Bachelor of Arts

2023 Deakin University Handbook

Year

2023 course information

Award granted Bachelor of Arts
Course Map

This course map is for new students commencing from Trimester 1 2023. 

Course maps for commencement in previous years are available on the Course Maps webpage or please contact a Student Adviser in Student Central.

Campus

Burwood (Melbourne), Waurn Ponds (Geelong), Online

OnlineYes
Duration3 years full-time or part-time equivalent
CRICOS course code109270F Burwood (Melbourne), Waurn Ponds (Geelong)
Deakin course codeA310
Approval status

This course is approved by the University under the Higher Education Standards Framework.

Australian Qualifications Framework (AQF) recognition

The award conferred upon completion is recognised in the Australian Qualifications Framework at Level 7.

New course version commencing Trimester 1, 2023

Course sub-headings

Course overview

If you have an innate curiosity about the world around you and a desire to create meaningful change, then a Bachelor of Arts is the perfect place to begin your journey towards realising your purpose.

Feel empowered to explore a diverse range of majors and minors in a way that suits you – from Indigenous studies to web design, and animation to criminology – you can personalise your degree to topics that you care about. Graduate with the critical thinking, communication and leadership skills required to address current and emerging global challenges in a rapidly changing world.

Want to find your purpose and develop the critical skills to make the world better?

Deakin’s Bachelor of Arts allows you to explore meaningful ideas that matter to you, preparing you to make a positive impact on the world around you. Through exceptional learning experiences, you’ll develop nuanced perspectives about current social justice issues and learn the critical skills to imagine a better future for all people.

You'll respond to critical issues you care about, from the climate crisis to the scourge of fake news, as well as new and emerging challenges of the future. Sharpen your critical thinking and leadership skills so that you can address current and emerging global issues with the knowledge, passion and empathy required to truly drive meaningful change.

By studying humanities, social sciences and languages, you’ll better understand yourself, what you stand for and the world around you. Design your own learning and future career by combining specific majors and minors – from international relations and journalism to design thinking and performing arts, strategic advertising and history to sport journalism and web design. 

As you nurture your passion, you’ll dive deep into your practice and be fully supported on your journey towards your future career. You’ll engage with the community and industry through individually tailored work placement and networking opportunities, allowing you to develop leadership skills and the entrepreneurial mindset to make your mark in a career you love. 

From day one you’ll have the flexibility to study your way. Feel encouraged to fit your learning in with your busy life, whether you want to slow down or speed up your studies, combine courses or study on-campus or via our leading online learning platform. 

Learn from leading academics and passionate practitioners who are engaged in industry and actively collaborating on key social issues. Our academics support your personal growth and will inspire you to push boundaries with your bold ideas. When you study at Deakin, you’ll join a vibrant community of curious and creative minds who are passionate about delving into ideas that matter.

You won’t just talk about ideas; you'll learn by doing and discover how to put them into action. Our hands-on experiential learning gives you the critical skills to make an impact and curate a future career you love.

Professional recognition

Depending on your specialisation, certain majors are accredited by relevant bodies.

If you choose public relations, you’ll study subjects accredited by the Public Relations Institute of Australia. Our design-related units are also recognised by the Design Institute of Australia.

Career opportunities

In an ever-changing complex world, society needs bright and agile minds to help us understand the human experience and impact our collective future for the better. Students who study humanities and social sciences are uniquely equipped to shed light on critical issues with nuance and sensitivity. The mastery of critical thinking, communication and problem-solving skills is needed for future leaders and is highly sought-after by employers across a vast spectrum of industries.

As a graduate of this course, you’ll have the skills, knowledge and professional networks to start your career anywhere in the world and thrive in a range of industries.

Affect change in fields that matter, spanning environmental, social, political or creative realms.

You’ll curate your future career from day one, personalising your degree so that it fully aligns with your unique interests and values. Graduate ready to hit the ground running with the unique and competitive skill sets required for specific careers across a variety of sectors, including in fields like:

  • criminology, sociology and policy
  • culture and creative arts
  • education
  • government and NGOs
  • language and international relations
  • media, writing and communication

At Deakin, you’ll feel supported as you shape your future career, whether you want to work in a specific sector or industry, an emerging job of the future or even create a dream career that might not yet exist – a world of opportunity awaits.

For more information go to DeakinTALENT

Participation requirements

Reasonable adjustments to participation and other course requirements will be made for students with a disability. Click here for more information.

Mandatory student checks

Any unit which contains work integrated learning, a community placement or interaction with the community may require a police check, Working with Children Check or other check.

Pathways

Don’t quite meet the entry requirements for this course? The Associate Degree of Arts (A250) can be used as a guaranteed entry pathway into the Bachelor of Arts and counts as credit towards your first year of study*. You’ll gain a solid foundation of relevant knowledge and be ready to transition seamlessly into your goal degree.

Upon completing your Bachelor of Arts, you are eligible for entry into a range of specialist Masters degrees which will provide opportunities for you to become a highly-skilled professional, capable of rapid career development. Students with a Bachelor of Arts may be eligible for credit in these degrees, giving you a headstart and allowing you to build on your undergraduate degree in areas such as: 

The Humanities and Social Sciences - with Masters offered in Criminology, Cultural Heritage and Museum Studies, Development and Humanitarian Action, Humanitarian Assistance, International and Community Development, International Relations and Politics and Policy

Communication and Creative Arts - with Masters offered in Communication, Creative Arts, and Writing and Literature

Education - the Bachelor of Arts articulates into a postgraduate preservice teaching qualification through the Master of Applied Learning and Teaching (Secondary), which has options for teaching in Early Childhood, Primary, Secondary, also provides dual qualifications for Primary and Early Childhood or Primary and Secondary teaching.

Further Education pathway options include Languages Teaching, Professional Practice (Digital Learning),  Specialist Inclusive Education, and Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages

Research pathways - A Bachelor of Arts may also lead to a Bachelor of Arts (Honours), Bachelor of Creative Arts (Honours), Bachelor of Communication (Honours) or even a Higher Degree by Research.

*Specific units of study must be completed within A250 for full credit to be granted. We recommend speaking with one of our student advisers before selecting your units.

Early Exit Option

Students enrolled in the Bachelor of Arts are able to exit early through the Diploma of Arts (A215). The Diploma of Arts recognises the foundational knowledge and skills in a broad range of study areas in the humanities, social sciences, creative arts, communications and languages. It provides a basic for pursuing further pathways into future undergraduate university studies.

To be eligible to exit with a Diploma of Arts, students must have completed and passed 8 credit points, including a minimum of 6 credit points at level 1 from the Bachelor of Arts. 

Fees and charges

Fees and charges vary depending on your course, the type of fee place you hold, your commencement year, the units you choose and your study load.

Tuition fees increase at the beginning of each calendar year and all fees quoted are in Australian dollars ($AUD). Tuition fees do not include textbooks, computer equipment or software, other equipment or costs such as mandatory checks, travel and stationery.

Use the Fee estimator to see course and unit fees applicable to your course and type of place. Further information regarding tuition fees, other fees and charges, invoice due dates, withdrawal dates, payment methods is available on our Current students fees website.

Course Learning Outcomes

Deakin Graduate Learning Outcomes

Course Learning Outcomes

Discipline-specific knowledge and capabilities

Demonstrate a broad and coherent body of knowledge in the Arts disciplines, with depth in the underlying principles and concepts in one or more disciplines or areas of practice.

Communication

Demonstrate highly developed skills in oral, written and electronic communication and the ability to communicate research outcomes, and produce scholarly papers.

Digital literacy

Research, analyse, synthesise and disseminate information using a range of appropriate technologies and resources in a rapidly-changing global environment.

Critical thinking

Use critical and analytical thinking and judgment in selecting and applying appropriate theories and methodologies to evaluate information and knowledge about society, culture and the arts.

Problem solving

Apply cognitive, technical and creative skills to generate solutions to unpredictable and sometimes complex problems in the Humanities, Social Sciences and the Creative Arts, including cross-disciplinary approaches.

Self-management

Demonstrate autonomy, responsibility and accountability for personal actions and a continued commitment to learning in personal, professional, and scholarly contexts. 

Teamwork

Work and learn collaboratively with colleagues, other professionals and members of the wider community.

Global citizenship

Demonstrate an awareness of ethical issues, cultural diversity, and social responsibility when engaging in scholarship and professional roles in the local, national or international community.

