Bachelor of Arts - 2014

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Course summary - 2014

Level: Undergraduate
Qualification: Bachelor Degree
Number of units: 24 units to complete
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The Bachelor of Arts, Griffith University offers students the chance to study from a wide range of areas, allowing students to tailor a course that suits their individual needs. An Arts degree is perfect for those who have a love of learning.

The Griffith University Bachelor of Arts develops student skills as they progress through each level of the degree. Students will build advanced skills in reading, analysis, interpretation and debate. These skills are essential for careers in the media, education, public administration and business.

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There are no set entry requirements. To enrol, select units from the Course units tab and add them to your Study Cart. Then follow the steps to complete your enrolment online.

Want to apply for Commonwealth support?

A Commonwealth supported place (CSP) is when the Federal government contributes to the cost of your tertiary studies, though you will still need to make a contribution – it’s not fully funded.

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.

To be eligible for Commonwealth support, 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 be eligible for Commonwealth support for this course, you must also meet the following requirements:

  • At least 4 OUA Undergraduate units or equivalent, with a minimum Grade Point Average (GPA) of 4.0

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

You are recommended to follow this study pattern:

  1. Start with SSK12
  2. Choose a major sequence and complete all level 1 units first
  3. Complete level 1 elective units
  4. Complete the units from your level 2, then level 3 major sequence
  5. Complete level 2, then level 3 electives.

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

  • The degree will normally be of three years duration for full-time students, but part-time students may take up to 10 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 at least one Major sequence of eight units, with four units at Level 1, two units at Level 2 and another two units at Level 3
  • The remaining 16 units for the degree can be made up from a combination of Level 1, 2 and 3 units
  • A maximum of 10 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
  • Australian Studies
  • Australia and the Asia-Pacific Region
  • Communications
  • History and Politics
  • Religion Studies
  • Literature and Composition
  • Sociology

Please Note: The UniSA Religion Studies units are undergoing teach out. Please complete all REL units before the end of SP4, 2014 if you wish to complete the major.

Please note: The early exit options for this course will no longer be on offer to new students commencing in 2015. Only students who have registered before December 2014 will be able to graduate as planned.
Please contact oua-services@griffith.edu.au for more information.

Students who do not wish to complete an entire degree are able to complete either a Certificate of Arts or a Diploma of Arts, depending on their needs. These smaller qualifications are beneficial for students who need to develop specialised knowledge or are just beginning their study and experiencing some trepidation.

Certificate of Arts

To achieve the Certificate of Arts, students must complete one approved Major, a total of eight units. This consists of four units at Level 1, two units at Level 2 and two units at Level 3. At least two units of the Certificate will need to be Griffith University units offered through Open Universities Australia.

Note: Students intending to complete the Art History or Religion Studies Major will need to complete an additional two Griffith University units (in addition to the eight units within the Major) in order to meet this requirement. These can be any two Griffith University units offered through Open Universities Australia.

Diploma of Arts

To achieve the Diploma of Arts, students must complete at least one Major (eight units) and Electives (eight units), a total of 16 units. The major sequence must include four units at Level 1, two units at Level 2 and two units at Level 3. Students can take a maximum of eight units at first year level. At least eight units must be Griffith University units offered through Open Universities Australia.

Majors

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

Complete 4 units from the following 7 units Required Elective Optional
To view the unit price, select the unit name. Check the box beside the unit to add it to your Study Cart.
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Unit name Code Provider Availability
Exploring Painting
VIS131 RMIT SP1 - SP3 -
Making Your Mark in Drawing
VIS14 RMIT SP1 - SP3 -
Photography - An Introduction
VIS15 RMIT Coming in 2016
Historical Issues in Art and Design
VIS18 Curtin SP1 SP2 SP3 SP4
Issues in Contemporary Art
VIS19 Curtin - - SP3 -
Painting: Methods and Materials
VSW14 Curtin SP1 SP2 SP3 SP4
Visual Arts Research: Introduction to Drawing
VAR11 Curtin SP1 SP2 SP3 SP4

1 This is a non-CSP unit

Complete 2 units from the following 5 units Required Elective Optional
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Unit name Code Provider Availability
Australian Art History
VIS24 Curtin - SP2 SP3 -
Contemporary Indigenous Australian Art
VIS251 Curtin - - - SP4
Art in the Age of Revolution
VIS26 Curtin SP1 SP2 SP3 SP4
Modernism in Art and Design
VIS27 Curtin - SP2 SP3 SP4
Art and Fashion
VIS29 Curtin SP1 SP2 SP3 -

