Bachelor of Arts

2021 course information for Domestic Students
2021 course information for International Students

updated 6:02 AM on Thu, 15 July

Domestic snapshot

International snapshot

IELTS
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ATAR
60
Duration
3 years full-time; 6 years part-time
3 years full-time; 6 years part-time
Location
Gold Coast, Lismore, Online
Lismore
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

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.

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

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.

Domestic students

LocationTeaching period
Gold CoastSession  1, Session  2
LismoreSession  1, Session  2
OnlineSession  1, Session  2

International students

LocationTeaching periodAnnual FeesCRICOS
LismoreSession  1, Session  2$26,800 ($3,350 per unit)016183A
 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.

Australian/Domestic students

Gold Coast
Lismore
Online

International students studying in Australia

Lismore
View domestic application details View international application details

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 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

Diverse career opportunities exist in community relations, media, 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.

Ask a question

Domestic future
students

Call 1800 626 481 during business hours.

International future
students

Call +61 2 6620 3876 during business hours.

Current
students

Email: enquiry@scu.edu.au
Call 1800 005 687 during business hours.


Course requirements

To be eligible to receive the Bachelor of Arts, students must complete the equivalent of 24 units (288 credit points), comprising:
 
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. 
 

Course structure


Schedule of units

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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


Course progressions

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

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To meet the requirements for the Bachelor of Arts students must complete the equivalent of 24 units comprising:



All six (6) core units AND at least one eight (8) unit major from the list of majors AND one other major and two (2) electives OR ten (10) electives



Year 1 Session 1

CRTV1002 -  Create: Innovate: Change
WRIT1003 -  Written Communication
1 unit from your chosen major (Unit 1)
1 unit from your additional major or elective option

Year 1 Session 2

CLST1004 -  Critical Thinking for Digital Times
CLST1005 -  Unruly Subjects: Citizenship
1 unit from your chosen major (Unit 2)
1 unit from your additional major or elective option

Year 2 Session 1

CLST2002 -  Australia, Asia and the World
1 unit from your chosen major (Unit 3)
1 unit from your additional major or elective option

Year 2 Session 2

1 unit from your chosen major (Unit 4)
1 unit from your additional major or elective option
1 unit from your chosen major (Unit 5)
1 unit from your additional major or elective option

Year 2 Session 3

INDG3001 -  Caring for Country

Year 3 Session 1

1 unit from your chosen major (Unit 6)
1 unit from your additional major or elective option
1 unit from your chosen major (Unit 7)
1 unit from your additional major or elective option

Year 3 Session 2

1 unit from your chosen major (Unit 8)
1 unit from your additional major or elective option
Elective Unit
Elective Unit


Notes

Note 1: A student who receives an absent fail or fail for WRIT1003 will need to complete EDUC1001 - Language and Learning in your Discipline. If a student passes EDUC1001 - Language and Learning in your Discipline they will not need to complete WRIT1003 - Written Communication.

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