic, social and politics led by Luther, Calvin and Zwingli. Besides this, yet crucial is the response to the Reformation by the Catholic Church, the emerging changes in the Christian Church coupled by the flowering of the missionary movements. Drawing from all these changes into the history, a special emphasis is placed on the foundation of Christian Churches in the Pacific and eventually in Papua New Guinea. Hence, the efforts of the Church to cope with the Enlightenment period, followed closely with the changes in the modern era including the impact of the Second Vatican Council and the major ecumenical resolutions, statements and proposals addressed in their conferences are accommodated too. This unit is integral to Social and religious studies Bachelor’s degree program. It enables the students to explore the importance of history that sprouts already from the period of Renaissance and through the Reformation into the present day. The events that follow after the great awakening and the expansion and growth of the Church into other parts of the world are treated. Having conceived the main trends in Church History, students are led to critically look at the arrival of the various Churches into Melanesia and the teachings that surrounds the Church through the Vatican Council II and the World Ecumenical Council of Churches.

RS245

RS245 Youth Social Work - 10 Credit Points

This unit examines the meaning of youth social work and its operation in PNG today. It explores the stages in the psychological and faith development of adolescents and young adults and the dimensions of their spirituality. A study of the various cultures that young people have experienced in the past and experience in contemporary society is associated with the means of carrying out useful activities for youth as well as pastoral care and counseling of youth.

RS246

RS246 Life Span Issues in Couseling - 10 Credit Points

Building on counseling skills and a well-grounded understanding of human development, the unit prepares counsellors to assist others in dealing with common problems in the life cycle. Amongst these are Dependency, Separation, Identity problems, Peer influence, Loneliness, Failure, Depression, Employment changes, Divorce and Ageing. The unit presents the various styles of counseling best adapted to the age-groups and the type of problem that is raised. This unit follows the sequence of the counseling strand in Social and Religious Studies and builds upon an understanding of psychology and basic counseling processes. In dealing with lifespan issues the unit equips the student to relate with community development areas and use their skills in its promotion. The unit naturally links to parts of the program associated with family life and personal development.

RS327

RS327 Johannine Literature - 10 Credit Points

Students study the Gospel and Letters of John in detail. From this study the distinctive portrait of Jesus presented by John will appear. The technique of the Gospel writer is examined to identify its unique characteristics. Where appropriate, reference is made to the Synoptic Gospels to indicate differences and similarities. The three Letters of John will be examined for their message and their particular characteristics.

RS329

RS329 Counseling and Disorders - 10 Credit Points

Post-Traumatic Stress and Aggression-related problems are common in Papua New Guinea due to its history and cultures. Specific diagnoses and syndromes require specialized counselling. The unit examines the more developed techniques needed by counsellors to deal with Post-Traumatic Stress, Anxiety Disorders, Some Personality Disorders, Depression, Aggression, Addiction, Self-harming and Suicide. The unit is intended to equip students with the capacity to recognize serious problems and to assist in the care of the clients until other professional support is available.

RS332

RS332 Melanesian Wisdom - 10 Credit Points

This unit is designed to develop the students’ critical, logical and analytical approach to thinking and discernment in life. Students explore the basic ideas of the ancient thinkers in Hellenistic culture. Critical and rational thinking is discussed to heighten the search for knowledge. Besides interpolating the threshold of different ideological discoveries and their methodologies, students are given the chance to investigate some of the Melanesian (PNG) thinkers. The critical and analytical methodologies of these thinkers are exposed, critiqued and appraised as a contribution to human race’s philosophical pursuit. Melanesian Wisdom is a unit within the Social and religious studies Bachelor’s degree program. It empowers the students to systematically employ the methods of critical and logical thinking across the cross section of the courses offered. An exposition of the development of ideas and the influence of these ideas in history will enhance the ability to articulate, instil confidence in decision making, sustain individual thinking and responsibility towards others in sharing knowledge.


RS331

 RS331 Church Teachings on Social Justice - 10 Credit Points

This unit deals with the exposition of social justice in the teachings of the Catholic Church. The major principles of Catholic social thought, namely, the inalienable dignity of every human person, the social nature of all human life, and the principle of subsidiarity are discussed in detail. Starting from Patristic social teachings, the unit exposes the topic in the teachings of various Christian Churches. In this course, students will explore the understanding, sources and the importance of social justice in Christian faith and practice. Social Justice is a major component of the Social and religious studies Bachelor’s degree program. The unit enables students to gain insights into the church’s teaching about social order, in particular about the social situations involving issues of justice. The students also can develop a personal perspective on how best they can contribute to solutions for the social issue of injustice and how effectively they can up build the society, particularly in PNG.

 

RS322

RS322 Marriage and Family Issues - 10 Credit Points

This unit presents a comprehension picture of the nature of marriage and family life. It is designed to enable participants to critically reflect on and analyze the relationship between husband and wife and how to promote a healthy relationship. Hence, it will explore marriage and family in PNG traditional and contemporary context and in the Bible. It will examine values of family life and human sexuality. This unit is part of the Social and Religious Studies Degree program. This unit enables students to gain insights into the unit analyzing the traditional and modern values of family life and the challenges facing families today.

RS418

RS418 Social Themes in Pauline Literature - 10 Credit Points

This unit presents a comprehension picture of the nature of marriage and family life. It is designed to enable participants to critically reflect on and analyze the relationship between husband and wife and how to promote a healthy relationship. Hence, it will explore marriage and family in PNG traditional and contemporary context and in the Bible. It will examine values of family life and human sexuality. This unit is part of the Social and Religious Studies Degree program. This unit enables students to gain insights into the unit analyzing the traditional and modern values of family life and the challenges facing families today.

RS420

RS420 Research Proposal Writing - 10 Credit Points

This unit focuses on the preparation of an individual research proposal. Students are introduced to social research and they learn about different approaches used in such research. They develop skills required for the writing of a feasible proposal and they develop research instruments according to the approach they will choose for their major project. They have practical lessons in developing skills such as the interview and observation. The proposal will lead to the major research project which will be carried out in semester 2.

RS422

RS422 Pastoral Care of the Sick and Terminally III - 10 Credit Points

The aim of this unit is to develop the capacity of the students to perceive the ways in which humans approach sickness, suffering and death and assist them to become more skilled in caring for those who are ill. The five stages of dying as developed by Elizabeth Kuebler-Ross are examined as one means to assist caring for the terminally ill. The students are introduced to the essential elements of Clinical Pastoral Education and carry out visitations according to this framework. HIV/AIDS and mental illness are explained in the context of assisting both the affected person and their carers. An analysis of the role of Churches in the care of the sick and terminally ill is also pursued. The Christian view of suffering and death is compared to views held by others.

