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CA10 - Bachelor of Arts

About Arts

Humanities can be described as the study of human culture. The study of humanities gives graduates broader knowledge of and perspectives on the contemporary world and helps develop critical, analytical and problem-solving intellectual skills. Choose from a wide variety of interests including Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander studies, Australian studies, environmental studies, film, geography, history, Japanese language, liberal studies, literary and cultural studies, and stylistics and creative writing.
 
Social sciences is the scientific study of human society, of both individuals and their relationships within society. Social science studies at CQU include psychology, sociology, social work and welfare studies.
 
Learn about human development, including memory and thought, personality, abnormal behaviour, and social and cultural influences on behaviour; methods of social research, community analysis, power and politics, health and medical sociology, and rural sociology; and counselling and community work.
 

Study Mode

Online Education, Distance Learning & External study modes available

Career Opportunities

An Arts degree will equip you with transferable skills that are highly desirable to many different employers.  Job opportunities are numerous and depend on the graduates interests and major subject area but may include: advertising executive, arts administrator, book editor, copywriter, desktop publisher, events manager, entrepreneur, historian, journalist, librarian, marketing professional, media expert, nature and heritage conservationist, news editor, politician, public relations, teaching or welfare worker.

Course Overview At A Glance

Program at a glance
Duration 3 years full-time, 6 years part-time 
Availability/Campus Contact Domestic - BDG; GLD(Year 1 only selected plans); MKY; ROK; External
International - BDG; MKY; ROK; External
Courses/Units of Credit 24 courses/144 units of credit
Faculty Arts, Health and Sciences
How to Apply QTAC
Entry Requirements
Professional Accreditation The Welfare Studies plan is accredited by the Australian Institute of Welfare and Community Workers.
Residential School dependent upon courses selected
Practicum/Work placement dependent upon plans and courses selected
Exit Awards Diploma of Arts
Interim Awards not applicable
Post Nominal BA 
Be What You Want To Be Phone: 13CQUni (132786); Enquire: Admissions
CRICOS Codes 003394G - QLD

Program Aims

The Bachelor of Arts is a multidisciplinary degree program providing opportunities to pursue studies in the broad discipline areas of humanities and the social sciences. Students are able to combine social science and humanities disciplines in their core studies with professionally-based elective studies. The flexible structure of the Bachelor of Arts gives graduates broader perspectives on the contemporary world and is designed to develop critical, analytical and problem-solving skills.

Diploma of Arts

If for some reason a student is unable to complete the full Bachelor of Arts they can exit with a Diploma of Arts. To be eligible you must have successfully completed eight courses or 48 credit points within the Bachelor of Arts. Four of the eight courses (or 24 credit points) must come from the Core Studies Plans of the BA. The other four can be electives chosen from any other program at CQU, or from credit for previous studies.

Students must satisfy the normal prerequisites that apply to their courses. There is no entry to this program. Students must enrol in the Bachelor of Arts and formally apply to graduate with a Diploma of Arts.

Career options

Advertising, arts administration, book editing, copywriting, desktop publishing, geographer, historian, journalist, librarian, research, the media, nature and heritage conservation, news editing, personnel, politics, public relations, radio, teaching, television, welfare and many more.

Program Structure

To graduate with a Bachelor of Arts degree, students must have completed 24 courses (144 units of credit) as outlined below:

Option A: Core BA

Students must take all 24 courses including two separate and complete Plans (12 courses or 72 units of credit in total) from the BA Core Studies Plans. This will enable students to take up to four complete plans from the Core Studies Plans or, if they wish, a minimum of two plans, with the remaining Core Studies Electives taken from either the disciplines already studied in the required two Core Studies Plans, or from other Core Studies Plans.

Option B: BA with professional plan

Students must take the following:

  • At least 12 courses from the BA Core Studies Plan, which must include two separate and complete Core Studies Plans (12 courses or 72 units of credit in total);
  • A Professional Plan from those listed below (36 units of credit). See Schedule A.
  • Psychology
  • Marketing
  • Tourism
  • Journalism
  • Multimedia
  • Communication
  • Information Technology
  • 6 Electives (36 units of credit) from any undergraduate program within the University (or an additional Professional Plan from above) or, in certain circumstances, from other Universities (cross-institutional studies).

Option C: Elective BA

Students must take at least 16 courses, including two separate and complete plans (12 courses or 72 units of credit in total), from the BA Core Studies Plans.

The remaining 8 courses (general electives) may be taken from any undergraduate program within the University or, in certain circumstances, from other Universities (cross-institutional studies).

  • For Options A, B and C, students must take no more than 10 Level 1 courses out of the 24 courses.
  • For Options A, B and C, students must meet the prerequisites and corequisites for each course.

Most students complete two Level 1 and four Advanced courses in each plan, although some complete one Level 1 and five Advanced. In some plans, both Level 1 courses are required to be completed. For example, for the Welfare Studies Plan students must complete both the Level 1 courses Law and Welfare of Society A and B before going on to the Advanced courses in that plan (check the Course Availability in the Handbook).

What is a core studies elective?

Core Studies Electives are courses that are not listed in your chosen Core Studies Plans but are taken from other Core Studies Plans in the Bachelor of Arts.

What is a general elective?

A General Elective is a course that is not part of any Core Studies Plan in the Bachelor of Arts but is counted towards your overall degree program. General Electives can be chosen from any other degree program in the University (check Course Availability for prerequisites which must be met) or, under certain conditions, from degree programs at other universities (cross-institutional studies). Up to eight general electives (48 units of credit) can be included in your Bachelor of Arts.

Full-time students

The usual full-time enrolment in the Bachelor of Arts is four courses in Term 1 and four courses in Term 2 (eight courses in total for the year). Beginning students should enrol in Level 1 courses only. Four out of the eight courses must be taken from the Core Studies Plans below.

