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Course snapshot

Domestic snapshot

  • Start Date

    March, July

  • Duration

    3 years full-time; 6 years part-time

  • Location

    Gold Coast, Online

  • Placement

    Yes  Learn more

  • Course abbreviation

    BA

  • Course code

    3007099

  • Credit points

    288

  • Equivalent units

    24

  • Scholarships

  • Indicative fee

Please note, some locations may not have all intake periods available. See the full availability details for further information.

International snapshot

  • Start Date

    February, June

  • Duration

    3 years full-time; 6 years part-time

  • Location

    Online

  • Placement

    Yes  Learn more

Please note, some locations may not have all intake periods available. See the full availability details for further information.

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 issues. Graduates develop cultural awareness and a deeper understanding of how to build their creative capacities and communication effectiveness.

The Bachelor of Arts is a very flexible degree – you can tailor your studies through the choice of a major in History, Creative Writing, Cultural Studies, Digital Media, Politics and International Relations or Social Science, or choose a shared major from a wide range of disciplines across the University.

Bachelor of Social Science with Honours Alumnus Jane Welsh

“I want to live a life with purpose, doing things that align with my values. If I can create a career that intersects with that I think it’s the recipe for success.”

The Southern Cross Model is a game-changer in higher education study.

Our students now engage in shorter, six-week unit structures designed around immersive and interactive learning experiences. The shorter unit structure gives students a greater sense of momentum as they achieve milestones quickly, resulting in increased student success rates, and course and teacher satisfaction. Lectures are a thing of the past - students will be engaged in active, interactive and discussion-based learning.

On-campus students experience a variety of teaching approaches including lectures, tutorials, online activities and video-linked or podcast virtual classes.

Our online study option is highly interactive and may include a combination of podcast or video-linked lectures, electronic study materials, workshops, online discussion forums and virtual classes.

The method of teaching and assessment may vary from unit to unit.

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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 (GA).

Course Learning Outcome

GA1: Intellectual rigour

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.

GA2: Creativity

Develop innovative and creative responses to contemporary and historical social, environmental and cultural issues.

GA3: Ethical practice

Investigate and evaluate issues with reference to principles of social justice and equity and according to ethical conventions.

GA4: Knowledge of a discipline

Demonstrate a depth and breadth of knowledge and understanding of society and culture in chosen disciplines of study.

Apply disciplinary knowledge to diverse contexts.

GA5: Lifelong learning

Access, evaluate, interpret and present information using academic conventions to inform decision-making and action.

GA6: Communication and social skills

Communicate effectively in academic and professional settings in a variety of forms, including through working autonomously or collaboratively.

GA7: Cultural competence

Demonstrate a commitment to multicultural perspectives as well as the ability to engage in a culturally competent way with Indigenous peoples.

The Digital Media major in this degree includes a compulsory 70-hour placement.

An optional professional placement in the other majors 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.

Choose a single or double major from the following:

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 a 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. It includes a compulsory 70-hour professional placement.

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.

Social Science

This major examines how institutions, the economy, individuals and groups interact; movements for change and crucial issues of social concern. You'll learn a range of methods of analysis and ways of doing research, critical thinking and problem-solving skills.

Shared majors

You can also choose a shared major as part of your degree.

All majors available online and at Lismore campus. Cultural studies and digital media majors available at Gold Coast.

Location Teaching period
Gold CoastTerm  1, Term  3
OnlineTerm  1, Term  3
Location Teaching period Annual Fees CRICOS
OnlineTerm  1, Term  3$30,832 ($3,854 per unit)N/A

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.

Career Outcomes

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).

Requirements

We encourage you to apply for the courses you most want to study. If you are not eligible to enter your chosen course right now, our team will work with you to find the best pathway option.

Before applying, make sure you double check all entry requirements, gather required documentation and review the University’s Rules Relating to Awards, noting any specifics listed below.