1 Please note: Students who have completed VIS36 must not enrol in VIS25

Total number of units to complete: 2 units Required Elective Optional
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Unit name Code Provider Availability
Perspectives on Beauty in Art
VIS330 Curtin SP1 SP2 SP3 -
Art and the Environment
VIS320 Curtin - SP2 SP3 SP4
Complete 4 units from the following 10 units Required Elective Optional
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Unit name Code Provider Availability
Australian Studies: Images of Australia 1A
AUS11 Griffith SP1 SP2 SP3 SP4
Australian Studies: Images of Australia 1B
AUS12 Griffith - SP2 - SP4
Modern Standard Chinese (Mandarin) 1A
CHN11 Griffith SP1 SP2 SP3 SP4
Modern Standard Chinese (Mandarin) 1B
CHN12 Griffith SP1 SP2 SP3 SP4
Indonesian Studies 1A
IND112 CDU SP1 - SP3 -
Indonesian Studies 1B
IND122 CDU SP1 - SP3 -
Introduction to Asia
PAC10 Griffith SP1 SP2 SP3 -
Globalisation: The Asia Pacific and Australia
PAC11 Griffith SP1 - SP3 -
The Political Economy of East Asia
PAC12 Griffith - SP2 - SP4
China in Transformation 1900-49
PAC131 Griffith - SP2 SP3 -

1 This unit can be completed at either first or second year level
2 This is a non-CSP unit.

Complete 2 units from the following 9 units Required Elective Optional
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Unit name Code Provider Availability
Debates in Australian History
AUS21 Griffith - - SP3 SP4
Indonesian Studies 2A
IND213 CDU SP1 - - -
Indonesian Studies 2B
IND223 CDU - - SP3 -
Violence and Terror in International Relations
PAC202 Griffith SP1 SP2 - SP4
China in Transformation 1900-49
PAC231 Griffith - SP2 SP3 -
The Social Context of Asian Business
PAC240 Griffith - SP2 - SP4
Chinese Political Economy and Business
PAC241 Griffith SP1 SP2 - -
Crime, Business, and Politics in Asia
PAC242 Griffith SP1 - SP3 -
Contemporary Indigenous Australian Art
VIS25 Curtin - - - SP4

1 This unit can be completed at either first or second year level
2 This unit can be completed at either second or third year level
3 This is a non-CSP unit.

Complete 2 units from the following 3 units Required Elective Optional
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Unit name Code Provider Availability
Violence and Terror in International Relations
PAC301 Griffith SP1 SP2 - SP4
Politics in Contemporary China
PAC31 Griffith - SP2 SP3 -
Ethnic Questions in East and South East Asia
PAC32 Griffith SP1 - SP3 -

