Bachelor of Arts - 2017

Please note: This course has recently undergone a major change. Please refer to Transition Arrangements for more information.

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Course summary - 2017

Level: Undergraduate
Qualification: Bachelor Degree
Number of units: 24 units to complete
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Be prepared for a future career as an innovator, communicator and creator. With our innovative majors you can tailor your degree to both your professional pursuits and your personal interests, creating a unique skill set that could help you secure your dream job.

You will gain the understanding, insight and skill to find and communicate creative solutions to important world issues. You will develop advanced writing and presentation skills as well as research and project management skills. You will also learn about societies and cultures, past and present.

You will have the option to develop specialist expertise in contemporary fields such as journalism and public relations, or more traditional fields such as sociology, history and literary studies to name some.

OUA Pathways

This course is an OUA Pathway course, which means there is a recommended series of units that, once successfully completed, can be credited towards this course.

OUA Pathway students also have the opportunity to study up to three free* preparatory units during their pathway studies. These units are ideal for students who either haven't studied before or haven't studied in a while, as they are designed to introduce them to online learning and what's required to achieve academic success. Students can enrol in these units at anytime during their pathway studies.

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*The three free preparatory units are PREP03 Preparing for University Learning Intensive, PREP04 Preparing for Academic Writing and PREP05 Basic Preparatory Mathematics.

The Griffith University Bachelor of Arts develops student skills as they progress through each level of the degree. You will have the communication, analytical and critical thinking skills for a dynamic career in a wide range of industries.  Depending on your choice of majors, you could pursue a career in management, leadership, journalism, public relations, policy making, research and analysis, writing and communications or a higher degree in a discipline of your choice. You may also be eligible to apply for entry to a graduate teacher preparation degree which may lead to further career opportunities in education and teaching.

To be eligible for a Commonwealth supported place in this degree, you must be:

  • An Australian citizen residing in Australia for all or part of your studies; OR
  • A New Zealand citizen who will be residing in Australia for the duration of your study; OR
  • The holder of a permanent visa who will be residing in Australia for the duration of your study

To learn more about Commonwealth supported places, including eligibility please see Commonwealth supported places.

You must also meet the following requirements:

  • Successful completion of the Humanities Pathway OR
  • At least 4 OUA Undergraduate units or equivalent, with a minimum Grade Point Average (GPA) 4.0
  • An OP Rank of 16 or an ATAR Score of 65*

*These scores/rankings apply to this program for 2016. Until this information is updated in early 2017, applications will continue to be assessed using the requirements listed above as a guide.

 

Please note: You can still enrol and pay for your units via FEE-HELP or an upfront payment if you are not eligible for CSP.

This course is an OUA Pathways course, which means there is a recommended series of units that, once successfully completed, can be credited towards this course. OUA Pathway students also have the opportunity to study up to three free* preparatory units during their pathway studies. Preparatory units are designed to introduce you to online learning and what's required to achieve academic success.

To enrol in the pathway, simply choose units from the OUA Pathways table below.

*The three free preparatory units are PREP03 Preparing for University Learning Intensive, PREP04 Preparing for Academic Writing and PREP05 Basic Preparatory Mathematics.

Students who aren't taking part in OUA Pathways can instead follow the study pattern below

You are recommended to follow this study pattern:

  1. Start with the level 1 core units
  2. Choose a major sequence and complete all level 1 units first
  3. Complete level 1 elective units chosen from the recommended electives list below the majors, or any other unit from the program not already selected.
  4. Complete the units from your level 2, then level 3 major sequence
  5. Complete level 2, then level 3 elective units chosen from the recommended electives list below the majors, or any other unit from the program not already selected.

The four majors below do not have a list of level one units that must be followed. Students who wish to complete one of these majors must choose at least one level 1 unit from the relevant discipline before moving on to their level 2 major units.

  • Asia and the Pacific Region
  • History and Cultural Heritage
  • Literature
  • Sociology
     

A student must complete 24 units or their equivalent, comprised of the following elements:

  • The degree will normally be of three year duration for full - time students. Part time students enrolled prior to 2016 may take up to 10 years to accumulate units towards the degree. However part time students commencing from 2016 will have 8 years to accumulate units towards the degree.
  • At least eight units must be Griffith University units studied via Open Universities Australia
  • A student must complete four core units at Level 1, and one core unit at Level 2
  • A student must complete either one or two major sequences of six units each from Art History, Chinese Language, Creative Writing, History, Journalism, Literature, Media Studies, Public Relations, Screen Culture or Sociology, with at least two units at 3rd year level in each major
  • The remaining elective units for the degree can be made up from a combination of Level 1, 2 and 3 units
  • A maximum of ten units can be taken at first year level over the entire degree
  • A minimum of six units must be taken at third year level over the entire degree.