Entry requirements

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

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

Course requirements

To be eligible to receive the Bachelor of Arts, students must complete the equivalent of 24 units (288 credit points), comprising:
  • 6 core units (72 credit points), and
  • 1 major (96 credit points) and 10 university-wide electives (120 credit points): or
  • 1 major (96 credit points) and 1 shared major (96 credit points) and 2 university-wide electives (24 credit points), or 
  • 1 major (96 credit points), a second major (96 credit points) and 2 university-wide electives (24 credit points).
 
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 Diploma of Arts and Social Sciences after completing 8 core units (96 credit points) from one specialisation from the Diploma of Arts and Social Sciences. 

Other things to consider

The Early Offer program allows Year 12 students to secure a place in a Southern Cross University undergraduate degree before Year 12 results are released. It’s designed to remove some of the pressure from Year 12 and provide a pathway directly into university study that is not based solely on Year 12 results.

Learn more

There are different pathways into an undergraduate degree.

Whether you are returning to study after some time or you have just finished school and you need some extra academic preparation before embarking on a degree, Southern Cross University offers two excellent, fee-free academic preparation programs that develop the skills you need to be successful at university.

SCU College also offers a range of one-year Diplomas that provide extra academic support as you commence university. Diplomas are a great pathway to a degree and may also prepare you for diverse paraprofessional roles.

Learn more

Credit for Prior Learning, also referred to as ‘Advanced Standing’ or Recognition for Prior Learning (RPL), is the process of looking at your prior study and/or experience to assess if you can be awarded academic credit or gain entry to a course on the basis of your existing knowledge and skills.

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Course structure

Your course progression is in the recommended order you should complete your course in. It is important that you follow this to ensure you meet the course requirements. For further assistance see How to Enrol in Units using My Enrolment.

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

Current Students should select their units by checking the Handbook for the year of their enrolment as these may be different.

View Student Handbook

Unit CodeUnit TitleAvailableCredit pointsNotes

Complete the following units to satisfy the Requirements of the Award

First Year

WRIT1003Written Communication
Term1,3
12 Note 1
LocationDomesticInternational
Coomera
Term1
Term1
Gold Coast
Term1
Term1
Lismore
Term1
Term1
Online
Term1,3
N/A
CLST1003Doing Cultural Studies
Term1
12
LocationDomesticInternational
Online
Term1
N/A
CRTV1002Create: Innovate: Change
Term2,4
12
LocationDomesticInternational
Gold Coast
Term2
Term2
Lismore
Term2
Term2
Online
Term2,4
N/A
Elective
CLST1001Perspectives on Australia
Term3
12
LocationDomesticInternational
Gold Coast
Term3
Term3
Online
Term3
N/A
POLT1002World Politics and Global Environmental Challenges
Term3
12
LocationDomesticInternational
Gold Coast
Term3
Term3
Online
Term3
N/A
CLST1004Critical Thinking for Digital Times
Term4
12
LocationDomesticInternational
Gold Coast
Term4
Term4
Lismore
Term4
Term4
Online
Term4
N/A
Elective

Second Year

CLST2001Culture, Technology and the Senses

Not currently available

12
Second Major Unit OR Shared Major Unit OR Elective
CLST2002Australia, Asia and the World
Term2
12
LocationDomesticInternational
Gold Coast
Term2
Term2
Lismore
Term2
Term2
Online
Term2
Term2
CLST2005Space, Place and Travel
Term2
12
LocationDomesticInternational
Gold Coast
Term2
Term2
Online
Term2
N/A
Second Major Unit OR Shared Major Unit OR Elective
Second Major Unit OR Shared Major Unit OR Elective
Second Major Unit OR Shared Major Unit OR Elective
CLST2004Gender, Sexuality and Culture
Term5
12
LocationDomesticInternational
Gold Coast
Term5
Term5
Online
Term5
N/A

