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Start date
February
July

Campus
Magill

Duration
3 year(s) full-time

Mode
On-campus

Program Code
MBAA

Prerequisites
None

Assumed Knowledge
None

Fees
2018: AUD$ 25,400 per annum (per 1.0 EFTSL)

English Language Requirements
  • IELTS total [6]
  • IELTS reading [6]
  • IELTS writing [6]
Equivalent English qualifications (PDF)

International Admission by Country
See full entry requirements

CRICOS Code
081800G

Key features

  • The Bachelor of Arts enables you to pursue two areas of academic interest at the same time with a double major. 

  • Gain international experience as part of the Hawke Ambassador Volunteer Experience Program.

  • Apply for the Bachelor of Arts/Master of Teaching (Secondary) packaged option– it’s a pathway straight into postgraduate study.

Snapshot

Snapshot

As a student studying history and cultural studies you will examine how historical figures, issues and events have influenced the present day. 

You will:

  • have a sophisticated understanding of world history and contemporary cultures, including Australia’s position within the Asia-pacific region and the importance of place, meaning and society.
  • apply your understanding of skills in historical and cultural analysis to a broad range of professional contexts.
  • be equipped as lifelong learners with strong transdisciplinary research skills, informed by their understanding of the history of the past and future

You will gain an appreciation of the diverse economic, social and cultural legacies that affect the modern world. Studying a double major increases your employment prospects, and you will select another major from the following areas:

  • English and Creative Writing
  • Languages
  • Linguistics
  • Performing Arts
  • Sociology

Whichever combination of majors you choose it will give you unique skills and understanding that combines the two academic areas.

You will graduate with writing, presentation, digital, communication, research and problem solving skills that are transferable across a range of professions. These skills are highly regarded by prospective employers. If you finish your degree with a credit or higher grade point average (GPA) you could be eligible for the one-year Bachelor of Arts (Honours).

You could also continue your studies with a Master of Teaching and teach humanities and social sciences. If this interests you, please read How Do I Become a Teacher before selecting your courses.

If you would like to apply directly into the Bachelor of Arts/Master of Teaching (Secondary) package option, please apply via SATAC using 444521.

If you apply to the Master of Teaching packaged degree option (444521), you will apply into the Bachelor of Arts and in your first year select your specialisation as History and Cultural Studies.

Why Bachelor of Arts (History and Cultural Studies)

Why this Degree

This degree increases your employment prospects by enabling you to gain expertise in two different areas of interest at the same time.

There is also an opportunity to study a portion of your degree overseas, as part of the University’s Hawke Ambassador Volunteer Experience Program. As part of this program you will volunteer with an international non-government organisation (NGO), usually in an overseas destination.

You could continue your studies with a Master of Teaching with Humanities and Social Sciences as a Learning Area. If this interests you, please read How Do I Become a Teacher before selecting your courses.

Real-world connections

The Hawke Ambassador Volunteer Experience Program is a great way to build global awareness, broaden your global and societal understanding and build important industry networks and relationships. We also host regular University-wide employee master classes, employment expos, and alumni events in Australia and overseas.  

Your career

Culture shapes our understanding of who we are and offers insight into the rapid changes of the modern world. You could work in research or project management in the public service sector, government or private organisations. You could also pursue a teaching career in Humanities and Social Sciences when you continue your studies with a Master of Teaching (Secondary).

What others are saying

The diversity of the Bachelor of Arts is one of the best parts of my degree. You can have two complimentary majors in completely different fields, allowing you to study a range of interesting areas. Add in a minor and electives, and you’ve got an extremely flexible and diverse degree.

Callum Banbury

Bachelor of Arts (History and Cultural Studies)

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Callum Banbury

Bachelor of Arts (History and Cultural Studies)

I teach courses that provide insight into Aboriginal issues and digital historical archives. Before UniSA I was a writer, editor, anthropologist and historian. I am still heavily involved in industry, working as a writer and freelance historian with organisations such as State Records of South Australia. Plus in 2016 I published my debut novel, First Person Shooter.

Cameron Raynes


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Cameron Raynes


What you'll learn

What you Learn

This major explores the ways in which historical figures, events and issues have shaped the world in which we live today. Under the guidance of highly experienced academics you will cover topics such as economics, religion, cultural influences and world history. You will also:

  • have a sophisticated understanding of world history and contemporary cultures, including Australia’s position within the Asia-pacific region and the importance of place, meaning and society.
  • be able to apply their understanding of skills in historical and cultural analysis to a broad range of professional contexts.
  • be equipped as lifelong learners with strong transdisciplinary research skills, informed by their understanding of the history of the past and future.

This degree allows you to select two majors, so you'll graduate with broad knowledge in two areas of interest. You can choose your second major from:

  • English and Creative Writing
  • Languages
  • Linguistics
  • Performing Arts
  • Sociology

You will also complete two core courses, four courses from a selected list of minors, and two electives.

Study hours

For each course you study, you will need to allocate time for various classes such as lectures, tutorials, workshops, seminars and practicals. Plus you will need additional hours to study in your own time to complete assignments, readings and projects and contribute to online discussion forums (independent study). So as a general rule, if you are studying full-time you would need to allocate 12 – 26 hours of study when at university and 14 – 28 hours of independent study per week.

Assessment

Assessment

Your studies at UniSA will incorporate practical, professionally focused and research-based learning, so assessment types will vary. You can expect them to include:

  • presentations
  • reports
  • essays
  • case studies
  • research papers

Global opportunities

Enrich your studies and your life – make overseas study part of your qualification. Australian and international students may have the option to do an exchange, short-term program or study tour overseas. We have links with universities worldwide. You can choose short-term or semester-long study from a range of universities and countries depending on your area of study and cultural interests.

