Bachelor of Arts (Community, Culture & 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. As well as your Community, Culture and Environment major, you must elect a minor or second major from the Faculty of Law, Humanities and the Arts.

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

Course information

Study area

Arts & Humanities

Campus

Southern Highlands, Shoalhaven, Bega, Batemans Bay

Course Code

702

ATAR (UAI)

70

IB Score

24-25

Duration

3 years full-time, or part-time equivalent

Delivery

On Campus

Cricos

000612E

UAC Code

753102

Admission, Key dates, and Fees

Academic Requirements

This program is not available to international applicants.

Entry Requirements

Assumed Knowledge: Any 2 units of English.

Recommended Studies: English Advanced.

EARLY ADMISSION
UOW Early Admission is how the results you’ve earned so far in Years 11 and 12 can secure you a place in a UOW degree before you sit your final exams. This program is for students currently completing their Higher School Certificate; an interstate equivalent or an International Baccalaureate in an on-shore Australian High School. For more information, and to apply for Early Admission, head to the UOW Early Admission website.

Indicative Criteria
Indicative Early Admission criteria for this degree.
The indicative criteria shows the subjects and results that we believe you need to have a good chance of performing well in this degree.

Tertiary/Secondary Studies

Applicants who achieve an appropriate score in one of the following qualifications may be considered for admission:

  • Overseas Year 12 qualification, equivalent to the Higher School Certificate in Australia.
  • A previous Australian Year 12 Higher School Certificate, ie ATAR, UAI, TER, OP, or equivalent
  • A score in the International Baccalaureate equivalent to the required ATAR for this course.
  • Australian Qualification Framework (AQF): Advanced Diploma or Diploma; Cert IV (excluding Trade Certificates) may be considered for some programs
  • A Diploma or Foundation Studies Program from a recognised private institution.
  • TAFE Tertiary Preparation Certificate (TPC)
  • Minimum record of attendance, equal to 1/6 of a bachelor degree from an approved university, provided there is no exclusion or suspension.

Mature Age

Applicants who achieve an appropriate score in one of the following qualifications will be considered for admission:

  • University Access Program (UOW College). The UAP does not provide entry to a 4-year professional degree or any of the double degree programs.
  • Special Tertiary Admissions Test (STAT) for people over 20 years of age on 1 March in the year preceding enrolment. STAT can be used to gain admission to all undergraduate courses other than Engineering and Law. If you haven't been studying for some time you may want to consider a WEA STAT Preparation Course.
  • Limited UAI (5-9 HSC units, including at least 2 units of English) for people over 20 years of age on 1 March in year preceding enrolment.

Credit Transfer

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.

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

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Fees

2018 Domestic Fees / Commonwealth Supported Place
Southern Highlands
On Campus

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.

Shoalhaven
On Campus

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.

Bega
On Campus

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.

Batemans Bay
On Campus

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.

Admission information

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 Policy, and the UOW College Admissions policy.

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


STARTING YOUR JOURNEY

Starting your studies at UOW means learning from some of the brightest minds on the planet. It means having the freedom and flexibility to tailor your experience, follow your passion and see where it takes you. It means belonging to a University with an international reputation for world-class research and exceptional teaching quality—benefits that will help support you in your future career.


Admission criteria


Higher education

This information is intended to provide criteria for eligibility for admission into a UOW undergraduate degree on the basis of tertiary studies. Unfortunately there is currently no detailed admission criteria to provide, so please contact the UOW Future Students Team for more information.

Vocational education & training

This information is intended to provide criteria for eligibility for admission into a UOW undergraduate degree on the basis of a prior qualification that is accredited by the Australian Qualifications Framework (AQF), such as those provided at TAFE. Unfortunately there is currently no detailed admission criteria to provide, so please contact the UOW Future Students Team for more information.

Recent secondary education

This information is intended to provide criteria for eligibility for admission into a UOW undergraduate degree on the basis of ATAR (Australian Tertiary Academic Rank) or equivalent (ENTER, International Baccalaureate (IB), QLD’s Overall Position (OP), etc.) or an Australian Year 12 equivalent overseas qualification. Unfortunately there is currently no detailed admission criteria to provide, so please contact the UOW Future Students Team for more information.

