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    Arts, Humanities and Social Sciences

  • About The University of Western Australia The University consistently attracts the best students.

    In 2009, 82 per cent of the top fi ve per cent of Western Australian school leavers enrolled at UWA.

    Our students have better employment outcomes than graduates from other WA universities (even exceeding the national average).

    Many of UWAs achievements place the University among the top universities in the world.

    Our rapidly growing strategic alliances with leading global corporations and institutes mean our graduates are being employed worldwide.

    UWAs Nobel Laureates and our many international award-winning students, teachers and researchers are helping us make world-class our minimum standard.

    The University is ranked fi rst in Australia for the quality of its undergraduate students and second for research performance.

    What is a Bachelor of Arts Degree? ..............................1

    Arts Majors............................................................................3

    Archaeology ....................................................................4

    Asian Studies ..................................................................5

    English and Cultural Studies ..........................................5

    European Studies ...........................................................6

    History .............................................................................6

    Languages ......................................................................7

    Chinese (Mandarin)...................................................7

    French .......................................................................8

    German .....................................................................8

    Greek .........................................................................8

    Indonesian .................................................................9

    Italian .........................................................................9

    Japanese .................................................................10


    Diploma in Modern Languages ..............................10

    Linguistics ..................................................................... 11

    Medieval and Early Modern Studies ............................12


    Political Science and International Relations...............13

    Womens Studies ..........................................................14

    Music ...................................................................................15

    Specialist Degrees ..............................................................17

    Bachelor of Arts (Asian Studies) ..................................17

    Bachelor of Arts (Communication Studies) .................17

    Bachelor of Arts (European Studies) ...........................17


    Student Exchange ..............................................................18

    Arts Practicum ....................................................................18

    Careers in Arts ....................................................................19

    The Faculty of Arts, Humanities and Social SciencesThe Faculty provides a rich intellectual environment for learning. The academic staff members are not only dedicated teachers but also renowned scholars and researchers, many international leaders and experts in their fi elds. The Faculty has won a number of awards for teaching and the student experience is rated very highly.

    Over 3000 students were studying Arts in 2009.

    Faculty of Arts, Humanities and Social Sciences | Undergraduate Degrees 2010


  • What is a Bachelor of Arts Degree?Arts at UWA includes the study of Humanities, Social and Cultural Studies, and Music and is made up of a range of disciplines. The Humanities deal with the histories, literatures and cultures of all areas of human civilisation and the Social Sciences study the sociology and anthropology, political behaviours and other forms of human behaviour and organisation. Languages and Music are also taught in the Faculty.

    A UWA Arts degree is incredibly flexible. With a selection of over 25 majors, you can design your course to suit your interests. You dont even need to decide on your major area of study until part way through the course. Arts subjects provide the opportunity to learn and practice critical, analytical and creative thinking. These skills are valued by all employers as one of the greatest benefits of a university education.

    The Faculty of Arts, Humanities and Social Sciences offers a three-year Bachelor of Arts degree for students who wish to specialise in the Humanities and Social Sciences. The Faculty also offers three-year specialist degrees in Asian Studies, European Studies and Communication Studies. Music can be studied as a major in a Bachelor of Arts or as the four year specialist degrees, Bachelor of Music and Bachelor of Music Education.

    There are 25 majors to choose from and 5 specialist degrees.

    Majors specialist Degrees coMbineD Degrees

    Ancient History Asian Studies Arts and Law

    Anthropology Communication Studies Arts and Commerce

    Archaeology European Studies Arts and Economics

    Asian Studies Music Arts and Engineering

    Chinese Music Education Arts and Computer Sciences

    Economics* Arts and Education

    English Arts and Science

    European Studies Arts and Medicine

    Fine Arts* Arts and Music

    French Music and Commerce

    Geography* Music and Economics

    German Music and Engineering

    Italian Music and Health Science

    Japanese Music and Law

    Latin Music and Science



    Medieval and Early Modern Studies



    Political Science and International Relations

    *This major is available through another faculty.

    Womens Studies

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    All major subjects may be studied as a major within a Bachelor of Arts, Bachelor of Arts (Communication Studies), Bachelor of Arts (European Studies), and Bachelor of Arts (Asian Studies). You may also be able to study individual major units within other degrees, for example, Anthropology within a Bachelor of Science.

