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Bachelor of Arts BART

Program focus


Driven by a fascination with people and society and a thirst
to learn, the intellectual challenge and critical thinking skills
developed by a study of arts has equipped our greatest thinkers, philosophers
and policy makers for generations. The Bachelor of Arts program at
USQ provides a broad-reaching plan of study, with opportunities to
specialise in two or three areas of study within Communications, Creative
Arts, Humanities and International Relations, as well as optional
and elective study choices from dozens of additional fields of study.
Building on core studies in a range of academic skills, the Bachelor
of Arts offers a flexible study pattern across several skill and knowledge-bases,
while also allowing you to gain substantial progress toward career
paths within specific disciplinary or professional fields. Graduates
of the Bachelor of Arts should be able to apply both intellectual
and practical skills to further study, research, and employment in
a wide range of careers.

Study Mode

Online Education, Distance Learning & External study modes available

Duration

3 years full-time, 6 years part-time or external

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Program aims

The program aims to produce graduates who have:

  • a general understanding and appreciation of the complexities
    of human thought, expression and behaviour through study in a variety
    of subject areas

  • developed further their personal, cultural, creative, ethical
    and intellectual capacities

  • an awareness of, and ability to evaluate, various explanations
    of human behaviour

  • the intellectual and practical skills necessary to apply knowledge
    in fields such as further study, research, employment and community
    services

  • the ability to analyse, construct, and evaluate arguments critically.


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Program objectives

On successful completion of the program, students should be
able to demonstrate:

  • the ability to express thoughts with clarity and coherence

  • the ability to comprehend the fundamental nature of the process
    of communication in a range of forms, including its formal and informal,
    oral and written, verbal and non-verbal, aural and visual modes

  • have competence in the specified aims and objectives of their
    chosen major

  • an understanding of Australia in its region and of the perspectives
    of its Indigenous people.


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Program structure

The Bachelor of Arts consists of 24 units. Together with four
core courses, students should take one of the following combinations
of elements:

  • two discipline major studies (2 x 8), plus either a minor (1
    x 4) or 4 electives

  • one discipline major study (1 x 8) plus one interdisciplinary
    major study (1 x 12)

  • one interdisciplinary major study (1 x 12) plus either two minors
    (2 x 4) or one minor (1 x 4) and 4 electives

  • one discipline major study (1 x 8) plus three minors (3 x 4),
    or one minor (1 x 4) plus 8 electives


Please note that in any of the combinations above, students
must choose first and Interdisciplinary majors from the USQ Bachelor
of Arts enrolment pattern. Students will be advised to enrol in specific
combinations of majors, minors and electives if they wish to enhance
their opportunities for employment or further study. Further details
of these combinations can be obtained from the relevant Program Coordinator.
In some instances, however, combinations preferred by individual students
may not be available due to timetable or enrolment pattern constraints.

Combination 1

First Year Level Second Year Level Third Year Level Total
Core courses CMS1000 Communication and Scholarship, HMT1000 History of Western Ideas HMT2000 Ethical Issues and Human Rights (students
cannot study both HMT2000 and CDS2000 within the one degree), EDC2200 Indigenous Perspectives
4
Discipline major sequence 1 eight courses over first, second and third year levels,
with at least two courses at third year level.
8
Discipline major sequence 2 eight courses over first, second and third year levels,
with at least two courses at third year level.
8
Minor sequence or 4 electives four courses over at least two year levels, or 4 electives. 4
24

Combination 2

First Year Level Second Year Level Third Year Level Total
Core courses CMS1000 Communication and Scholarship, HMT1000 History of Western Ideas HMT2000 Ethical Issues and Human Rights (students cannot study both HMT2000 and CDS2000 within the one degree), EDC2200 Indigenous Perspectives 4
Discipline major sequence eight courses over first, second and third year levels,
with at least two courses at third year level.
8
Interdisciplinary extended major sequence twelve courses over first, second and third year levels,
with at least three courses at third year level.
12
24

Combination 3

First Year Level Second Year Level Third Year Level Total
Core courses CMS1000 Communication and Scholarship, HMT1000 History of Western Ideas HMT2000 Ethical Issues and Human Rights (students
cannot study both HMT2000 and CDS2000 within the one degree), EDC2200 Indigenous Perspectives
4
Interdisciplinary extended major sequence twelve courses over first, second and third year levels,
with at least three courses at third year level.
12
Sequences of minors and electives two minors , OR one minor plus four electives OR eight
electives (subject to pre-requisites).
8
24