Approved at Faculty Board February 2022

Course rules

To complete the Bachelor of Arts, students must complete 24 credit point including:

  • Global Challenges sequence (3 credit points)
  • Employability sequence (3 credit points)

Plus either:

OR

Remaining credit points may be used to undertake an additional minor sequence or to take elective units.

Students must also ensure that they have met the following course rules to be eligible to graduate with a Bachelor of Arts:

  • a maximum of 10 credit points at level 1
  • a minimum of 6 credit points at level 3
  • AAI018 Academic Integrity (0-credit-point compulsory unit)

Transition to University Study

We offer 2 units that are specifically designed to help students with the transition to university study:

AIX160Introduction to University Study

AIX117Professional Writing for Work

New students are encouraged to enrol in one or both of these units in their first year.

Designing your own Bachelor of Arts

Your selection of Major/s, Minor/s, and electives will enable you to design a unique Bachelor of Arts which best suits your needs.

  • Major: Your choice of major/s will develop your expertise in particular area/s of study. Each of our majors are carefully scaffolded to give you a comprehensive understanding of your chosen area of study. Within each major sequence, you will also have the opportunity to develop the knowledge and skills that will prepare you for your future careers.
  • Minor: If you choose to undertake a minor you will develop additional knowledge in another area of study. Students will often choose minors that complement their major/s, or use them to discover and pursue their interests.
  • Electives: These are units that you may select which interest you or support your career development. By giving you up to 6 electives to choose from, over the three levels, the Bachelor of Arts is all about you and your developing interests.

Major sequences

Major sequences and Minor sequences

A major or minor sequence is a group of units in a particular area of study taken over the three levels of your course. Each unit is usually worth 1 credit point.

A major sequence is made up of 8 credit points, and a minor sequence is made of 4 credit points.

Please check the rules of each major and minor sequence to see which units you need to complete to achieve the required credit points.

Students enrolled in other courses and faculties may take an Arts major sequence
(8 credit points), minor sequence (4 credit points) or individual electives from these discipline areas, subject to meeting the prerequisites.

Area of Study Type of sequence Availability
Animation Minor Burwood (Melbourne), Online
Anthropology Major and Minor Burwood (Melbourne), Waurn Ponds (Geelong), Online
Arabic Major and Minor Burwood (Melbourne), Online
Chinese Major and Minor Burwood (Melbourne), Waurn Ponds (Geelong), Online
Criminology Major and Minor Burwood (Melbourne), Waurn Ponds (Geelong), Online
Design Thinking Minor Burwood (Melbourne), Waurn Ponds (Geelong), Online
Education Major and Minor Burwood (Melbourne), Online
English - Children's Literature Major and Minor Burwood (Melbourne), Waurn Ponds (Geelong), Online
English - Creative Writing Major and Minor Burwood (Melbourne), Waurn Ponds (Geelong), Online
English - Literature Major and Minor Burwood (Melbourne), Waurn Ponds (Geelong), Online
Film and Television Studies Major and Minor Burwood (Melbourne), Online
Gender and Sexuality Studies Major and Minor Burwood (Melbourne), Waurn Ponds (Geelong), Online
History Major and Minor Burwood (Melbourne), Waurn Ponds (Geelong), Online
Indigenous Studies Minor Online
Indonesian Major and Minor Burwood (Melbourne), Waurn Ponds (Geelong), Online
International Relations Major and Minor Burwood (Melbourne), Waurn Ponds (Geelong), Online
Media and Communication Major and Minor Burwood (Melbourne), Waurn Ponds (Geelong), Online
Media Studies Major and Minor Burwood (Melbourne), Online
Performing Arts Major and Minor Burwood (Melbourne)
Philosophy Major and Minor Burwood (Melbourne), Waurn Ponds (Geelong), Online
Politics and Policy Studies Major and Minor Burwood (Melbourne), Waurn Ponds (Geelong), Online
Public Relations Studies Major and Minor Burwood (Melbourne), Waurn Ponds (Geelong), Online
Religious Studies Major and Minor Burwood (Melbourne), Waurn Ponds (Geelong), Online
Social Media Major and Minor Burwood (Melbourne), Waurn Ponds (Geelong), Online
Sociology Major and Minor Burwood (Melbourne), Waurn Ponds (Geelong), Online
Spanish Major and Minor Major: Burwood (Melbourne), Online

Minor: Burwood (Melbourne), Waurn Ponds (Geelong), Online

Sport and Society Minor Burwood (Melbourne), Waurn Ponds (Geelong), Online
Sport Journalism Major and Minor Burwood (Melbourne), Waurn Ponds (Geelong), Online
Strategic Advertising Major and Minor Burwood (Melbourne), Online
Visual Arts and Photography Major and Minor Burwood (Melbourne)
Visual Communication Design Major and Minor Burwood (Melbourne), Waurn Ponds (Geelong), Online
Web Design Minor Burwood (Melbourne), Waurn Ponds (Geelong), Online

Course structure

Global Challenges sequence

AGC109Global Challenges and Personal Agency

AGC209Global Challenges and Innovation Strategies

AGC309Global Challenges and Collaborative Action

Employability sequence

AWL100Your Future Direction

Plus 1 credit point from:

AWL200Leadership and Transformation

AWL201Communication and Persuasive Presentation

AWL202Entrepreneurial Mindset

AWL203Expand Your Experience

Plus 1 credit point from:

AWL300Internship

AWL301Enhance Your Experience

AWL302Your Professional Story

Details of major sequences

Animation

Unit Set Code

MN-A310001 (minor)


Campuses

Burwood (Melbourne), Online


Overview

Explore your creativity by delving into the principles and foundations of graphics and animation practice. Throughout this minor, you will gain experience with different animation techniques and technologies to help make your ideas come to life. Develop a range of creative and problem-solving skills and communicate by building 3D environments, designing characters and animating them to create your own short animation project.


Units

  • To complete a Minor sequence in Animation select any four (4) credit points from below:

ADA102Designing 3D Animated Environments

ADA201Character Design and Development for Animation

ADA202Character Animation

ADA302Animation Project


Anthropology

Unit Set Code

MJ-A310002 (major)

MN-A310002 (minor)


Campuses

Burwood (Melbourne), Waurn Ponds (Geelong), Online


Overview

Anthropology is the study of humanity in the broadest sense. Anthropology at Deakin focuses on the ways human society creates its communities in diverse cultural settings. Studies in anthropology prepare you to understand and work with people in diverse and international settings. Topics studied include poverty and development, crime and violence, belief systems, health and illness and human ecology.


Career outcomes

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


Units

  • To complete a Major sequence in Anthropology select eight (8) credit points as outlined below;
  • To complete a Minor sequence in Anthropology select four (4) credit points from below, including no more than one (1) credit point at level one, and at least one (1) credit point at level 3

Complete the following 4 units:

ASS101Peoples of the World

ASS102Culture and Communication

ASS329Anthropology of Crime and Violence

ASS330Cyborg Anthropology

Plus 4 units selected from:

ASS203Being Human (With the Nonhuman)

ASS204Doing Urban Anthropology

ASS205Anthropology of Poverty and Development

ASS206Medical Anthropology

ASS233Myth and Ritual

ASS235Culture, Law and Universal Rights


Arabic

Unit Set Code

MJ-A310003 (major)

MN-A310003 (minor)


Campuses

Burwood (Melbourne), Online


Overview

Australia’s trade with the Middle East has more than doubled in the past decade, making it an increasingly important region with broad strategic, economic, religious and cultural influence. Studies in Arabic help you develop communication skills in modern standard Arabic, with language fluency further enhanced through an understanding of Middle Eastern history, culture and society. With an established partnership with some Arabic countries, such as Kuwait, students of Arabic may be selected to undertake a paid scholarship in the Middle East to enhance their skills in Arabic.


Career outcomes

Graduates 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.


Units

  • To complete a Major sequence in Arabic select eight (8) credit points as outlined below;
  • To complete a Minor sequence in Arabic select four (4) credit points as outlined below.

The Arabic major sequence is offered at two levels; beginners' level (little or no prior knowledge of the language) and post-level 12 Arabic.