    TER Scores

    In 2009 the minimum TER score for all Bachelor of Arts and specialist degrees was 80.00. Combined degrees may have higher scores and you should consult the Admissions Centre.

    You must meet the English language competency requirements for The University of Western Australia.


    Bachelor of Arts, Bachelor of Arts (Communication Studies), Bachelor of Arts (European Studies), Bachelor of Arts (Asian Studies) have no additional prerequisites.

    Course Structures

    Normally a major stream of study consists of 48 credit points. Level 1 is 12 points and usually consists of 2 units and Upper Level equals 36 points and usually consists of 6 units.

    Career Opportunities

    Graduates in Arts have followed career pathways that have led to some of the most senior positions in Australia. Prime ministers, premiers, ambassadors, chief executive officers, managing directors are listed as the occupations of many of our alumni. Equally many have followed a creative pathway, becoming authors, performers, composers, arts managers, broadcasters and journalists. Others have been able to take advantage of the resources boom working as anthropologists, archaeologists, community relations consultants and human resources managers. Graduates are employed as senior social workers, leaders of non-profit organisations, public relations managers, policy advisors, school principals, teachers and some continue their love of learning and research to become renowned academics across the globe.

    Understanding our past, learning about different cultures and beliefs, having concern for social policies and others wellbeing, being able to communicate effectively, developing your creativity the Bachelor of Arts degree will equip you with skills which will benefit you for the rest of your life.

  • Ancient HistoryThe units that are offered under this major include studies of Ancient Greek and Roman literature, history and archaeology. They cover different periods from the Bronze Age in Greece to the Roman Empire in the second century of the Christian Era.

    Course structure

    To complete a major in Ancient History you must complete 12 points at Level 1 and 24 points at Upper Level (some units in other subjects may also be accepted as part of a major in this subject).

    Career Prospects

    Graduates with a major in Ancient History are sought in many walks of life teaching, librarianship, public and business administration and journalism.

    Anthropology and SociologyAnthropology and Sociology units are among the most popular first year Arts subjects. This is because Anthropology and Sociology are relevant to your everyday life and provide useful skills for living and working in a multicultural society. They give you a fresh perspective on humankind and encourage you to question your taken-for-granted beliefs. This is the study of humanity and is the only discipline that offers a way of understanding the whole context of human experiences. It provides a broad framework into which many other subjects can be fitted.

    Social and Cultural Anthropology is the comparative study of the institutions, social behaviours, and systems of meaning of all human societies. It is concerned with describing how any given society organises its relations to the environment, its economy, social interaction and groupings, political structures of political authority, gender and sex roles, religion, and all other aspects of its culture. As social scientists, anthropologists formulate general theories about human social behaviour in its contemporary, historical and evolutionary diversity.

    Sociology, which has much in common with Social Anthropology, is the systematic study of human social relationships, with an emphasis on group behaviour and social structure, especially in industrial societies.

    Course Structure

    Anthropology and Sociology offers a variety of courses focusing on a number of areas, particularly South East Asia, especially Indonesia and the Philippines, Australian settler society, and Indigenous Australia.

    level 1 There are two Level 1 units in Anthropology and Sociology and to complete a major you will need to study both Level 1 units. In semester one you examine what it means to be human and cover areas such as culture, identity and social life. The second semester unit explores global change and local responses from anthropological and sociological perspectives.

    level 2 and 3 Upper Level units include the study of applied anthropology; religion; legal anthropology; medical anthropology and sociology; psychological anthropology; anthropology of the media; environmental anthropology; popular culture in Asia; Australian culture; contemporary indigenous Australia; cities, culture and globalisation; gender and sexuality; social meaning of money, enterprise and consumption; refugees and human rights; and migration, culture and identity.

    Career Prospects

    The breadth of Anthropology and Sociology helps to prepare you for careers in a number of fields within government agencies concerned with social welfare, legal matters, drug abuse, physical and mental health, environmental impact, housing, education, foreign aid and agricultural development. Anthropologists are also employed to advise on Indigenous issues in Australia and overseas by mining industries, legal services and a variety of community organisations. Graduates also find work in overseas development agencies in the government and non-government sector. Anthropology and Sociologys breadth as a discipline develops skills used in business studies, industrial relations and organisational management, multicultural planning and counselling, intercultural communication and social science consulting.