This degree offers you the opportunity to specialise in:

  • Art History
  • Chinese Language
  • Creative Writing
  • History
  • Literature
  • Journalism
  • Media Studies
  • Public Relations
  • Screen Culture
  • Sociology

Majors

Please note that not all units within this degree are available as Commonwealth supported places. Currently only units offered by Griffith, Curtin, Swinburne, UniSA, Macquarie and Murdoch are available as Commonwealth supported places.
 

Total number of units to complete: 4 units Required Elective Optional
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Unit name Code Provider Availability
Academic and Professional Communications
APC100 Curtin SP1 SP2 SP3 SP4
Developing Research and Analytical Skills
COM15 Griffith SP1 SP2 SP3 SP4
Text and Culture
CMM19 Griffith SP1 SP2 SP3 SP4
Culture to Cultures
COM1551 Curtin SP1 SP2 SP3 SP4
Critical Thinking
PHIX1371 Macquarie Sem1 Sem2 Sem3
Preparing for University Learning
PREP03 OUA PT 1 PT 2 PT 3 PT 4 PT 5 PT 6 PT 7 PT 8
Preparing for Academic Writing
PREP04 OUA SP1 SP2 SP3 SP4
Basic Preparatory Mathematics
PREP05 OUA PT 1 PT 3 PT 5 PT 7

1 Students should only complete ONE of these units.

Total number of units to complete: 5 units Required Elective Optional
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Unit name Code Provider Availability
Academic Writing
COM101 Griffith SP1 SP2 SP3 SP4
Developing Research and Analytical Skills
COM151 Griffith SP1 SP2 SP3 SP4
Text and Culture
CMM191 Griffith SP1 SP2 SP3 SP4
Great Books
LTR1101 Griffith SP1 - SP3 -
Thinking Ethically
HUM2062 Griffith SP1 SP2 - SP4

1 Complete these level 1 core units.
2 Complete this level 2 core unit.

Total number of units to complete: 7 units Required Elective Optional
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Unit name Code Provider Availability
Introduction to History of Art and Design
VIS181 Curtin SP1 SP2 SP3 SP4
Australian Art
VIS242 Curtin SP1 - SP3 -
Art in the Age of Revolution
VIS262 Curtin SP1 SP2 SP3 SP4
Modernism in Art and Design
VIS272 Curtin SP1 SP2 - SP4
Art and Fashion
VIS292 Curtin SP1 - SP3 -
Art and the Environment
VIS3203 Curtin SP1 SP2 SP3 SP4
Perspectives on Beauty in Art
VIS3303 Curtin SP1 SP2 SP3 SP4

1 VIS18 is a Level 1 recommended prerequisite for all units in the Art History major.
2 Complete these level 2 units.
3 Complete these level 3 units.

Total number of units to complete: 5 units Required Elective Optional
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Unit name Code Provider Availability
Modern Standard Chinese (Mandarin) 1A
CHN111 Griffith SP1 - SP3 -
Modern Standard Chinese (Mandarin) 1B
CHN121 Griffith - SP2 - SP4
Modern Standard Chinese (Mandarin) 2A
CHN2212 Griffith SP1 - - -
Modern Standard Chinese (Mandarin) 2B
CHN2222 Griffith - SP2 - -
Modern Standard Chinese 3A
CHN313 Griffith - - SP3 -

1 Complete these level 1 units.
2 Complete these level 2 units.
3 Complete this level 3 unit.

Total number of units to complete: 8 units Required Elective Optional
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Unit name Code Provider Availability
Creative Writing, Forms and Structures
CWR1101 Griffith SP1 SP2 SP3 -
Writing the Short Story
CWR1111 Griffith - SP2 - SP4
Writing Poetry
CWR2102 Griffith - - SP3 SP4
Writing Crime and Contemporary Romance
CWR2112 Griffith SP1 - SP3 -
Writing for Children and Young Adults
CWR2132 Griffith SP1 - SP3 -
Documentary Scriptwriting
CMM373 Griffith SP1 - - SP4
Drama Screenwriting
CMM383 Griffith - SP2 SP3 -
Writing Gothic and Speculative Fiction
CWR3123 Griffith - SP2 SP3 -
Publishing in the Marketplace
CWR3203 Griffith SP1 - SP3 -

1 Complete these Level 1 units.
2 Complete these level 2 units.
3 Complete 3 of these level 3 units.

Total number of units to complete: 6 units Required Elective Optional
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Unit name Code Provider Availability
Australia and the World: 1788 to Present
AUS211 Griffith SP1 - SP3 -
A History of Terrorism and Political Violence
HSY2051 Griffith SP1 - SP3 -
The Body in History
HSY2091 Griffith SP1 SP2 - -
Aboriginal Political Histories
HSY2101 Griffith SP1 SP2 - -
A History of Crime and Punishment
HSY3112 Griffith - - SP3 -
A History of War
HSY3152 Griffith - - SP3 SP4

1 Complete these level 2 units.
2 Complete these level 3 units.

The History Major does not have Level 1 units.