Third Year

Second Major Unit OR Shared Major Unit OR Elective
Second Major Unit OR Shared Major Unit OR Elective
Second Major Unit OR Shared Major Unit OR Elective
INDG3001Caring for Country
Term3,5
12
LocationDomesticInternational
Online
Term3,5
Term3
Enrolment informationThis unit has a compulsory 5-day residential for internal and online students.
CLST3002Borderlands: Identity, Culture and Belonging
Term1
12
LocationDomesticInternational
Gold Coast
Term1
Term1
Online
Term1
N/A
Second Major Unit OR Shared Major Unit OR Elective
CLST3003EcoCultural Studies
Term4
12
LocationDomesticInternational
Gold Coast
Term4
Term4
Online
Term4
N/A
COMM3004Independent Project
Dual Term2,4
12
LocationDomesticInternational
Coomera
Dual Term2,4
Dual Term2,4
Online
Dual Term2,4
Dual Term2
Pre-requisitesTo successfully complete this unit you should have completed units equivalent to 192 credit points (typically 16 units).
Enrolment informationThis is a capstone unit that integrates the knowledge you have developed during your degree. In it you will work independently with an academic supervisor.

Unit CodeUnit TitleAvailableCredit pointsNotes

Complete the following units to satisfy the Requirements of the Award

First Year

WRIT1003Written Communication
Term1,3
12 Note 1
LocationDomesticInternational
Coomera
Term1
Term1
Gold Coast
Term1
Term1
Lismore
Term1
Term1
Online
Term1,3
N/A
HIST1001Making History
Term1,3
12
LocationDomesticInternational
Gold Coast
Term1
Term1
Online
Term1,3
N/A
CRTV1002Create: Innovate: Change
Term2,4
12
LocationDomesticInternational
Gold Coast
Term2
Term2
Lismore
Term2
Term2
Online
Term2,4
N/A
Elective
HIST1002US History: From Reconstruction to Globalization
Term3
12
LocationDomesticInternational
Online
Term3
N/A
POLT1002World Politics and Global Environmental Challenges
Term3
12
LocationDomesticInternational
Gold Coast
Term3
Term3
Online
Term3
N/A
CLST1004Critical Thinking for Digital Times
Term4
12
LocationDomesticInternational
Gold Coast
Term4
Term4
Lismore
Term4
Term4
Online
Term4
N/A
Elective

Second Year

Second Major Unit OR Shared Major Unit OR Elective
INDG1009Colonising Histories
Term1
12
LocationDomesticInternational
Online
Term1
N/A
CLST2002Australia, Asia and the World
Term2
12
LocationDomesticInternational
Gold Coast
Term2
Term2
Lismore
Term2
Term2
Online
Term2
Term2
CLST2003Australian Cultural History
Term2,4
12
LocationDomesticInternational
Gold Coast
Term2
Term2
Online
Term2,4
N/A
Second Major Unit OR Shared Major Unit OR Elective
Second Major Unit OR Shared Major Unit OR Elective
Second Major Unit OR Shared Major Unit OR Elective
CLST2006Road Trip
Term4
12
LocationDomesticInternational
Lismore
Term4
Term4
Online
Term4
N/A
Enrolment informationThe unit includes an intensive with off campus activities. Participants will be provided with relevant information and training prior to the commencement of the field trip to ensure important health and safety aspects have been conveyed to participants. The real-time road trip is only suitable for those students with the resources and interest to travel. Travel will be kept to a minimum, but will be at the student's own expense. Students unable to participate in real-time travel will have the option to undertake a virtual trip. A condition of enrolment is adherence to the unit requirements prior to departure: (1) assignment 1 must be submitted and completed to a satisfactory standard; (2) emergency contacts/pre-existing health conditions and medication use must be submitted to the Faculty by the specified due date; (3) commitment to follow the SCU policy on code of conduct and safety advice as outlined in the unit guidebook.

Third Year

Second Major Unit OR Shared Major Unit OR Elective
Second Major Unit OR Shared Major Unit OR Elective
HIST2001Writing Place: Landscapes, Memory, History
Term2
12
LocationDomesticInternational
Gold Coast
Term2
Term2
Online
Term2
N/A
Second Major Unit OR Shared Major Unit OR Elective
INDG3001Caring for Country
Term3,5
12
LocationDomesticInternational
Online
Term3,5
Term3
Enrolment informationThis unit has a compulsory 5-day residential for internal and online students.
Second Major Unit OR Shared Major Unit OR Elective
HIST3002Freedom and Tyranny in the Ancient Mediterranean World
Term4
12
LocationDomesticInternational
Gold Coast
Term4
Term4
Online
Term4
Term4
HIST3001Community History Research Project
Term5
12
LocationDomesticInternational
Online
Term5
N/A
Pre-requisitesTo successfully complete this unit you should have completed units equivalent to 192 credit points (typically 16 units).
Enrolment informationThis is a capstone unit that integrates the knowledge you have developed during your History units. The focus of the assessment is to prepare you for a history-focused career.