    Anthropology is the study of humankind in all its aspects, especially human culture or human development

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  • Course Structure

    You may choose to study Level 1 Archaeology units for one semester or for the whole year. To complete Level 2 units in Archaeology, you must complete the full year of Level 1.

    level 1 units will introduce you to the history, methods and theory of archaeological study. Practical sessions are arranged to provide an introduction to archaeological materials and you may be able to join vacation field excursions. First semester Level 1 Archaeology is an introduction to the principles and methods of archaeological research and to the evidence for us becoming human. Second semester Level 1 is an introduction to the origins of agriculture and the rise of civilisations in different parts of the world and includes archaeology in Australia.

    level 2 units include a practical course in which you learn field techniques, a laboratory course in analysing archaeological evidence, as well as courses on management archaeology, historical archaeology, rock art and regional units on Australian, Asian, Pacific and European archaeology.

    Career Prospects

    Archaeologists are currently in great demand by government departments, industry and other organisations to advise them about archaeological heritage matters. They are either employed by these organisations direct or they work as private consultants. Other major career prospects are in museums as curators and researchers or in the education sector.


    Archaeology is the study of the human past through the analysis of material remains including artifacts, and their contexts. Archaeology is of crucial significance for the understanding of Australias past as the only discipline able to study the nearly 60,000 years of human settlement on this continent. Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander cultural traditions naturally are of particular importance to the disciplines profile at The University of Western Australia. However, the experience of recent years has also increasingly demonstrated that archaeology has an important part in examining colonial and postcolonial periods. At present, the discipline has extensive expertise in Indigenous, historical and maritime archaeology, engaging in unraveling the full breadth of Australias rich Indigenous and colonial history. Our particular expertise includes the symbolic and subsistence behaviors associated with the initial human colonisation of Australia in the Pleistocene, the interaction between humans and their environment, rock art and the colonial period in Australia (particularly in the pastoral industry). Through Eureka Archaeological Research and Consulting we also have considerable expertise in the field of archaeological heritage management.

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  • Asian Studies(see also specialist degree Bachelor of Arts (Asian Studies))

    Asia is home to two-thirds of the worlds population and is an economic powerhouse vital to Australias future prosperity and security. Asian Studies introduces you to the many cultures, societies and politics of Asia, including China, Indonesia and Japan. It explores the impact of the great religions such as Buddhism, Hinduism and Islam and investigates the dramatic changes that colonialism and revolutions have brought to the people of the region. The main focus, however, is contemporary Asia and students examine topics as diverse as popular culture in Japan, gender relations in Indonesia and the media boom in China. Terrorism and human rights issues are also explored, as is Australias increasingly important relationships with Asian nations.

    The lecturers in Asian Studies all speak Asian languages and bring to their teaching a passion and deep understanding of Asian societies.

    Course Structure

    Asian Studies provides a wide choice of units that look behind issues such as the rise of ethnic and religious identities, democratisation and authoritarianism, and conflicts over the management of the environment. There are also a number of country-specific units that examine the politics and societies of China, Indonesia and Japan. These are especially popular among students taking Chinese, Indonesian and Japanese language studies.

    Career Prospects

    Our graduates have obtained a wide range of fascinating and well-paid jobs from human rights organisations to the World Bank. Many employers, including the Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade, give priority to the employment of graduates with an Asia-related academic background. The combination of Asian Studies with a major in a discipline (e.g. anthropology, economics, English, geography, history, industrial relations, politics) or an Asian language is becoming particularly attractive to employers in areas including Commonwealth and State government, international businesses and trade, education, tourism and media.

    English and Cultural StudiesStudying English and Cultural Studies at UWA allows you to explore many areas of reading, writing and performance, including the study of literature, film, creative and professional writing, and theatre studies.

    literature and Film The in-depth study and analysis of literature and film such as Shakespeare, poetry, Australian literature as well as texts that are probably unknown to you e.g. African and Caribbean literature are particular strengths at UWA.

    creative Writing is taught by a group of highly respected authors. For example, Professor Brenda Walker has been short-listed for the Miles Franklin Award, Australias most prestigious literary prize. Classes are often supplemented by visits, workshops and readings from leading international writers.

    theatre studies and performance If these are your areas of interest, majoring in English will suit you perfectly. Units offer a mixture of theory and practice through seminars, essays, workshop activities and performances. All students have the opportunity to participate in either a full-length public production at the Dolphin Theatre or in a shorter devised in house performance in the Bradley Studio at the end of semester. Participation can be either as a performer or in a production capacity.