1 This unit can be completed at either second or third year level

Complete 4 units from the following 12 units Required Elective Optional
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Unit name Code Provider Availability
Australian Studies: Images of Australia 1A
AUS11 Griffith SP1 SP2 SP3 SP4
Australian Studies: Images of Australia 1B
AUS12 Griffith - SP2 - SP4
Protecting Heritage Places
CUL11 Curtin SP1 - SP3 -
Education: The Social and Historical Context
EDUX120 Macquarie - SP2 - SP4
Gender, History and Culture
GEN11 Griffith SP1 SP2 SP3 SP4
Defining Women: Social Institutions and Cultural Diversity
GEN14 Griffith SP1 SP2 SP3 SP4
The Making of Australia
HST110 Macquarie - SP2 SP3 SP4
The World Since 1945: An Australian Perspective
HST120 Macquarie SP1 SP2 - SP4
Writing the Nation: Australian Literature to 1950
LCS12 Curtin - SP2 - SP4
Culture and Society: Introduction to Cultural Studies
LCS14 Griffith SP1 - SP3 -
Australian Politics in a Global Context
PLT110 Macquarie - SP2 SP3 -
Australian and Global Societies
SGY110 Macquarie SP1 SP2 - SP4
Complete 2 units from the following 5 units Required Elective Optional
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Need help enrolling? Read our enrolment guide
Unit name Code Provider Availability
Debates in Australian History
AUS21 Griffith - - SP3 SP4
Contemporary Issues in Australian Politics: Race, Nation, Class & Gender
PLT210 Macquarie SP1 - SP3 -
Power and Legitimacy in Modern Political Thought
PLT220 Macquarie Coming in 2015
Australian Art History
VIS24 Curtin - SP2 SP3 -
Contemporary Indigenous Australian Art
VIS25 Curtin - - - SP4
Complete 2 units from the following 3 units Required Elective Optional
To view the unit price, select the unit name. Check the box beside the unit to add it to your Study Cart.
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Unit name Code Provider Availability
Australian History Since 1901
HST320 Macquarie SP1 - SP3 -
Future Studies
PLT330 Griffith - SP2 - -
The Politics of Inequality
POL30 Griffith SP1 - - -
Complete 4 units from the following 10 units Required Elective Optional
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Unit name Code Provider Availability
Australian Studies: Images of Australia 1A
AUS11 Griffith SP1 SP2 SP3 SP4
Australian Studies: Images of Australia 1B
AUS12 Griffith - SP2 - SP4
Screen History and Research
CMM10 Griffith - SP2 - SP4
New Communication Technologies
CMM16 Griffith SP1 SP2 SP3 SP4
Introduction to Screen Analysis
CMM17 Griffith SP1 - SP3 -
News and Politics
CMM18 Griffith SP1 SP2 SP3 SP4
Text and Culture
CMM19 Griffith SP1 SP2 SP3 SP4
Business Communication
COM12 Griffith SP1 SP2 SP3 SP4
Creative and Professional Writing
COM14 Griffith SP1 SP2 SP3 SP4
Culture and Society: Introduction to Cultural Studies
LCS14 Griffith SP1 - SP3 -
Total number of units to complete: 2 units Required Elective Optional
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Unit name Code Provider Availability
Media Relations
CMM220 Griffith SP1 SP2 SP3 SP4
Media Law
CMM26 Griffith SP1 SP2 SP3 SP4
Complete 2 units from the following 4 units Required Elective Optional
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Unit name Code Provider Availability
Media Audiences
CMM31 Griffith - SP2 - SP4
Media Buying and Planning
CMM331 Griffith SP1 SP2 SP3 SP4
Documentary Scriptwriting
CMM37 Griffith SP1 SP2 SP3 SP4
Drama Screenwriting
CMM38 Griffith SP1 SP2 SP3 SP4

1 This unit can be completed at either second or third year level

Complete 4 units from the following 8 units Required Elective Optional
To view the unit price, select the unit name. Check the box beside the unit to add it to your Study Cart.
Need help enrolling? Read our enrolment guide
Unit name Code Provider Availability
Australian Studies: Images of Australia 1A
AUS11 Griffith SP1 SP2 SP3 SP4
Australian Studies: Images of Australia 1B
AUS12 Griffith - SP2 - SP4
Gender, History and Culture
GEN11 Griffith SP1 SP2 SP3 SP4
Education: The Social and Historical Context
EDUX120 Macquarie - SP2 - SP4
The Making of Australia
HST110 Macquarie - SP2 SP3 SP4
The World Since 1945: An Australian Perspective
HST120 Macquarie SP1 SP2 - SP4
Australian Politics in a Global Context
PLT110 Macquarie - SP2 SP3 -
Perspectives on Security and Terrorism
PTR100 Murdoch SP1 - SP3 -
Complete 2 units from the following 4 units Required Elective Optional
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Unit name Code Provider Availability
War and Peace in World History
HST220 Macquarie - SP2 - SP4
Violence and Terror in International Relations
PAC201 Griffith SP1 SP2 - SP4
Practical Ethics
PHI210 Macquarie - SP2 - SP4
International Security Studies (Previously PTR200)
PTR291 Murdoch - SP2 - SP4

1 This unit can be completed at either second or third year level

Complete 2 units from the following 7 units Required Elective Optional
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Unit name Code Provider Availability
Twentieth Century Europe: From Empire to EU
HST310 Macquarie - SP2 - SP4
Australian History Since 1901
HST320 Macquarie SP1 - SP3 -
Violence and Terror in International Relations
PAC301 Griffith SP1 SP2 - SP4
Politics in Contemporary China
PAC31 Griffith - SP2 SP3 -
Ethnic Questions in East and South East Asia
PAC32 Griffith SP1 - SP3 -
Future Studies
PLT3301 Griffith - SP2 - -
The Politics of Inequality
POL301 Griffith SP1 - - -

