Bachelor of Arts

2020 course information for Domestic Students
2020 course information for International Students

updated 8:11 PM on Fri, 16 April

Domestic snapshot

International snapshot

IELTS
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ATAR/OP
N/A
Duration
3 years full-time; 6 years part-time
3 years full-time; 6 years part-time
Location
Gold Coast, Lismore, Online
Lismore, Online
Start date
March, July
February, June
Course code
3007099
Course abbreviation
BA
Credit points
288
Equivalent units
24
CRICOS
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Fees
Commonwealth supported
Fees
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Please note, some locations may not have all intake periods available. See the full availability details for further information.

Course overview

Turn your passion into a career with a degree that's as flexible as you need it to be. 

The Bachelor of Arts enables critical and creative thinking as well as community engagement. Choose majors and minors from more than 20 diverse subject areas covering humanities and social sciences; creative arts; secondary school teaching; sciences and vocationally-oriented majors such as law, tourism and psychology.

Students can choose to complete a professional placement to build contacts and apply aspects of their degree to the workplace.

This degree fosters the transferrable skills so valued by employers today – qualities such as communication, analysis, critical thinking and problem solving. Graduates also develop cultural awareness and a deeper understanding of how to build their creative capacities towards positive outcomes.

Exciting career opportunities exist in community relations, media, cultural policy, management and administration, publishing, public service, multimedia design, creative and cultural industries, politics, social justice and human rights, and education.

Turn your passion into a career with a degree that's as flexible as you need it to be. 

The Bachelor of Arts enables critical and creative thinking as well as community engagement. Choose majors and minors from more than 20 diverse subject areas covering humanities and social sciences; creative arts; secondary school teaching; sciences and vocationally-oriented majors such as law, tourism and psychology.

Students can choose to complete a professional placement to build contacts and apply aspects of their degree to the workplace.

This degree fosters the transferrable skills so valued by employers today – qualities such as communication, analysis, critical thinking and problem solving. Graduates also develop cultural awareness and a deeper understanding of how to build their creative capacities towards positive outcomes.

Exciting career opportunities exist in community relations, media, cultural policy, management and administration, publishing, public service, multimedia design, creative and cultural industries, politics, social justice and human rights, and education.

Current Southern Cross students – to access your official course details for the year you started your degree, please visit the handbook.

Entry requirements

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

Credit for prior learning

Candidates who completed an Associate Degree of Creative Writing or the Associate Degree of Arts may be granted advanced standing for up to sixteen (16) units towards the Bachelor of Arts.

Where a student has completed multiple awards of the same level below AQF level 7, only one will be assessed for Advanced Standing.

CountryScore
Austria AMC3.4
Bangladesh HSC3.6
Brazil SSLC8.2
Canada High School OSSD50
Chile PSU6.4, overall 600/649
China Gao Kao449
Colombia CB (NAT)81, overall 300/349
Denmark USSLE6.2
France FB11
German Abitur3
Hong Kong HKDSE14
India CBSE (best 4)8.5, external exam
India CISCE71
India Higher Secondary School Certificate (best 4)78 academic
Indonesia SMA8.2
International Baccalaureate24
Japan USSLC4
Korea, Republic of, CSAT298
Malaysia ICSSUEC71
Malaysia STPM5, 4 best A levels
Nepal Higher Secondary Education Certificate73
Nepal Proficiency Certificate82
Norway GPA1.5
Pakistan HSSC31
Pakistan HSSC Humanities and Science streams77
Pakistan HSSC Pre-Eng and Pre-Med streams31
Papua New Guinea HSC (best 5)2.5,pass Eng & Math
Peru OCSE17
Phillipines NSAT89
Russia FCCSE4.3
Saudi Arabia MESSLC83
Singapore SCGCE15.5
Spain SSSD8.2
Spain STBPU7.5
Spain SUOY4.9
Sri Lanka GCE4.5
Sweden SSLC13
Taiwan GSAT54
Taiwan Senior High School Certificate87
Thailand CSE(Matayom 6) 1.9
Turkey HSD4
UK Board GCE A Levels13
USA SAT & ACTSAT 1410, ACT 20
Vietnam (in 4 subjects)7.5 Average