Arabic major sequence for beginners

Complete 6 units (totalling 8 credit points) from:

AIB151Practical Arabic: An Introduction to the Language and Its Sounds

AIB152Applied Arabic 1B: The Language and its Culture

AIB251Arabic and the World 2A: Communicating Using Arabic

AIB252Arabic and the World 2B: Texts and Contexts in Arabic

AIB351Arabic and the World 3A: Contemporary Arabic in a Range of Contexts (2 credit points)

AIB352Arabic and the World 3B: Applying Arabic in Complex and Contemporary Contexts (2 credit points)

Approved Study Abroad may replace with AIB351 or AIB352

The Arabic major sequence for post-level 12 Arabic:

Complete 6 units (totalling 8 credit points) from:

AIB251Arabic and the World 2A: Communicating Using Arabic

AIB252Arabic and the World 2B: Texts and Contexts in Arabic

AIB351Arabic and the World 3A: Contemporary Arabic in a Range of Contexts (2 credit points)

AIB352Arabic and the World 3B: Applying Arabic in Complex and Contemporary Contexts (2 credit points)

AIX300Popular Culture and Society in Languages

AIX301Advanced Writing and Translation Skills in Languages

Approved Study Abroad may replace with AIB351 or AIB352


Chinese

Unit Set Code

MJ-A310004 (major)

MN-A310004 (minor)


Campuses

Burwood (Melbourne), Waurn Ponds (Geelong), Online


Overview

Mandarin Chinese is one of the world’s most important languages. It is the official language of the People’s Republic of China, Taiwan and Singapore and is widely used in community groups throughout South-East Asia, Hong Kong, North America and Australia. It is one of the five official languages of the United Nations. Develop your communication skills in Chinese, with language fluency further enhanced through an understanding of Chinese culture, history and society. In-country language programs are available to students undertaking a major sequence in Chinese, giving you the opportunity to travel overseas and try out your language skills with native speakers.


Career outcomes

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


In-country study

The In-Country Language Program is available to students completing a major sequence in Chinese via study abroad. The program is a unique part of language study and an excellent way of accelerating completion of the major. Second, third and advanced level students have the opportunity to spend between 6 to 8 weeks studying language and culture in its own environment. This enables students to converse, read and write about more complex topics and to discuss ideas and information. Students also build upon their knowledge of grammar based on what they have learned previously. The program contributes as two credit points (2cp) towards the Chinese language major. For more information about the In-Country Language program please refer to the Work Integrated Learning website or contact the WIL team: artsed-wil@deakin.edu.au.


Units

  • To complete a Major sequence in Chinese select eight (8) credit points as outlined below;
  • To complete a Minor sequence in Chinese select four (4) credit points as outlined below:

Chinese major sequence for beginners

Complete 6 units (totalling 8 credit points) from:

AIC181Chinese 1A: An Introduction to the Language and Culture

AIC182Chinese 1B: Consolidating Skills and Knowledge in Cultural Contexts

AIC281Chinese 2A: Communication and Culture in Everyday Chinese Societies

AIC282Chinese 2B: Culture, Society and Language in Contemporary Chinese Communities

AIC381Chinese 3A: The Four Pillars in Developing Fluency in Chinese (2 credit points)

AIC382Chinese 3B: The Four Pillars in Finding Fluency and Your Voice in Chinese (2 credit points)

The Chinese major sequence for students who have completed Chinese at level 12 or equivalent (non-background speakers) begins at second level and consists of the following units: 

Complete 6 units (totalling 8 credit points) from:

AIC281Chinese 2A: Communication and Culture in Everyday Chinese Societies

AIC282Chinese 2B: Culture, Society and Language in Contemporary Chinese Communities

AIC381Chinese 3A: The Four Pillars in Developing Fluency in Chinese (2 credit points)

AIC382Chinese 3B: The Four Pillars in Finding Fluency and Your Voice in Chinese (2 credit points)

AIX300Popular Culture and Society in Languages

AIX301Advanced Writing and Translation Skills in Languages

Chinese major sequence at advanced level for background speakers only

Complete 6 units (totalling 8 credit points) from:

AIC283Chinese 2C: Chinese in Real Life: Language, Culture and Society in Contemporary Chinese Societies

AIC284Chinese 2D: Chinese in Real Life: Putting the Language to Work in Contemporary Contexts

AIC383Chinese 3C: Chinese in the Professions - Developing and Enhancing Capacities in a Global Context (2 credit points)

AIC384Chinese 3D: Chinese in the Professions - Enhancing Capacities in a Global Context (2 credit points)

AIC387Advanced Chinese for Business Purposes C

AIC389Advanced Chinese for Business Purposes D

Criminology

Unit Set Code

MJ-A310005 (major)

MN-A310005 (minor)


Campuses

Burwood (Melbourne), Waurn Ponds (Geelong), Online


Overview

Criminology provides students with a theoretical and practical understanding of crime, including causes of crime and different techniques used to control crime, within the broader context of the criminal justice system. Criminology aims to develop specific knowledge in various crime types, including street crime, crimes in the home, serious and organised crime, transnational crime and terrorism, and key topic areas such as victims of crime, media representations of crime, surveillance and privacy, policing and security; and theoretical and practical skills in understanding and responding to crime problems.


Career outcomes

Promising career opportunities await in both the public and private sector, state and federal police, intelligence agencies and a range of law enforcement, anti-corruption and crime prevention agencies at federal, state and local government, correctional services, community services and private security industries.


Units

  • To complete a Major sequence in Criminology select eight (8) credit points as outlined below;
  • To complete a Minor sequence in Criminology select any four (4) credit points from below, including no more than one (1) credit point at level one, and at least one (1) credit point at level 3.

Complete 6 units from:

ACR101Introducing Crime and Criminology

ACR102Introducing Crime and Criminal Justice

ACR201Issues in Criminal Justice

ACR202Criminology Theory

ACR301International and Comparative Criminal Justice

ACR302Criminology Research

Plus 2 units from level 2 or level 3, selected from:

ACR203Crime, Victims and Justice

ACR204Crime, Media and Justice

ACR214Inequality, Power and Justice

ACR215Contemporary Perspectives in Criminology

ACR304Surveillance and Social Justice

ACR305Crime, Terrorism and Security


Design Thinking

Unit Set Code

MN-A310006 (minor)


Campuses

Burwood (Melbourne), Waurn Ponds (Geelong), Online


Overview

The design thinking minor sequence investigates 'design thinking' as a strategic methodology and problem-solving process applicable to all industry sectors. Introducing a human-centred approach to innovation students learn to critically apply and integrate the needs of people, the possibilities of technology, and the requirements of business and society. Students work individually and in peer and industry collaboration combining best-practice global research for practice-based outcomes.


Units

  • To complete a Minor sequence in Design Thinking select four (4) credit points from below:

ADD101Design Thinking

ALA203Integrated Brand Communication

ADD209Design Laboratory

ADD303Design for Change


Education

Unit Set Code

MJ-A310007 (major)

MN-A310007 (minor)


Campuses

Burwood (Melbourne), Online


Overview

The Bachelor of Arts Education Major equips you with the foundational skills required to gain a strong understanding of education across a broad range of contexts. Learn about educating children, young people and adults and if you are looking to pathway into teaching, work towards pursuing further studies through one of Deakin’s accredited postgraduate teaching degrees.

Explore topics like the sociology, politics and policy of education, the history and philosophy of education, how psychology is applied to the work of educators to better understand how people learn and become motivated, and how we teach each other about inclusivity and diversity. Additionally learn how to make a social justice impact through developing engaging and inclusive resources for educational professional practice.


Units

  • To complete a Major sequence in Education Studies select eight (8) credit points as outlined below;
  • To complete a Minor sequence in Education Studies select any four (4) credit points from below, including no more than one (1) credit point at level one, and at least one (1) credit point at level 3.

