We have to be able to build a society in which we can peacefully disagree with each other and build bridges rather than walls so as to benefit from each other's experience and enrich us collectively as opposed to just a portion of us.
My name is John Renouf I'm a lecturer in politics and international relations here at Southern Cross University and over the past 15 years I have been working as an international aid worker and as a researcher in complex environments.
I spent a few years working in places like Afghanistan, Iraq, North Korea, Congo, Yemen, Haiti etc. etc.
I believe that nowadays is more than any time in history it is critically important to understand what's happening at a global level. What's happening in New York what's happening in Syria what's happening in China is affecting us in Australia.
So I'm trying to bring in those global events into the classroom through analysing them understanding them using concepts using theory but also real-life, real people's experiences in order to shed some clarity on these complex matters.
If you want to make sense of what's happening out there if you want to have a positive impact on the planet, on people's lives everywhere, you need to understand how the world works.
If you like traveling if you like interacting with people from other cultures if you're open to learning and studying international relations will bring you all of these.
Arts and Humanities
In our technology-driven world, critical skills and knowledge in languages, art, history, ethics, philosophy, psychology and human development are more important than ever.
Our arts and humanities degrees will equip you with the skills and industry placement opportunities you need for a career in today’s dynamic media and cultural industries.
With dozens of subject areas to choose from, you can become a specialist in your chosen field by tailor-making your degree.
Our course offerings in the Arts will equip you with transferable skills that are highly valued across all sectors – qualities such as communication, analysis, critical thinking and problem-solving.
Delving deeper into human society, culture, history and philosophy, Humanities graduates will develop cultural awareness and a deeper understanding of how to build their creative capacities and communication effectiveness.
For the content creators and digital natives, studies in digital media will prepare you to tell the stories that matter, while you develop the creative and production skills you need for a career in today’s fast-paced media environments.
Why choose Arts and Humanities with Southern Cross?
Our industry partnerships build experience and networking opportunities
We're rated 5-stars for learning resources and skills development in humanities and social sciences (GUG 2021)
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Our small class sizes let you sample an interdisciplinary approach
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Our arts and humanities courses are delivered by various schools on our campuses in Lismore, Coffs Harbour and the Gold Coast. Many courses also offer external and flexible study options.
A creative and multidisciplinary learning community. Our students are artistic, intellectual and ready to make a difference. The School of Arts and Social Sciences offers degrees in arts and humanities, social sciences and the creative and performing arts.
From online learning to purpose-built spaces across our campuses, we offer quality teaching, support and resources for all our students. We pride ourselves on producing graduates who are ethical, reflective global citizens, committed to community engagement and lifelong learning.
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