1 This unit can be completed at either second or third year level

Total number of units to complete: 4 units Required Elective Optional
To view the unit price, select the unit name. Check the box beside the unit to add it to your Study Cart.
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Unit name Code Provider Availability
Approaches to English Literature
ENG110 Macquarie SP1 - SP3 -
Writing the Nation: Australian Literature to 1950
LCS12 Curtin - SP2 - SP4
Great Books A
LTR110 Griffith SP1 - SP3 -
Great Books B
LTR120 Griffith - SP2 - SP4
Complete 2 units from the following 4 units Required Elective Optional
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Unit name Code Provider Availability
Creative Writing: A Practical Introduction
ENG210 Macquarie SP1 - SP3 -
Irish Literature
LCI21 Griffith - SP2 - SP4
Narrative Fiction A
LCS22 Griffith SP1 - SP3 -
Narrative Fiction B
LCS23 Griffith - SP2 - SP4
Complete 2 units from the following 3 units Required Elective Optional
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Unit name Code Provider Availability
Australian Literature and History A
LCS31 Griffith SP1 - SP3 -
Australian Literature and History B
LCS32 Griffith - SP2 - SP4
American Literature
LCS33 Griffith SP1 - - -
Total number of units to complete: 4 units Required Elective Optional
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Unit name Code Provider Availability
Religion Studies: The Long Search
REL11 UniSA - - SP3 -
Religion Studies: Myth, Ritual and the Sacred
REL12 UniSA - SP2 - -
Philosophy, Morality and Society
PHI110 Macquarie SP1 SP2 - SP4
Religions of Asia
REL17 UniSA - - - SP4
Total number of units to complete: 2 units Required Elective Optional
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Unit name Code Provider Availability
Religions of the Ancient World
REL200 UniSA - - SP3 -
Christian Scriptures
REL210 UniSA SP1 - - -
Total number of units to complete: 2 units Required Elective Optional
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Unit name Code Provider Availability
Contemporary Issues in Religion
REL300 UniSA - SP2 - -
Islam: Past and Present
REL310 UniSA - - - SP4

Please Note: The UniSA religion studies units are undergoing teach out. Please complete all REL units before the end of SP4, 2014.

Complete 4 units from the following 9 units Required Elective Optional
To view the unit price, select the unit name. Check the box beside the unit to add it to your Study Cart.
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Unit name Code Provider Availability
Australian Studies: Images of Australia 1A
AUS11 Griffith SP1 SP2 SP3 SP4
Australian Studies: Images of Australia 1B
AUS12 Griffith - SP2 - SP4
Gender, History and Culture
GEN11 Griffith SP1 SP2 SP3 SP4
Defining Women: Social Institutions and Cultural Diversity
GEN14 Griffith SP1 SP2 SP3 SP4
Culture and Society: Introduction to Cultural Studies
LCS14 Griffith SP1 - SP3 -
Australian and Global Societies
SGY110 Macquarie SP1 SP2 - SP4
Sociology of Everyday Life (Previously: SGY120)
SGYX120 Macquarie - SP2 SP3 SP4
Youth and Society
SGY130 Griffith - SP2 - SP4
Introduction to Sociology
SGY14 Griffith SP1 SP2 SP3 SP4
Complete 2 units from the following 4 units Required Elective Optional
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Unit name Code Provider Availability
Power, Difference and Recognition
SGY220 Macquarie SP1 SP2 - -
Sociology of Identity
SGY230 Griffith SP1 - SP3 -
Methods of Social Research
SGY240 Macquarie - SP2 SP3 SP4
Culture and Lifestyles
SGY250 Griffith SP1 - SP3 -
Total number of units to complete: 2 units Required Elective Optional
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Unit name Code Provider Availability
Human Services: Organisations, Structures and Policy
SGY310 Macquarie SP1 SP2 - -
The Sociology of the Public Sphere
SGY320 Macquarie - - SP3 SP4

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.

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
(HECS-HELP)
  • 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.

Find out more about
HECS-HELP
Unit loan
(FEE-HELP)
  • 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).

Find out more about
FEE-HELP
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