Complete 8 units from:

EDU101Education, Knowledge and Society

EDU102From Aristotle to ATARS: the History, Philosophy and Future of Education

EDU201Educational Psychology

EDU202Educators and Learners

EDU203Literacy, Numeracy and Education

EDU301Culture, Diversity and Participation in Education

EDU302Education and Humanitarian Development

EDU303Education, Communication and Technology


English - Childrens Literature

Unit Set Code

MJ-A310008 (major)

MN-A310008 (minor)


Campuses

Burwood (Melbourne), Waurn Ponds (Geelong), Online 


Overview

Deakin is a world leader in children’s and young people’s literature and has developed a full major in the Bachelor of Arts in this growing field. Discover major trends in children’s texts across a range of media, and how stories for young people reflect and challenge the values of their time. This study area caters to students who are 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

  • To complete a Major sequence in English - Children's Literature select eight (8) credit points as outlined below; 
  • To complete a Minor sequence in English - Children's Literature students must complete 4 credit points including ALL153 or ALL154 plus ALL228, ALL230, ALL326

Complete 5 units from:

ALL153Literature for Children and Young Adults

ALL154Power and Politics in Children's Literature

ALL228The Golden Age: Child, Nature, Empire

ALL230Adapting Children's Texts Across Media

ALL326Gender, Sexuality and Texts for Young People

Plus 2 units selected from:

ALL202Writing Modern Worlds

ALL255Fantasy Literature

ALL256Gender, Sex and Literature

Plus 1 unit selected from:

ALL376Classics and Trash

ALW352Writing and Publishing for Young People


English - Creative Writing

Unit Set Code

MJ-A310009 (major)

MN-A310009 (minor)


Campuses

Burwood (Melbourne), Waurn Ponds (Geelong), Online


Overview

Gain expertise, practical experience and develop creative skills. In all units, the emphasis is on publication or the achievement of professional standards. Initially, you undertake various forms of constructive, descriptive and narrative writing, progressing to editing, non-fiction and fiction writing, script writing and poetry writing.


Career outcomes

You may find employment in freelance editing and writing, finance, health and manufacturing industries, government departments, media and entertainment industries, publishing companies, tourism, hospitality and service industries.


Units

  • To complete a Major sequence in English - Creative Writing select eight (8) credit points as outlined below;
  • To complete a Minor sequence in English - Creative Writing students must complete four (4) credit points from below, comprising of no more than one (1) credit point at level one, and at least one (1) credit point at level 3. Choice of units must include one (1) credit point from either ALW101 or ALW102.

Complete 8 units from:

ALW101Writer's Toolkit: Craft and Creativity

ALW102Writing Spaces: Paradigms and Provocations

ALW223Creative Nonfiction: Inquiry, Integrity, Vulnerability

ALW225Designing Fictions

ALW227Scriptwriting: Character, Action and Reaction

ALW242Poetry: Events in Language

ALW352Writing and Publishing for Young People

ALW395Writing Lives: Emerging Forms and Contemporary Practices


English - Literature

Unit Set Code

MJ-A310010 (major)

MN-A310010 (minor)


Campuses

Burwood (Melbourne), Waurn Ponds (Geelong), Online


Overview

At Deakin, literature is the door to new understandings of cultures and histories. Our literary studies scholars have international profiles in philosophy, poetry, ecology and Australian literature, and will guide you in critical and creative journeys through great literature from the medieval era to today. There are also many opportunities for your own creative writing and critical analysis.


Career outcomes

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.


Units

  • To complete a Major sequence in English - Literature select eight (8) credit points as outlined below;
  • To complete a Minor sequence in English - Literature students must complete four (4) credit points from below, comprising of no more than one (1) credit point at level one, and at least one (1) credit point at level 3. Choice of units must include one (1) credit point from either ALL101 or ALL102.

Complete 2 units from:

ALL101The Stories We Tell: Inventing Selves and Others

ALL102From Horror to Romance: Genre and Its Revisions

Plus 4 units from:

ALL202Writing Modern Worlds

ALL228The Golden Age: Child, Nature, Empire

ALL255Fantasy Literature

ALL256Gender, Sex and Literature

ALL260Australian Literature

Plus 2 units selected from:

ALL375Shakespeare Today: Sex, Race and Politics

ALL376Classics and Trash

ALL381Nature, Climate, Transformation


Film and Television Studies

Unit Set Code

MJ-A310011 (major)

MN-A310011 (minor)


Campuses

Burwood (Melbourne), Online


Overview

Develop your creative ideas, practical skills and screen culture knowledge in Film and Television Studies. Throughout these units, you will immerse yourself in various storytelling techniques, histories, developments, and contexts that enable the creation of screen productions in Australia and around the world. You will delve into the exhibition of screen works and explore the different ways audiences engage with film and television locally and globally.


Career outcomes

  • screenwriting and narrative design
  • cinema and film festival programming and curation
  • film criticism
  • film and television research
Graduates can also find work in screen agencies, screen education associations, film archives, corporate communication companies, media associations, and television corporations.

Units

  • To complete a Major sequence in Film and Television Studies select eight (8) credit points as outlined below;
  • To complete a Minor sequence in Film and Television Studies students must complete four (4) credit points: ACF104, ACF214, ACF206, ACF320

Complete 8 units from:

ACF104Screening History

ALW103Scriptwriting Fundamentals

ACF214Screen Practices

ACF206Contemporary Topics in Screen Cultures

ACF213Contemporary Asian Cinema: Texts, Contexts and Experiences

ALW227Scriptwriting: Character, Action and Reaction

ACF304Celebrity Industries

ACF320The Australian Moving Image


Gender and Sexuality Studies

Unit Set Code

MJ-A310012 (major)

MN-A310012 (minor)


Campuses

Burwood (Melbourne), Waurn Ponds (Geelong), Online


Overview

Through an integrated study of local experiences and transnational flows of knowledge and influences, Gender and Sexuality Studies at Deakin provides students with an understanding of key forces which shape our understandings and lived experiences of gender and sexuality, both as cultural phenomena and as embodied practices. In particular, the programme emphasizes the intersectional dimensions of gender and sexuality, addressing questions of class, citizenship, ethnicity, race, religion, ability, and geographical location. Throughout their studies, units in this Major help students to develop skills to analytically reflect on, and contribute to, a range of important debates. These include discussions about how sex, gender and sexuality inform understandings of the self, and how we recognize and respond to difference.


Career outcomes

Studying Gender and Sexuality Studies at Deakin is a pathway for a range of career opportunities related to culture and society. Graduates will develop research and writing skills suited to employment in areas such as education, policy advice, human rights advocacy, work in archives and museums, and for community-based projects around diversity, inclusion and equity.

  • Research
  • Policy Advice/Development
  • Community Development
  • Human Rights
  • Social Services and Support
  • Archives and Museums

Units

  • To complete a Major sequence in Gender and Sexuality Studies select eight (8) credit points as outlined below;
  • To complete a Minor sequence in Gender and Sexuality Studies students must complete 4 credit points including AGS101 or AGS102 plus AGS200, ALL256, AGS300.

Complete 4 units from;

AGS101Sex and Gender: Ideas That Changed the World

AGS102Histories of Sex and Gender

AGS200Gender, Sexuality and Culture

AGS300Beyond Identity: Diversity in Action

Plus 3 units selected from:

ALL256Gender, Sex and Literature

ALW223Creative Nonfiction: Inquiry, Integrity, Vulnerability

ASC206Sociology of Health

ASC287Love, Sex and Relationships

Plus 1 unit selected from:

ALL326Gender, Sexuality and Texts for Young People

ALL375Shakespeare Today: Sex, Race and Politics


History

Unit Set Code

MJ-A310013 (major)

MN-A310013 (minor)


Campuses

Burwood (Melbourne), Waurn Ponds (Geelong), Online


Overview

You have the opportunity to explore the nature of the modern world – the forces that have shaped our past and present, and the ways historians interpret historical events. Themes covered include the world in the twentieth century, war and peace, modernisation and social change, colonialism, and gender. Specialised subjects include the Holocaust, the French Revolution, Modern Asia, Slavery in the United States, the British Empire, colonial Papua New Guinea, and Sport in History.


Career outcomes

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


Units

  • To complete a Major sequence in History select eight (8) credit points as outlined below;
  • To complete a Minor sequence in History select any four (4) credit points from below, including no more than one (1) credit point at level one, and at least one (1) credit point at level 3

Complete 4 units from:

AIH107The Modern World: Nations, Empires, Ideologies, 1860s to 1930s

AIH108The Modern World: Globalisation and Fragmentation, the 1940s to the 21st Century

AIH240Using and Abusing the Past

AIH350History From Here

Plus 3 units selected from:

AIH238Australia in the Age of Total War 1914-1945

AIH264The Holocaust

AIH276African American History From Slavery to Black Lives Matter

AIH288Colonial Encounters: From Invasion to Federation

AST250A History of Australian Football, 1858-2020

AST256Sport in History

Plus 1 unit selected from:

AIH383Global Disasters

AIH305Sex, Race, Gender: Empires, 1750-1950


Indigenous Studies

Unit Set Code

MN-A000074 (minor)


Campuses

Online


Overview

This minor sequence of Indigenous Studies units will build understanding, recognition and validity of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander's ways of Valuing, Being, Knowing and Doing. Completing this sequence of study will facilitate a deeper understanding of ourselves and Australia's multiple histories to foster productive and meaningful relationships in culturally diverse communities, especially with Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Peoples.