Total number of units to complete: 8 units Required Elective Optional
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Unit name Code Provider Availability
News and Politics
CMM181 Griffith SP1 - SP3 -
Styles and Genres of Journalism
CMM1291 Griffith - SP2 SP3 -
News Writing and Ethics
CJR2002 Griffith SP1 - SP3 -
News and Information Gathering
CJR2202 Griffith SP1 - SP3 -
Media Law
CMM262 Griffith SP1 SP2 SP3 -
Public Writing
CMM2512 Griffith SP1 - SP3 -
International Journalism
CJR3103 Griffith - SP2 - SP4
Broadcast Journalism
CJR3203 Griffith - SP2 - SP4

1 Complete these level 1 units.
2 Complete these level 2 units.
3 Complete these level 3 units.

Total number of units to complete: 6 units Required Elective Optional
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Unit name Code Provider Availability
Irish Literature
LCI211 Griffith - SP2 - SP4
Understanding Narrative Fiction
LCS221 Griffith SP1 - SP3 -
Analysing Narrative Fiction
LCS231 Griffith - SP2 - SP4
Australian Literature and History 1890 to 1929
LCS312 Griffith SP1 - SP3 -
Australian Literature and History 1930 to 1990
LCS322 Griffith - SP2 - SP4
American Literature
LCS332 Griffith SP1 - SP3 -

1 Complete these level 2 units.
2 Complete these level 3 units.

The Literature Major does not have Level 1 units.

Total number of units to complete: 9 units Required Elective Optional
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Unit name Code Provider Availability
Screen History and Research
CMM101 Griffith - SP2 - SP4
New Communication Technologies
CMM161 Griffith SP1 SP2 SP3 -
Introduction to Screen Analysis
CMM171 Griffith SP1 - SP3 -
Television Studies
CMM2212 Griffith SP1 - SP3 -
The Auteur: Great Directors (Previously Screen Analysis 2)
CMM2412 Griffith SP1 - SP3 -
Hollywood Cinema (Classic Hollywood Cinema)
CMM282 Griffith - SP2 - SP4
New Media: Communications in the Electronic Age
COM222 Griffith SP1 SP2 SP3 -
Newspapers in History
CJR3403 Griffith - SP2 - SP4
Media Audiences
CMM313 Griffith - SP2 - SP4

1 Complete these level 1 units.
2 Complete these level 2 units.
3 Complete these level 3 units.

Total number of units to complete: 8 units Required Elective Optional
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Unit name Code Provider Availability
Introduction to Public Relations
CMM1271 Griffith SP1 SP2 SP3 -
News and Politics
CMM181 Griffith SP1 - SP3 -
News Writing and Ethics
CJR2002 Griffith SP1 - SP3 -
Media Relations
CMM2202 Griffith SP1 - SP3 -
Media Law
CMM262 Griffith SP1 SP2 SP3 -
Public Writing
CMM2512 Griffith SP1 - SP3 -
Risk and Crisis Communication
CMM3173 Griffith - SP2 SP3 -
Media Audiences
CMM313 Griffith - SP2 - SP4

1 Complete these level 1 units.
2 Complete these level 2 units.
3 Complete these level 3 units.

Total number of units to complete: 8 units Required Elective Optional
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Unit name Code Provider Availability
Screen History and Research
CMM101 Griffith - SP2 - SP4
Introduction to Screen Analysis
CMM171 Griffith SP1 - SP3 -
Television Studies
CMM2212 Griffith SP1 - SP3 -
The Auteur: Great Directors (Previously Screen Analysis 2)
CMM2412 Griffith SP1 - SP3 -
Hollywood Cinema (Classic Hollywood Cinema)
CMM282 Griffith - SP2 - SP4
New Media: Communications in the Electronic Age
COM222 Griffith SP1 SP2 SP3 -
Documentary Scriptwriting
CMM373 Griffith SP1 - - SP4
Drama Screenwriting
CMM383 Griffith - SP2 SP3 -
Screen Celebrity and Stardom (Previously SGY348 Fame and Celebrity)
CMM3483 Griffith SP1 - SP3 -