    Course Structure

    If you wish to major in English you should complete two English Level 1 units which include An Introduction to Creative Writing, Australia and Home, Ideas of Modernity, 1780-1900, Romance: Narratives of Imagination, Screen Cultures/Print Cultures. In Levels 2 and 3 you will need to undertake six units. There are many interesting topics you can study including Avant-garde Theatre, Contemporary Australian Literature, Shakespeare at the Movies, King Arthur: Chivalric Myth in Medieval Europe, Ecotexts: Nature/Writing/Technology as well as Professional Writing and The Theory and Practice of Creative Writing.

    Career Prospects

    Students majoring in English are highly successful in obtaining a wide range of jobs, from teaching to management, from journalism to the public service, and in all aspects of the cultural life of our society. Many proceed from studies in English to specialised training in one of the professions such as law, psychology, librarianship, industrial relations or theatre and media work.

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  • European Studies(see also specialist degree Bachelor of Arts (European Studies)

    The fall of the Berlin Wall marked the beginning of a new era in Europe with relationships among the European nations changing dramatically. There is a new awareness of the political, social, cultural and linguistic interrelationships among the nations which make up Europe. This New Europe involves not only business, manufacturing, investment, trade, and commerce, but all of the areas which contribute to international links: communications and media, education and training, art, music and culture, technological, scientific and intellectual interchange, and law and international relations. It is essential for Australian business-people, journalists, lawyers, teachers, technicians, musicians, academics and others to have an understanding of Europe. European Studies is an area studies program using an inter-disciplinary approach to develop an understanding of the societies and cultures of Europe. In the first level in particular, emphasis is placed on contemporary Europe.

    Course Structure

    level 1 Within the Bachelor of Arts, you may choose to study Level 1 European Studies units for one semester or for the whole year. To complete a major in European Studies, you must complete the full year of Level 1. In the first semester Level 1 unit you will explore the concept of Europe and the European regions, to long-term historical patterns of development, the European Community, and other central topics of contemporary European politics, society and culture. The second semester Level 1 unit focuses on case studies in contemporary European culture and society such as social change and development of civil society, multiculturalism, the legacy of the past, including the Holocaust and the European dictatorships, post communism, neo-Nazism and the far right, the media, contemporary film and literature.

    levels 2 and 3 units cover central aspects of European civilisation and culture, primarily since the Renaissance, and with a focus on issues of relevance to contemporary Europe. The major sequence in European Studies offers you the opportunity to study the main themes of European literature and civilisation under the supervision of experts in the literature, history and culture of the European nations. Texts are drawn from European literature, philosophy, social theory, film and other sources.

    Career Prospects

    Contemporary Australia has close links to Europe in the areas of society, culture and history. We also have close and increasingly important trade links with the European Union and individual European nations. In the current context Europe has gained a new relevance for Australia as a dependable and reliable partner in trade and industry, educational and cultural exchange and as an environment for Australians seeking work experience. Geo-politically Australia is part of Asia. It is widely acknowledged that Australia is in a unique position to mediate between Europe and Asia. European Studies units are designed to help students orientate themselves intellectually and for their professional careers in Australia between Europe and Asia.

    HistoryA society without history is like a person with no memory. Not knowing how we got to where we are, we would have no idea where we might be going. Studying history introduces you to the way we make the collective memory of the human race. This is not so easy as memory can play tricks. Sorting out the true from the false requires careful sifting of evidence. It is even more difficult to uncover the deep causes of events like the French Revolution, the First World War or the fall of Communism. The study of history at university level introduces you to the complexities involved in these exciting pursuits. Writing history requires you to use your imagination as well as your reason. It also pits your interpretation against those reached by other students. So there are lots of arguments, lots of shared discoveries, lots of fun.

    Course Structure

    To complete a major in History, you will study two Level 1 units and six Upper Level units.

    level 1 topics include the History of Medieval and modern Europe, and Asia, Africa and the Pacific.

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  • levels 2 and 3 cover a wide and exciting range of units from the Crusades and Tudor England to Australian History, Modern Asia, Colonial History, European History and African/American History. The range of units changes from year to year so as to give you the fullest possible choice. There are also thematic units offered: for instance you can study urban history, gender history or the history of a particular social theme. In addition to introducing you to what happened in the past, our history subjects emphasise the acquisition of skills in critical analysis, research and argumentation. History combines well with most other Arts subjects, such as English, politics, philosophy, anthropology, geography and language studiesor with economics. Students majoring in these subjects often find it valuable to include units of history in their courses of study.