Language requirements

English language requirements apply to International applicants and other applicants whose previous study was undertaken in a language other than English. The minimum English language requirements for such applicants for entry to this course are as follows

CategoryScore
Overall6.0
Listeningminimum 5.5
Readingminimum 5.5
Speakingminimum 5.5
Writingminimum 5.5

About the course

The majors available in humanities and social sciences provide an overview of the humanities (or study of the human condition) and the study of human society and social relationships which contribute to the advancement of human understanding. These majors include:

  • Australian studies
  • Communication studies
  • Cultural studies
  • Human geography
  • Indigenous knowledge
  • International studies
  • Politics
  • Tourism studies
  • Welfare state studies.

Note: Humanities and social sciences majors are all available online and on campus at Lismore. Cultural studies is also available at the Gold Coast campus.

Majors in creative arts provide opportunities for students to develop practical or theoretical understandings of creativity in:

  • Media studies
  • Art and design
  • Music
  • Writing.

Note: Creative arts majors are all available at Lismore campus. Writing and media studies are also available online.

Majors are in the secondary school teaching areas for students interested in pursuing further studies to become teachers. Students can combine the following majors with a major in Education:

  • Environmental studies
  • English
  • Physical geography
  • History
  • Indigenous knowledge
  • Mathematics
  • Society and culture
  • Art and design.

Note: These majors are all available at the Lismore campus. Environmental studies, History, Indigenous knowledge, Society and culture are also available online.

Students who choose a major in the secondary school teaching areas and hope to progress to Southern Cross University's Master of Teaching (which they would need to complete to become teachers) need to choose very specific majors to qualify for entry into the Masters degree and should contact the University for further advice. Students who specifically want to become teachers should apply for one of Southern Cross University's combined education degrees. See related degrees on this page for more information on these courses.

The opportunity to combine traditional arts subjects with majors in sciences allows people to pursue their passions across disciplines in:

  • Environmental studies
  • Physical geography
  • Human geography
  • Psychology
  • Mathematics.

Note: These majors are all available on campus at Lismore.

Other vocationally-oriented majors could be combined with studies in the arts. These majors include:

  • Law and justice studies
  • Tourism
  • Psychology.

Note: These majors are all available online. Law and Justice Studies is also available on campus at Lismore. Tourism is also available on campus at Lismore and the Gold Coast.

Minors

Four units from any of the majors can be taken as a minor. Additional minors in a range of subject areas are also available to provide further opportunity for specialisation in: Curatorial studies, Event studies, Food studies, Healthy childhood studies, Sound production, Welfare state studies and Human geography.

Please note, not all units in the minors are available at each location.

Domestic students

LocationSession
Gold Coast1, 2
Lismore1, 2
Online1, 2

International students

LocationSessionAnnual FeesCRICOS
Lismore1, 2$26,800 ($3,350 per unit)016183A
Online2$26,800 ($3,350 per unit)N/A
 Notice

Tuition fees are in Australian dollars, and are subject to change, including annual increases over the duration of a course. Annual tuition fee is based on completing 8 units per year. In addition students are required to pay OSHC for the duration of their visa in advance. Non-tuition fee covers textbooks, stationery and excursions.

How to apply

Where and when do you want to study?

Applications for this course are made directly to Southern Cross University via our online application service.

Applications are not available for 2020. Please select a different year above or see Course Options for courses currently offered.

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Why choose SCU?

Excellence in research

Outstanding ratings of 'at world standard' or above in 23 research fields.

Excellence in Research Australia (ERA) 2018

Top 200 Young Universities

Only 25 years young and ranked in the top 200 universities in the world.

Times Higher Education Young University Rankings 2020

Outstanding student support

5-Star Student Support across undergraduate and postgraduate studies

Good Universities Guide 2021

Learning outcomes

Course Learning Outcomes express learning achievement in terms of what a student should know, understand and be able to do on completion of a course. These outcomes are aligned with the graduate attributes.