Work & life experience

This information is intended to provide criteria for eligibility for admission into a UOW undergraduate degree as a mature age student who does not have a sufficient ATAR (or Year 12 results), has not completed previous alternative study or did not finish to a Year 12 level at high school. Unfortunately there is currently no detailed admission criteria to provide, so please contact the UOW Future Students Team for more information.


Profile information

This information provides indicative enrolment and an explanation of the basis of admission of students in this course.


INDICATIVE ENROLMENT

This table is intended to show the breakdown of the student group for a course or group of related courses. Unfortunately there is currently no detailed information to provide, so please contact the UOW Future Students Team for more information.


ATAR PROFILE

This table relates to all students selected on the basis of ATAR alone or ATAR in combination with other factors. For more information on ‘bonus points’ and other ATAR-related adjustments commonly available to applicants, see ‘Points to UOW’.

ATAR PROFILE OF ATAR-BASED OFFERS IN 2016

ATAR

Selection Rank

Highest rank to receive an offer

-

-

75th percentile rank to receive an offer

-

-

Median rank to receive an offer

-

-

25th percentile rank to receive an offer

-

-

Lowest rank to receive an offer

-

-

L/N: Low numbers (less than 5 ATAR-based offers made)
N/P: Not published (less than 25 ATAR-based offers made)
Understanding ATAR profile data

ATAR refers to the unadjusted, raw ATAR profile for all students offered a place wholly or partly on the basis of ATAR.
Selection Rank figures represent the ATAR profile of the same student group but includes the impact of ATAR-related adjustments such as 'Points to UOW'.

STUDENT 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 2016.

APPLICANT BACKGROUND

2016 intake

2016 intake (%)

Higher education study

-

-

Vocational education & training study

-

-

Recent secondary education

Basis of admission

ATAR Only

-

-

ATAR plus additional criteria

-

-

Other criteria only (non-ATAR)

-

-

Work & life experience

-

-

International students

-

-

All students

-

-

L/N: Low numbers (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)
Understanding student profile data

Higher education study includes people who have studied a University course or completed a bridging or enabling course.
Vocational education and training (VET) study includes people who have undertaken VET study since leaving school.
ATAR only includes people admitted only on the basis of ATAR, regardless of whether this includes adjustment factors such as equity or bonus points.
ATAR plus additional criteria includes people who were admitted where both ATAR and additional criteria were considered (e.g. portfolio, audition, extra test,
early offer conditional on minimum ATAR).
Other criteria only (non-ATAR) includes people admitted on the basis of other criteria only and ATAR was not a factor (e.g. special consideration, audition alone,
schools recommendation scheme with no minimum ATAR requirement).
Work & life experience includes people admitted on the basis of previous achievement other than the above.
International student represents all other students.

MORE INFORMATION

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

2018 Autumn

Southern Highlands, Shoalhaven, Bega, Batemans Bay

Session Commences
26 February 2018

Applications Close

  • Domestic Applicants (UAC): On-time UAC applications close on 29 September.
  • Domestic Applicants (Direct): 29 September. (Late applications may be accepted where places are available.) On-time direct applicants will be advised of their application outcome by no later than 19 January 2018.

Session Details
Orientation: 20 - 22 February
Session: 26 February - 21 June

Course structure

(Current year structure - subject to change)

Course Structure

To qualify for award of the degree of Bachelor of Arts ,a student must complete a total of at least 144 credit points as outlined in the table below.

Students must complete:

LHA 101 Introduction to Arts and the Humanities - 6 credit points (cp)
At least one major offered within the BA (outlined below) - at least 48 cp
  • A second major (minimum 48cp and maximum 60cp) from within the Faculty of Law, Humanities and the Arts (LHA)* or
  • A minor (minimum 24cp) from within LHA*
*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.  
Elective subjects offered in LHA or other faculties up to a cumulative total of at least 144 credit points

Total - 144 credit points

Note: Of the 144 credit points student must complete:
At least 24 credit points of subjects at 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

LHA 101 Introduction to Arts and the Humanities

Introduction to Arts and the Humanities (subject code LHA101) is a compulsory 6 credit point subject that must be undertaken by each student during their first year, and ideally during their first session. Students will be introduced to key concepts including critical thinking, digital literacy, academic integrity, effective communication and degree and career planning.

This subject is designed to orient and support students during their first session of university and to provide students with the academic skills necessary to succeed in their first year. The subject will also assist students to understand the structure of their degree, to plan their study pathway and to plan for post-university careers.