Unit CodeUnit TitleAvailableCredit pointsNotes

Complete the following units to satisfy the Requirements of the Award

First Year

WRIT1003Written Communication
Term1,3
12 Note 1
LocationDomesticInternational
Coomera
Term1
Term1
Gold Coast
Term1
Term1
Lismore
Term1
Term1
Online
Term1,3
N/A
MDIA1001Media Studies
Term1
12
LocationDomesticInternational
Coomera
Term1
Term1
Gold Coast
Term1
Term1
Lismore
Term1
Term1
Online
Term1
N/A
CRTV1002Create: Innovate: Change
Term2,4
12
LocationDomesticInternational
Gold Coast
Term2
Term2
Lismore
Term2
Term2
Online
Term2,4
N/A
Elective
MDIA1004Journalism in the Digital Age
Term3
12
LocationDomesticInternational
Lismore
Term3
Term3
Online
Term3
N/A
POLT1002World Politics and Global Environmental Challenges
Term3
12
LocationDomesticInternational
Gold Coast
Term3
Term3
Online
Term3
N/A
CLST1004Critical Thinking for Digital Times
Term4
12
LocationDomesticInternational
Gold Coast
Term4
Term4
Lismore
Term4
Term4
Online
Term4
N/A
MDIA1003Digital Media Practices
Term4
12
LocationDomesticInternational
Coomera
Term4
Term4
Lismore
Term4
Term4
Online
Term4
N/A

Second Year

Second Major Unit OR Shared Major OR Elective

Elective
CLST2002Australia, Asia and the World
Term2
12
LocationDomesticInternational
Gold Coast
Term2
Term2
Lismore
Term2
Term2
Online
Term2
Term2
MDIA1002Visual Communication and Design
Term2
12
LocationDomesticInternational
Coomera
Term2
Term2
Gold Coast
Term2
Term2
Lismore
Term2
Term2
Online
Term2
N/A
MDIA2002Essential Screen Skills
Term3
12
LocationDomesticInternational
Coomera
Term3
Term3
Lismore
Term3
Term3
Online
Term3
N/A
MDIA2006Film Studies
Term3
12
LocationDomesticInternational
Coomera
Term3
Term3
Lismore
Term3
Term3
Online
Term3
N/A
Second Major Unit OR Shared Major OR Elective

Second Major Unit OR Shared Major OR Elective

Third Year

Second Major Unit OR Shared Major OR Elective
Second Major Unit OR Shared Major OR Elective
Second Major Unit OR Shared Major OR Elective
Second Major Unit OR Shared Major OR Elective
INDG3001Caring for Country
Term3,5
12
LocationDomesticInternational
Online
Term3,5
Term3
Enrolment informationThis unit has a compulsory 5-day residential for internal and online students.
COMM3002Professional Placement
Dual Term2
Tri Term2
12
LocationDomesticInternational
Online
Dual Term2
Tri Term2
Dual Term2
Pre-requisitesStudents must have completed 192 credit points (typically 16 units) in their degree.
Enrolment informationThis is a capstone unit that integrates the knowledge you have developed during your degree.Enquiries should be directed to the Professional Experience Coordinator, through wil@scu.edu.au.
MDIA3001Advanced Screen Production
Term4
12
LocationDomesticInternational
Coomera
Term4
Term4
Lismore
Term4
Term4
Online
Term4
N/A
Second Major Unit OR Shared Major OR Elective