RS419

RS419 Church as Communion of Communities (E) - 10 Credit Points

The unit examines the nature of the Church as Communion of Communities. This includes the basic understanding of the Church as ecclesial community centered on the study of the Kingdom of God. The salvific work of Christ is shown to continue through the dynamic activities of the Church by the power of the Holy Spirit. Emphasis is placed on strengthening the idea of Christian communities intimately associated with Christ as the perfect model of Communion. Relevant themes are discussed in light of the ecumenical dialogue among the various Churches of our time. This unit is part of the Social and religious studies Bachelor’s degree program. It enables the students to know about the Church as an institution from both perspectives: temporal and spiritual. The notion of the Church has its significance in the study of the Kingdom of God and spreads to embrace the community spirit. Students will inter-relate their scholarly knowledge in an ecumenical spirit through understudying the models used in our time to describe the Church.

RS417

RS417 Management Communication and Development - 10 Credit Points

This unit aims to improve students’ understanding of and skills in communication and community development. Students will critically evaluate the role of communication in relation to community development. They will identify the strategies and behaviours involved in successful communication for community policy, planning and implementation through a participatory approach. This unit also provides the theoretical lenses of communication and community development. Students study the different communication models and development theories and praxis to advocate for development in the context of Papua New Guinea.

RS424

RS424 Prophesy and Poetry - 10 Credit Points

The unit examines two key themes in the Hebrew Scriptures, that of the poetry of the psalms, the Song of Songs and the book of Ecclesiastes and that of prophecy. The poetry section will examine selected Psalms, the Song of Songs and Ecclesiastes. The prophecy section concerns itself with the nature, contribution and theology of the prophetic movement in Israel. The interaction of prophets and kings will be considered and an exegesis of selected texts from the prophets Amos, Hosea, Isaiah, Micah, Jeremiah and Ezekiel will be undertaken.

RS416

RS416 Supervised Research Project - 10 Credit Points

This unit provides the opportunity for students to apply their knowledge of research skills. Students choose a topic related to areas of study undertaken during previous semesters. The work will be between 5,000 and 8,000 words in length. Students will present a plan of action for approval and will meet regularly with a supervisor in carrying out this work. It is expected that written work will reach publication standard. Students are encouraged to present research findings in creative ways (dramatic, artistic).

IS117

IS117 End-User Computing & Word Processing (Service Unit) - 10 Credit Points

This unit provides an introduction to the PC including its structure and place in the home or small office environment. It seeks to develop basic computer literacy and typing skills. Included is an understanding and facility with the use of a graphical user interface. Students are also provided with skills to use an Office suite of software, email, Internet and an intranet. Word Processing is an essential skill in the home and the small office and for student assignment writing. Students are given a comprehensive introduction to the basics of text formatting using word processing software.

IS113

 IS113 Spread Sheet Management (Service Unit) - 10 Credit Points

Electronic spreadsheets now replace hand-written financial record keeping and calculating in the small or home office environment. As well the typical ‘what-if’ analysis feature of spreadsheets facilitates decision-making. Skills in spreadsheets management are, therefore, essential for those entering the business world. With a commonly used software application this skills-based unit students are introduced to the fundamental principles and practical skills required to produce accurate calculations in worksheets with a professional appearance.

PG303

PG303 Community Development and Practice - 10 Credit Points

Students consider community development strategies in practice. They explore how community development can address macro and micro problems in society using case studies relevant to PNG. Emphasis is on how community development skills can be developed in ways that facilitate the empowerment of communities to take control and responsibility for their own development. Students develop skills in strategy development, funding proposal submissions, needs analysis and conflict management. Students critically reflect upon the application and outcomes of community development as they enter into an agreement with a community-based group to design, initiate or implement a project.

PG309

PG309 Social Policies of Community Development - 10 Credit Points

This unit highlights how community development needs to be guided and strengthened by relevant and appropriate social policies. A policies’ framework provides an avenue to pursue meaningful development. This unit examines some social development policies in areas such as health, education, law and order women’s issues, welfare and population, and demonstrates how these are related and relevant to social and community development.

CA319

 CA319 Social Science Research Methods - 10 Credit Points

This unit is an introduction to applied social research methods. Students gain competency in the processes and skills of social and cultural inquiry. They learn about quantitative and qualitative types of research, steps in the research process and the use of standard data-gathering instruments. They learn to present their findings within the genre of discursive writing, paying special attention to logic and argumentative skills. This unit is a prerequisite to the units RS420 Research Proposal Writing and RS416 Supervised Research Project in the fourth year of the program.

BS317

 BS317 Human Resource Management - 10 Credit Points

The unit introduces students to the functions and practice of Human Resource Management (HRM) in organisations seeking to deliver quality service and achieve performance improvement. The unit will explore the relevance and adaptation of HRM concepts in the context of work and culture in Papua New Guinea companies.

RS145

RS145 Book of Revelation (Reserve Unit) - 10 Credit Points

This unit requires students to be familiarized with the apocalyptic literature among the books of the Bible in general and the Book of Revelation in Particular. While addressing the differences among different Christian denominations as to how to understand the book, the unit invites the students to have a closer look at the historical context of the composition of the book, the ideas and concepts showcased there, the problems addressed by the author, and the messages contained in the book for the readers down through the ages. It will also be emphasized that the Book of Revelation is not to be interpreted in isolation, but is to be understood holistically as an integral part of the whole Bible, particularly the New Testament.

RS326

RS326 Physical and Human Geography (Reserve Unit) - 10 Credit Points

This unit provides a study of the earth’s dynamic systems – its air, water, weather, climate, landforms, rocks, soils, plants, ecosystems and biomes – and how humans interact with the earth’s systems. The approach considers local, national and global interests as is appropriate to a particular topic. The reading and interpretation of topographic maps forms an important part of the course. This unit also provides a study of the earth’s renewable and non-renewable natural resources and considers the factors affecting the use made of these resources. A study of population is undertaken to show the patterns of distribution occurring in the world. The growth and movement of peoples and the resulting urbanisation and industrialisation will receive special attention. Particular reference is made to Papua New Guinea in the course of this study.

RS333

RS333 Liturgy: Symbolism and Meaning (Reserve Unit) - 10 Credit Points

This unit invites students to get closer to the liturgical traditions and practices in Christian Churches, particularly, in the Catholic Church. Having introduced the various liturgical traditions and practices in the Church, the students are then invited to have a historical, anthropological and critical understanding of the philosophy, symbolism and meaning of liturgical worship in the Church. Words and actions (gestures) which are symbolic bearing deep meaning are discussed in terms of human beings’ relationship to God, from a Christian perspective. Analysing the principle of “Lex orandi: lex credendi” (the law of prayer: the law of faith), the students are guided to critically evaluate the implications of that dictum, with reference to another phrase, namely “lex vivendi” (the law of life). The unit will maintain a holistic approach to liturgy by establishing a relationship between liturgical celebrations and in depth life of faith.