Combination 4

First Year Level Second Year Level Third Year Level Total
Core courses CMS1000 Communication and Scholarship, HMT1000 History of Western Ideas HMT2000 Ethical Issues and Human Rights (students
cannot study both HMT2000 and CDS2000 within the one degree), EDC2200 Indigenous Perspectives
4
Discipline major sequence eight courses over first, second and third year levels,
with at least two courses at third year level.
8
Sequences of minors and electives three minors, OR another grouping of minors and electives
(subject to pre-requisites)
12
24

A minimum of three third level courses should be taken within
this combination in the degree program.

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Core courses

All students must take the following core courses -:

  • CMS1000 Communication and Scholarship

  • HMT1000 History of Western Ideas

  • HMT2000 Ethical Issues and Human Rights (students cannot study both HMT2000 and CDS2000 within the one
    degree)

  • EDC2200 Indigenous Perspectives


The recommended pattern for enrolment in core courses by full-time
on-campus students is:

Year 1 Semester 1 CMS1000 Communication and Scholarship.
CMS1000 should be taken by students in their first semester of study.
Semester 2 HMT1000 History of Western Ideas
Year 2 Semester 1 HMT2000 Ethical Issues and Human Rights
(students cannot study both HMT2000 and CDS2000 within the one degree)
Semester 2 EDC2200 Indigenous Perspectives

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Major studies

Discipline Major studies

A discipline major study is a specified group of courses with
a value of eight units. A discipline major must have courses over
three levels and contain at least two courses at third level. The
following discipline major studies are offered: (Refer to the recommended enrolment pattern)

Majors available (8 units)
Anthropology
Asian Studies
Communication and Media Studies
Creative Media
English Literature
History
Indigenous Studies
Indonesian Language
International Relations
Journalism
Languages: German, Indonesian, Mandarin Chinese
Language and Culture (German or Mandarin Chinese)
Music (Theory and History)
Public Relations
Theatre Theory
Visual Arts Theory

Interdisciplinary Major studies

An Interdisciplinary major is a specified group of courses with
a value of twelve units. Such a major allows greater breadth across
several discipline areas while allowing for a coherent progression
of study. Interdisciplinary major studies have courses over three
levels and normally will contain at least three courses at third level
(usually indicated by a 3000 code). The following Interdisciplinary
majors are available:

Majors available (12 units)
Archaeology
Australian Studies
Contemporary International Studies
Popular Culture
Writing and Society


Majors in the Bachelor of Arts from outside the Faculty of
Arts

The Faculty of Arts enables students enrolled in the Bachelor
of Arts to take one major or minor/elective study from programs in
other Faculties or from the University of New England after consultation
with the Program Coordinator. For Bachelor of Arts purposes, a major
in these areas comprises eight units of which at least two must be
at Level 3. Enrolment in these majors is subject to pre-requisites,
quota availability and timetabling constraints. These majors may only
be listed as a second major or minor/elective study, not as a first
or Interdisciplinary major. Please note that majors offered outside
of the Faculty of Arts may also require permission from the relevant
Faculty before a student can commence an academic plan including these
majors. Students wishing to pursue graduate study in non-Arts areas
such as Education or Psychology should consult with relevant Faculties
regarding acceptable content areas in the Bachelor of Arts.

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Minor studies

Minor studies are designed to enable students to widen their
knowledge and perspectives, or to complement their choice of major.
Courses must be taken over two levels and should be in the same discipline
or recognised multi-disciplinary area. Minors may be taken from the
Faculty of Arts selection, from other Faculties at USQ or from UNE
courses listed towards the end of this entry. Students who take two
major studies may take one of the minors indicated in the Minor studies section of this Handbook. Students should take
courses to the value of at least four units in the selected Minor
study. Choice of a minor will depend on the availability of the subject
area, timetabling constraints, quotas and other restrictions such
as auditions and interviews in certain areas of the Arts, as well
as confirmation by the Program Coordinator.

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Elective courses

Elective courses are designed to enable students to further
increase their knowledge and widen their perspectives. Choice of an
elective will depend on the availability of the course(s), timetabling
constraints, quotas, and other restrictions such as auditions and
interviews in certain areas of the Arts, as well as confirmation by
the Program Coordinator. Courses available for elective study are
generally those found in Minor studies and are listed in theMinor studies section of this Handbook.

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