Course summary

The Bachelor of Arts enables students to pursue areas about which they are passionate while gaining relevant, transferrable and valuable career skills for life. The course promotes critical thinking, community engagement and creative practices and provides the scope to build strong intellectual capabilities and a broad knowledge of the liberal arts as well as a deepened understanding through the study of majors.

Students focus on their areas of interest through the selection of eight-unit majors in the disciplines of Art and Design, Communication and Cultural Studies, Contemporary Music, Governance and Society, History, Media Studies, Psychology, and Writing, with the freedom to combine these majors with others offered by the University. Majors are available on campus and/or by distance education or a combination of both.

Specialist streams (made up of a minimum of four units) are also available for students to pursue languages (currently Mandarin) and community engaged learning. Students can also elect to undertake a professional placement to gain experience in the workplace and to establish professional contacts.

In addition to the command of their chosen disciplines, graduates develop cultural awareness, intellectual rigour, critical thinking, communication and problem-solving skills. This benefits their future workplaces, whether they choose to work in service to the public, in business organisations, in education, as a writer or cultural producer, or to build their career in another field.

Majors are available both on campus and by distance education or a combination of both.

Students of the Bachelor of Arts may exit the program early with an Associate Degree of Creative Writing, following successful completion of 16 required units.

The Bachelor of Arts enables students to pursue areas about which they are passionate while gaining relevant, transferrable and valuable career skills for life. The course promotes critical thinking, community engagement and creative practices and provides the scope to build strong intellectual capabilities and a broad knowledge of the liberal arts as well as a deepened understanding through the study of majors.

Students focus on their areas of interest through the selection of eight-unit majors in the disciplines of Art and Design, Communication and Cultural Studies, Contemporary Music, Governance and Society, History, Media Studies, Psychology, and Writing, with the freedom to combine these majors with others offered by the University. Majors are available on campus and/or by distance education or a combination of both.

Specialist streams (made up of a minimum of four units) are also available for students to pursue languages (currently Mandarin) and community engaged learning. Students can also elect to undertake a professional placement to gain experience in the workplace and to establish professional contacts.

In addition to the command of their chosen disciplines, graduates develop cultural awareness, intellectual rigour, critical thinking, communication and problem-solving skills. This benefits their future workplaces, whether they choose to work in service to the public, in business organisations, in education, as a writer or cultural producer, or to build their career in another field.

Majors are available both on campus and by distance education or a combination of both.

Students of the Bachelor of Arts may exit the program early with an Associate Degree of Creative Writing, following successful completion of 16 required units.

Art and Design includes units that focus on art and design for publication, graphic design, digital art and photography. (Lismore)

Communication and Cultural Studies enables students to connect their everyday life, personal, community and vocational interests to the broader issues and challenges of the 21st century. It equips students with a combination of critical and creative thinking skills and abilities. Cultural studies offers an inter-disciplinary approach to the study of culture, communication and society through textual analysis, cultural theory, media analysis and understanding how meaning is made through power, identity and place. Cultural studies empower diversity, social inclusion and ethical and innovative scholarship that guides and informs how we live, work and learn. (Lismore, Gold Coast, Distance education)

Contemporary Music students learn about contemporary music theory and styles, music technology and the internet, songwriting, sound theory and recording technique, and global perspectives in music. (Lismore)

Governance and Society brings together two key strands in the arts and humanities. The approach is multidisciplinary — drawing on politics and sociology to consider contemporary issues in society and provide insights into events that influence the world in which we live. Staff have expertise in each of the discipline areas and share a commitment to interpreting past and contemporary society by using a range of theoretical and methodological approaches. (Lismore, Distance education)

History is a dialogue between the past and present. Historians explore the diversity of human experience to draw out patterns and ideas that help us understand the world today. This major focuses on the knowledge and critical skills of the discipline that can be applied to the study of the past in all its dimensions, including important professional skills such as communication, analysis, critical thinking, and interpretation. Students have the opportunity to undertake independent research projects relevant to their own interests. (Lismore, Distance education)