    Career Prospects

    Some of the most successful students may achieve an ambition to become professional historians, however most History graduates find careers in which they can use their historical skills more widely. History provides a good training in research, in critical analysis and in written communication and graduates find careers where these skills and techniques are in demandin politics, teaching, journalism, librarianship, the Commonwealth and State Public Service (including museum work), business administration, and as research officers for both public and private enterprises. Some recent employers include the Department of Defence, WA Museum, Wheatbelt Development Commission, Ministry of Justice and the Water Corporation.

    LanguagesThe Faculty teaches a number of languages, both ancient and modern, Western and Asian and has developed flexible, multi-streamed courses catering for beginners, TEE students and those with a background in their choice of language.

    Course Structures

    Beginners level units cover basic language and communication skills with reference to everyday situations such as greetings, self-introduction, hobbies and eating out. Intermediate level units cover more advanced language skills including letter writing, comprehending basic texts and expressing ideas about familiar social topics. Advanced and Specialist level units allow you to develop a wide range of language skills including translation in the context of contemporary social and cultural issues, literature, popular culture and film.

    Chinese (Mandarin)Chinese (Mandarin) is the most widely used language in the world, being the national language of the most populous country and of many overseas Chinese. China is a global economic powerhouse and one of Australias largest trading partners. Up-to-date everyday materials from China (written, spoken and audio-visual) are delivered through the Universitys state-of-the-art multimedia facility for language learning and in addition you will have the opportunity to do part of your language study in China. This provides you with the opportunity not just to raise your language skills but to learn about Chinese culture and society from the inside studying in China for six months in Beijing or Hangzhou. An intensive eight-week course over summer in Hangzhou and Beijing is also a popular option. Students at UWA will have the opportunity to take part in activities run by the Universitys prestigious Confucius Institute. See

    To complement your study of the Chinese language we encourage you to consider enrolling in units that focus on Chinese culture, media, politics and economics available in Asian Studies, the Business School and Political Science.

    Career Prospects

    There is a growing demand for graduates with knowledge of Chinese and China particularly within some government departments (for example Foreign Affairs and Trade). Businesses expanding into Asia value graduates with Chinese language skills and Chinese is forecast to be the language of greatest demand for the foreseeable future. The combination of Chinese with a major in a discipline (e.g. anthropology, economics, geography, history, industrial relations, politics and engineering) is becoming particularly attractive to employers.

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  • FrenchStudying French at UWA is not simply learning a language. Its an experience which will open your mind to a different culture, enrich you with history and give you the tools to do so much more. The French program offers units aimed at developing competence in French language, both spoken and written, French culture, and literature. From the simple joy of being able to order a bottle of red wine in a French restaurant to taking part in the annual French play at UWA, studying French prepares for that and so much more.

    The literature units cover major French writers from the seventeenth to the twentieth century, as well as Francophone literature (from French-speaking Africa and the Caribbean), and French in the Middle Ages. The cultural studies units cover contemporary French society and professional life, as well as popular culture and film.

    Career Prospects

    A degree in a foreign language can lead to careers in interpreting and translating as well as in the travel and hospitality industries, publishing, theatre, commerce and international relations. Graduates are also eligible to compete for positions in the Public Service, or train as teachers for primary or secondary schools, in which graduates are required.

    GermanWould you like to speak the most widely spoken language in Europe? Or study in Vienna, Berlin, Aachen or Freiburg? Would you like to study Kant, Nietzsche or Freud in the original? Or take part in the annual German plays? Prepare for all this and more in German Studies at UWA! The German program offers units aimed at developing competence in German language, both spoken and written, and German culture. The study of German is becoming more and more popular alongside other degrees in business, engineering, science, etc. Germany is the fourth largest economy in the world and the powerhouse of the European Union. German-speaking tourists to Australia are the second largest and most financially viable group.

    We encourage you to participate in our exchange programs by studying at one of our German or Austrian partner universities for a semester or a year.

    native or near-native german is designed for students who are fluent in German. Through the study of selected texts and films you will be introduced to central issues in 20th century German, Austrian and Swiss literature and society from the beginning of the twentieth century until the end of the Second World War and from the Stunde Null until the present day.