Career Outcomes

Completion of the Minor sequence of Indigenous Studies will enable graduates to respectfully collaborate and work alongside Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people and their communities. Culturally responsive graduates can apply these skills and practices to a wide range of services, including education, creative industries, and health and community services.


Units

  • To complete a Minor sequence in Indigenous Studies select four (4) credit points from the below.

Complete 1 unit from:

IND101Introduction to Aboriginal Studies

IND102Aboriginal Australian Stories and Songlines

Plus 2 units from:

IND203Caring for Country

IND204Australian Aboriginal Holistic Health and Healing

IND205Global Indigenous Knowledges and Philosophies

Plus 1 unit from:

IND301Politics of Resistance in Indigenous Australia

IND302Working Alongside Aboriginal Communities


Indonesian

Unit Set Code

MJ-A310014 (major)

MN-A310014 (minor)


Campuses

Burwood (Melbourne), Waurn Ponds (Geelong), Online


Overview

As the world’s fourth most populous nation and a close neighbouring country, Indonesia is vitally important to Australia. By studying Indonesian language, students gain a range of communication skills and an understanding of Indonesian history, culture and society. Exciting opportunities for international placements enrich this learning and enhance employability.


Career outcomes

Indonesian language skills and experience in diverse cultural settings are valued attributes. Deakin graduates work in a range of professional fields. Opportunities in Federal and State Government Departments include DFAT, AusAID, intelligence agencies and the education sector.


In-country study

The In-Country Language Program is available to students completing a major sequence in Indonesian via study abroad. The program is a unique part of language study and an excellent way of accelerating completion of the major. Second and third year students have the opportunity to spend between six and eight weeks studying language and culture in its own environment. This enables students to converse, read and write about more complex topics and to discuss ideas and information. Students also build upon their knowledge of grammar based on what they have learned previously. The program contributes two credit points (2cp) towards the Indonesian language major. Upon successful completion of this program students will be awarded a preclusion for either AIF341 or AIF342. For more information about the In-Country Language program please refer to the Work Integrated Learning website or contact the WIL team: artsed-wil@deakin.edu.au.  


Units

  • To complete a Major sequence in Indonesian select eight (8) credit points as outlined below;
  • To complete a Minor sequence in Indonesian select any four (4) credit points as outlined below.

Indonesian major sequence for those entering at beginners' level

Complete 6 units (totalling 8 credit points) from:

AIF142Introduction to the Indonesian Language

AIF146Our Northern Neighbour: Understanding Indonesia

AIF241Formal and Informal Indonesian

AIF242Contextualising Indonesian Language

AIF341Sociolinguistic Contexts of Formal Indonesian Language (2 credit points)

AIF342Professional and Academic Indonesian (2 credit points)

Indonesian major sequence for those entering at post-level 12 level

Complete 6 units (totalling 8 credit points) from:

AIF241Formal and Informal Indonesian

AIF242Contextualising Indonesian Language

AIF341Sociolinguistic Contexts of Formal Indonesian Language (2 credit points)

AIF342Professional and Academic Indonesian (2 credit points)

AIX300Popular Culture and Society in Languages

AIX301Advanced Writing and Translation Skills in Languages

Approved Study Abroad may replace either AIF341 or AIF342

International Relations

Unit Set Code

MJ-A310015 (major)

MN-A310015 (minor)


Campuses

Burwood (Melbourne), Waurn Ponds (Geelong), Online


Overview

International Relations provides you with a better understanding of global political systems and relationships. Why do states co-operate with each other? Why do they make war? How can we define power and security? What role does globalisation play in state interactions and how does the international system deal with issues such as human rights, humanitarian and environmental challenges? Examinations of the politics of the Asia-Pacific region and Australia’s place in the world are also key to this major.


Career outcomes

Graduates can expect to gain employment in a wide range of sectors, including aid and development organisations, education, the defence forces, foreign affairs and trade, government departments (including immigration and border security), intelligence agencies, major corporations, management consultancies, media organisations, multicultural associations and research roles.

Students majoring in International Relations should also consider a complementary major sequence or electives in Politics and Policy Studies or major or minor in Middle East Studies.


Units

  • To complete a Major sequence in International Relations select eight (8) credit points as outlined below;
  • To complete a Minor sequence in International Relations select any four (4) credit points from below, including no more than one (1) credit point at level one, and at least one (1) credit point at level 3

Complete 5 units from:

AIR101World in Crisis

AIR102War, Terrorism and Humanitarian Responses

AIR242Key Concepts in International Relations

AIR348Activists Beyond Borders

AIR349Diplomacy and the United Nations

Plus 3 units selected from:

AIE255Critical Issues in Middle East Politics

AIP211Politics of Poverty and Prosperity

AIR200Global Capitalism and Power

AIR202Australia and the Changing Asia-Pacific

AIR203Human Rights in World Politics

Note: A study tour program is available as part of this major sequence. Please contact the Course Director for further information.


Media and Communication

Unit Set Code

MJ-A310016 (major)

MN-A310016 (minor)


Campuses

Burwood (Melbourne), Waurn Ponds (Geelong), Online


Overview

Make a meaningful contribution to the local and global communication industries and wider community. Media and Communications gives you a solid footing in the key developments in the broad communications industries that are re-shaping our cultures. Sitting at the intersections of a range of communication disciplines, you will be able to develop the skills to ask — and answer — the big contemporary questions and debates around big data and surveillance, the state of the news media and the rise and rise of celebrity culture.


Career outcomes

  • Education
  • Social Media Analyst
  • Content Creator
  • Media Commentator

Units

  • To complete a Major sequence in Media and Communication select eight (8) credit points as outlined below;
  • To complete a Minor sequence in Media and Communication select any four (4) credit points from below, including no more than one (1) credit point at level one, and at least one (1) credit point at level 3

Complete 8 units from:

ACC100Gutenberg to Zuckerberg: Communication in Everyday Life

ALM101Making Social Media

ALJ222From the Fourth Estate to Fake News

ALM202Quantified Media

ALM215Global Media

ALR213Issues, Crisis, and Risk Communication

ACC302Advertising: Desire, Consumption and the Attention Economy

ALM305Media Ecologies


Performing Arts

Unit Set Code

MJ-A310019 (major)

MN-A310019 (minor)


Campuses

Burwood (Melbourne)


Overview

Immerse yourself in the exciting physical, social and conceptual possibilities of Performing Arts. In the Performing Arts major you will learn how performance and embodied creativity intersects with innovative thinking, community enrichment and technology. Study the diverse ways in which Performing Arts can engage and make a difference.

You will be challenged to develop physical, creative and intellectual capacities through practice-based learning, while also exploring history and theory, and working with digital technologies and other creative arts disciplines. In a studio setting, you’ll develop core skills in acting, dancing, improvisation, collaborative performance creation, dramaturgy, choreography, dramatic text analysis, rehearsal techniques, and site-specific and applied performance.

Real-time practical learning in state-of-the-art facilities is supported by online materials, lectures, guest speakers and access to leaders in the field. Opportunities extend from campus-based learning to include public performance, site-based practice and internship experiences.


Career outcomes

The course prepares you to launch a career as a practitioner in the professional performing arts sector.  Performing Arts graduates are equipped to create and perform theatre works and to work in a variety of professional theatre contexts, including initiating their own work as independent performance makers and pursuing various roles throughout the arts and entertainment industries. When you graduate you will be equipped to work across disciplines in a variety of contexts, initiate independent arts projects, or use your skills and knowledge as a performing arts teacher.