Media Studies enables students to learn to think critically and creatively about themselves, their workplace and their community in a national and global context. With a strong emphasis on digital media production and analysis for screen, print and online environments, Media Studies equips students with a range of practical skills appropriate to an increasingly technological world. (Lismore, Distance education)

Psychology includes a strong emphasis on demonstrating the links between theory, research and application. A problem-solving approach to teaching involves students generating solutions to real-world problems using their psychological knowledge. The major includes studies in fundamental areas of psychology including biological bases of behaviour, perception, learning, memory and cognition, and lifespan developmental psychology. (Distance education)

Writing enables students to pursue their passion for writing in a supportive, inter-disciplinary environment which promotes the type of creative learning needed by cutting-edge writers. Students acquire skills in writing genres including novels, short stories, writing for performance, feature and investigative journalism and essay writing as well as editing and publishing. (Lismore, Distance education)

Additional majors — may also be selected from a wide range offered across the University including education, law and justice, organisational management, sustainability, Indigenous studies and more. See University-wide majors.

Streams — may also be selected including community engaged learning and languages (currently Mandarin). 

Graduate AttributeCourse Learning Outcome
Intellectual rigour

Apply critical analysis, reasoning and reflexivity to social and cultural situations and problems.

Demonstrates the ability to develop a persuasive independent argument incorporating a range of perspectives and evidence.

Creativity

Develop innovative and creative responses to contemporary and historical social and cultural issues.

Ethical practice

Investigate and evaluate issues with reference to principles of social justice and equity and according to ethical conventions in the humanities.

Demonstrate understanding of cross-sector and cross-cultural differences in ethics and morality.

Knowledge of a discipline

Demonstrate a critical understanding of society and culture using a variety of conceptual frameworks.

Demonstrate a command of at least one discipline within the humanities.

Apply theoretical ideas to understand and manage practical situations.

Lifelong learning

Access, interpret and evaluate sources of information relevant to the study of the humanities.

Communication and social skills

Construct and present evidence based arguments or narrative in written text as well as a variety of media forms.

Negotiate contested issues and work collaboratively with others to achieve mutually agreed outcomes.

Cultural competence

Demonstrate a cosmopolitan and multicultural commitment as well as a local perspective on social and cultural issues.

Demonstrate the knowledge and skills necessary to interact in a culturally competent way with Indigenous communities.

Professional placement provides students with the opportunity to gain experience in the workplace and to establish contacts. In the Bachelor of Arts, students can undertake learning opportunities in the community through a number of units as well as through assessment opportunities. A particular stream in community engaged learning enables students to work with a community partner on a project of mutual benefit. Students in the writing major may seek placement in the writing, publishing and media industries, while students undertaking history may seek placement in heritage and historical museums or associations. Students in the communication and cultural studies major may seek professional placement with a community organisation working in an area of their interest. The unit Community History Project enables students to do a collaborative project with community partners. Other opportunities for community-engaged learning exist within the degree depending on units chosen. 


Course overview

Course code

3007099

Course abbreviation

BA

Credit points

288

Equivalent units

24

Duration

3 years full-time; 6 years part-time

Duration

3 years full-time

Availability details

Domestic

Location Teaching period UAC code QTAC code
Gold Coast Session 1 333161 053161
Lismore Session 1 333100 053001
Online Session 1 N/A N/A

Fee information

Commonwealth supported


International

Location Teaching period Annual Fees CRICOS
Lismore Session 1 $17,920 ($2,240 per unit) 016183A

Course requirements

See the University’s Rules Relating to Awards, in conjunction with the Specific Award Rules listed below.