Take a look at the global opportunities available.

Global opportunities

What courses you'll study

Structure

Course name Area and cat no. Units Reference  
FIRST YEAR
First Semester (Study Period 1, 2 or 3)
Ideas, Innovation and Communication COMM 1060 4.5 Note(s): 1
Telling Culture and Historiography HUMS 1054 4.5
Second Major course 1 4.5 Note(s): 4
Minor 1 4.5 Note(s): 6
Second Semester (Study Period 4, 5 or 6)
Intercultural Communication LANG 1054 4.5 Note(s): 1
World History Trends and Transformations HUMS 1055 4.5
Second Major course 2 4.5 Note(s): 4
Minor 2 4.5 Note(s): 6
SECOND YEAR
First Semester (Study Period 1, 2 or 3)
Everyday Cultures Now and Then HUMS 2037 4.5 Note(s): 2
OR
United States History and Contending Cultural Identities HUMS 2039 4.5 Note(s): 2
Second Major course 3 4.5 Note(s): 4
Minor 3 4.5 Note(s): 6
Elective 1 4.5 Note(s): 5 Rule(s): 2
Second Semester (Study Period 4, 5 or 6)
Australia in the Asian Century POLI 2003 4.5 Note(s): 3
OR
Communication, Culture and Aboriginal Australians COMM 2060 4.5 Note(s): 3
Second Major course 4 4.5 Note(s): 4
Minor 4 4.5 Note(s): 5
Elective 2 4.5 Note(s): 5 Rule(s): 2
THIRD YEAR
First Semester (Study Period 1, 2 or 3)
Historicising Place and Meaning HUMS 3048 4.5
Researching Culture and History HUMS 3050 4.5
Second Major course 5 4.5 Note(s): 4
Second Major course 6 4.5 Note(s): 4
Second Semester (Study Period 4, 5 or 6)
A History of Ideas HUMS 3047 4.5
Power and Resistance: 1900 - Present HUMS 3049 4.5
Second Major course 7 4.5 Note(s): 4
Second Major course 8 4.5 Note(s): 4

I am a senior lecturer in Applied Linguistics, program director of the Bachelor of Arts, and member of the Research Centre for Languages and Cultures (RCLC).

My background is in philosophy and linguistics. My interests include how language matters as a form of expertise in professions and organisations, particularly in health settings. I’m involved in projects in psychiatry, mental health and aged care that aim to improve how language is used and understood at important times in people's lives.

Dr Jonathan Crichton

Program Director

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Scholarships

Every year, over 2,500 UniSA students are supported in their studies through scholarships and grants worth millions of dollars. Check out the scholarships below. One of them may be perfect for you. Visit our scholarship search page for more.

Your campus

We have six campuses in metropolitan and regional areas, each with advanced facilities including modern lecture theatres, libraries, laboratories, and areas that simulate real work environments.

Magill

Magill is a quick drive, cycle or bus trip from the city. On campus there are TV, radio and sound studios, social work studios, a cognitive neuroscience laboratory, a psychology clinic, a language lab, a journalism newsroom, a theatre, a gym and a swimming pool. It’s only a short walk to local shops. Explore Magill >

Your study experience

As a student at the University of South Australia you will have unique access to work placement opportunities, overseas study tours and exchanges, networking events, internships, guest speakers and more.

Our campuses are equipped with state-of-the-art facilities including modern lecture theatres, libraries, workshops, laboratories, and areas that simulate real work environments. These are all supported by the latest technologies and a 24/7 online learning platform. We have health services on campus, gymnasiums, technology zones and great student lounges. You will also have access to a range of community clinics, which provide professional and cost effective services in areas of health, law and psychology. There are campus sport activities to keep you active, and if you are keen to explore the social side of university life, there are movies, cooking demonstrations, parties and lots more.

Adelaide has a variety of accommodation options to suit different requirements and budgets. Options include dedicated student accommodation or private rentals. See our long-term accommodation pages for plenty of options. If you need somewhere to live, our new student accommodation by urbanest is on Bank Street in Adelaide’s lively cultural precinct, a perfect location for students. It is within easy reach of UniSA’s city and metropolitan campuses, Rundle Mall shopping, the Central Market, Chinatown, and the West End’s vibrant nightlife. It is also across the road from the Adelaide train station, and on bus and tram routes.

Student services

Student services

International Student Services will make your life at university easier. We want you to be successful, and if you need help we will be there to assist. Support services include:

  • careers advice
  • help with student visas and health cover
  • personal counselling
  • academic counselling
  • fees and finance help
  • common rooms
  • prayer rooms
  • security officers
  • services offered through our student association, USASA
  • accommodation services 

We also offer study support from our Learning Advisers. You can work with them face-to-face or online. They are here to help you develop academically and professionally during your studies. They also offer help with the English language. When you become a UniSA student you can contact Campus Central for help with anything related to your degree. They will help you with your enrolment, ID cards, fees, timetables and any other questions you might have.

24/7 digital environment

Our learnonline facilities include a personal learning environment with virtual classrooms, lecture recordings, emails, learning support, administration, library access and results. The environment is available 24 hours a day, seven days a week, so you can tailor your learning to your life. We are continually investing in innovative digital technologies for a high-quality student learning experience.

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How to apply

Applying to study with us:

  • go to the top of this page and make note of the relevant SATAC code*, then click Apply
  • you will be redirected through to the SATAC website to continue your application

*There are two SATAC codes – one for this degree, and one for this degree packaged with the Master of Teaching. You can apply to study this degree on its own. However if you already know you would like to combine it with a Master of Teaching, you can apply for both together.

If you apply to the Master of Teaching packaged degree option (444521), you will apply into the Bachelor of Arts and in your first year select your specialisation.

Alternative Pathways

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