Unit CodeUnit TitleAvailableCredit pointsNotes

Complete the following units to satisfy the Requirements of the Award

First Year

WRIT1003Written Communication
Term1,3
12 Note 1
LocationDomesticInternational
Coomera
Term1
Term1
Gold Coast
Term1
Term1
Lismore
Term1
Term1
Online
Term1,3
N/A
WRIT1002Introduction to Creative Writing
Term1,3
12
LocationDomesticInternational
Online
Term1,3
N/A
CRTV1002Create: Innovate: Change
Term2,4
12
LocationDomesticInternational
Gold Coast
Term2
Term2
Lismore
Term2
Term2
Online
Term2,4
N/A
WRIT1001Introduction to Written Texts
Term2,4
12
LocationDomesticInternational
Gold Coast
Term2
Term2
Online
Term2,4
N/A
Elective

POLT1002World Politics and Global Environmental Challenges
Term3
12
LocationDomesticInternational
Gold Coast
Term3
Term3
Online
Term3
N/A
CLST1004Critical Thinking for Digital Times
Term4
12
LocationDomesticInternational
Gold Coast
Term4
Term4
Lismore
Term4
Term4
Online
Term4
N/A
WRIT2005Writing Genre
Term4
12
LocationDomesticInternational
Gold Coast
Term4
Term4
Online
Term4
N/A

Second Year

Second Major Unit OR Shared Major OR Elective

Elective
CLST2002Australia, Asia and the World
Term2
12
LocationDomesticInternational
Gold Coast
Term2
Term2
Lismore
Term2
Term2
Online
Term2
Term2
Second Major Unit OR Shared Major OR Elective
WRIT2004Short Story Writing
Term3
12
LocationDomesticInternational
Online
Term3
Term3
WRIT2001Issues and Themes in Contemporary Writing
Term3,5
12
LocationDomesticInternational
Gold Coast
Term3
Term3
Online
Term3,5
Term5
Second Major Unit OR Shared Major OR Elective
Second Major Unit OR Shared Major OR Elective

Third Year

WRIT3001Theories of Text and Culture
Term1
12
LocationDomesticInternational
Online
Term1
N/A
Pre-requisitesMust have completedWRIT1001 - Introduction to Written Texts
Unit CodeUnit TitleNotes
Second Major Unit OR Shared Major OR Elective
Second Major Unit OR Shared Major OR Elective
Second Major Unit OR Shared Major OR Elective
INDG3001Caring for Country
Term3,5
12
LocationDomesticInternational
Online
Term3,5
Term3
Enrolment informationThis unit has a compulsory 5-day residential for internal and online students.
COMM3004 -  Independent Project OR COMM3002 -  Professional Placement
Second Major Unit OR Shared Major OR Elective

Unit CodeUnit TitleAvailableCredit pointsNotes

Complete the following units to satisfy the Requirements of the Award

First Year

WRIT1003Written Communication
Term1,3
12 Note 1
LocationDomesticInternational
Coomera
Term1
Term1
Gold Coast
Term1
Term1
Lismore
Term1
Term1
Online
Term1,3
N/A
POLT1001Australian Politics
Term1
12
LocationDomesticInternational
Gold Coast
Term1
Term1
Online
Term1
N/A
CRTV1002Create: Innovate: Change
Term2,4
12
LocationDomesticInternational
Gold Coast
Term2
Term2
Lismore
Term2
Term2
Online
Term2,4
N/A
Elective
SOCI1005Social Policy
Term3
12
LocationDomesticInternational
Gold Coast
Term3
Term3
Online
Term3
N/A
POLT1002World Politics and Global Environmental Challenges
Term3
12
LocationDomesticInternational
Gold Coast
Term3
Term3
Online
Term3
N/A
CLST1004Critical Thinking for Digital Times
Term4
12
LocationDomesticInternational
Gold Coast
Term4
Term4
Lismore
Term4
Term4
Online
Term4
N/A
Elective