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.


Assessment methods

The assessment methods used in this course vary from unit to unit and connect with the types of learning outcomes for each unit and the course as a whole. Assessment tasks may include essays, reports, presentations, role plays, group work, reflective logbooks, creative production and experiential learning on campus or in the community. 

Teaching methods

On-campus students experience a variety of teaching approaches including lectures, tutorials, online activities and video-linked or podcast virtual classes. The method of teaching may vary from unit to unit.

Our online education study option is highly interactive and strives to promote collaboration and a sense of community. Students may receive a combination of podcast or video-linked lectures, electronic study materials, workshops, online discussion forums and virtual classes. The method of teaching may vary from unit to unit.

Classes provide opportunities for engaging students in learning and discussion. The course includes a number of field trips and on-campus events which are open to students studying either on campus or online.

Career opportunities

Pursue careers in communication industries, community relations, journalism, cultural policy, management and administration, publishing, public service, multimedia design, creative and cultural industries, politics, social justice and human rights, and secondary school teaching (with further study).

Professional placement

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.

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International future
students

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Current
students

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Course requirements

  1. To be eligible for the award of Bachelor of Arts degree a candidate shall successfully complete not less than twenty-four (24) units (288 credit points) comprising:
    1. all units listed in Part A; and
    2. at least one of the eight (8) unit majors and two of the four (4) unit minors from Part B and four (4) electives; or
    3. two of the eight (8) unit majors and one four (4) unit minor from Part B or four (4) electives; or
    4. at least one of the eight (8) unit majors one four (4) unit minor from Part B and eight (8) electives
  2. No unit will be credited to more than one major.
  3. A maximum of ten (10) Introductory level units and a minimum of six (6) Advanced level units should be completed.
  4. To be eligible for the award of the Associate Degree of Creative Writing a candidate shall successfully complete not less than sixteen (16) units (192 credit points) comprising:
    1. all units listed in Part A of the Associate Degree of Creative Writing; and
    2. eight (8) units of study from Part B of the Associate Degree of Creative Writing; and
    3. three (3) units from Part C of the Associate Degree of Creative Writing
  5. 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.
  6. To be eligible for the Associate Degree of Arts a candidate shall successfully complete not less than sixteen (16) units (192 credit points) comprising:
    1. all units listed in Part A; and
    2. one of the eight (8) units majors from Part B; or
    3. two of the four (4) unit minors from Part B; and
    4. four (4) electives.
  7. A candidate who while enrolled in the Bachelor of Arts has completed the requirements of the Associate Degree of Arts may elect to be awarded the Associate Degree of Arts following withdrawal from candidature from the Bachelor of Arts.
  8. To be eligible for the award of Diploma of Arts a candidate shall successfully complete eight (8) units (96 credit points) comprising:
    1. all four (4) units listed in Part A; and
    2. any four (4) units listed in Part B
  9. A candidate in the Bachelor of Arts who has completed the requirements for the Diploma of Arts may elect to be awarded the Diploma of Arts following withdrawal from candidature from the Bachelor of Arts.

Course structure


Schedule of units

TitleLevel of learningNote

Part A

CUL00210 -  Australia, Asia and the WorldIntroductory
COM10295 -  Written CommunicationIntroductory Note 1
SOC10399 -  Critical Thinking for Digital TimesIntroductory
HUM00271 -  Unruly Subjects: CitizenshipIntroductory

Part B

Majors (8) units or Minors four (4) units

TitleLevel of learningNote
From the following choose the one (1) foundational unit plus an additional seven (7) optional units for a major or the one (1) foundational unit plus an additional three (3) optional units for a minor:
Foundational:
HUM00270 -  Doing Cultural StudiesIntroductory
Optional:
HUM00272 -  Space, Place and TravelIntermediate
HUM00273 -  Borderlands: Identity, Culture and BelongingAdvanced
HUM00274 -  EcoCultural StudiesAdvanced
HUM00275 -  Cultural Studies Research ProjectAdvanced
SOC10400 -  Gender, Sexuality and CultureIntermediate
CUL00211 -  Perspectives on AustraliaIntroductory
COM20001 -  Culture, Technology and the SensesIntermediate
COM30001 -  Community Engagement ProjectAdvanced
SOY10114 -  Independent ProjectAdvanced