RS410

RS410 Literature and Drama (Reserve Unit) - 10 Credit Points

Students are introduced to a variety of literature written in English language by outstanding authors, dramatists and poets. Students learn to evaluate the different forms of literature according to the criteria normally used in judging the various literary genres. At the same time, it is expected that the students develop a love for literature and learn to appreciate literary works for their literary value, ideologies, social and cultural transformation they stand for and propagate.

RS425

RS425 Modern World History (Reserve Unit) - 10 Credit Points

Students study important political, social and economic developments that occurred in the twentieth century particularly as they concern Europe, Australia and the Middle East. The unit covers important topics such as the cause of wars and their consequences, the European Common Market, the Cold War, industrialization, the growth of trade, immigration and terrorism. 

 

 

 

 

Bachelor of Communication Arts (Journalism)

BA (Journalism)

Requisites to complete the award

Achievement of 320 credit points or 40 credit points each semester

Duration of Study

The main program of the Communication Arts Department is the four-year Bachelor of Communication Arts (Journalism). Students learn print media, radio, television, internet and publishing skills using modern electronic facilities.

Study Mode and Location

Students can apply for a Full time study (4 years) and live on campus or they can also apply for full time study and live off campus.

Entry Requirements


•    An ‘A’ or ‘B’ in English at Grade 12 level
•    A letter outlining the reasons for wanting to study Communication Arts at DWU
•    Good references

First Year

Semester One

CA121       Communication Skills
CA122       Introduction to Journalism
CA123       News and Current Affairs Awareness 1
IS117         End-User Computing and Word Processing
RS234       Christian Ethics

Semester Two

CA124       PNG Infrastructure
CA125       PNG History
CA127       Basic Reporting
PG107       PNG Literature
PG131       PNG Politics and Public Administration


Second Year

Semester One

CA221       News and Current Affairs Awareness 2
CA222       Community Reporting 1
CA223       Layout and Design
CA224       Broadcast Journalism 1
CA225       Media Law and Ethics

Semester Two

CA226       Introduction to Politics
CA227       Media and Society
CA228       Community Reporting 2
CA229       Broadcast and Journalism 2
CA230       Family and Social Issues

Third Year


Semester One

CA323       Publishing
CA324       Television News
CA327       Communication and Development
CA328       Feature Writing

Semester Two

CA329       Public Relations Theory & Practice
IS209         Internet Applications
BS317        Human Resource Management
CA321        Asia- Pacific Development Issues (E)
PG307        Issues in Oral History (E)
PG308        Gender Issues (E)
IR304         Diplomacy & Negotiation (E)

Fourth Year

Semester One

CA421       In-Depth Reporting
CA422       Applied Research for Social Sciences
CA423       Communication Skills for NGO Workers (E)
PG405       Leading and Managing a Major Change Project (E)
PG458       Globalisation in the Pacific (E)
IR432        Geopolitics in Asia-Pacific (E)

Semester Two

CA424        Research Seminars and Dissertation
CA426        TV Current Affairs Programs (E)
PG407        Film Studies for Development (E)

Reserve Units

CA126   Tok Pisin - 8 Credit Points

CA325    Radio News - 10 Credit Points

CA425    Radio Programs - 10 Credit Points

Certificate in English Language Arts

The curriculum is based on the language text Cutting Edge, modules 1-15. This text has graded editions: beginning, intermediate, advanced intermediate and advanced. The text has both teacher books and student work books, a CDROM and supplementary digital resources for each level. Specific topics, language focus, grammar, vocabulary and activities in the four skills of listening, speaking, reading and writing are outlined. For example:

Module1

Module 1 (Beginner):  Nice to meet you
Real life: Saying hello and good-bye
Grammar: Personal pronouns / question forms
Vocabulary: The alphabet, jobs, numbers
Reading: Personal information / profile of famous people
Writing: Capital letters, punctuation marks

Module 2

Module 2 (Beginner): Around the world
Real life: Phone numbers, filling in a form
Grammar: Pronouns in affirmative and negative questions
Vocabulary: Countries and nationalities
Reading: Living in the Antarctic / You’re amazing
Writing: Filling in a form, writing about oneself

Module 3

Module 3 (Pre-Intermediate): Leisure and lifestyle
Real life: Questions you can’t live without
Grammar: Revision of question forms, present simple
Vocabulary: Leisure activities
Reading: Unusual ways of keeping fit
Writing: Write a fact file

There are no formal academic requirements for entry into this program. Those who might want to use the program as part of a matriculation program would need either PNG Grade 10 achievements or other achievements in lieu of this basic educational level.

 

Unit Descriptions

CA121


CA121 Communication Skills- 8 Credit Points

Students in the communications field in PNG must become good communicators both verbally and in writing. In this unit students develop skills in speaking effectively and in writing clear Standard English. Students make short speeches, engage in debates, conduct interviews and participate in group drama in order to improve their skills and confidence in communicating with people. They practise different forms of writing, including news reports, summaries, critical responses and academic essays with attention to succinct sentence construction, verb tenses, spelling and vocabulary.

CA122

CA122 Introduction to Journalism- 8 Credit Points

In this unit students appreciate the key concepts in the study of journalism and discuss issues related to the role of journalists in society. All topics are treated within the PNG context. Although most students will not become journalists within the mainstream media in PNG, all students develop transferable journalism knowledge and skills in order to find their place in the wider communications sector.

CA123

CA123 News and Current Affairs Awareness 1- 8 Credit Points

The News and Current Affairs Awareness unit explores the PNG mainstream media and the ways in which issues are reported in the news each day. Students learn to take an interest in the news and to critically analyse the information and opinion presented in all forms of PNG media through seminars and group discussion. Students compile news logs for print, radio and television and present case studies.

CA124

CA124 PNG Infrastructure - 8 Credit Points

It is essential that journalists have a good understanding of how their country works. In the PNG Infrastructure unit students broaden their understanding of news stories and learn how to identify appropriate sources of information. Students gain a basic knowledge of how their country works, including national and provincial government, courts and the law, health and other essential services, tourism, business and industry, churches and religions, charities and aid organisations, NGO’s, sporting associations and leisure providers.

CA125

CA125 PNG History - 8 Credit Points

In this unit students examine and discuss the achievements of their ancestors, the colonial experience and most recent developments of the post-independence period. The unit puts emphasis on the experience of being colonised. Students explore the ways in which villagers who became ‘Papuans’ and ‘New Guineans’ responded to the ideas, images and institutions imported by the colonisers. Students are encouraged to appreciate the cultural and historical context through which PNG became a Sovereign Nation State.

CA126

CA126 Tok Pisin - 10 Credit Points

Tok Pisin is the second language of media communication in Papua New Guinea. Journalists need to be able to accurately translate spoken Tok Pisin into written English and vice versa. Translation is not possible on a word-by-word basis, so students study the principles of good translation. Students will analyse both Tok Pisin and English media presentations and learn the skills required to write stories in Tok Pisin.