Our graduates work in careers across the industry in fields such as:

  • community art practice
  • education
  • event, festival and production management
  • arts administration and curation
  • dance and drama therapies
  • stage management
  • youth dance and theatre


Units

  • To complete a Major sequence in Performing Arts select eight (8) credit points as outlined below;
  • To complete a Minor sequence in Performing Arts select any four (4) credit points from below, including no more than one (1) credit point at level one, and at least one (1) credit point at level 3

Complete 8 units from:

ACD104Exploring Dance Styles

ACP109Improvisation for Theatre

ACD202Dance Making: Principles and Processes

ACD212Dance and Screens

ACP207 Director's Workshop

ACP214Directed Production

ACA301Student-Devised Public Performance *

ACD309Process Towards Performance

* Students choose Dance or Theatre version of this unit


Philosophy

Unit Set Code

MJ-A310020 (major)

MN-A310020 (minor)


Campuses

Burwood (Melbourne), Waurn Ponds (Geelong), Online


Overview

Doing Philosophy not only involves asking the big questions, it teaches important skills. Philosophy at Deakin asks questions about the nature of reality, truth and knowledge, meaning, the existence of God mind, personal identity, the good in ethical and political life, and the value and power of art. At the same time, it fosters the development of skills in critical and creative thinking, argumentation, communication, problem-solving and research. Deakin Philosophy prides itself on applying philosophical concepts to our contemporary world and maintaining a pluralistic and cross-cultural outlook that embraces Eastern philosophy, psychoanalysis, pragmatism, analytic philosophy and continental European philosophy.


Career outcomes

The kinds of skills taught in Philosophy lend themselves to careers in law, journalism, education, politics, policy analysis, intelligence, management, marketing, publishing and research. Clear thinking and the ability to analyse multiple perspectives is an indispensable skill in our global society, as is the ability to identify and succinctly articulate the core ideas in different cultural perspectives.


Units

  • To complete a Major sequence in Philosophy select eight (8) credit points as outlined below;
  • To complete a Minor sequence in Philosophy select any four (4) credit points from below, including no more than one (1) credit point at level one, and at least one (1) credit point at level.

Complete 4 units from:

ASP108Critical Thinking

ASP129Love, Sex and Death

ASP309Critique and Creativity: Contemporary French Philosophy

ASP326Language and Reality

Plus 4 units selected from:

ASP211Freedom and Power: Existentialism and Beyond

ASP214Justice and Equality

ASP215Philosophy, Happiness, and the Good Life

ASP216Ethics in Global Society

ASP224Freud and Philosophy

ASP228Philosophy, Art, Film

Note: A study tour program is available as part of this major sequence. Please contact the Course Director for further information.

Politics and Policy Studies

Unit Set Code

MJ-A310021 (major)

MN-A310021 (minor)


Campuses

Burwood (Melbourne), Waurn Ponds (Geelong), Online


Overview

A Politics and Policy Studies major will enhance your understanding of the big issues in the world today, and assist you to develop the skills to make a difference in your lifetime. We investigate the challenge posed to Australia and the world by climate change; asylum seekers and refugees; development; inequality; political parties and new social movements. We examine the ideas behind the policy and the rhetoric. We look globally for different solutions; investigate how policy lessons are learned; and assess the impact on domestic and global politics. We examine how and why some people are able to exercise power better than others, and assess ideas and opportunities for addressing the pressing social, economic, and environmental issues of our time.


Career outcomes

Graduates can expect to gain employment in many fields including foreign affairs, Intelligence and security, Journalism, Government organisations, Civil society organisations, Business, Policy advocacy, Policy research, Policy design and analysis, Political and social research, Political advisors, Politics, Public communication, Public relations & lobbying, Public service, Speech-writing, Teaching.


Units

  • To complete a Major sequence in Politics and Policy Studies select eight (8) credit points as outlined below;
  • To complete a Minor sequence in Politics and Policy Studies select any four (4) credit points from below, including no more than one (1) credit point at level one, and at least one (1) credit point at level 3.

Complete 4 units from:

AIP107Introduction to Politics

AIP116Visions and Values in Politics

AIP301Political Parties and Social Movements

AIP347Media and Politics: Campaign Strategies

Plus 4 units selected from:

AIP208Government and Politics of the United States

AIP209The Politics of Asylum in Australia and Asia

AIP211Politics of Poverty and Prosperity

AIP230Policy and How It Shapes Us

AIP243Europe's Political Transformations

AIP245Environmental Politics


Public Relations Studies

Unit Set Code

MJ-A310022 (major)

MN-A310022 (minor)


Campuses

Burwood (Melbourne), Waurn Ponds (Geelong), Online


Overview

Public relations practitioners are 21st century communication specialists who manage and coordinate relationships between organisations, agencies and the public. With a focus on ethical and sustainable communication practices, the course builds key knowledge and skills in core public relations responsibilities such as: event management and campaigns; social media tactics and media relations; strategic planning, management and communication. Final-year students can develop their skills further by undertaking an industry internship, working with real clients to develop a public relations campaign. The degree’s structure also allows you to pursue study in areas such as journalism, media studies, visual communication design and marketing. This flexibility means our degree combines theory and real-life practice to prepare you for employment in a wide variety of public relations, media and communications roles.


Career outcomes

  • copywriters
  • customer relations officers
  • communication and stakeholder relations officers
  • community relations officers
  • digital content coordinators
  • digital communications specialist
  • event management officers
  • government relations officers
  • marketing and communications coordinator
  • media and communications advisors
  • media relations advisors
  • public relations officers
  • social media account managers.

Units

  • To complete a Major sequence in Public Relations Studies, select eight (8) credit points as outlined below;
  • To complete a Minor sequence in Public Relations Studies, select any four (4) credit points from below, including no more than one (1) credit point at level one, and at least one (1) credit point at level 3

Complete 8 units from:

ACC100Gutenberg to Zuckerberg: Communication in Everyday Life

ALR103Introduction to Public Relations

ALR210Media Relations Strategy

ALR214Lobbying, Advocacy and Public Opinion

ALR213Issues, Crisis, and Risk Communication

ALJ222From the Fourth Estate to Fake News

ACC302Advertising: Desire, Consumption and the Attention Economy

ALR376Ethics, Persuasion and Society


Media Studies

Unit Set Code

MJ-A310017 (major)

MN-A310017 (minor)


Campuses

Burwood (Melbourne), Online


Overview

Hone your skills analysing the practices and processes that drive the creation and consumption of media around the globe. Media Studies at Deakin focuses on the role of literature, film, television and the full range of digital media in creating, shaping and re-shaping society and culture. You will explore the structures of the global film and television industries, debate issues of globalisation and representation and appreciate the role that different media texts play in understanding self and society.


Career outcomes

Graduates can expect to gain employment in a wide range of organisations, including the education sector, the entertainment industry, marketing consultancies, multimedia businesses.


Units

  • To complete a Major sequence in Media Studies select eight (8) credit points as outlined below;
  • To complete a Minor sequence in Media Studies select any four (4) credit points from below, including no more than one (1) credit point at level one, and at least one (1) credit point at level3.

Complete 8 units from:

ACC100Gutenberg to Zuckerberg: Communication in Everyday Life

ADA107Principles of Animation

ACF206Contemporary Topics in Screen Cultures

ACF213Contemporary Asian Cinema: Texts, Contexts and Experiences

ALL230Adapting Children's Texts Across Media

ALM215Global Media

ACF320The Australian Moving Image

ALM305Media Ecologies


Religious Studies

Unit Set Code

MJ-A310023 (major)

MN-A310023 (minor)


Campuses

Burwood (Melbourne), Waurn Ponds (Geelong), Online


Overview

Understanding religion has seldom been as important as it is today. There is increasing dialogue among the greater religions of the world, but there is also increasing misunderstandings of religious traditions. Religious ideas are regularly debated in the media and featured in popular culture and religious beliefs play a significant role in conflict, peace building, and international development. With countries and communities becoming more diverse and complex, the need for cross-cultural religious literacy and inter-disciplinary expertise in religion is becoming more urgent. The Religious Studies Major is a multi-disciplinary major that looks at religion and religions from diverse viewpoints and methodologies. The major includes perspectives from the disciplines of anthropology, philosophy, sociology, and indigenous studies.

Career outcomes

Religious literacy and understandings of different cultural and religious perspectives is an indispensable skill in our global society as is the ability to analysis multiple perspectives. Career opportunities exist for Religious Studies students in the education sector, publishing, government agencies, cultural institutions, multicultural associations, media organisations, the public service and the marketing and tourism industries.