Part-time students

The usual part-time enrolment in the Bachelor of Arts is two courses in Term 1 and two courses in Term 2 (four courses in total for the year). Beginning students should enrol in Level 1 courses only. At least two courses must be taken from the Core Studies Plans below.

BA Core studies plans

What are your Core Studies Plans? Remember, you need to choose at least two. Select from the list below:

  • Aboriginal & Torres Strait Islander Studies
  • Asia Pacific Studies
  • Australian Studies
  • Environmental Geography
  • Environmental Studies
  • Film Studies
  • Geography
  • History
  • Japanese Language
  • Liberal Studies
  • Literary & Cultural Studies
  • Literary Studies
  • Methods of Social Research
  • Sociology
  • Stylistics & Creative Writing
  • Text & Cultural Studies
  • Welfare Studies

Courses Offered

A. Aboriginal & Torres Strait Islander Studies
Aboriginal & Torres Strait Islander Studies is a multidisciplinary plan taught from the perspective of a variety of disciplines, including sociology, history, geography, anthropology, and media and communication studies. Students may select from:
Course Code Course Name
Level 1
INDG11010 Aboriginal & Islander Issues & Contemp Soc
INDG11013 Intro Abor & Island Hist
Advanced
CULT12003 Race Issues and Indigenous Media
INDG19014 Torres St - Anthrop Hist
INDG19015 Aboriginal Cultures and the Land
EDED11277 Racial Formation and Education

B. Asia Pacific Studies
The Asia Pacific plan provides students with a solid, contextually based grounding in the historical, geographical, linguistic, and cultural dimensions of the Asia Pacific. The plan offers students not only a number of perspectives in the study, interpretation and analysis of East Asia, Southeast Asia, the Pacific Islands, and Australasia, but also encourages them to explore and understand interconnections, interdependencies and difference. Students may select from:
Course Code Course Name
Level 1
HIST11028 An Intro to the Asia Pacific:Historical Contexts
Advanced
GEOH19002 Cultural Geography of China and South-East Asia *
GEOH19003 Social and Economic Geography of Japan *
HIST19029 History of Modern Japan
HIST19031 Australia's Foreign Relations *
HIST19035 Modern History of South East Asia
HUMT13006 Humanities Research Topic
HUMT13007 Humanities Research Topic
JAPN19016 Intermediate Japanese A
JAPN19017 Intermediate Japanese B
*Students enrolling in these courses are required to have access to a computer with internet and email capabilities. CQU student computer labs provide these types of PCs at CQU Campuses, while the Learning Network Queensland can also provide access for distance education students in most parts of the state.
C. Australian Studies
The Australian Studies plan aims to introduce students to, and develop expertise in, the study of Australia - specifically, its culture, literature, drama, history, geography and sociology. Students may select from:
Course Code Course Name
Level 1
CULT11011 Australian Film and Culture
CULT11017 Society and Environment *
GEOG11023 Physical Geography of Australia *
GEOG11024 Conservation in Australia *
HIST11026 In Search of Australia:Historical Perspectives
INDG11013 Intro Abor & Island Hist
SOCL11056 Australian Society
EVST19015 Environmental History
HIST19031 Australia's Foreign Relations *
HUMT13006 Humanities Research Topic
HUMT13007 Humanities Research Topic
INDG19015 Aboriginal Cultures and the Land
SOCL19061 Movements, Cults and Social Change
SOCL19062 Policy Power and Politics
SOCL19065 Rural Sociology and Social Services
Advanced
CULT12004 Cultural and Media Identity
*Students enrolling in these courses are required to have access to a computer with internet and email capabilities. CQU student computer labs provide these types of PCs at CQU Campuses, while the Learning Network Queensland can also provide access for distance education students in most parts of the state.
D. Environmental Geography
Environmental Geography is a multidisciplinary plan that enhances students' ability to understand, analyse and interpret the environmental problems the contemporary world is confronting from a geography perspective and to participate in working to achieve improved environmental outcomes. Students must complete the two Level 1 courses, and choose four from the advanced level courses. Students who are enrolled concurrently in the Geography Plan (ie already taking GEOG11023 and GEOG11024) may choose six Advanced level courses:
Course Code Course Name
Level 1
GEOG11023 Physical Geography of Australia *
GEOG11024 Conservation in Australia *
EVST19008 Environmental Management
EVST19015 Environmental History
EVST19020 Environmental Management Systems *
GEOG19021 Geographic Information Systems and Remote Sensing *
GEOG19029 Applied Demography
Advanced
EVST19007 Environmental and Social Impact Assessment
HUMT13007 Humanities Research Topic
Additional Electives may be chosen from:
HUMT13006 Humanities Research Topic
  • Students must complete the two Level 1 courses
  • Students must complete four Advanced courses

*Students enrolling in GEOG11023, GEOG11024, and GEOG19021 are required to have access to a computer with Internet and email capabilities. Some other courses also require such access. CQU student computer labs provide these types of PCs at CQU campuses, while the Learning Network Queensland can also provide access for distance education students in most parts of the state.

E. Environmental Studies
Environmental Studies is a multidisciplinary plan which enhances student's ability to understand, analyse and interpret the environmental problems the contemporary world is confronting. Students may select from:

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Course Code Course Name
Level 1
ENVR11011 Environmental Science A
ENVR11012 Environmental Science B
Advanced
EVST19007 Environmental and Social Impact Assessment
EVST19008 Environmental Management
EVST19015 Environmental History
EVST19020 Environmental Management Systems *
GEOG19021 Geographic Information Systems and Remote Sensing *
GEOG19022 Graphic and Cartographic Techniques *
SOCL19057 Environmental Sociology
SOCL19060 Human Ecology
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