Second Year

SOCI1004Applied Ethics and Sustainability

Not currently available

12
Second Major Unit OR Shared Major OR Elective
CLST2002Australia, Asia and the World
Term2
12
LocationDomesticInternational
Gold Coast
Term2
Term2
Lismore
Term2
Term2
Online
Term2
Term2
POLT2002Local Government
Term2
12
LocationDomesticInternational
Online
Term2
N/A
Second Major Unit OR Shared Major OR Elective
Second Major Unit OR Shared Major OR Elective
Second Major Unit OR Shared Major OR Elective
Second Major Unit OR Shared Major OR Elective

Third Year

ENVR5007Building Resilience in a Changing Climate: Through Drought, Fire and Flood
Term1
12
LocationDomesticInternational
Lismore
Term1
Term1
Online
Term1
N/A
Second Major Unit OR Shared Major OR Elective
POLT3004Global Social Movements
Term2
12
LocationDomesticInternational
Online
Term2
N/A
Second Major Unit OR Shared Major OR Elective
INDG3001Caring for Country
Term3,5
12
LocationDomesticInternational
Online
Term3,5
Term3
Enrolment informationThis unit has a compulsory 5-day residential for internal and online students.
POLT3001Peace, War and International Politics
Term4
12
LocationDomesticInternational
Online
Term4
N/A
COMM3002 -  Professional Placement OR COMM3001 -  Community Engagement Project OR COMM3004 -  Independent Project

Second Major Unit OR Shared Major OR Elective

Unit CodeUnit TitleAvailableCredit pointsNotes

Complete the following units to satisfy the Requirements of the Award

First Year

WRIT1003Written Communication
Term1,3
12 Note 1
LocationDomesticInternational
Coomera
Term1
Term1
Gold Coast
Term1
Term1
Lismore
Term1
Term1
Online
Term1,3
N/A
SOCI1001Introduction to Sociology
Term1
12
LocationDomesticInternational
Gold Coast
Term1
Term1
Online
Term1
N/A
CRTV1002Create: Innovate: Change
Term2,4
12
LocationDomesticInternational
Gold Coast
Term2
Term2
Lismore
Term2
Term2
Online
Term2,4
N/A
Elective
SOCI1002Understanding Community
Term3
12
LocationDomesticInternational
Online
Term3
N/A
POLT1002World Politics and Global Environmental Challenges
Term3
12
LocationDomesticInternational
Gold Coast
Term3
Term3
Online
Term3
N/A
CLST1004Critical Thinking for Digital Times
Term4
12
LocationDomesticInternational
Gold Coast
Term4
Term4
Lismore
Term4
Term4
Online
Term4
N/A
SOCI1003Deviance in Society
Term4
12
LocationDomesticInternational
Online
Term4
N/A

Second Year

Second Major Unit OR Shared Major OR Elective
Second Major Unit OR Shared Major OR Elective
CLST2002Australia, Asia and the World
Term2
12
LocationDomesticInternational
Gold Coast
Term2
Term2
Lismore
Term2
Term2
Online
Term2
Term2
SOCI2006Doing Social Research
Term2
12
LocationDomesticInternational
Gold Coast
Term2
Term2
Online
Term2
N/A
SOCI2005Society, Health and Illness
Term3
12
LocationDomesticInternational
Online
Term3
Term3
Second Major Unit OR Shared Major OR Elective
Second Major Unit OR Shared Major OR Elective
Second Major Unit OR Shared Major OR Elective

Third Year

Second Major Unit OR Shared Major OR Elective
Second Major Unit OR Shared Major OR Elective
Second Major Unit OR Shared Major OR Elective
SOCI2007Global Inequality and Development
Term2
12
LocationDomesticInternational
Online
Term2
Term2
Elective
INDG3001Caring for Country
Term3,5
12
LocationDomesticInternational
Online
Term3,5
Term3
Enrolment informationThis unit has a compulsory 5-day residential for internal and online students.
COMM3002 -  Professional Placement OR COMM3001 -  Community Engagement Project OR COMM3004 -  Independent Project
SOCI3003Religions and the State
Term4
12
LocationDomesticInternational
Online
Term4
N/A


Note 1:

A student who receives an absent fail or fail for WRIT1003 may choose to complete EDUC1001 - Language and Learning in your Discipline as a unit substitute.