CA127

CA127 Basic Reporting - 8 Credit Points

This unit covers the fundamental skills required to write news story. Students learn to write stories that are clear, logical and accurate. They examine the role of the reporter in the structure of news organisations, news values and news judgment, newsgathering, interviewing and news writing techniques. Students demonstrate competence at developing story ideas and writing a basic news story, using correct grammar and style.

CA221

CA221 News and Current Affairs Awareness 2 - 8 Credit Points

This unit focuses on international media and international news issues. Through observing, discussing, describing, comparing and analysing news media outlets from around the globe, students develop media literacy skills. Students develop the skills to critically engage with various news media outlets. They compare and contrast various international news media outlets with equivalent outlets in PNG. Students approach the media critically through concepts such as ownership models, local content, the use of news as a commodity and as a concept when analysing the way PNG and international news media address issues.

CA222

CA222 Community Reporting 1- 8 Credit Points

In this unit students consider news reporting in the context of PNG as a developing country and realise the significance of journalism in national development. While emphasis is on the daily newsroom context, students explore issues-based reporting. Students use their own initiative to find, develop and write stories that are suitable for publication in the national media and the department’s training newssheet Liklik Diwai. They develop individual specialist knowledge of issues of importance in Papua New Guinea as the basis for gathering and writing news stories.

CA223

CA223 Layout and Design- 8 Credit Points

The Layout and Design unit integrates the theory of design for print media with the practical application of this knowledge using PageMaker desktop publishing software. Students learn the technical computer skills required to create page layouts using PageMaker and edit images using Photoshop, through practical instruction, supervised practical application of skills, and practical exercises. They learn the principles of typography and graphic design through theory lectures, group work and practical exercises. This knowledge is put into practice by producing the department’s newspaper, Liklik Diwai.

CA224

CA224 Broadcast Journalism 1- 8 Credit Points

The Broadcast Journalism unit introduces the skills needed to succeed in today’s radio news environment. It also provides an introduction to radio news and current affairs production. Using equipment in the Department’s Electronic Media Training Facility, students gain the skills needed to produce radio news and current affairs. Students practise digital recording and editing through the use of mini-disc recorders and Pro Tools editing software. The skills students learn include newsgathering, interviewing skills for radio, writing radio scripts and editing recorded materials.

CA225

CA225 Media Law and Ethics- 8 Credit Points

The Media Law and Ethics unit examines the ethical demands on today’s journalists and looks at the role of the PNG Media Council and its proposed Complaints Tribunal. Codes of Conduct are considered and their strengths and weaknesses explored. Issues such as accuracy, balance, fairness, privacy, harassment, discrimination, taste, decency, confidential sources and misinformation are also examined. Students become familiar with essential laws for journalists, including defamation and restrictions on the reporting of crime and courts. High ethical standards are of increasing importance to PNG’s media.

CA226

CA226 Introduction to Politics- 8 Credit Points

The Introduction to Politics unit encourages students to be aware of issues which form the basis of politics and governance in society. Political theories, perspectives and concepts of power, governance, provincial government reforms, electoral reforms, political accountability, corruption and sustainable development are explored and discussed. Students describe and discuss the dominant concepts and theories in politics, analyse factors influencing political decision-making and recognise political constrains and evaluate their importance in national development contexts.

CA227

CA227 Media and Society - 8 Credit Points

This unit explores the role of the media in contemporary society, the main communication concepts and a range of theoretical approaches for analysis of media. It defines media studies, the relationship between media and society, communication in traditional and modern societies, the use of language, gender, ethnic and social representation in the media, media ownership, power and advertising, and media in developing societies. Students learn how to view critically the role of media in their society and use appropriate concepts and approaches in their analysis. The coursework develops students’ academic reading and writing skills.

CA228

CA228 Community Reporting 2 - 8 Credit Points

Building on Community Reporting 1, this unit emphasises issues-based reporting while reinforcing the routines of daily news reporting. Students visit the courts and learn the correct procedures for court reporting. They examine reporting issues in the PNG context and write feature articles as well as news reports. Students again provide news copy for Liklik Diwai and selected copies will also be forwarded to the national news media and other organizations.

CA229

CA229 Broadcast Journalism 2- 8 Credit Points

The first module of this unit extends the basic skills learnt in Broadcast Journalism 1. In the radio module students script and produce news stories and a twenty-minute radio program featuring news, current issues and profile interviews. In the second module students are introduced to the basics of television, including what TV pictures are, how TV stations work, how programs get on air, the components of television language and the visual grammar of motion pictures that help to tell a story visually. Students conduct and shoot an interview and write the script for TV news packages.

CA230

CA230 Family and Social Issues- 8 Credit Points

In the Family and Social Issues unit, students develop the skills to examine contemporary social, community and development issues. Communication specialists need to understand the range of issues impacting on families and communities in our rapidly changing society. Students identify social issues, such as traditional and church marriages, polygamy, HIV/AIDS, violence, gender inequalities, corruption, poverty and development and explore their impact on society. Students creatively apply their news story and feature writing skills, as well as layout and design skills, by producing material suitable for publication.

CA299

CA299 Work Experience - 8 Credit Points

In the Communication Arts program, students undertake work experience in a media organization or a communications workplace. Work experience provides students with exposure to the daily routine of newsrooms and the requirements of media offices in an organization. Students undertake a range of duties according to the requirements of the particular organization and apply a range of relevant skills and knowledge. Students record, review and evaluate the work performed under supervision in the workplace.

CA321

CA321 Asia-Pacific Development Issues- 10 Credit Points

This unit provides an overview of political, economic and social theories and how they can be put into practice in PNG and other developing countries in the Asia-Pacific region. Issues such as population, poverty, concepts of democratic rule and globalization are discussed. Case studies of various ASEAN countries such as Malaysia, Singapore and Indonesia are studied as comparative analysis of the development challenges impacting the life of the people and the countries of the region.

CA322

CA322 Creative Writing - 10 Credit Points

The Creative Writing unit gives students the opportunity to explore experiences, ideas, emotions, and images in their own words. They develop language skills, vocabulary, sensibility, and confidence in their own creative, literary and imaginative skills through intense writing exercises. The unit includes lectures on literary techniques, and various forms of poetry, short stories and prose.

CA323

CA323 Publishing - 10 Credit Points

The Publishing unit has two main elements: editorial skills (reporting and sub-editing); and production skills (layout and design). For design and production, students use QuarkXPress and Photoshop software, putting their creative skills into practice by planning and producing a publication as a team. Students submit their own ideas for this publication project, which could be a one-off magazine or a book. The publication will be sub-edited by all the students, demonstrating how sub-editing improves copy, thereby producing professional-looking publications.

