Course summary

The Bachelor of Arts focuses on human cultures, values and beliefs that will broaden your mind with challenging ideas. This course fosters transferable skills that are highly valued across all sectors – qualities such as communication, analysis, critical thinking and problem solving.

At Southern Cross you have the opportunity to apply those skills to the real world through community engagement as you delve into contemporary social and environmental justice issues. Graduates develop cultural awareness and a deeper understanding of how to build their creative capacities and communication effectiveness.

Choose one of five exciting majors or combine more of your interests by choosing a shared major from disciplines across the University.

The Bachelor of Arts focuses on human cultures, values and beliefs that will broaden your mind with challenging ideas. This course fosters transferable skills that are highly valued across all sectors – qualities such as communication, analysis, critical thinking and problem solving.

At Southern Cross you have the opportunity to apply those skills to the real world through community engagement as you delve into contemporary social and environmental justice issues. Graduates develop cultural awareness and a deeper understanding of how to build their creative capacities and communication effectiveness.

Choose one of five exciting majors or combine more of your interests by choosing a shared major from disciplines across the University.

History

Historical study fosters critical approaches to evidence and argument and the ability to interpret and communicate complex ideas, as well as insight into how personal and cultural values are shaped over time.

Creative Writing

This major offers aw rich blend of fiction and nonfiction, experimental writing, journalism, life writing, poetry, writing for stage and screen, and writing for young adults. It is taught by published writers from the Northern Rivers arts community and beyond.

Cultural Studies

Cultural Studies introduces you to critical approaches in the study of different cultural forms and practices and the political dynamics of contemporary culture.

Digital Media

This major introduces key digital media production skills and theories. It provides a background in media history and theory, as well as practical experience in design, journalism, narrative forms and audio-visual media production.

Politics and International Relations

This major takes a strong social justice approach to cover political, cultural and economic relations from local government to international organisations.

Shared majors

You can also choose a shared major as part of your degree.

Course Learning Outcome

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

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

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

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

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

Demonstrate a knowledge and understanding of society and culture in chosen disciplines of study.

Apply disciplinary knowledge to diverse contexts.

Access, interpret and evaluate information to inform decision-making and action.

Communicate effectively in a variety of forms, including in working autonomously or collaboratively.

Demonstrate a commitment to multicultural perspectives.

Develop awareness of knowledge and skills needed to engage in a culturally competent way with Indigenous peoples.

An optional professional placement provides students with the opportunity to gain experience in the workplace and to establish key 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.


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 N/A N/A
Lismore Session 1 N/A N/A
Online Session 1 N/A N/A

Fee information

Commonwealth supported


International

Location Teaching period Annual Fees CRICOS
Lismore Session 1 $26,800 ($3,350 per unit) 016183A

Course requirements

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

To be eligible to receive the Bachelor of Arts, students must complete the equivalent of 24 units (288 credit points), comprising:
  • 6 core units (72 credit points), and
  • 1 listed 8-unit major (96 credit points) and 10 university wide electives (120 credit points): or
  • 1 listed 8-unit major (96 credit points) and 1 shared major (96 credit points) and 2 university wide electives (24 credit points), or 
  • 1 listed 8-unit major (96 credit points), a second listed 8-unit major (96 credit points) and 2 university wide electives (24 credit points).
 
No unit will be credited to more than one major.
 
Exit Awards
Students may be eligible to exit with an Associate Degree of Creative Writing after completing all 16 units (192 credit points) from the Associate Degree of Creative Writing. 
 
Students may be eligible to exit with the Associate Degree of Arts after completing 16 units (192 credit points) comprising 4 core units and 12 other units from the listed majors. 
 
Students may be eligible to exit with the Diploma of Arts after completing 8 units (96 credit points) comprising 2 core units and 6 other units from the listed majors. 
 

Schedule of units

Title Note

Core Units

CLST2002 - Australia, Asia and the World
WRIT1003 - Written Communication Note 1
CLST1004 - Critical Thinking for Digital Times
CLST1005 - Unruly Subjects: Citizenship
INDG3001 - Caring for Country
CRTV1002 - Create: Innovate: Change
Majors
Choose eight (8) units for a major