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Bachelor of Arts

Location
Townsville, External, Cairns, Singapore
Commencing
February, July
Duration
3 years full-time
Part-time available
Attendance mode
Internal, External
Entry Requirements
OP 19 | English (4,SA)
ATAR 45.25 | English (Units 3/4,C)
QTAC Code
CNS: 321031
TSV: 311031
External: 311039
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JCU Bachelor of Arts graduates have a diverse range of skills with many career choices.

Your career options vary depending on what majors you select. You could work in areas such as arts and design, media and communications, research, conservation, or community.

As a JCU Arts graduate, you could take on roles like anthropologist, archaeologist, journalist, public relations officer, policy advisor, psychologist, criminologist, community development officer, or historian.

Learn to think creatively, analyse effectively and build the critical thinking skills necessary to work in today’s modern society. Gain the skills to become a digital disruptor and make a difference in the world.

You will be taught by world-class lecturers and experience small, friendly classes and personalised support. Practical work placements ensure you are work-ready when you graduate. Depending on your chosen major, you may also have the opportunity to experience an overseas placement.

This three-year full-time degree is highly flexible and allows you to explore areas of study that focus on your strengths while giving you opportunity to diversify. The course is also available part-time.

You will study a selection of core subjects and your preferred major. Each major provides you with in-depth knowledge in that study area. You can choose a second major, or select two minors, which can complement your studies, or broaden your area of expertise.

The JCU Bachelor of Arts offers fourteen majors to choose from. Not all majors are available at every campus. The handbook provides detail about the subjects you can study within each major.

Anthropology

Study history, languages, politics, economics and social systems. Understand cultural and ethnic difference and analyse how people’s beliefs fit into a wider social, political and economic context.

Learn the research, observation and interview techniques that will equip you to work with people from diverse cultural backgrounds. Develop skills critical in decision making for governments, corporations and not-profit organisations.

Archaeology

Develop skills in archaeological site recording and conservation. Participate in field trips to investigate heritage site excavations, and Aboriginal Australian rock art sites.

You may also have the opportunity to travel on South-East Asian excursions. You will learn the fundamentals of archaeology, then expand on this knowledge with more specialised offerings in Evolutionary, Forensic, Asian, Australian and European Archaeology.

Criminology

Learn why people are motivated to commit crime, and explore strategies to prevent law-breaking and rehabilitate offenders. Throughout your studies, you can participate in a wide range of extracurricular criminology student activities.

This course equips you with skills to help make a difference in your community. It combines subjects from Sociology, Anthropology, Psychology, Social Work and Law.

Design and Creative Arts

Amplify your creativity, learn how to think differently, and bring your ideas to life. Using technical equipment, software and programs, you will explore the creative world and cultivate strong individual design aesthetics.

Complement core subjects with one of two specialisations, which vary between campuses. Cairns students focus on the visual arts and digital imaging fields. Townsville students will study future-focussed design and innovation.

English

Investigate and explore the riches of literature across the ages. Study the talents of Shakespeare, diverse forms of cinema, children’s literature and the nature of, and methods used to analyse, literature.

Gain a high level of communication and reasoning skills while growing your passion for reading and writing. JCU English major students examine a wide range of literary periods and genres that provide a comprehensive source of historical and cultural understanding.

History

Gain an intimate knowledge of humanity by examining past societies and cultures. You will study the history of North Queensland, and develop your understanding of Australian history.

Analyse major historical events in a global context and investigate how political, economic and environmental events shaped different communities. Graduates have the skills needed for careers that demand strong research and communication abilities.

Human Geography

Explore the interactions between people, natural events and the environment. Develop specialist skills including environmental and town planning, land management, regional sustainability and environmental impact assessment.

Become proficient in identifying problems, evaluating explanations, analysing data, and computing techniques. Graduates understand how to develop recommendations to solve major ecological and environmental problems.

Human Services

Develop skills that will prepare you to work with marginalised and vulnerable people. Study social policy, community planning and development, education and capacity building, organisational practice and social responsibility.

Benefit from JCU’s research culture and working relationships with government agencies and local community groups. You will gain practical skills and experience through field trips and project work.

Indigenous Studies

Expand your understanding of the complex interface between Indigenous and Western knowledge, perspectives and practices in Australia today. Explore Indigenous knowledge and traditions, colonial disruptions, and Indigenous re-assertion in the current era, from the local to the global.

Some subjects include field trips and one includes an optional international trip to an Indigenous community. Graduates are prepared to engage thoughtfully with Indigenous Australians and Indigenous issues in professional and community spaces.

Modern Languages

Become fluent in French, German, Italian or Japanese and gain valuable skills relevant to the globalisation of today’s society. In each language you will study listening, reading, speaking and writing skills through critiquing text, films and television programs.

Immerse yourself in the language with opportunities to study abroad for six months at one of JCU’s partner universities. You do not need prior knowledge of the language to undertake this major which offers foundation to advanced levels.