Units

  • To complete a Major sequence in Religious Studies select eight (8) credit points as outlined below;
  • To complete a Minor sequence in Religious Studies select any four (4) credit points from below, including no more than one (1) credit point at level one, and at least one (1) credit point at level 3.

Complete 7 units from:

ASR100World Religions

ASR205Mindfulness, Meditation, and Buddhism

ASC211Religion and Social Change

ASS203Being Human (With the Nonhuman)

ASS233Myth and Ritual

ASR300Religion, Rights and Governance

AIE364The Arab-Israeli Conflict

Plus 1 unit selected from:

ASP129Love, Sex and Death

IND102Aboriginal Australian Stories and Songlines

Note: A study tour program is available as part of this major sequence. Please contact the Course Director for further information.


Social Media

Unit Set Code

MJ-A310024 (major)

MN-A310024 (minor)


Campuses

Burwood (Melbourne), Waurn Ponds (Geelong), Online


Overview

Working across a range of social media platforms, you will specialise in digital content creation to engage audiences and build communities. You will combine production skills with various online storytelling forms, applying knowledge of the ethical guard rails and legal constraints that come with producing content for present day industries. Along the way, you will develop and refine your online presence and portfolio, while exploring the ways in which social media is woven into our daily lives, transforming our personal identities and how we relate to each other professionally, politically, economically, and culturally.


Career outcomes

  • Content writer
  • Social media manager
  • Social media content producer
  • Podcaster
  • Social media reporter
  • Video editor
  • Videographer

Units

  • To complete a Major sequence in Social Media, select eight (8) credit points as outlined below;
  • To complete a Minor sequence in Social Media, select any four (4) credit points from below, including no more than one (1) credit point at level one, and at least one (1) credit point at level 3

Complete 8 units from:

ALM101Making Social Media

ALM102Making Video

ACC213Dilemmas, Defamation, Deception and Disinformation

ALJ218Podcasting and Audio Journalism

ALJ221Video Journalism

ALM201Gamified Media

ALJ330News Production Workshop 1

ALM302Digital Media Entrepreneurship


Sociology

Unit Set Code

MJ-A310025 (major)

MN-A310025 (minor)


Campuses

Burwood (Melbourne), Waurn Ponds (Geelong), Online


Overview

Sociology is the academic study of society. We explore social change and how social structures, social institutions and culture shape the lives of individuals and communities. Deakin Sociology engages with contemporary issues in the global and Australian landscape such as how society shapes (and is shaped by) illness and health policies, gender and sexuality, religion and new forms of spirituality, migration and inequality, violence and social control. Deakin sociologists are active social researchers with expertise in a variety of methodologies including digital and traditional ethnographies, visual methods, in-depth interviews, focus groups, survey research, experimental design in sociological research, and our graduates learn to apply these skills to the study of social life.


Career outcomes

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.


Units

  • To complete a Major sequence in Sociology select eight (8) credit points as outlined below;
  • To complete a Minor sequence in Sociology select any four (4) credit points from below, including no more than one (1) credit point at level one, and at least one (1) credit point at level 3

Complete 4 units from:

ASC101Introduction to Sociology: the Sociological Imagination

ASC102Introduction to Sociology: the Sociology of Everyday Life

ASC250Contemporary Social Research

ASC308Social Theory Rewired: Power, Passion and Post Humanism

Plus 3 units selected from:

ASC206Sociology of Health

ASC210Youth Culture and Identity

ASC211Religion and Social Change

ASC287Love, Sex and Relationships

AST205Sport, Bodies, Action!

Plus 1 unit selected from:

ASC300Gender, Media and Society

ASC304Culture and Control: Boundaries and Identities

ASC320Misinformation, Crime and Justice in An Electronic Age


Sport and Society

Unit Set Code

MN-A310027 (minor)


Campuses

Burwood (Melbourne), Waurn Ponds (Geelong), Online


Overview

Historically, sport’s prominent role in society can be traced back at least to the ancient Olympic Games in Greece (dating from 776BCE). Today, sport enjoys ever-increasing popularity and influence as its global reach can be gauged from local participation at the grassroots level through to professional competitions on the international stage. Sport and Society is a multi-disciplinary minor that provides students with an opportunity to examine sport’s profound impact on society from cultural, social, educational, political, and economic perspectives. Sport’s role in society can be studied through filters such as: gender imbalances in media representation, corporate sponsorship, and government funding; ethnicity and class divides within wider society exemplified by sporting codes; educational policies in public and private schooling; elite sport as big business; and sport’s role in health.


Career outcomes

Sports-related career opportunities can be pursued in the public and private sector, including roles in sporting organisations, education, government agencies, and media.


Units

  • To complete a Minor sequence in Sport and Society select the below four (4) credit points

Complete 3 units from:

AST205Sport, Bodies, Action!

AST250A History of Australian Football, 1858-2020

AST256Sport in History

Plus 1 unit selected from:

HSE309Cognitive and Behavioural Aspects of Sport and Exercise

MMS201Sport in Society


Sport Journalism

Unit Set Code

MJ-A310028 (major)

MN-A310028 (minor)


Campuses

Burwood (Melbourne), Waurn Ponds (Geelong), Online


Overview

Transform your passion into a career as a sport reporter. Deakin’s Sport Journalism major takes you beyond the game to the broader business, and legal and ethical issues associated with sports. You’ll combine practical journalistic and production skills across all news media platforms, from print to podcasts and video and the web, with studies in sport management to understand the sport system and the social and cultural impacts of sport, and issues relating to governance. You will learn from teachers who are leaders and practitioners in their fields, while developing your professional network and portfolio.


Career outcomes

  • Digital content producer
  • Media and communications manager
  • Producer
  • Podcaster
  • Sports journalist
  • Social media manager
  • Sports broadcaster
  • Videographer

Units

  • To complete a Major sequence in Sport Journalism select eight (8) credit points as outlined below;
  • To complete a Minor sequence in Sport Journalism select any four (4) credit points from below, including no more than one (1) credit point at level one, and at least one (1) credit point at level 3.

Complete 8 units from:

ALJ111Introduction to Journalism

MMS100Sport Organisation

ALJ216Feature Writing

ALJ218Podcasting and Audio Journalism

ALJ221Video Journalism

MMS201Sport in Society

MMS313Sport Leadership and Governance

ALJ330News Production Workshop 1


Spanish

Unit Set Code

MJ-A310026 (major)

MN-A310026 (minor)


Campuses

Major: Burwood (Melbourne), Online

Minor: Burwood (Melbourne), Waurn Ponds (Geelong), Online


Overview

Spanish is a thriving international language and the official language in 21 countries. Close to 500 million people are Spanish native speakers, making the language second only to Mandarin Chinese in terms of its number of native speakers worldwide. Deakin’s Spanish studies will help you develop a wide range of communication skills in Spanish, regardless of whether you have any previous experience in the language. Our sequential proficiency levels will take you from scratch to fluency or near fluency. If you already know some Spanish you will be able to enter your major or minor from an intermediate level. Furthermore, you will acquire an understanding and cultural awareness of the varied societies and cultures that make up the Spanish-speaking world. In-country language programs will be made available to students undertaking a major sequence in Spanish.


Career outcomes

Graduates can expect to gain employment in a wide range of organisations, including the education sector at all levels, immigration departments, federal defence agencies, intelligence agencies, government departments, multinational corporations, management consultants, non-government agencies, multicultural associations, research, and translation and interpreting services.


In-country study

The In-Country Language Program is available to students completing a major sequence in Spanish via study abroad. The program offers students who have completed their first year of Spanish language study the opportunity to spend six weeks studying language and culture in its own environment. Students build upon their knowledge of grammar based on what they have learned in ALS100 and ALS150, and develop further proficiency in Spanish at the high beginner/low intermediate level. This program is one credit point (1cp) experience which can contribute towards the Spanish language major. Upon successful completion of this program, students will be awarded a preclusion for ALS200.

For more information about the In-Country Language program please refer to the Work Integrated Learning website or contact the WIL team: artsed-wil@deakin.edu.au.    


Units

  • To complete a Major sequence in Spanish select eight (8) credit points as outlined below;
  • To complete a Minor sequence in Spanish select any four (4) credit points as outlined below.

Spanish major sequence for students with no prior language study.