CA324

CA324 Television News - 10 Credit Points

In this unit, students learn the practical aspects of television news journalism. Students identify, shoot and produce items of broadcast quality for television news. Analysis of broadcast news provides a foundation for students to undertake pre-production, production and post-production of two-minute news items.

CA325

CA325 Radio News- 10 Credit Points

The Radio News unit develops skills for in-depth reporting on radio. Students gather quality audio for broadcast and become comfortable with the technology required to produce radio news. They learn how to communicate effectively to the listener, paying attention to the details and complexity of the day’s news. Students research stories, check facts and complete work within tight deadlines. This unit enables students to individually produce a 4-5 minute radio news or current affairs story in one day and to have the ability, as part of a team, to produce a half-hour current affairs program.

CA327

CA327 Communication and Development - 10 Credit Points

Can the media influence change? Should the media try to influence change? What is the role of the media in a developing country? The unit approaches the issues of communication and development through the study of various theories of development and differing models of communication. It explores people’s right to information, access to information, participation and empowerment. Students critically analyse the role of the media as an agent of nationalism, the relationship between the media and government in developing countries, and the role the media plays in formal and informal education.

CA328

CA328 Feature Writing - 10 Credit Points

Students analyse features in print and examine the role of television and radio documentaries. The unit concentrates on the fundamentals of feature writing and explores how true features differ from in-depth news reports and shorter articles. The unit covers the ground rules for successful features: focusing on an idea, different types of introductions and endings and how to structure a feature. It looks at the importance of getting good quotes and anecdotes. Students apply the ground rules to write features such as travel, social comment, human interest and first person.

CA421

CA421 In-Depth Reporting - 10 Credit Points

The In-Depth Reporting unit concentrates on the skills required to research and prepare material for publication. The emphasis is on finding material, developing research strategies and problem solving. Students are encouraged to evaluate their own work and to devise strategies for self-improvement. Students produce two research reports and one in-depth news background feature article.

CA422

CA422 Applied Research for Social Science- 10 Credit Points

This unit is an introduction to applied social research methods with an emphasis on communication research. Students gain competency in the processes and skills of social and cultural (communication/media) inquiry. They learn about quantitative and qualitative types of research, steps in the research process and the use of standard data-gathering instruments. They learn to present their findings within the genre of discursive writing, paying special attention to logic and argumentative skills. This unit is a prerequisite to the main research project that fourth year students undertake in their final semester of studies.

CA423

CA423Communication Skills for NGO Workers- 10 Credit Points

There is increasing demand for professionals with communication and publishing skills to work within NGOs and small organizations. Students learn how these organizations work and develop skills to meet their needs. They produce publications such as leaflets and newsletters, and the stages of planning media campaigns that promote the work of organisations. They learn how to attract publicity for organisations through writing press releases and giving interviews. The issues involved in working in public relations in a developing country, and crisis management are also covered.

CA424

CA424 Research Seminars and Dissertation- 10 Credit Points

Students proceed through the stages of an extended research project from the formulation of an original hypothesis, through a literature review, multiple modes of data collection, data analysis and expressing the findings and recommendations for further study. Each project requires a tailored social research method and extends over the full academic year, in the production of an 8000 minimum word document.

CA425

CA425 Radio Programs -10 Credit Points

The Radio Programs unit develops students’ skills in planning and producing a substantial work for radio. Students plans, research, produce and deliver radio features of industry quality. The unit requires students to be self-motivated learners and producers. Students work individually on their features, completing them to a deadline before presenting them to their peers. Students extend their digital audio production, scripting and planning skills. Teaching is by tutorials, oral presentations, intense practical work, self and peer evaluation.

CA426

CA426 TV Current Affairs Programs- 10 Credit Points

Television journalists need to be able to produce more than simple news stories and need to be able to develop segments for current affairs programs by introducing context, background and analysis. In this unit students concentrate on producing 5 minute current affairs programs.

IS117

IS117 End-User Computing & Word Processing (Service Unit)- 8 Credit Points

This unit provides an introduction to the PC including its structure and place in the home or small office environment. It seeks to develop basic computer literacy and typing skills. Included is an understanding and facility with the use of a graphical user interface. Students are also provided with skills to use an Office suite of software, email, Internet and an intranet. Word Processing is an essential skill in the home and the small office and for student assignment writing. Students are given a comprehensive introduction to the basics of text formatting using word processing software.

RS234

RS234 Christian Ethics - 8 Credit Points

Ethics is a systematic, critical study concerned with the evaluation of human conduct to help male decisions about the future. It is concerned about what is right, fair, just or good; about what we ought to do, not just what is the case or what is most acceptable or expedient. Christian ethics is the critical evaluation of human conduct from a Christian perspective. In this course, students will explore the understanding, sources and importance of ethics in everybody’s personal and professional life.

IS209

IS209 Internet Applications (Service unit) - 10 Credit Points

The Internet is a worldwide interconnection of networks. It has no single central file server nor does a single computer control it. One of the software Internet applications is the World Wide Web (WWW). The WWW consists of a huge collection of hypertext-linked documents (HTML documents) stored on computers around the world. Students study and explore the dynamics of World Wide Web and how it can be used as a research and communication tool that would lead them into making informed decisions about the impacts the Internet and World Wide Web have on our changing society.

PG107

PG107 PNG Literature- 8 Credit Points

This unit introduces students to Papua New Guinean oral literature and contemporary literature. Students collect myths and legends to explore PNG’s oral literature and traditions. Contemporary Papua New Guinean literature is studied, in the form of poems, short stories, novels and drama. Students analyse, discuss and synthesise the issues raised. They also study and critique writing styles. The important issues of literacy, readership, authorship, and the historical development of PNG literature are also discussed. In this unit students acquire critiquing skills, oral presentation skills and referencing skills.

PG131

PG131 PNG Politics and Public Administration - 8 Credit Points

In PNG Politics and Public Institutions, students explore concepts and ideas about politics in general with particular emphasis on politics in Papua New Guinea. Students analyse theories in politics and apply these theories to PNG society. Students study the nature of public institutions in PNG; what they are, their administration, functions, roles, problems and implications on society. Students investigate policy, particularly theories about policy and policymaking in Papua New Guinea.

PG307

PG307 Issues in Oral History - 10 Credit Points

This unit surveys current and recent writings on the aims, methods and varieties of oral history, particularly, as these deal with issues such as: relationships between oral history and oral traditions, oral histories and indigenous people, women’s voices, ‘Holocaust’ histories, life histories, myths and oral histories, memory and history. Students explore a range of issues to do with the practice of oral history, through hands-on experiences in interviewing, recording, transcribing, translating and reflecting on oral testimonies; and ethical issues, like ownership, rights, and privacy for informants. Students prepare for field projects in their ‘home’ regions.