Subject Code

Subject Name

Credit Points

Session(s)

LHA 101

Introduction to Arts and the Humanities

6

Autumn, Spring

Subject Delivery

Subjects are taught using different methods of delivery. For some subjects, lectures are edustreamed which means students can download the lectures. In other lectures, video conferencing is used where the lecturer talks to students in real time. Other subjects rely on online delivery which includes posting the lectures on the subject's website. 

Note: A number of 300 level subjects have “First offered 2018” recorded in the session of offer. This note means that these 300 level subjects have been reviewed and that the first time these new versions may be offered is 2018 for 300 level. 

Majors

The BA (BA702, BB702, BE702, SH702 or MV702) offers five majors: Community, Culture and Environment, English Literatures, History, Indigenous Studies, Sociology. The five majors aim to offer a comprehensive exposure to each discipline area but subjects offered will vary from those available at the Wollongong Campus.

Majors offered in the Bachelor of Arts require 48 credit points.  All majors require at least a pass in 24 credit points at 300 level from the subjects offered for the major. All Bachelor of Arts majors include the 6cp subject LHA301 Capstone. As students are only permitted to cross count one subject, students who take two BA majors are advised to cross count LHA301 in both of their majors. 

The requirements for each major are set out later in this Handbook.

Students must take one of these majors:

Please refer to the South Coast Highlands Handbook for a listing of subjects required to complete the above majors.

Minors

Minor studies are also available to students for course code BB702, BE702, SH702 or MV702. They consist of a minimum of 24 credit points of which at least 12 credit points will be at 200 level or higher. Minors appear on the transcript (i.e. the academic record), but do not appear on the testamur. To have a minor study recorded, students need to declare their minor study by submitting an Application to Declare or change Intended Major/Minor.

Students may choose from the following minors:

Please refer to the South Coast Highlands Handbook for a listing of subjects required to complete the above minors.

Internship and International Subjects

One of the Faculty's aims is to encourage students to study in an overseas university. Students can study abroad for a full session taking three to four subjects, or can study abroad for a shorter period of time by taking a study tour. The Faculty's study tour subjects currently focus on War History and incorporate visits to Gallipoli and the Western Front. Both subjects are listed below:

Subject Code

Subject Name

Credit Points

Session(s)

HIST273

Gallipoli Study Tour

6

Not Offered 2017

HIST282

Western Front Study Tour

6

Not Offered 2017

Honours

Honours is a fourth year of study that students can undertake provided they meet the requirements set out in the honours entry for this handbook. More details on honours can be found in the BA (BA702, BB702, BE702, SH702 or MV702) handbook. See separate entry for the Bachelor of Arts (Honours).

Community, Culture and Environment

The theme of this major reflects its name, Community, Culture and Environment. Subjects offered by Sociology inform the theme of community, and those offered by English, History and Cultural Studies inform the cultural theme. However, many of the subjects offered will often combine two of the themes listed in the degree, especially the Indigenous Studies subjects.

Learning Outcomes:

On successful completion of this major students will be able to:

  1. Develop knowledge of how the concept of identity is understood in a range of disciplines;

  2. Critically evaluate a range of theories relevant to the study of Community, Culture and the Environment;

  3. Demonstrate understanding of how an interdisciplinary approach is able to enhance knowledge of and research into Community, Culture and the Environment.

A major  in Community, Culture and the Environment is made up of at least 48 credit points as outlined in the table below. 

Subject Code

Subject Name

Credit Points

Session(s)

Core

AUST101

Australian Studies: Cultures and Identities

6

Autumn

INDS207

Critical Themes in Indigenous Studies

6

Autumn

SOC 207

Introduction to Social Theory

6

Autumn

INDS302

Indigenous Thinkers: Global Perspectives

6

Not available in 2017

HIST351

Debates in Australian Cultural History

6

Not available in 2017

SOC 300

Power, Resistance and Society

6

Not available in 2017

LHA 301

Capstone

6

Not available in 2017

Plus ONE other subject from the list of elective subjects available at your campus. This elective should be chosen in consultation with the Head of Students

A minor in Community, Culture and Environment will consist of a least 24 credit points as outlined below.