Complete 8 units from:

ALS100Hola!: Welcome to the Hispanic World, Its Language and Cultures

ALS150Spanish and You: Spanish for Everyday Life

ALS200Building Language Skills for Real Life Spanish Use

ALS225Introduction to the Spanish-Speaking World Through Its Arts, Histories and Cultures

ALS250Spanish in Diverse Contexts: Language and Societies in the Spanish Speaking World

ALS300Getting into the Flow: Building Fluency and Competency in Spanish

ALS325Cultures of Resistance in the Spanish - Speaking World

ALS350Engaging the Contemporary Hispanic World with Fluency

The Spanish major sequence for students who have completed Spanish at Level 12 or equivalent (non-background speakers) begins at second level and consists of the following units:

Complete 8 units from:

ALS200Building Language Skills for Real Life Spanish Use

ALS225Introduction to the Spanish-Speaking World Through Its Arts, Histories and Cultures

ALS250Spanish in Diverse Contexts: Language and Societies in the Spanish Speaking World

ALS300Getting into the Flow: Building Fluency and Competency in Spanish

ALS325Cultures of Resistance in the Spanish - Speaking World

ALS350Engaging the Contemporary Hispanic World with Fluency

AIX300Popular Culture and Society in Languages

AIX301Advanced Writing and Translation Skills in Languages


Strategic Advertising

Unit Set Code

MJ-A310029 (major)

MN-A310029 (minor)


Campuses

Burwood (Melbourne), Online


Overview

Advertising is a dynamic and creative field of practice which provides a complementary study option for students seeking a professional outcome in the Bachelor of Arts. Work on client-driven projects to plan campaigns and produce advertisements for brand promotion across traditional and digital media.

Career outcomes

  • account manager
  • advertising art director
  • brand specialist
  • copy writing
  • digital creative
  • digital marketer or media specialist
  • marketing communications
  • media researcher or planner
  • social media coordinator
  • transmedia content developers

Units

  • To complete a Major sequence in Strategic Advertising select eight (8) credit points as outlined below;
  • To complete a Minor sequence in Strategic Advertising select any four (4) credit points from below, including no more than one (1) credit point at level one, and at least one (1) credit point at level 3.

Complete 8 units from:

ALA101Advertising Principles and Practices

ALA102Creative Brand Communication

ACC213Dilemmas, Defamation, Deception and Disinformation

ALA202Copywriting and Ideation

ALA203Integrated Brand Communication

ALM216Social Media Strategy

ALA302Transmedia Storytelling for Brands

ACC302Advertising: Desire, Consumption and the Attention Economy


Visual Arts and Photography

Unit Set Code

MJ-A310030 (major)

MN-A310030 (minor)


Campuses

Burwood (Melbourne)


Overview

The Visual Art and Photography major combines in-depth disciplinary training in visual art and photography practices and digital technologies alongside a sequence of open-ended studio-based studies encouraging cross-disciplinary and interdisciplinary thinking. Gain both the practical studio skills and adaptable critical thinking skills necessary to participate successfully in the art world and creative industries. Theoretical elements of the course are highly integrated with studio practice and designed to develop transferable skills alongside the necessary specialist knowledge required to participate critically in your chosen fields.

There is emphasis on exhibition making as an integral aspect of professional studio practice and our various studio and gallery spaces are designed to support a dynamic culture of studio production and development, collaboration, experimentation, exhibition and critique.


Career outcomes

Visual Art and Photography graduates are equipped to pursue careers as professional practitioners throughout the arts and commercial sectors. You will be able to draw on the expertise of our staff, who are active practitioners and leading researchers in their fields and engage with the wider arts industry through visiting specialists and professionals. Our graduates have moved into career opportunities in roles and fields including:

  • independent fine arts practitioner
  • event and sports photographer
  • commercial portraiture
  • fashion or product photographer
  • community-based arts
  • gallery director or assistant
  • arts programmer or developer
  • commercial art director, designer or illustrator
  • gallery curator, technician, director or education officer
  • independent artist and creative practitioner.

Units

  • To complete a Major sequence in Visual Arts and Photography select eight (8) credit points as outlined below;
  • To complete a Minor sequence in Visual Arts and Photography select any four (4) credit points from below, including no more than one (1) credit point at level one, and at least one (1) credit point at level 3.

Complete 8 units from:

ACI102Digital Photography

ACV101Painting in the Visual Arts

ACI202Advanced Digital Studio

ACI205Photographic Lighting and Lens

ACV206Abstraction in the Visual Arts

ACV213Modelling and the Visual Arts

ACI303Imaging: Post-Production to Print and Screen

ACV307Practice-Led Research in the Visual Arts


Visual Communication Design

Unit Set Code

MJ-A310031 (major)

MN-A310031 (minor)


Campuses

Burwood (Melbourne), Waurn Ponds (Geelong), Online


Overview

Enter the dynamic world of professional design with a major in Visual Communication Design. Learn the tools, strategies and techniques required to be an adaptive, creative practitioner. From day one you’ll be mentored by established designers and industry leaders, learning the fundamental building blocks of design to translate ideas into smart design solutions addressing pressing global issues. Using the latest technologies, you’ll work across industry sectors including digital and publishing, social media, mobile apps, the web, and immersive, and interactive experiences. With Deakin University’s Bachelor of Arts - Visual Communication Design major, you’ll look at the world differently by developing critical skills appropriate for tomorrow’s world of complex systems involving people, machines, and services. Through individual design projects, and peer and industry collaboration you’ll develop insight into design research and history and learn to select and apply design strategy and design thinking methods make positive contributions to the creative fields. You’ll be supported to work on real-world projects with real-world briefs developing a strong portfolio of work throughout your studies. This practical experience prepares you for the challenges of your future role, and ensures you graduate with the critical skills and knowledge ready to make a real impact in the rapidly changing field of design and creative production.


Career outcomes

  • visual communication designer
  • user Interface designer
  • information designer
  • brand designer
  • social media designer
  • digital content producer
  • motion graphics designer
  • art director/creative director
  • web designer
  • graphic designer
  • illustrator and digital artist
  • digital designer

Units

  • To complete a Major sequence in Visual Communication Design select eight (8) credit points as outlined below;
  • To complete a Minor sequence in Visual Communication Design select any four (4) credit points from below, including no more than one (1) credit point at level one, and at least one (1) credit point at level 3.

Complete 8 units from:

ADD105Design Fundamentals

ADD106Type Foundations

ADD204Branding Design

ADD206Information Design

ADT202Web Interface and Design

ADT203Games and Interactive Design

ADD303Design for Change

ADD306Creative Design Studio


Web Design

Unit Set Code

MN-A310032 (minor)


Campuses

Burwood (Melbourne), Waurn Ponds (Geelong), Online


Overview

Explore design for the web in this minor sequence where the applications and implications of designing for interactivity and the internet are examined. Through practical individual design projects, and peer and industry collaboration you’ll develop insight into web design and its associated history, learning to critically select and apply design ideas, strategy and design thinking methods to make positive contribution to your chosen field. The relationships between design principles, interaction, user experience, user interfaces, responsive media, social media and narrative are examined in an interactive environment led by a team of industry experts and practicing designers. The web design minor is for students who may or may not possess prior experience with HTML and CSS editors or image and design creation/editing software. The outcomes positions students to talk to and about design, interactivity and web technology, to positively discuss their work and the work of others and negotiate with and consult their peers regarding opportunities for problem solving, critical reflection and professional work practices fundamental for business success.

This minor is constructed to introduce the industry standard web/interactive languages, strategic, interactive, energetic and visually imaginative possibilities of web design and interactivity to ensure optimal consumer and audience engagement for all facets of business and industry.


Units

  • To complete a Minor sequence in Web Design students must complete four (4) credit points:

ADT102Interaction Design

ADT202Web Interface and Design

ADT203Games and Interactive Design

ADT302Interactive Design Studio



Other course information

Course duration - additional information

Course duration may be affected by delays in completing course requirements, such as accessing or completing work placements.

Further information

Student Central can help you with course planning, choosing the right units and explaining course rules and requirements.

Other learning experiences

Prepare for your future by getting real world experience and the employability skills to succeed, while completing your degree. The Employability Stream is tailored to support you to be future ready. Deakin’s suite of Work Integrated Learning programs can connect you with internships, social impact programs and opportunities to extend your skills in settings across the globe.

For further details see the Faculty of Arts and Education’s Work Integrated Learning information.

Research and research-related study

Independent research components are embedded across a number of units in this course.