Note 2:

Students might gain entry into the Master of Teaching with English as a Secondary Teaching Area if the Creative Writing Major is selected. Students will need to request an additional Level 3 English unit. Students will need to liaise with a Master of Teaching Specialist for specific units to study at education.enquiry@scu.edu.au

Note 3:

STEM Option Units equip students with knowledge and skills in the discipline of Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics.

Unit CodeUnit TitleNotes

Core Units

CLST2002Australia, Asia and the World
WRIT1003Written Communication Note 1
CLST1004Critical Thinking for Digital Times
POLT1002World Politics and Global Environmental Challenges
INDG3001Caring for Country
CRTV1002Create: Innovate: Change
Select one (1) Major

Unit CodeUnit TitleNotes
CLST1003Doing Cultural Studies
CLST2005Space, Place and Travel
CLST3002Borderlands: Identity, Culture and Belonging
CLST3003EcoCultural Studies
COMM3004Independent Project
CLST2004Gender, Sexuality and Culture
CLST1001Perspectives on Australia
COMM2005Algorithms, Artificial Intelligence and Culture

Unit CodeUnit TitleNotes
HIST1001Making History
HIST2001Writing Place: Landscapes, Memory, History
HIST1002US History: From Reconstruction to Globalization
CLST2003Australian Cultural History
HIST3001Community History Research Project
CLST2006Road Trip
INDG1009Colonising Histories
HIST3002Freedom and Tyranny in the Ancient Mediterranean World

Unit CodeUnit TitleNotes
MDIA1001Media Studies
MDIA1003Digital Media Practices
MDIA1002Visual Communication and Design
MDIA1004Journalism in the Digital Age
MDIA2006Film Studies
MDIA2002Essential Screen Skills
MDIA3001Advanced Screen Production
COMM3002Professional Placement

Unit CodeUnit TitleNotes
WRIT1002Introduction to Creative Writing
WRIT1001Introduction to Written Texts
WRIT2004Short Story Writing
WRIT2005Writing Genre
WRIT2001Issues and Themes in Contemporary Writing
WRIT3001Theories of Text and Culture
One unit from the following:
WRIT2003Writing Lives
WRIT3002Introduction to Editing and Publishing
WRIT2006Writing for Young People
WRIT2007Writing Poetry
And
COMM3004Independent Project
Or
COMM3002Professional Placement
Note 2

Unit CodeUnit TitleNotes
POLT1001Australian Politics
SOCI1005Social Policy
SOCI2007Global Inequality and Development
POLT2002Local Government
POLT3004Global Social Movements
POLT3001Peace, War and International Politics
ENVR5007Building Resilience in a Changing Climate: Through Drought, Fire and Flood
Choose 1 unit from the following:
COMM3002Professional Placement
COMM3001Community Engagement Project
COMM3004Independent Project

Unit CodeUnit TitleNotes
SOCI1001Introduction to Sociology
SOCI1002Understanding Community
SOCI1003Deviance in Society
SOCI2005Society, Health and Illness
SOCI2006Doing Social Research
SOCI2007Global Inequality and Development
SOCI3003Religions and the State
Choose one (1) unit from the following:
COMM3002Professional Placement
COMM3004Independent Project
COMM3001Community Engagement Project

Electives

Students are strongly encouraged to select 1 unit from the STEM Option Units which can count as a University-Wide elective. Note 3