Subject Code

Subject Name

Credit Points

Session(s)

Core

AUST101

Australian Studies: Cultures and Identities

6

Autumn

Plus THREE from the following:

INDS207

Critical Themes in Indigenous Studies

6

Autumn

SOC 207

Introduction to Social Theory

6

Autumn

INDS302

Indigenous Thinkers: Global Perspectives

6

Not available in 2017

HIST351

Debates in Australian Cultural History

6

Not available in 2017

SOC 300

Power, Resistance and Society

6

Not available in 2017

English Literatures

The English Literatures major introduces students to a broad range of texts - novels, poetry, essays, short stories, film, diaries and letters - from medieval times to the modern. The major in English Literatures teaches you to analyse what you read with sharp critical skills and cultural sensitivity, and to articulate your response with power and precision. A strong international focus underpins our subjects and our ways of teaching them: you will be encouraged to enquire into the politics of the writing and reception of texts, and to understand aesthetics and the value of literature within a range of cultural contexts. 

The core subjects within the degree ensure a grounding in the historical development of English Literatures at 200 level and an engagement with literary theory at 300 level. 

Learning Outcomes

On successful completion of this major students will be able to:

  1. Acquire knowledge of literary texts from a range of periods and places, and an understanding of the importance of social, historical and geographical contexts; 

  2. Understand and deploy changing theories, methods and concepts in literary studies;

  3. Read, understand and interpret complex literary texts;

  4. Locate, assess and use appropriate scholarly resources;

  5. Construct coherent arguments and communicate them effectively in oral and written form; 

  6. Apply relevant skills and knowledge to recognise and reflect on the significance of literary texts in imagining and interpreting the social world.

A major in English Literatures is made up of at least 48 credit points as outlined in the table below.

Subject Code

Subject Name

Credit Points

Session(s)

ENGL120

An Introduction to Literature and Film

6

Autumn

Plus:

ENGL271

The Romantics

6

Autumn

ENGL274

Victorians

6

Spring

Plus ONE from the following:

ENGL379

Desiring Bodies: Gender & Sexuality in Literature & Film

6

Not available in 2017

ENGL383

Contemporary Fiction and Film

6

Not available in 2017

Plus

LHA 301

Capstone

6

Not available in 2017

Electives

Plus THREE from the following. TWO electives must be at 300 level.

ENGL131

Australian Fiction and Film

6

Spring

ENGL361

The Modernists

6

Not available in 2017

ENGL382

Social Justice and Children's Literature

6

Not available in 2017

Electives chosen from the list of elective subjects available at your campus. This elective should be chosen in consultation with the Head of Students.

A minor in English Literatures will consist of at least 24 credit points  from the Course Structure of the English Literatures major. At least two subjects must be at 200 level or higher.

History

History aims to understand and interpret the past. It is the subject that brings the past into the present. History is a dynamic discipline, since each generation returns to the past with different questions, based on their own experiences and concerns. Historical analysis brings together both facts and moral judgements to analyse the background to contemporary conditions. Perhaps more importantly, History can also help us to imagine the kinds of futures we want to live.

Learning Outcomes

On successful completion of this major students will be able to:

  1. Evaluate historical processes using examples from a variety of periods and places;

  2. Appraise present-day global affairs from an historical perspective;

  3. Utilise different types of evidence to demonstrate an understanding of historical change;

  4. Critically review how Historians produce different interpretations of the past.

The History major consists of at least 48 credit points, as outlined in the table below. 

Subject Code

Subject Name

Credit Points

Session(s)

Core

ONE subject from the following:

HIST111

The Modern World

6

Spring

AUST101

Australian Studies: Cultures and Identities

6

Autumn

Plus

HIST257

The World After 1945

6

Autumn

HIST281

Hands-On History

6

Spring

Plus

HIST371

Twentieth Century Dictatorships

6

Not available in 2017

HIST351

Debates in Australian Cultural History

6

Not available in 2017

HIST356

Making History

6

Not available in 2017

LHA 301

Capstone

6

Not available in 2017

Electives

Plus ONE other subject from the list of elective subjects available at your campus. This elective should be chosen in consultation with the Head of Students.

 A minor in History will consist of at least 24 credit points in subjects from the schedule of the History major. At least two subjects must be at 200 level or higher.