  1. To be eligible for the award of Bachelor of Arts degree a candidate shall successfully complete not less than twenty-four (24) units comprising:
    1. All units listed in Part A of the Schedule of Units; and
    2. at least one of the eight (8) unit majors from Part B of the Schedule and one of the four (4) unit streams from Part D of the Schedule and seven (7) electives; or
    3. at least one of the eight (8) unit majors from Part B of the Schedule; and both of the four (4) unit streams from Part D of the Schedule and three (3) electives; or
    4. at least one of the eight (8) unit majors from Part B of the Schedule and eleven (11) electives; or
    5. at least one of the eight (8) unit majors from Part B of the Schedule and another eight (8) unit major from Part B of the Schedule or from Part C, or an eight (8) unit major from the University-wide Majors and three (3) electives.
  2. No unit will be credited to more than one major.
  3. To be eligible for the award of the Associate Degree of Creative Writing a candidate shall successfully complete not less than sixteen units comprising:
    1. all units listed in Part A of the Schedule of Units attached to the rules for the Associate Degree of Creative Writing;
    2. eight (8) units of study from Part B of the Schedule of Units attached to the rules for the Associate Degree of Creative Writing;
    3. three (3) units from Part C of the Schedule of Units attached to the Rules for the Associate Degree of Creative Writing.
  4. A candidate who while enrolled in the Bachelor of Arts has completed the requirements of the Associate Degree of Creative Writing may elect to be awarded the Associate Degree of Creative Writing following withdrawal from candidature from the Bachelor of Arts.

Schedule of units

Title Level of learning Note

Part A

CUL00210 - Australia, Asia and the World Introductory
COM10295 - Written Communication Introductory
SOC10399 - Critical Thinking for Digital Times Introductory
HUM00271 - Unruly Subjects: Citizenship Introductory
WRI10002 - The Nature of Narrative: Self, Time, Place and the Environment Intermediate

Part B

Majors

Part C

Majors

Part D

Streams


Course progressions

Students should use course progression information to select units specific to their course and enrol in these units using My Enrolment

Browse uni-wide elective units by selecting Uni-wide elective in the advanced filter of the Unit search

Browse shared majors and their units at Shared majors

Title Level of learning Note
Session 1
COM10295 - Written Communication Introductory
CUL00210 - Australia, Asia and the World Introductory
Choose 1 unit from first Part B Major: Communication and Cultural Studies, History, Governance and Society, Writing, Media Studies
Choose 1 unit from:
Second Part B Major – Communication and Cultural Studies, History, Governance and Society, Writing, Media Studies; OR
Part C major – Art and Design, Contemporary Music, Psychology; OR
University-wide majors; OR
Part D Streams – Community Engaged Learning, Languages; OR
Elective
Session 2
SOC10399 - Philosophy on Screen: Film and Television Introductory
HUM00271 - Unruly Subjects: Citizenship Introductory
Choose 1 unit from first Part B Major: Communication and Cultural Studies, History, Governance and Society, Writing, Media Studies
Choose 1 unit from:
Second Part B Major – Communication and Cultural Studies, History, Governance and Society, Writing, Media Studies; OR
Part C major – Art and Design, Contemporary Music, Psychology; OR
University-wide majors; OR
Part D Streams – Community Engaged Learning, Languages; OR
Elective
Part-time students should complete COM10295 - Written Communication and CUL00210 - Australia, Asia and the World for Session 1 and SOC10399 - Philosophy on Screen: Film and Television and HUM00271 - Unruly Subjects: Citizenship for Session 2
For further course progression advice, please contact a Student Experience Team member by email to enquiry@scu.edu.au or telephone 1800 005 687 during business hours

Title Level of learning Note
Session 2
COM10295 - Written Communication Introductory
SOC10399 - Philosophy on Screen: Film and Television Introductory
HUM00271 - Unruly Subjects: Citizenship Introductory
Choose 1 unit from first Part B Major: Communication and Cultural Studies, History, Governance and Society, Writing, Media Studies
Part-time students should complete COM10295 and SOC10399 for session 2
For further course progression advice, please contact a Student Experience Team member by email to enquiry@scu.edu.au or telephone 1800 005 687 during business hours

Unit groups

Community Engaged Learning

Title Level of learning Note
Choose four (4) from the following:
COM30001 - Community Engagement Project Advanced
COM30002 - Community Partnerships for Social Change II Advanced
CAR10503 - Arts Industry Studies Intermediate
SOY10114 - Independent Project Advanced
COM00471 - Professional Placement Advanced

Languages

Title Level of learning Note
LAN10001 - Chinese Language IA Introductory
LAN10002 - Chinese Language IB Introductory
LAN20001 - Chinese Language IIA Intermediate
LAN20002 - Chinese Language IIB Intermediate