Unit CodeUnit TitleNotes
COMP1001Data Communications and Networks
COMP1002Foundations of Computing
ERTH2004Career Development and Professional Practice
HLTH1005Understanding Wellbeing and Mental Health
INDG2001Health and Indigenous Australian Peoples
INDG2010Indigenous Health Promotion I
INFO1001Essentials of Information and Communication Technology
ISYS1001Web Development I
ISYS1002Cybersecurity
ISYS1004Contemporary Issues in Information Technology
ISYS1005Systems Analysis and Design
ISYS1006Introduction to Computing for Data Analytics
ISYS2004Business and Market Intelligence
ISYS2005Information Systems for Accounting
ISYS3006Business Analysis Project
MATH1001Foundation Mathematics
MATH1002Foundations of Mathematics and Numeracy: Numbers that Count
MATH1003Quantitative Methods with Economics
MRNE1001Marine Science and Management
NUTR1001Nutrition for Health and Physical Activity
PBHL1003Foundations of Health and Health Care Systems
PHYS1002Introductory Physics and Maths for Health Sciences
PHYS1004Physics I: Motion, Mechanics and Waves
PROG1001Programming I
SCIN1001Nature of Science
SCIN1004Earth Systems
SCIN1005Organisms and Environments
SCIN3004Integrated Project
STAT1001Statistical Analysis
STAT1002Scientific Data Management and Analysis
ENGN1003Engineering Technology and Design
ENGN1004Engineering Governance
ENGN1005Planning and Delivering Engineering Projects
MRKT2007Digital Marketing Strategies
SOCI2005Society, Health and Illness
Note 3

Double Degree Early Exit Pathways

To be eligible to exit with a Bachelor of Arts from the double degree, Bachelor of Arts, Bachelor of Laws, students will need to complete the following exit pathway:

Unit CodeUnit TitleNotes
LEGL1001Legal Research and Writing
LAWS2011Statutory Interpretation
LEGL1006Jurisprudence
LEGL1005Legal Process
LAWS2010Environmental Law
LAWS2008Criminal Procedure
LAWS2005Constitutional Law
LAWS2009Criminal Law
LAWS2002Contract Law I
LAWS2003Contract Law II
LAWS2007Corporations Law
LAWS2015Torts

Select one (1) Arts Major

Select four (4) Arts Law Options

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Domestic students

You are a domestic student if you are an Australian citizen or permanent resident, New Zealand citizen, or Australian humanitarian visa holder. Your course will either be a Commonwealth Supported Place or a full fee-paying place. This is noted in the course snapshot.

Commonwealth Supported Places:

In a Commonwealth Supported Place (CSP), the Government pays some of your fees and you pay the rest as the Student Contribution Amount (SCA).

SCA is calculated per unit, not per course. Eligible students can defer the SCA through a HECS-HELP loan.

Full Fee-Paying Places:

A full fee-paying place is where you pay the full (unsubsidised) tuition fee for your course. Eligible students can defer the payment of their tuition fees through the FEE-HELP scheme (including employer-reserved places for The Hotel School courses).

Also known as SSAF, the Student Services and Amenities Fee is a compulsory fee for most students used to provide important services and amenities to students both on and off campus. It’s charged per unit, based on the unit’s credit point value. Eligible domestic students have the option of deferring this fee through the SA-HELP loan scheme. More about SSAF

Depending on your course, your costs could also include computer equipment and software, books, stationery, field trips, uniforms or other course-specific expenses such as art materials, musical equipment or travel for practicums, internships, vaccinations or industry experience.

Southern Cross University offers a range of scholarships for undergraduate (your first degree), postgraduate, Indigenous Australian students as well as international students. There are also scholarships available to help you study overseas for a short period as an international exchange student. Scholarships range from a few hundred dollars a year to several thousand dollars a year.

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International Students

If you're an international student, you can find the annual course cost in Australian dollars (AUD$) on our International Courses and Fees page or on the web page for your course under fees.

Also known as SSAF, the Student Services and Amenities Fee is a compulsory fee for most students used to provide important services and amenities to students both on and off campus. It’s charged per unit, based on the unit’s credit point value. Eligible domestic students have the option of deferring this fee through the SA-HELP loan scheme. More about SSAF

Depending on your course, your costs could also include computer equipment and software, books, stationery, field trips, uniforms or other course-specific expenses such as art materials, musical equipment or travel for practicums, internships, vaccinations or industry experience.

Southern Cross University offers a range of scholarships for undergraduate (your first degree), postgraduate, Indigenous Australian students as well as international students. There are also scholarships available to help you study overseas for a short period as an international exchange student. Scholarships range from a few hundred dollars a year to several thousand dollars a year.

More about scholarships

Further fee information

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