Indigenous Studies

Indigenous Studies is an interdisciplinary major which links together INDS subjects and a number of subjects offered by the Faculties of Law, Humanities and the Arts and Social Sciences, to provide Indigenous and non-Indigenous students with a coherent program in the study of Indigenous Australia.

Learning Outcomes

On successful completion of this major students will be able to:

  1. Identify how Indigenous Studies has developed as a discipline and how it relates to other areas of study; 

  2. Evaluate the ideologies and paradigms that continue to shape both popular and scholarly understandings of Indigenous peoples; 

  3. Analyse, both critically and reflectively, Indigenous peoples’ understandings of themselves and the world; 

  4. Evaluate the major social and political influences that have underpinned the history of colonisation and resistance.

A major in Indigenous Studies  consists of a minimum of 48 credit points as outlined in the table below. 

Subject Code

Subject Name

Credit Points

Session(s)

Core

INDS150

Introduction to Indigenous Australia

6

Autumn

INDS207

Critical Themes in Indigenous Studies

6

Autumn

Plus

INDS305

Research and Indigenous Communities

6

Not available in 2017

SOC 356

Cultures in Dispossession

6

Not available in 2017

HIST351

Debates in Australian Cultural History

6

Not available in 2017

LHA 301

Capstone

6

Not available in 2017

Electives

Plus TWO subjects from the list of elective subjects available at your campus. These electives should be chosen in consultation with the Head of Students.

 A minor in Indigenous Studies will consist of at least 24 credit points as outlined below. At least two subjects must be at 200 level or higher. 

Subject Code

Subject Name

Credit Points

Session(s)

Core

Choose ONE from the following:

INDS150

Introduction to Indigenous Australia

6

Autumn

INDS207

Critical Themes in Indigenous Studies

6

Autumn

Electives

Plus TWO other subjects from the list of elective subjects available at your campus.  These electives should be chosen in consultation with the Head of Students.

Sociology

Sociology is the study of social life, cultural and social change, and the social causes and consequences of human behaviour. By acquiring sociological skills students develop the ability to analyse a wide variety of social processes, institutions, causes of social change and the structures of groups and societies.

Specific areas of study include social policy; social theory and methodologies; gender, sexuality and the body; class; crime and punishment; race and ethnicity; family, welfare and education reform; everyday interaction; social movements; social change in Asia; media and entertainment; and youth and popular culture.

In a rapidly changing world, sociology provides distinctive methodologies and perspectives that offer solutions to complex problems arising from social inequality, globalisation, criminal justice and racism. Sociology is an exciting discipline with expanding opportunities for a wide range of career paths.

Learning Outcomes

On successful completion of this major students will be able to:

  1. Understand and critically access core ideas in Sociology and related studies of society;

  2. Design and report on independent sociological research projects, using  appropriate qualitative and quantitative research methods;

  3. Critically assess and apply contemporary sociological theories to important current social issues.

A major in Sociology consists of a minimum of 48 credit points as outlined in the table below.

Subject Code

Subject Name

Credit Points

Session(s)

Core

ONE from the following:

SOC 103

Introduction to Sociology

6

Autumn

SOC 104

Investigating Society

6

Spring

Plus:

SOC 207

Introduction to Social Theory

6

Autumn

SOC 234

Social Research Methods

6

Spring

SOC 300

Power, Resistance and Society

6

Not available in 2017

SOC 328

Social Research and Social Policy

6

Not available in 2017

SOC 356

Cultures in Dispossession

6

Not available in 2017

LHA 301

Capstone

6

Not available in 2017

Electives

Plus ONE subject from the list of elective subjects available at your campus. This elective should be chosen in consultation with the Head of Students

A minor in Sociology will consist of at least 24 credit points as outlined in the table below.

Subject Code

Subject Name

Credit Points

Session(s)

Core

Choose ONE from the following:

SOC 103

Introduction to Sociology

6

Autumn

SOC 104

Investigating Society

6

Spring

Plus:

SOC 207

Introduction to Social Theory

6

Autumn

SOC 234

Social Research Methods

6

Spring

Electives

Plus ONE subject from the list of elective subjects available at your campus. This elective should be chosen in consultation with the Head of Students.


  

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. Whatever you choose, you'll have the option to also apply your skills through work experience or an internship.

At UOW, you will learn from experts who head international committees and edit journals that have worldwide circulation, who are exploring sociopolitical 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.

Career opportunities
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  • 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

 

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