Multimedia Journalism and Writing

Gain the knowledge to succeed in the fast-paced creative and news media environments. Learn from published writers, researchers and journalists to write creatively about unique environments and complex topics.

Study topics like writing for multimedia, short story writing, media law and ethics, public relations campaigns, broadcast journalism, and the sociology of digital environments. Graduates are skilled in creative writing, editing, critical reading, filming, storyboarding, and effective writing.

Politics and International Relations

Take a deep dive into the people, institutions and issues involved in Australian and international politics. Explore political processes, policy, diplomacy, political economy, and globalisation of Australia and the Asia-Pacific.

You will examine Australia's global position and role, economic and social policies, traditional and non-traditional threats to security, poverty, and other topics relevant to our modern society.

Psychology Studies

Gain a deeper understanding of the biological, social and cultural factors that influence how humans think, feel and behave. Explore the history of psychology, the nervous system, memory, cognition, intelligence, motivation, emotion, health psychology, personality and psychological disorders.

This major is not accredited, if you want to become a Registered Psychologist, find out more about the Bachelor of Psychological Science (Honours). This major is not available at Cairns campus.

Sociology

Develop the analytical tools to learn how society is organised and how we experience life with each other. Study social trends and understand why and how societies and institutions have developed through history.

Gain social science research skills and explore a diverse range of topics. Examine the societal issues of the Tropics choosing to study topics including race, gender identity, poverty and wealth.

Honours

The Bachelor of Arts (Honours) degree is available for high-achieving students. It consists of extra study and the development of a personal research project and thesis. An Honours degree is usually essential for entry to research higher degrees. Refer to the Bachelor of Arts (Honours) for eligibility information. Students who have completed their degree with James Cook University or at other universities can apply.

Note the course QTAC code for the location you've chosen. You'll need to enter it as part of your QTAC application.

Townsville (311031) - Apply now
Cairns (321031) - Apply now
External (311039) - Apply now

OP Score/Rank is indicative only. Entry scores will be finalised in the major offer round.

Our campuses in Singapore and Brisbane operate on a trimester system – three semesters per year. View academic calendars.

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Bachelor of Arts

Handbook year

2020

Course code

115710

Course type

Bachelor Degree (AQF Level 7)

Division

Tropical Environments and Societies

Award Requirements

Admission Requirements

Course pre-requisites

English (4,SA)

Minimum English language proficiency requirements

Applicants of non-English speaking backgrounds must meet the English language proficiency requirements of Band 1 Schedule II of the JCU Admissions Policy.

Academic Requirements for Course Completion

Credit points

72 credit points as per course structure

Additional course rules

Study plans must include:

  • A maximum of 30 credit points at Level 1.
  • A minimum of 18 credit points at Level 3.

Additional information

The Psychology Studies major is not an Australian Psychology Accreditation Council (APAC) accredited sequence.

Course learning outcomes

On successful completion of the Bachelor of Arts, graduates will be able to:

  • Demonstrate a broad and coherent body of knowledge with depth in the underlying principles and concepts of at least one discipline of the Arts, Languages or Social Sciences

  • Integrate knowledge of the diversity of cultures and peoples, their differences and commonalities, especially with respect to Indigenous cultures and peoples

  • Appraise the place and role of Australia and Singapore in the Asia-Pacific region and the tropics worldwide

  • Review critically, analyse, consolidate and synthesise information, claims, and evidence

  • Apply critical thinking, independent judgement, intercultural sensitivity, and national, regional and global perspectives, to identify and solve problems in at least one discipline of the Arts, Languages or Social Sciences

  • Present a clear and coherent exposition of knowledge and ideas, through proficiency in written and spoken English language and numeracy, appropriate to their audience and in a range of modes and media

  • Demonstrate capacity for reflection, planning, ethical decision-making and interdisciplinary team work in diverse contexts of community engagement, professional work and/or scholarship

  • Identify and have potential to act and reflect upon opportunities for lifelong learning and career development.

Course Structure

Course Structure – Townsville, Cairns and External

CORE SUBJECTS

Level 1

BA1001:03 Time, Truth, and the Human Condition

BA1002:03 Our Space: Networks, Narrative and the Making of Place

SS1010:03 Australian People: Indigeneity and Multiculturalism

Level 3

BA3000:03 Arts Edge

OPTIONS

Select 6 credit points of level 1, 2 or 3 Humanities, Arts and Social Science subjects

PLUS

Select 6 credit points of level 3 Humanities, Arts and Social Science subjects

PLUS

Select a single or double major

Single Major

Select a major from Table A

PLUS

Select a minor from the Inter-Disciplinary Minors list

PLUS

Select a second minor from the Inter-Disciplinary Minors list or 12 credit points of any undergraduate subjects

Double Major

Select a major from Table A

PLUS

Select a second major from Table A

TABLE A (MAJORS)

Type of major

Mandatory, single or double

Credit points in major

24 credit points

Notes

All majors are available mid year

MAJOR

AVAILABLE AT

NOTES

Anthropology

Cairns

Townsville

 

Archaeology

Cairns

Townsville

 

Criminology

Townsville

External

Not all subjects available internally.  Students will need to take some subjects offered only in external mode.

