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, problem-solving and creative practices. It 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 can also elect to undertake a professional placement to gain experience in the workplace and to establish professional contacts. They may also exit the program 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, problem-solving and creative practices. It 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 can also elect to undertake a professional placement to gain experience in the workplace and to establish professional contacts. They may also exit the program 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 offers the study of culture, communication and society through textural analysis, cultural theory, media analysis and understanding how meaning is made through power, identity and place. It empowers diversity, social inclusion and ethical and innovative scholarship. (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 draws on politics and sociology to consider contemporary issues in society and provide insights into events that influence the world in which we live by using a range of theoretical and methodological approaches. (Lismore, Distance education)

History focuses on the knowledge and critical skills 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 has a strong emphasis on digital media production and analysis for screen, print and online environments, equipping students with a range of practical skills appropriate to an increasingly technological world. (Lismore, Distance education)

Psychology includes studies in fundamental areas including biological bases of behaviour, perception, learning, memory and cognition, and lifespan developmental psychology.  Students use their psychological knowledge to generate solutions to real world problems. (Distance education)

Writing students acquire skills in editing and publishing and in writing genres including novels, short stories, writing for performance, feature and investigative journalism and essay writing. (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 — (made up of a minimum of four units), 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 $19,520 ($2,440 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

Your course progression is in the recommended order you should complete your course in. It is important that you follow this to ensure you meet the course requirements. Assistance on how to enrol can be accessed here.

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
Year 1, Session 1
Part-time students choose COM10295 - Written Communication and one unit from their Part B major
COM10295 - Written Communication Introductory
CUL00210 - Australia, Asia and the World Introductory
Choose one unit from your Part B major
Choose one university wide elective unit
Year 1, Session 2
Part-time students choose either SOC10399 - Philosophy on Screen: Film and Television OR HUM00271 - Unruly Subjects: Citizenship and one unit from their Part B major
New students commencing their degree from Session 2 should enrol in COM10295 - Written Communication and up to three units from the list below.
SOC10399 - Philosophy on Screen: Film and Television Introductory
HUM00271 - Unruly Subjects: Citizenship Introductory
Choose one unit from your Part B major
Choose one university wide elective unit
Year 2, Session 1
WRI10002 - The Nature of Narrative: Self, Time, Place and the Environment Intermediate
Choose two units from your Part B major
Choose one university wide elective unit
Year 2, Session 2
Choose two units from your Part B major
Choose two university wide elective units
Year 3, Session 1
Choose one unit from your Part B major
Choose three university wide elective units
Year 3, Session 2
Choose one unit from your Part B major
Choose three university wide elective units

Title Level of learning Note
Year 1, Session 1
Part-time students choose COM10295 - Written Communication and one unit from their Part B major.
COM10295 - Written Communication Introductory
CUL00210 - Australia, Asia and the World Introductory
Choose one unit from your Part B major
Choose one university wide elective unit
Year 1, Session 2
Part-time students choose HUM00271 - Unruly Subjects: Citizenship OR SOC10399 - Philosophy on Screen: Film and Television and one unit from their Part B major.
New students commencing their degree from Session 2, should enrol in COM10295 - Written Communication and up to three units from the list below. Introductory
SOC10399 - Philosophy on Screen: Film and Television Introductory
HUM00271 - Unruly Subjects: Citizenship Introductory
Choose two units from your Part B major
Year 2, Session 1
WRI10002 - The Nature of Narrative: Self, Time, Place and the Environment Intermediate
Choose two units from your Part B major
Choose one university wide elective unit
Year 2, Session 2
Choose two units from your Part B major
Choose two university wide elective units
Year 3, Session 1
Choose two units from Community Engaged Learning
Choose one unit from your Part B major
Choose one university wide elective unit
Year 3, Session 2
Choose two units from Community Engaged Learning
Choose two university wide elective units
Students may elect to complete COM30002 - Community Partnerships for Social Change II OR COM00471 - Professional Placement over Session 3

