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Bachelor of Arts

Deakin’s flexible Bachelor of Arts allows you to design a course based on what you’re interested in and the skills you want to develop. You can choose to study particular areas in-depth or enrol in a wide range of units.

Major areas of study include Journalism, History, Philosophy, Indonesian, Sociology, and many more.

You’ll gain a blend of theory and practice that will prepare you for a career, and benefit from Deakin’s professional connections and work placement opportunities.

As an online student you’ll have the flexibility to study when and where it suits you, and graduate with the same globally-recognised Deakin University qualification as an on-campus student.

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At a glance

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Provider

Deakin University
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Recognition

Nationally recognised - meets Australian Qualifications Framework standards.

Prerequisites
  • Year 12 with an ATAR of 55, OR
  • A Diploma or educational equivalent, OR
  • Relevant work experience including any community work
Location

Online

Work placement

Internships are available in some cases

Course length
Full-time: 3 years | Part-time: 4-6 years | Maximum 7 years
Study mode

Online


Online

Study from anywhere, when it suits you best and graduate with the identical qualification as an on-campus student.

Blended

Study part of the course online. Combine your online learning with classes or practical sessions on-campus at a college or university.

In-class

Attend classes on-campus at a university, TAFE or college and interact face-to-face with teachers and fellow students.

Assessment
Assignments, exams, tests & online activities
Start date

3 start dates per year.

Provider
Deakin University

SEEK Learning offers a range of degrees you can study online through Deakin University and receive the same qualification as an on-campus student.

Deakin University boasts an impressive reputation for being number one for student satisfaction in Victoria (2012) and offering industry placements that count towards your degree.

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Price

The course price can vary depending on a few factors, including whether you are an Australian resident or your chosen payment option. To find out more, contact the course provider.

Prerequisites

You can gain entry into the Bachelor of Arts by fulfilling one of these criteria:

  • Year 12 with an ATAR of 55, OR
  • a Diploma or educational equivalent, OR
  • relevant work experience including any community work

In all cases, selection is based primarily on academic merit. Information on your existing qualifications and work experience will also be considered in the selection process (and you may also gain credit for prior learning).

What you'll learn

You will become expert at managing knowledge and communicating information, and develop valuable skills of critical analysis and systematic thinking.

As well as gaining knowledge specific to the units you choose, you’ll develop transferable skills in:

  • Research and analysis
  • Lateral thinking
  • Writing and communication
  • Time management
  • Team work

Work placement

If you study one of these majors, you may be able to gain industry experience through an internship:

  • History
  • International relations
  • Journalism
  • Media and communication
  • Politics and policy studies
  • Sociology

Course structure

24 credit points units

The degree is structured in a way that offers maximum flexibility. It gives students the opportunities to pursue their own interests and design courses of study that suit their needs. They may study particular areas in-depth or undertake a wide range of units.

Students are required to complete at least one major sequence chosen from a variety of study areas including performing and creative arts, languages, history, media and communication, and sociology. Up to one-third of the course may be taken outside the Faculty of Arts and Education, providing even greater possibilities for interesting course combinations.

Major sequences

  1. Anthropology


    Anthropology is the study of the lives of people in a range of societies. This major sequence investigates kinship and family; gender; economic and political anthropology; work and consumption; religion, ritual and witchcraft; person, society and cosmos; death; the impact of and problems caused by expanding European nations on the peoples of Africa and the Pacific; globalisation; processes of change in the Third World; international tourism; festivals; medical anthropology; communal conflict; ethnicity; international migration and doing fieldwork.

    Career opportunities:

    You may find employment in community relations, the education sector, government departments, the health industry, media corporations, research consultancies and welfare organisations.

  2. Arabic


    The Arab countries of the Middle East and North Africa form an area of critical global importance having broad strategic, economic, religious and cultural influence. The Middle East comprises the fourth largest trading block among Australia's overseas trading partners, with the total value of Australia's trade with the Middle East more than doubling in the last decade. The major sequence provides for the development of communication skills in modern standard Arabic and language fluency is enhanced through contextual knowledge of Middle Eastern history, culture and society. Students taking Arabic are encouraged to take complementary units in the relevant area studies in order to obtain sound background knowledge of the cultural, geopolitical and historical issues relevant to the regions where Arabic is spoken.

    Career opportunities:

    Graduates can expect to gain employment in a wide range of organisations including the education sector, federal defence agencies, government departments, immigration departments/ consultancies, intelligence agencies, major corporations, management consultancies, media organisations, multicultural associations, research and translation services.

  3. Children's literature


    In the Children's Literature major sequence, students explore a wide variety of literary and popular texts, from picture books for the very young and novels and films intended for young adults, to adult texts relevant to young people's literary education. The sequence focuses on how these texts imagine and convey ideas and values, and on the interplay between texts for young audiences and the social and cultural contexts in which they are produced and received. The sequence caters to students interested in children's literature as a prominent domain of literary production, and is of particular relevance to those who intend to work with children and young people as primary or secondary teachers and librarians, and those who wish to produce texts for young people. Units aim to equip students with critical, analytical and research skills which will enable them to critique texts for children and young people and to recognise the socialising agendas which inform them.

    Career opportunities:

    You may find employment opportunities in advertising agencies, the education sector, freelance writing, government departments, libraries, market research companies, public relations agencies and publishing companies.

  4. History


    In History, students explore the historical precursors of the modern world: the forces and great events of especially the nineteenth and twentieth centuries, and the ways historians have interpreted them. Among the themes given special attention are war and peace, modernisation and social change, colonialism, nationalism and internationalism, gender in history and the Holocaust. In focusing on such themes, students can choose a sequence from units which cover American, African-American, Asian, Australian and European histories. All units aim to stimulate and challenge students to come to understand past human behaviour and to acquire critical, analytical and research skills. Students should note that not all units are currently available at all campuses.