Design and Creative Arts

Cairns

Townsville

Visual Arts and Digital Imaging Focus (Cairns)

Design and Innovation Focus (Townsville)

English

Cairns

Townsville

External

 

History

Cairns

Townsville

 

Human Geography

Cairns

Townsville

 

Human Services

Cairns

Townsville

 

Indigenous Studies

Cairns

Townsville

Not all subjects available internally. Students will need to take some subjects offered only in external mode.

Modern Languages

Cairns

Townsville

External

Language streams (and locations) available are as follows:

  • French (Cairns and Townsville)
  • Japanese (Cairns and Townsville)
  • German (Townsville and External)
  • Italian (Cairns and Townsville)

Multimedia Journalism and Writing

Townsville

 

Politics and International Relations

Cairns

Townsville

External

Not all subjects are available at all locations

Psychology Studies

Townsville

Singapore

If you plan to practice as a registered psychologist, you will need additional studies beyond a Bachelor of Arts in Psychology Studies

Sociology

Cairns

Townsville

External

Not all subjects are available internally

Course Structure (Singapore)

CORE SUBJECTS

Level 1

BA1001:03 Time, Truth, and the Human Condition

BA1002:03 Our Space: Networks, Narrative and the Making of Place

AN1001:03 Anthropology: Cultural Diversity in Global Perspective

Level 3

BA3000:03 Arts Edge

OPTIONS

Select 18 credit points of level 1, 2 or 3 Humanities, Arts and Social Science subjects

PLUS

Select 6 credit points of level 3 Humanities, Arts and Social Science subjects

PLUS

Select a major from Table B

PLUS

Select 12 credit points of any undergraduate subjects

TABLE B (MAJORS - SINGAPORE)

Type of major

Mandatory

Credit points in major

24 credit points

MAJOR

AVAILABLE AT

NOTES

Psychology Studies

Singapore

Students planning to practice as a registered psychologist will need additional studies beyond a Bachelor of Arts in Psychology Studies.

Campus

COURSE AVAILABLE AT

NOTES

Cairns

Not all majors are available in Cairns

Singapore

Not all majors are available in Singapore

Townsville

Not all majors are available in Townsville

External

Not all majors are available externally

Candidature

Expected time to complete

3 years full-time or equivalent part-time

Maximum time to complete

9 years

Maximum leave of absence

3 years

Progression

Course progression requisites

Must successfully complete 12 credit points at level 1 before attempting any level 2 or 3 subject.

Course includes mandatory professional placement(s)

No

Special assessment requirements

Nil

Professional accreditation requirements

The Psychology Studies major is not an Australian Psychology Accreditation Council (APAC) accredited sequence.

Maximum allowed Pass Conceded (PC) grade

3 credit points for Creative Media, Humanities or Social Sciences subjects not taken as part of an Arts major.  Also does not apply to the core subjects BA1001, BA1002, SS1010 or BA3000.

Supplementary exam for final subject

Not applicable

Credit

Eligibility

Students may apply for a credit transfer for previous tertiary study or informal and non-formal learning in accordance with the Credit Transfer Procedure.

Maximum allowed

48 credit points

Currency

Credit will be granted only for studies completed in the 10 years prior to the commencement of this course.

Expiry

Credit gained for any subject shall be cancelled 19 years after the date of the examination upon which the credit is based if, by then, the student has not completed this course.

Other restrictions

Students may apply for exemption from language subject pre-requisite requirements on the basis of prior learning or demonstrated and appropriate experience in the relevant language. Students admitted to the advanced streams in the Modern Languages major will not be given credit for foundations subjects in the same language.

Award Details

Award title

BACHELOR OF ARTS

Approved abbreviation

BA

Inclusion of majors on testamur

Any major studied may appear on the testamur.

Exit with lesser award

Students who have completed 24 credit points of their course award requirements, and withdraw from or fail to meet the requirements for progression in the later years, may be eligible for the award of Diploma of Tertiary Studies.

Students who exit the course prior to completion, and have completed 48 credit points of study and appropriate subjects, may be eligible to receive the award of Advanced Diploma of Arts.

Course articulation

Not applicable

Honours

Honours availability

Available as an additional year of study.

Eligibility

Achievement of an overall grade point average of 5.0 (i.e. credit average) across the undergraduate degree and/or a grade point average of 5.0 in the final year of the undergraduate degree, with credits or better in specific discipline areas.

Annual Tuition Fee: $6,576. (Estimate only)

Student Services and Amenities fee is also payable per subject up to a maximum amount per year.

A variety of Scholarships are available to suit different student types.

JCU offers pathway courses to help you move into a degree. Pathway courses provide you with an individualised study plan and specialised support as you transition to university. Contact us for more information.

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