1 Complete these level 1 units.
2 Complete these level 2 units.
3 Complete 2 of these level 3 units.

Total number of units to complete: 7 units Required Elective Optional
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Unit name Code Provider Availability
Understanding the Social World (Previously Introduction to Sociology)
SGY141 Griffith SP1 SP2 - -
Power and Politics
SGY2002 Griffith - SP2 SP3 -
Sociology of Identity
SGY2302 Griffith SP1 - SP3 -
Sociology of Youth
SGY2512 Griffith SP1 - SP3 -
Death, Grief and Culture
SGY3523 Griffith - SP2 SP3 -
Work and Leisure
SGY3543 Griffith SP1 SP2 - -
Research in Sociology
SGY3563 Griffith SP1 SP2 - -

1 Complete this level 1 unit.
2 Complete these level 2 units.
3 Complete these level 3 units.

  Required Elective Optional
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Unit name Code Provider Availability
Business Communication
COM12 Griffith SP1 SP2 SP3 SP4
Creative and Professional Writing
COM14 Griffith SP1 SP2 - SP4
Defining Women: Social Institutions and Cultural Diversity
GEN14 Griffith SP1 - SP3 -
Understanding the Social World (Previously Introduction to Sociology)
SGY14 Griffith SP1 SP2 - -
Management Communication
COM21 Griffith - SP2 - SP4
Organisational Communication
COM31 Griffith SP1 - SP3 -
Independent Project
HUM33 Griffith SP1 - SP3 -

You may select your electives from this list, or any other Humanities unit in the program not already selected, providing that any required prerequisites have been met.

Students may be able to receive credit for previous studies conducted at other institutions. For further information please contact the Open Universities Australia Officer, Griffith (OUA) Services at Griffith University.

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Students are required to register with Griffith University for this award by completing a registration https://app.secure.griffith.edu.au/griffithpay/Griffith-OUA-Study-Plan.html
for a study plan by paying the required fee. The non-refundable $150 registration fee is payable when the registration is submitted.

The $150 fee is not applicable to students who have accepted a Commonwealth supported place.
 

You can pay fees in one of two main ways:

Eligible OUA students can apply for loans through the Commonwealth government's Higher Education Loan Programme (HELP), which allows you to defer your fees. You pay back the loan through your taxes once your income reaches a certain level.

There are currently two types of loan:

Loan scheme Who can access it? When can I use it? How do I find out more?
Course loan
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  • Australian citizens
    OR
  • Permanent humanitarian visa holders

After you've been admitted into an application course. (That's why we call it a course loan.)

If you complete units from different universities, each university will ask you to apply for HECS-HELP.

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  • Australian citizens who will undertake, in Australia,
    at least one unit of study
    contributing to their course
    OR
  • Permanent humanitarian
    visa holders who will be
    resident in Australia for the
    duration of their unit
    OR
  • Permanent visa holders who
    are undertaking bridging study
    for overseas-trained professionals
    , and will be
    resident in Australia for the
    duration of their study

When you enrol in OUA units without having been admitted into an application course.

If you're studying OUA units to become eligible to apply for this course, we recommend using FEE-HELP for them. Once you've completed the units to the required standard you can apply for the course and, once admitted, switch to the course loan (HECS-HELP).

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You can pay your fees upfront - in full at the beginning of a unit - using:
  • Credit card (Visa and MasterCard)
  • Cheque
  • Money order

You should make cheques and money orders payable to 'Open Universities Australia' and send them to:
Open Universities Australia
GPO Box 5387
Melbourne 3001
Australia

Please note:

This course has undergone a major change due to changes in the Australian Qualification Framework. Students who started their degree prior to 2015 can continue with the pre2015 course structure, provided the units are still available. All students beginning their studies from 2015 will need to study the new course structure.

Below is the link to the 2014 course page for reference:

Bachelor of Arts 2014

Changes in 2015:

There has been an introduction of four core 1st year units which form a body of knowledge and skills that will be common to all Arts students completing the Bachelor of Arts.

Removal of Majors:

  • Australian Studies
  • Communications
     

Addition of new Majors:

  • Creative Writing
  • Journalism
  • Media Studies
  • Public Relations
  • Screen Culture
     

Restructured Majors:

  • Art History
  • Sociology
     

Detailed transition arrangements have been established for students who are following the Program Structure on the OUA website AND for students who are following the Program Structure on the Griffith University website. Those continuing students currently enrolled in majors offered by other providers will be able to complete these majors as long as they are still available. A customised Study Plan will be completed by the Program Convenor for students who are remain enrolled in the program beyond 2015, to enable them to meet the qualification’s learning outcomes.

For existing students requiring further information regarding these changes and for study plan advice, please contact oua-services@griffith.edu.au

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