TitleLevel of learningNote
For a major choose the five (5) foundational units plus an additional three (3) optional units. For a minor choose four (4) of the five (5) foundational units.
Foundational:
ENG00400 -  Introduction to Written TextsIntroductory
ENG00401 -  Issues and Themes in Contemporary WritingIntermediate
ENG00406 -  Theories of Text and CultureAdvanced
WRI10001 -  Introduction to Creative WritingIntroductory
WRI10002 -  The Nature of Narrative: Self, Time, Place and the EnvironmentIntermediate
Optional:
ENG00411 -  Writing GenreIntermediate
COM10082 -  Film StudiesIntermediate
HUM00273 -  Borderlands: Identity, Culture and BelongingAdvanced
WRI10003 -  Short Story WritingIntermediate
ENG00407 -  Writing for PerformanceIntermediate
WRI20004 -  Writing LivesIntermediate
WRI20003 -  Writing PoetryIntermediate

TitleLevel of learningNote
Complete eight (8) units for a major or the one (1) foundational unit plus an additional three (3) optional units for a minor:
Foundational:
HIS10016 -  Making HistoryIntroductory
Optional:
HIS10018 -  Writing Place: Landscapes, Memory, HistoryIntermediate
SOC71005 -  Colonising HistoriesIntroductory
HIS00235 -  Community History Research ProjectAdvanced
HIS10725 -  US History: From Reconstruction to GlobalizationIntroductory
HIS10726 -  Australian Cultural HistoryIntermediate
COM00471 -  Professional PlacementAdvanced
SOY10114 -  Independent ProjectAdvanced

TitleLevel of learningNote
From the following choose the two (2) foundational units plus an additional six (6) optional units for a major or the two (2) foundational units plus an additional two (2) optional units for a minor:
Foundational:
LAW00051 -  Legal Research and WritingIntroductory
LAW10157 -  Australian Legal SystemIntroductory
Optional:
LAW00520 -  JurisprudenceIntermediate
LAW00118 -  Environmental LawIntermediate
LAW00522 -  Human RightsAdvanced
LAW00059 -  Welfare LawIntermediate
LAW10487 -  Animal LawIntermediate
LAW10727 -  Marine Animal Protection LawIntermediate
LAW00128 -  Interviewing, Negotiation and EthicsIntroductory
LAW00121 -  Intellectual PropertyAdvanced
LAW00126 -  Competition and Consumer LawIntermediate

TitleLevel of learningNote
Choose eight (8) units for a major or four (4) units for a minor from the following:
COM00439 -  Media StudiesIntroductory
COM10627 -  Digital Media PracticesIntroductory
COM10628 -  Media ProjectAdvanced
COM00481 -  Journalism in the Digital AgeIntermediate
COM10081 -  Video JournalismIntermediate
COM10110 -  Visual Communication and DesignIntroductory
COM10112 -  Essential Screen SkillsIntermediate
COM10113 -  Advanced Screen ProductionAdvanced
COM01402 -  ScreenwritingIntermediate

TitleLevel of learningNote
For a major choose the four (4) foundational units plus an additional two (2) units from options A and an additional two (2) units from options B. For a minor choose the four (4) foundational units.
Foundational:
MUS71001 -  Musicianship IIntroductory
MUS71002 -  Musicianship IIIntroductory
MUS72003 -  Musicianship IIIIntermediate
MUS72004 -  Musicianship IVIntermediate
Options A:
MUS71005 -  Creative Music Practice IIntroductory
MUS71006 -  Creative Music Practice IIIntroductory
MUS10509 -  Sounds, Styles and CulturesIntroductory
MUS10506 -  Music Industry LandscapesIntroductory
MUS71010 -  Instrumental Techniques IIntroductory
MUS71011 -  Instrumental Techniques IIIntroductory
MUS10545 -  Oceans of Sound: Global Music Cultures in the 21st CenturyIntermediate
Options B:
MUS73005 -  Musicianship VAdvanced
MUS10507 -  The Independent MusicianIntermediate
MUS10524 -  Studies in Western Art MusicAdvanced
MUS10525 -  Advanced Studies in Western Art and Contemporary MusicAdvanced
MUS10550 -  Screen SoundAdvanced

