Bachelor of Arts (Community, Culture and Environment)

Course summary

A community is a social group whose members live in a specific location, share government and often have a common cultural and historical heritage. Communities have many cultural groups that share behaviours, beliefs, values and symbols that they accept and pass on from one generation to the next.

Communities and different cultures survive in many environments which provide conditions for development and growth as well as danger and damage. When you study communities, different cultures and their environments, you explore the diverse issues that affect these different groups of people and their surroundings.

What you will study

Core subjects are diverse and will teach you communication and media skills, about indigenous peoples and the environment, post-federation Australian literature, children and young adult fictional literature, environmental contexts and current issues and problems and change in the human environment.

In addition to the Community, Culture & Environment major you will choose a minor or a second major from the Bachelor of Arts offerings.

Completion of full majors at regional campuses is subject to availability at time of enrolment.

Course information

Study area

Arts & Humanities


Southern Highlands, Shoalhaven, Bega, Batemans Bay

Course Code




IB Score



3 years full-time, or part-time equivalent


On Campus



UAC Code


Admission, Key dates, and Fees

A range of admission options are available for students of all ages and academic backgrounds. The procedures governing admission are defined in UOW's Admissions Procedures, and the UOW College Admissions policy.

For any specific advice or questions regarding an application, please contact the Future Students Team.

Recent Secondary Education Admission Criteria These criteria may be used to gain admission to this course for students who are currently in year 12 or have recently completed their secondary education.

Recent secondary education students can gain admission to this course via non-ATAR or ATAR-based options.

NON-ATAR ADMISSION OPTIONS With these options students may be admitted on the basis of criteria other than ATAR.

Non-ATAR admissions at UOW take an individual approach to understanding potential for academic success. Each student is assessed based on key qualities across academic readiness, motivation & passion, planning & persistence, and communication & collaboration.

Early Admission

Students may be admitted to this course via Early Admission (where year 12 students are assessed on a combination of their results so far, and a personal interview with UOW staff).

Students with results indicated below will gain an Early Admissions interview for this course.

ATAR-BASED ADMISSION OPTIONS With these options, students may be admitted on the basis of ATAR or ATAR plus additional criteria (e.g. an audition or individual subject results).

Guaranteed entry selection ranks

The minimum score for guaranteed entry (or for consideration if this course has limited places) is an ATAR-Selection Rank of 70 or an IB of 24-25. This includes the effect of adjustment factors.

Adjustment factors

Adjustment factors, such as the subjects you are studying, the area in which you live or equity and access schemes, are taken into consideration and these will be combined with your ATAR to adjust your selection rank and make it higher than your ATAR. These adjustments used to be called ‘bonus points’. Find out more about UOW's adjustment factors.

Other Admission Criteria

VOCATIONAL EDUCATION & TRAINING Students who have undertaken vocational education or training since leaving school.

HIGHER EDUCATION STUDY Students who have studied a University course, or completed a bridging or enabling course.

WORK & LIFE EXPERIENCE Students admitted on the basis of previous achievement other than higher education study, vocational education & training, or recent secondary education.


If you can demonstrate that you have met the learning outcomes for our subjects through prior learning, such as previous tertiary or TAFE qualifications, you may be eligible for credit towards your degree. Where relevant to the UOW degree, specified credit may be given for specific subject(s); where not relevant to the degree, unspecified credit may be awarded.

Students who have completed the Diploma of Social Science (UOW College) are eligible for up to 24 credit points of credit towards the Bachelor of Arts.

Click here for more information on UOW's credit transfer arrangements.



Commonwealth supported students are required to pay a student contribution amount towards the cost of their course. The amounts are calculated based on the subject cluster and the Equivalent Full-time Study Load (EFTSL) value of the subject. For information regarding student contribution amounts, please refer to the UOW Current Students website.


This program is not available to international applicants.

Admission Profile



This table shows the breakdown of the applicant background of the student group at UOW for this course. It provides data on students that commenced undergraduate study and continued study beyond the census date at UOW in 2017.

Applicant background

2017 intake

2017 intake (%)

Higher education study Students who have studied a University course, or completed a bridging or enabling course.



Vocational education & training study Students who have undertaken vocational education or training since leaving school.



Work & life experience Students admitted on the basis of previous achievement other than higher education study, vocational education & training, or recent secondary education.



Recent secondary education

ATAR Only Students admitted only on the basis of ATAR including any applied adjustment factors.



ATAR plus additional criteria Students who were admitted on the basis of both ATAR and additional criteria (e.g. an audition or individual subject results).



Other criteria only (non-ATAR) These students were admitted on the basis of other criteria where ATAR was not a factor (e.g. UOW Early Admission).



International students All other students.