PG308

PG308 Gender Issues- 10 Credit Points

In this unit, contemporary gender issues are explored with sensitivity to cultural settings, awareness of change and a recognition that equal participation of men and women is fundamental to national development. Cultural perspectives, changes in women’s roles, the need for women’s education, issues in defining identity, educational and career opportunities, gender equity, the challenge of being mothers and professionals, the management of family priorities and professional goals, and equal participation are all addressed. Underlying philosophical, social and political theories are examined with specific case studies. Women in literature and media images of women are examined.

BS317

BS317 Human Resource Management - 10 Credit Points

The unit introduces students to the functions and practice of Human Resource Management (HRM) in organisations seeking to deliver quality service and achieve performance improvement. The unit will explore the relevance and adaptation of HRM concepts in the context of work and culture in Papua New Guinea companies.

IR304

IR304 Diplomacy and Negotiation- 10 Credit Points 

This unit explores specific theories in the art of diplomatic tact, skill and negotiations. It focuses on specific methods of strategising, negotiating and leading a delegation to international or regional conferences. Negotiation is the tool of diplomacy and students will develop various skills essential to their work environment and life as a whole.

PG405

PG405 Leading a Major Change Project - 10 Credit Points

This unit draws together the major skills learned in the management stream. Students work on processes of managing change and innovation, organisational change and renewal, the resistance to change, managing a change program; and processes of designing and implementing a change program in communities and other organisations such as companies, non-government organisations, and churches. There is a review of contemporary thinking on the meaning of development and change, leadership, facilitation and negotiation. Students undertake a project in consultation with the lecturer.

PG407

PG407 Film Studies for Development - 10 Credit Points

This unit guides students to become critical viewers of film as a medium of communication for development. The viewing of films, both fiction and documentaries, allows for analysis and discussion of style, language, theme, plot, character, pictures and soundtrack, in the context of time, space and message communicated by the particular film. Students will work on the making of a film, documentary or fiction: basic idea, development, plot, characterisation, writing and drawing of script, technical description of shots and scenes, costumes, make-up and props.

PG458

PG458 Globalisation in the Pacific - 10 Credit Points

This unit begins with the growth of the global system of social, economic and political power stimulated by the spread of European institutions and control through the structure of imperialism. Once this context is established, the unit focuses upon themes relevant to modern times. Themes include: growth of resource and manufacturing industries; globalization of banking and finances; population change and mass migration; emergence of global warfare, Cold war and nuclear armaments; rich nations and poor nations; globalization of transport, communication and media; ideologies, values, beliefs and religious movements; island nations in a world system; development, dependency; trans-national corporations and national sovereignty.

 

CA329 Public relations theory and practice                  10

CA424 Research Seminars and Dissertation                   20
CA426 TV Current Affairs Programs                                  10
PG407 Film Studies for Development (E)                         10

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Bachelor of Arts (PNG Studies and International Relations)

The Bachelor of Arts (PNG Studies and International Relations) program creates global citizens who think creatively about the challenges facing Papua New Guinea in the 21st century. The students, in close collaboration with faculty staff, 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.

 

Program Code: BA (PGIR) 

 

Credit Points Required

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

Duration of Study

The main program of the Department is the four-year Bachelor of Arts (PNG Studies and International Relations).

Study mode and Location

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

Pre - requisites

Applicants are required to have a minimum ‘B’ grade and above in all Grade 12 level subjects is required, especially in the social sciences, arts and language subjects.

 

Program Units

First Year

Semester One

PG115 Academic Study Skills
PG151 Cultural Anthropology
IS117 End-User Computing and Word Processing
RS234 Christian Ethics

 

Semester two

PG116 Sociolinguistic
PG133 Politics: Theories and Concepts
PG135 Environmental Sustainability
PG136 Gender and Development Studies

 

Second Year

Semester One

PG216 Legal and Constitutional Studies
PG217 Contemporary Pacific History
IR202 Theories & Concepts of International Relations
IR203 International Organizations

 

Semester two

PG218 Influence of Foreign Powers in the Pacific
PG219 Political Economy: Theories and Concepts
IR204 PNG Foreign Policy
IR205 Fundamentalism and Global Politics

 

Third Year

Semester One

PG315 Peace and Conflict Studies
PG330 Theories of Development and Change
IR302 International Law and Practice
IR333 Foreign Policy Analysis

 

Semester two

PG309 Social Policies of Community Development
PG314 Gender and Equity Issues
IR304 Diplomacy and Negotiations
CA319 Social Science Research Methods

 

Fourth Year

Semester One

PG458 Globalization in the Pacific
PG453 Leading and Managing a Project
IR431 International and Regional Security
IR408 International and Public Administration

 

Semester two

PG416 Major Research Project
PG417 PNG Studies and International Relations Seminars
IR403 International Political Economy
IR432 Geopolitics in Asia Pacific

 

Reserve Units

PG134 PNG languages
PG252 Interpreting cultures
PG303 Community development and practices
PG313 Indigenous knowledges
PG353 Classical ethnographics
PG354 Contemporary PNG ethnographics
PG407 Film studies for development
PG408 Community project analysis
PG418 PNG economy and Vision 2050
PG455 Case studies resource project and conflict
PG454 Scientific Report Writing
IR305 Case studies in north-south relations
IR307 Disaster and risk management
IR406 Transnational issues
IR407 Human rights and international development

 

 

Unit Descriptions

Year 1

PG115

PG115 Academic Study Skills - 10 Credit Points

Study skills at tertiary level differs significantly to that of previous experiences in lower levels of education. This unit aims to provide the student with knowledge of vital tertiary level study skills to help the student learn how to be an effective learner and to enhance student academic effectiveness in the first semester of their transition to tertiary study.

 

PG151

PG151 Cultural Anthropology - 10 Credit Points

This course covers the similarities and differences in human societies, from hunting and gathering to industrialized societies. It compares and contrasts Papua New Guinean beliefs and practices with those of other societies. Students are introduced to related cultural concepts and principles including holism and cultural relativism.

IS117

IS117 End-User Computing & Word Processing - 10 Credit Points

Technology, computers and the Internet, are indispensable tools in almost all kind of activities in professional and private life. End-User Computing and Word unit provides students with necessary knowledge and skills to function confidently and efficiently in computer-based environment. The unit familiarizes students with the Windows environment, file management and Internet skills. Since the word processing is the most fundamental application, the unit also provides comprehensive introduction to the basics of document formatting using word-processing.

RS234

RS234 Christian Ethics - 10 Credit Points

Ethics is a systematic, critical study concerned with the evaluation of human conduct to help male decisions about the future. It is concerned about what is right, fair, just or good; about what we ought to do, not just what is the case or what is most acceptable or expedient. Christian ethics is the critical evaluation of human conduct from a Christian perspective. In this course, students will explore the understanding, sources and importance of ethics in everybody’s personal and professional life.