TitleLevel of learningNote
From the following choose the one (1) foundational unit plus an additional seven (7) optional units for a major or the one (1) foundational unit plus an additional three (3) optional units for a minor:
Foundational:
POL10244 -  Australian PoliticsIntroductory
Optional:
POL00013 -  Global Social MovementsIntermediate
POL00005 -  Ideas and Ideals in PoliticsIntermediate
POL10023 -  Peace, War and International PoliticsAdvanced
POL20001 -  Analysing Policy ProblemsIntermediate
POL10024 -  Justice in World PoliticsAdvanced
POL00010 -  Local GovernmentIntermediate
POL30001 -  Environmental PoliticsAdvanced
SOC20001 -  Doing Social ResearchIntermediate

TitleLevel of learningNote
From the following choose the two (2) foundational units plus an additional six (6) optional units for a major or the two (2) foundational units plus an additional two (2) optional units for a minor:
Foundational:
BHS11001 -  Introduction to Psychology IIntroductory
BHS11002 -  Introduction to Psychology IIIntroductory
Optional:
BHS20001 -  Psychological AssessmentIntermediate
BHS30003 -  Development across the LifespanIntermediate
BHS30004 -  Biological PsychologyAdvanced
BHS20006 -  Social PsychologyAdvanced
BHS20007 -  Learning and MemoryAdvanced
BHS20008 -  Quantitative Methods in PsychologyIntermediate
BHS30001 -  Advanced Quantitative Methods in PsychologyAdvanced
BHS30002 -  Abnormal PsychologyIntermediate
BHS30006 -  Behaviour ChangeIntermediate

TitleLevel of learningNote
From the following choose the one (1) foundational unit plus an additional seven (7) optional units for a major or the one (1) foundational unit plus an additional three (3) optional units for a minor:
Foundational:
HUM00270 -  Doing Cultural StudiesIntroductory
Optional:
HUM00272 -  Space, Place and TravelIntermediate
SOC10400 -  Gender, Sexuality and CultureIntermediate
HUM00274 -  EcoCultural StudiesAdvanced
HUM00273 -  Borderlands: Identity, Culture and BelongingAdvanced
SOC00118 -  Introduction to SociologyIntroductory
POL10244 -  Australian PoliticsIntroductory
SOC01123 -  Deviance in SocietyIntroductory
SOC10430 -  Religions and the StateIntermediate
SOC10027 -  Networked SocietyIntermediate

TitleLevel of learningNote
From the following choose the three (3) foundational units plus an additional five (5) optional units for a major or the three (3) foundational units plus an additional one (1) optional unit for a minor:
Foundational:
POL10244 -  Australian PoliticsIntroductory
SOC00118 -  Introduction to SociologyIntroductory
SOC00112 -  Social PolicyIntroductory
Optional:
LAW00059 -  Welfare LawIntermediate
WEL73004 -  Planning and Delivering Human ServicesAdvanced
SOC20001 -  Doing Social ResearchIntermediate
CSL10558 -  Case Management and Care PlanningIntermediate
SOY10114 -  Independent ProjectAdvanced