Title Level of learning Note
Year 1, Session 1
Part-time students choose COM10295 - Written Communication and one unit from their Part B major.
COM10295 - Written Communication Introductory
CUL00210 - Australia, Asia and the World Introductory
Choose one unit from your Part B major
Choose one unit from your second Part B OR Part C OR Uni Wide major
Year 1, Session 2
Part-time students choose HUM00271 - Unruly Subjects: Citizenship OR SOC10399 - Philosophy on Screen: Film and Television and one unit from their Part B major.
New students commencing their degree from Session 2 should enrol in COM10295 - Written Communication and up to three units from the list below.
HUM00271 - Unruly Subjects: Citizenship Introductory
SOC10399 - Philosophy on Screen: Film and Television Introductory
Choose one unit from your Part B major
Choose one unit from your second Part B OR Part C OR Uni Wide major
Year 2, Session 1
WRI10002 - The Nature of Narrative: Self, Time, Place and the Environment Intermediate
Choose two units from your Part B major
Choose one unit from your second Part B OR Part C OR Uni Wide major
Year 2, Session 2
Choose two units from your Part B major
Choose two units from your second Part B OR Part C OR Uni Wide major
Year 3, Session 1
Choose one unit from your Part B major
Choose two units from your second Part B OR Part C OR Uni Wide major
Choose one university wide elective unit
Year 3, Session 2
Choose one unit from your Part B major
Choose one unit from your second Part B OR Part C OR Uni Wide major
Choose two university wide elective units

Title Level of learning Note
Year 1, Session 1
Part-time students choose COM10295 - Written Communication and one unit from their Part B major.
COM10295 - Written Communication Introductory
CUL00210 - Australia, Asia and the World Introductory
LAN10001 - Chinese Language IA Introductory
Choose one unit from your Part B major
Year 1, Session 2
Part-time students choose either SOC10399 - Philosophy on Screen: Film and Television OR HUM00271 - Unruly Subjects: Citizenship and one unit from their Part B major.
New students commencing their degree from Session 2 should enrol in COM10295 - Written Communication and up to three units from the list below.
HUM00271 - Unruly Subjects: Citizenship Introductory
SOC10399 - Philosophy on Screen: Film and Television Introductory
LAN10002 - Chinese Language IB Introductory
Choose one unit from your Part B major
Year 2, Session 1
WRI10002 - The Nature of Narrative: Self, Time, Place and the Environment Intermediate
LAN20001 - Chinese Language IIA Intermediate
Choose two units from your Part B major
Year 2, Session 2
LAN20002 - Chinese Language IIB Intermediate
Choose two units from your Part B major
Choose one university wide elective unit
Year 3, Session 1
Choose two units from Community Engaged Learning
Choose one unit from your Part B major
Choose one university wide elective unit
Year 3, Session 2
Choose two units from Community Engaged Learning
Choose one unit from your Part B major
Choose one university wide elective unit
Students may elect to complete either COM30002 - Community Partnerships for Social Change II OR COM00471 - Professional Placement over Session 3

Title Level of learning Note
Year 1, Session 1
Part-time students enrol in COM10295 - Written Communication and one unit from their intended Part B major.
COM10295 - Written Communication Introductory
CUL00210 - Australia, Asia and the World Introductory
LAN10001 - Chinese Language IA Introductory
Choose one unit from your Part B major
Year 1, Session 2
Part-time students enrol in SOC10399 - Philosophy on Screen: Film and Television OR HUM00271 - Unruly Subjects: Citizenship and one unit from their Part B major.
New students commencing their degree from Session 2 should enrol in COM10295 - Written Communication and up to three units from the list below.
SOC10399 - Philosophy on Screen: Film and Television Introductory
HUM00271 - Unruly Subjects: Citizenship Introductory
LAN10002 - Chinese Language IB Introductory
Choose one unit from your Part B major
Year 2, Session 1
WRI10002 - The Nature of Narrative: Self, Time, Place and the Environment Intermediate
LAN20001 - Chinese Language IIA Intermediate
Choose two units from your Part B major
Year 2, Session 2
LAN20002 - Chinese Language IIB Intermediate
Choose two units from your Part B major
Choose one university wide elective unit
Year 3, Session 1
Choose two units from your Part B major
Choose two university wide elective units
Year 3, Session 2
Choose four university wide elective units

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