PG116

PG116 Sociolinguistics - 10 Credit Points

The unit explores the essentially social nature of language in the PNG context. Topics involving social factors like ‘Language change’ the question of ‘language’ and ‘dialects’, ‘social variation in language use’ speech style and register, code-switching, bilingualism, language loss. Students will be expected to examine the ways in which language reflects the attitudes of society to what extent language determine these attitudes. This unit will provide a general awareness of the essentially social nature of language. Students will also be expected to examine the ways in which language reflects the attitudes of society and to what extent language determines these attitudes. These social issues will be articulated from the PNG perspectives or contexts with appropriate links to global contexts.

PG133

PG133 Politics: Theories and Concepts - 10 Credit Points

This unit introduces students to the study of politics by outlining the major theories and concepts that define this field of knowledge. Politics is the process by which groups representing divergent interest and values make collective decisions. Students are to analyse the theories and concepts and apply them to the PNG context in order to understand functions of the 3 arms of government, interest groups, unions, non-governmental organizations and other groups in society.

PG135

PG135 Environmental Sustainability - 10 Credit Points

This unit develops students’ professional and ethical attitudes towards the environment and sustainability approaches. Students develop an appreciation on the core development and the way government, business and environmental groups respond to it. The political ecology and the moral and ethical attitudes towards developmental issues like the environmental resources development, sustainability, protections of ecology and best practices of resources and conservations.

PG136

PG136 Gender and Development Studies - 10 Credit Points

This unit seeks to mainstream gender in development activities. It will include theories and concepts in gender studies and development. It will critically analyse how cultural definitions of sex and gender; womanhood and manhood, cultural and environmental constructs of gender, gender socialization and how gender is used as a major organizing principle. It will also discuss the cultural and modern interface of gender in development activities. The content will be delivered by lectures, tutorials, discussions and seminar presentations of relevant articles on the subtopics.

 

Year 2

PG216

PG216 Legal and Constitutional Studies - 10 Credit Points

This unit provides an overview of legal and constitutional processes in the independent state of Papua New Guinea. Topics covered include the nature and classification of law, sources of law and the levels of courts, jurisdiction constitutional frae work, international law and national judicial system in Papua New Guinea. It will cover specific areas like nature of law, legislation, and jurisdiction, levels of courts, constitution law, and international law.

PG217

PG217 Contemporary Pacific History - 10 Credit Points

This unit aims to provide the student with knowledge about the coming of the Europeans and how they changed the ancient people of the Pacific and their way of life. It explores evidence from archaeology (Lapita pottery complex), languages and cultures about the ways in which the Pacific islands were peopled. The historical understanding of migration routes and colonization in the Pacific is significant to understanding its impacts and influence in society today.

IR202

IR202 Theories and Concepts of International Relations - 10 Credit Points

This unit introduces various theories and concepts that explain international relations. Students will study how state and non-state actors build their power and use it to pursue their national interest through their foreign policies. These theories include; positivist and post-positivist theories such as power and security, realism, liberalism, interdependence, transnational relations, dependency theory and idealist theory, among others. Students will study the importance of the role of state and non-state actors in the conduct of international relations and explore concepts such as power, state, sovereignty, national interest, unilateralism, bilateralism, multilateralism and foreign policy.

IR203

IR203 International Organizations - 10 Credit Points

This unit covers the implementation of major international and regional treaties and conventions and agreements that bind nations together. It enables students to have a better understanding of how the International Court of Justice plays a major role in dealing with human rights issues, war crimes, and genocide. Students comprehend the nature of treaties, conventions and agreements that operate as templates to assist nations to work together in their bilateral or multilateral relations.

PG218

PG218 Influence of Foreign Powers in the Pacific - 10 Credit Points

This unit aims to provide the student with the knowledge and skills to analyse the current trend known as the ‘Rise of Asia’ from an international relations context as well as how other power politics in the region try to counter-balance the rise of Asia. The ‘Rise of Asia’ has led to the increase in Asian influence not only in the Pacific but all over the world and how other majors powers in the region such as Australia and United States have tried to balance the power of rising China, India and others. Specific case studies will be analysed to identify and debate the issues and challenges brought by power politics by foreign powers.

PG219

PG219 Political Economy: Theories and Concepts - 10 Credit Points

This unit focuses on economic conditions of countries with specific reference to PNG. Students explore the historical development of the economy in PNG, and the role and operations of government in setting economic goals, controlling the financial sector, and setting monetary and fiscal policies. Students evaluate the current political and economic situation and living standards in relation to the region, using critical drawn from the consumer price index, inflation, balance of payments, exchange rates, gross domestic product, and income and employment statistics. They explore PNG’s foreign trade and international relations, with attention to the main export commodities, and the volume of exports and imports.

IR204

IR204 PNG Foreign Policy - 10 Credit Points

Students will study the development of foreign policies for countries in the Asia Pacific region and how they have evolved over the years. The study will also discuss how major powers in the region design and implement their foreign policies and make comparative analysis. Students will debate and discuss on the implications of those Foreign Policy pursuits. The unit provides students with background and rationale for respective country’s policy choices basing on their national interests as well as to suit the changing international political, social economic and security situations in the region and the world at large.

IR205

IR205 Fundamentalism and Global Politics - 10 Credit Points

Students will study the comparative world religions and how the values and the belief systems influence global politics. They will do comparative studies on how people in societies perceive, interpret and portray elements of fundamentalism; how they involve aggression, violence and terrorist activities. Students will discuss inter-denominational conflicts and how those conflicts challenge states and societies in their decision-making and politics as well as economic development. The unit provides students with background on how countries’ foreign policies are influenced by factors relating to religion and how global politics is shaped by fundamentalist elements as in the case of religion violence, Jihadist movements and terrorist activities, among others.

 

Year 3

PG315

PG315 Peace and Conflict Studies - 10 Credit Points

This unit studies the dichotomy between peace and conflict and the impact it has on community and nation building. While peace is desirable and commendable in societal life, conflict is inescapable as part and partial of community life. The unit will study methods and approaches to intervene, negotiate, and mediate peace in conflicting situation while at the same time developing strategies and programs from maintaining peace which is a prerequisite for integral human development and progress. The unit will take into consideration the approach to peace and conflict resolution from a Human Right Based Approaches to community and institution building. (HRBA) to institution building.

PG330

PG330 Theories of Development and Change - 10 Credit Points

This unit aims to introduce students to the major theoretical debates surrounding development and change. It looks at the equally important interplay between theory and practice of development. The unit provides a comprehensive survey of development thinking from ‘classical’ development ideas to alternative and post development theories. The unit then attempts to critically review contemporary debates about development, including the link between modernity and development, participation, empowerment, gender and the role of the development practitioner. The unit also explores development and change from alternative world-views and disciplines – anthropological, economic, political and social perspectives. This is then discussed and compared with the development of both developed and developing countries.