TitleLevel of learningNote
From the following choose the two (2) foundational units plus an additional six (6) optional units for a major or the two (2) foundational units plus an additional two (2) optional units for a minor:
Foundational:
WRI10001 -  Introduction to Creative WritingIntroductory
ENG00400 -  Introduction to Written TextsIntroductory
Optional:
WRI10003 -  Short Story WritingIntermediate
ENG00407 -  Writing for PerformanceIntermediate
ENG00411 -  Writing GenreIntermediate
ENG10022 -  Writing from the EdgeAdvanced
WRI20004 -  Writing LivesIntermediate
WRI20002 -  Introduction to Editing and PublishingAdvanced
WRI20001 -  Writing for Young PeopleIntermediate
WRI20003 -  Writing PoetryIntermediate
WRI10002 -  The Nature of Narrative: Self, Time, Place and the EnvironmentIntermediate
COM01402 -  ScreenwritingIntermediate

TitleLevel of learningNote
Select the four (4) foundational units and any four (4) optional units for a major. Select the four (4) foundational units for a minor:
Foundational:
AAD71101 -  DrawingIntroductory Note 2
AAD71102 -  Painting EssentialsIntroductory
AAD72202 -  Modern Art and the Avant-GardeIntermediate
AAD71103 -  Design FundamentalsIntroductory
Optional:
AAD71104 -  Photography and Digital ImagingIntroductory
AAD72212 -  Communication DesignIntermediate
AAD72204 -  Art after 1960Intermediate
AAD73302 -  Advanced Theories of Contemporary ArtAdvanced
Any one (1) elective from Art and Design Electives
Minors four (4) units



Course progressions

Students should use course progression information to select units specific to their course and enrol in these units using My Enrolment

TitleLevel of learningNote
Year 1, Session 1
CUL00210 -  Australia, Asia and the WorldIntroductory
COM10295 -  Written CommunicationIntroductory
1 unit from your chosen major
1 unit from your chosen minors
Year 1, Session 2
SOC10399 -  Critical Thinking for Digital TimesIntroductory
HUM00271 -  Unruly Subjects: CitizenshipIntroductory
1 unit from your chosen major
1 unit from your chosen minors
Year 2, Session 1
2 units from your chosen major
1 unit from one of your chosen minors
1 unit from your other chosen minor
Year 2, Session 2
2 units from your chosen major
1 unit from one of your chosen minors
1 unit from your other chosen minor
Year 3, Session 1
1 unit from your major
1 unit from your chosen minor
1 unit from your other chosen minor
1 elective
Year 3, Session 2
1 unit from your chosen major
3 electives

TitleLevel of learningNote
Year 1, Session 1
COM10295 -  Written CommunicationIntroductory
CUL00210 -  Australia, Asia and the WorldIntroductory
1 unit from your chosen major
1 unit from your other chosen major
Year 1, Session 2
SOC10399 -  Critical Thinking for Digital TimesIntroductory
HUM00271 -  Unruly Subjects: CitizenshipIntroductory
1 unit from your chosen major
1 unit from your other chosen major
Year 2, Session 1
2 units from your chosen major
1 unit from your other chosen major
1 unit from your chosen minor OR 1 elective
Year 2, Session 2
2 units from your chosen major
1 unit from your other major
1 unit from your chosen minor OR 1 elective
Year 3, Session 1
1 unit from your chosen major
2 units from your other chosen major
1 unit from your chosen minor OR 1 elective
Year 3, Session 2
1 unit from your chosen major
2 units from your other chosen major
1 unit from your chosen minor OR 1 elective

TitleLevel of learningNote
Year 1, Session 1
COM10295 -  Written CommunicationIntroductory
CUL00210 -  Australia, Asia and the WorldIntroductory
2 units from your chosen major
Year 1, Session 2
HUM00271 -  Unruly Subjects: CitizenshipIntroductory
SOC10399 -  Critical Thinking for Digital TimesIntroductory
2 units from your chosen major
Year 2, Session 1
2 units from your chosen major
2 units from your chosen minor
Year 2, Session 2
2 units from your chosen major
2 units from your chosen minor
Year 3, Session 1
4 electives
Year 3, Session 2
4 electives


Notes

Note 1: A student who receives an absent fail or fail for COM10295 Written Communication will need to complete EDU10010 Language and Learning in your Discipline. If a student passes EDU10010 they will not need to complete COM10295.
Note 2: Double weighted unit

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