    Career opportunities:

    You may find employment opportunities in the education sector, local government, media corporations, museums/heritage organisations, research consultancies and tourism organisations.

  5. Indonesian


    Indonesian language studies develop communication skills in Bahasa Indonesia, as well as an understanding of Indonesian culture, history and society. With more than 220 million speakers of Bahasa Indonesia, and Indonesia being Australia's closest Asian neighbour, the region is increasingly important to Australia economically, politically and culturally. In-country language programs are available to students undertaking a major sequence in Indonesian.

    Career opportunities:

    Careers in this field include work in the communications industry, community and government organisations, community health organisations, the education sector, ethnic affairs associations, foreign affairs departments, multicultural organisations, tourism associations and translation services.

  6. International relations


    The International Relations major sequence focuses on understanding conflict and cooperation and, war and peace in contemporary international politics. Students examine the system of states before, during and after the Cold War, the nature of power and security, global issues, human rights and Australia's place in the world.

    Career opportunities:

    Graduates can expect to gain employment in a wide range of organisations including federal defence agencies, foreign affairs departments, immigration departments/consultancies, major corporations, management consultancies and multicultural associations.

  7. Journalism


    This major sequence provides students with the skills and knowledge to become qualified journalists in the broadcast and print media. Initially, studies focus on the mass media and the extent to which journalists live up to the ethical standards set both by their profession and the expectations of the public. Comparative studies focus on the role of journalists and the news media in different political systems and cultures. Students will gain an understanding of the theoretical and practical elements of radio and television journalism, and the role radio plays as a communication medium. The laws of defamation and other legal constraints to which the profession of journalism is subject are examined in the final level. Students will also develop research techniques, practical skills and an understanding of the methods and techniques required for specialist writing. The writing component within the course is intensive, to bring students' work to a standard that can be published in a daily newspaper or mainstream magazine.

    Career opportunities:

    You may find employment in advertising agencies, consumer and business magazine publishers, freelance journalism, metropolitan, suburban and country newspapers, press agencies, public relations agencies, publishing companies, radio stations and television channels.

  8. Language & culture studies


    This major sequence will give you the opportunity to acquire not only linguistic skills in Arabic, Chinese or Indonesian but also essential cultural, historical and social perspectives.

    Career opportunities:

    Careers in this field include work in the communications industry, community and government organisations, community health organisations, the education sector, ethnic affairs associations, foreign affairs departments, multicultural organisations, tourism associations and translation services.

  9. Literary studies


    The Literary Studies major sequence is interdisciplinary and theoretical in orientation. The units focus attention on literary texts in the contexts of their production and reception. Insights from anthropology, philosophy, psychology, history and linguistics form part of this process. There are opportunities for creative writing alongside critical analysis. Texts studied range from classical Greek drama and Shakespearian plays to recent world fiction and poetry.

    Career opportunities:

    You may find employment opportunities in advertising agencies, the education sector, freelance writing, government departments, libraries, market research companies, public relations agencies and publishing companies.

  10. Middle East studies


    A major in Middle East Studies will give students a comprehensive understanding of the events and issues shaping the region. There will be emphasis on both historical and contemporary issues relevant to the analysis of the Middle East as a regional system, as well as its place in the international system. A particular stress will be placed on the changing role of the United States in the Middle East since the end of the Cold War and its push to reshape the region's political landscape according to American national interests. Several of the endemic conflict situations that exist in the Middle East will be examined throughout the sequence, including the War on Terror; the invasion and occupation of Iraq, the Israel-Palestine impasse; the 2006 Israel-Lebanon crisis; Iran's nuclear ambitions, and the role of "rogue states".

    Career opportunities:

    Graduates can expect to gain employment in a wide range of organisations including the education sector, federal defence agencies, government departments, immigration departments/ consultancies, intelligence agencies, major corporations, management consultancies, media organisations, multicultural associations and research.

  11. Philosophy


    Philosophy provides an introduction to most of the central themes in contemporary philosophical studies. A distinctive feature of the major is its focus upon Asian philosophy, psychoanalysis and philosophy as practiced in continental Europe. Individual units cover questions which deal with the nature of human existence; value, belief and purpose; and knowledge and belief.

    Career opportunities:

    Career opportunities exist in corporate and multinational corporations, the education sector, foreign affairs, government departments and the health industry.

  12. Politics & policy studies


    In Politics and Policy Studies, students will examine issues of power and authority through studies of policy, institutions and political movements. Students will also be introduced to the political values, ideas and ideologies that orient political action. Throughout the sequence of units, students will be encouraged to understand contemporary political problems at local, national and global levels. Key themes include democracy, citizenship, globalisation, risk, environment, gender and religion. Our units are intended to encourage student to make better sense of the world in which they live and understand the current social and political challenges they face. Central is a concern to understand how Australian and global institutions ought to respond to complex policy problems in an era of globalisation and rapid change.

    Career opportunities:

    Graduates can expect to gain employment in a wide range of organisations including the education sector, government departments such as health, housing, transport, immigration, employment and defence, local councils, local, national and multinational business, media industry, police and research.

  13. Sociology


    Sociology is the study of society and social relations. Thinking sociologically allows the individual to step outside the taken for granted processes of everyday living towards examining the processes which create, maintain and change social groups in society.

    Career opportunities:

    You may find employment opportunities in community relations, the education sector, government departments, the health industry, local councils, market research companies, welfare organisations and youth work.

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