IR302

IR302 International Law and Practice - 10 Credit Points

The International Law and Practice unit covers the implementation of major international and regional treaties and conventions and agreements that bind nations together. It enables students to have a better understanding of how the International Court of Justice (ICJ) plays a major role in dealing with Human Rights issues war crimes, genocide and how war criminals are tried in the International Court of Justice. Students comprehend the nature of treaties, conventions and agreements that operate as templates to assist nations work together in their bilateral or multilateral relations.

IR333

IR333 Foreign Policy Analysis - 10 Credit Points

The unit looks at Foreign Policy Analysis as a sub field of International Relations characterize by 3 different levels of analysis. The 3 different levels and the main actors in those levels influence foreign policies. The actors are guided by key approaches to foreign policy decision making. Specific countries like America, Australia, China and PNG are comparatively analysed in order to better understand the decision making process.

PG309

PG309 Social Policies of Community Development - 10 Credit Points

This unit highlights how community development needs to be guided and strengthened by relevant and appropriate social policies. A policies framework provides an avenue to pursue meaningful development. This unit examines some social development policies in areas such as health, education, welfare and population, and demonstrates how these are related and relevant to social and community development.

PG314

PG314 Gender and Equity Issues - 10 Credit Points

This unit explores contemporary gender and equity issues in PNG and the world with sensitivity to the cultural settings, awareness of change and recognition that equal participation of women and men is fundamental to national development. It will explore gender equity issues and use philosophical, social, political and feminist theories to explain them. The unit will study the National Constitution, the National Gender Policy, Medium Term Development Goals, Vision 2050 and evaluate gender at work at the family, community, provincial and national level. Assessment will be through written assignments and either a final exam, gender research project or a gender-related project like Gender Awareness Expo or Designing a Gender Awareness Toolkit.

IR304

IR304 Diplomacy and Negotiations - 10 Credit Points

Negotiation is the tool of diplomacy and students will learn specific diplomatic tact and skills in negotiation that are essential to their work environment and life as a whole. Students will explore the history, theory and practice of diplomacy, from the art of negotiation to the expanding modes of diplomatic interaction; bilateral, multilateral, and track two diplomacy, telecommunications, mediation, summitry, and public diplomacy. It focuses on specific methods of strategizing, participating in negotiation, handling of diplomatic cases and leading a delegation to international or regional conferences.

CA319

CA319 Social Science Research Method - 10 Credit Points

Research is a vital part of students learning where they develop an analytical mind as they progress through the final year of their study. This unit introduces students into the basics of doing a scholarly research work. The unit provides different research methods and skills needed to write a proper research. Students develop skills required for the writing of a feasible proposal and they develop research instruments according to the approach they will choose for their major project. They have practical lessons in developing skills such as the interview and observation.

 

Year 4

PG458

PG458 Globalisation in the Pacific - 10 Credit Points

This unit begins with the growth of the global system of social, economic and political power stimulated by the spread of European institutions and control through the structure of imperialism. It focuses on the past impacts in the Pacific Region and the current situation it has on the lives of the people of this region in relation with the global community. Themes include: growth of resource and manufacturing industries; globalization of banking and finances; population change and mass migration, transport, communication, the media, ideologies, values, beliefs and religious movements. It also looks at island nations in a world system; development, dependency; trans-national corporations and national sovereignty.

PG453

PG453 Leading and Managing a Project - 10 Credit Points

The unit draws together the major skills learnt in the management stream. Key learning concepts will include organization types, planning, and organizing, leading and managing major change projects. Students will study organizational theories; structures; leadership and management qualities; styles, change and developments. Identification of classical organizational theories and structures, their evolution over time and various management processes will constitute the learning interaction in this unit. Field excursion and observations will complement classroom interactions.

IR431

IR431 International and Regional Security - 10 Credit Points

This unit explores security issues for Asia Pacific and the world. Students analyse issues relating to international politics, economics, business, organizations, and law (including major treaties and conventions). Sources of threats and conflict include land, minerals, environment, energy, food, income, health, migration, human trafficking, terrorism, ethnic tension, civil war, failed states, and covert and overt intervention. Students gain knowledge of the dynamics among individuals, groups, states, and governmental and non-governmental organizations.

IR408

IR408 International Public Administration - 10 Credit Points

This unit explores public administration theory and practice drawing from global and regional contexts to provide a conceptual understanding of national policy frameworks. Within this policy context, the emphasis is on critical analysis of the fundamental concepts and principles in public administration using examples of workplace settings in public and non-profit organizations. The unit also investigates relations and relevance of the conceptual and operational applications in the various settings. Specific unit topics, include, public administration and politics, administrative organization and bureaucracy, basic problems in public administration, administrative responsibility, and considerations for a pragmatic and workable approach towards modern day public administration. Case studies will be employed to provide for participants to apply their knowledge and skills in decision-making in workplace situations in the public and other service sector organizations.

PG416

PG416 Major Research Project - 10 Credit Points

This unit enables students to study a range of research methods and writing skills to produce their own creative product in the social science field. Students meet weekly with a supervisor. They design and follow a research schedule. They create their own interview questions and surveys. They practice computer, writing, and oral presentation skills. In most cases, their work results in an 8,000 to 10,000 word dissertation of publishable standard. However, other creative products (literary, dramatic, or artistic) may be negotiated.

PG417

PG417 PNG Studies and International Relations Seminars - 10 Credit Points

This unit helps to develop students’ professional and practical attitudes towards their focus on the delivery of their research and ideas through public speech. The student will get in to small groups will be engaged in advanced study and original research under a member of faculty and meeting regularly to exchange information and hold discussion. This is also to rope in well-known experts or speakers that can offer valuable tips, in order to succeed in the real estate market and avoid pitfalls that can prove to be fatal for any investor. Expect one to two intensive weeks of lectures and then opportunities to contribute to lively discussions with international colleagues.

IR403

IR403 International Political Economy - 10 Credit Points

Students gain understanding of international economics, including capital accounts, balances of trade, trade surpluses and deficits, gross domestic and national products, market activities and how globalization affects nation-states. Student research and analyse why and how international economics and trade issues affect global politics and vice versa. Students synthesize information to predict outcomes based on economic, political, security and social issues.

IR432

IR432 Geopolitics in Asia Pacific - 10 Credit Points

This unit introduces students to an in-depth understanding of Geopolitical issues in the Asia Pacific region and the world over. Students will be able to focus on specific issues in the Asia-Pacific region and other issues elsewhere on how geographical aspects influence/determine politics among countries in the region and the world. Students will get a general knowledge of and be able to demonstrate a critical understanding of issues and challenges in the Asia-Pacific region, analysing their causes and effects and to make intelligent predictions or outcomes based on sound assessment of the issues at hand.