All students



< 5: Number of students is less than 5
N/A: Data not available for this item
N/P: Not published (hidden to prevent calculation of other numbers less than 5)


This table relates to all students selected on the basis of ATAR alone or ATAR in combination with adjustment factors. For more information on adjustment factors commonly available to applicants, see ‘ATAR-based admission’.

ATAR profile of ATAR-based offers in 2017

ATAR The unadjusted, raw ATARs for students offered a place wholly or partly on the basis of ATAR. Selection Rank The ATARs of the same student group, including the impact of adjustment factors.
Highest rank to receive an offer



Median rank to receive an offer



Lowest rank to receive an offer



< 5: Less than 5 ATAR-based offers made
N/A: Data not available for this item
N/P: Not published (less than 25 ATAR-based offers made)

More Information

For more information about UOW admission pathways, see UOW Admission Information.

Key Dates




2018 Spring

Southern Highlands, Shoalhaven, Bega, Batemans Bay

Orientation: 16 July 2018
Session: 23 July - 15 November 2018

Applications Close

29 June. Late applications may be considered if places are available.

2019 Autumn

Southern Highlands, Shoalhaven, Bega, Batemans Bay

Orientation: Check your campus details
Session: 4 March – 27 June 2019

Applications Close

  • Domestic Applicants (UAC): 28 September 2018. Late applications will not be considered.
  • Domestic Applicants (Direct): 26 October 2018. Late applications may be considered.
  • International Applicants: This course is not available to international applicants on this campus.

Course structure

(Current year structure - subject to change)

Course Learning Outcomes

Course Learning Outcomes are statements of learning achievement that are expressed in terms of what the learner is expected to know, understand and be able to do upon completion of a course. Students graduating from this course will be able to demonstrate:

  1. Evaluate complex issues and ideas about society and culture.
  2. Apply disciplinary knowledge and skills in a variety of real-world professional contexts.
  3. Communicate concepts effectively to a range of audiences.
  4. Use digital and other technologies essential for careers and lifelong learning.

All BA students will be able to demonstrate these outcomes which are common to each BA major. Each major also has unique major learning outcomes which are outlined under each major on this page. 

Course Structure

To qualify for award of this degree, a student must complete a total of at least 144 credit points, comprised on the following:

  1. At least one major available in the Bachelor of Arts, outlined below (minimum 48 credit points and maximum 60 credit points);
  2. LHA 101 - Introduction to Arts and the Humanities (6 credit points). This subject is undertaken in the first session and is designed to provide students with the academic skills necessary to succeed at University. LHA 101 assists students to understand the structure of their degree, plan their study pathway, and plan for post-university careers. It introduces students to key concepts including critical thinking, digital literacy, academic integrity, effective communication and degree and career planning;
  3. A second major study (minimum 48 credit points and maximum 60 credit points) from within the Faculty of Law, Humanities and the Arts (LHA)*, OR, a minor study (minimum of 24 credit points) from within LHA*;
  4. Elective subjects offered in LHA, or other Faculties, to bring the total credit points to at least 144.


  • At least 24 credit points of subjects completed at the 300-level within the major must be at a pass mark or better;
  • Not more than 60 credit points can be taken in 100-level subjects.

*Students enrolled in the Bachelor of Arts (BA702, BB702, BE702, SH702 or MV702) can select from the 5 majors and minors offered at their campus. Alternatively, students who wish to undertake other majors or minors may wish to consider undertaking these at the Wollongong campus.  

Course Handbook

(Current year structure - subject to change)

Why choose this course

Studying Arts and Humanities at UOW allows you to tailor your degree specifically to your interests. Our flexible options let you choose the direction your program takes, such as specialising in a political, historical, international or creative discipline.

At UOW, you will learn from experts who head international committees and edit journals that have worldwide circulation, who are exploring socio-political issues in health, science and technology, law and the environment and who research the vibrancy of language and its origins, or the cultural impact of an electronic culture.

Awards and Rankings

The federal government's Quality Indicators for Learning and Teaching (QILT) 2017 ranked UOW 1st in NSW and the ACT for Humanities, Culture & Social Sciences. 

UOW is also rated in the top 200 universities in the world in the QS World University Rankings by Subject 2017 for English Language and Literature.

Career opportunities
  • Archiving and Librarianship
  • Art & Design
  • Arts
  • Business Development & Administration
  • Community & Social Services
  • Consultancy
  • Diplomacy
  • Education
  • Entrepreneurship
  • Government Policy
  • Healthcare Policy & Management
  • Heritage Specialist
  • Historian
  • Human Resources
  • Information Technology & Design
  • Journalism
  • Social Policy
  • Translation & Interpreting
  • Legal Work
  • Marketing & Advertising
  • Media & Publishing
  • Politics
  • Production and Management
  • Tourism and Hospitality
  • Writing