    Career Prospects

    Our graduates find employment in Australia and overseas in areas such as journalism and the media, business, community and public employment, education, the Australian Public Service (Canberra), law and industrial/international relations. Our publication Advantage German, which we are happy to send out to you, describes success stories of past graduates ranging from New Yorks Time Magazine journalists to CEOs in South America, public servants in Berlin and policy advisors in Canberra.

    GreekAncient Greek (the language of Homer and the Bible) is taught from beginners to advanced level. This subject is an important aid to the study of Ancient History, as well as being valuable in its own right.

    Course structure

    Students who aim to complete a major in Greek must complete units totalling 12 points at Level 1, 12 points in the second year of study and 24 points in the final year.

    Career Prospects

    Students of Greek develop an accurate understanding of traditional grammar and an enhanced ability to understand the vocabulary of their own language. In addition, they are exposed to some of the greatest European literature. This is recognised by employers in fields in which the control of language is important teaching, diplomacy and administration.

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  • IndonesianIndonesian is the national language of our nearest neighbour and the worlds fourth largest country. The cultural diversity and tropical ecology make Indonesia one of the most enjoyable and beautiful countries in which to travel and work. Indonesia and Australia are increasingly linked through trade, investment, tourism and education, as well as through cultural exchange and personal relationships. Rapid and often dramatic changes in the political environment have led to a strong demand for Indonesian knowledge. Indonesian is a relatively easy language to learn, at least at the beginners level. It uses the Roman script and is simple to spell and pronounce. It developed in the Indonesian islands as the language of maritime trade, so is peppered with colourful words from Arabic, Portuguese, English and Dutch. As Indonesias national language, it is used in all realms of public life: television, radio, newspapers, novels, music, films and the internet. One popular option is to study Indonesian in Yogyakarta for a semester as part of your degree. This provides you with the opportunity to radically improve your language skills and to learn about Indonesian culture and society from the inside.


    Note that students who are native-speakers of Indonesian or Malay, or who have had all or part of their education in Indonesian or Malay are not currently admitted to the Indonesian program.

    Indonesian is taught in two streams, one for beginners and the other for those who have done TEE Indonesian (Second Language) or equivalent. Students of Indonesian are strongly encouraged to enrol in units on Indonesian culture and society offered by Asian Studies.

    Career Prospects

    Graduates of the Indonesian program have been much in demand, particularly those with in-country experience. Recent graduates have gained jobs with the Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade, the UN, the World Bank and a wide range of organisations in private industry as well as community organisations. You will also be well equipped to travel around Indonesia and explore its rich cultures and beautiful natural environment.

    ItalianItalian is a rewarding language to study as it opens up the riches of Italys cultural past and the fascination of its dynamic present. It is the most widely spoken language in Australia after English because of the on-going migrant, intellectual, cultural and commercial links between Australia and Italy.

    We encourage you to participate in our exchange programs at approved European universities such as Siena, Milan or Perugia.

    native or near-native italian allows students who are already native or near-native speakers to enrol into an advanced level. This accelerated beginning provides a challenging program in language and cultural studies for students with a strong background in Italian.

    Career Prospects

    Advanced language study opens up a variety of employment prospects. Graduates have found positions in interesting and varied fields such as international relations, commerce, banking, journalism and communications, travel consultancy, social work, nursing/medical areas and music and the arts. Italian is also a valuable major or minor subject for secondary school teaching in both government and private schools.

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  • JapaneseJapanese is the language of Australias major trading partner and there is high demand for graduates with knowledge of Japan and Japanese. You can join the award winning Japanese Students Association which provides excellent opportunities for language practice, learning more about the popular culture of Japan, socialising and networking. A traditional Japanese tatami room is used for conversation classes. You will have the opportunity to do your third level of language study in Japan and this provides you with the opportunity to radically improve your language skills and to learn about Japanese culture and society from the inside. UWA currently has exchange agreements with a number of universities in Japan.


    Note that students who are native-speakers of Japanese, or who have had a substantial part of their education in Japanese, are not currently admitted to the Japanese program. Japanese is taught in two streams, one for beginners and the other for those who have done TEE Japanese (Second Language) or equivalent. Additional units on the Japanese economy and Japanese economic history are available in the Business School.

    Career Prospects

    The Japanese language provides valuable insights into a rich and diverse culture and society and gives you a significant edge in the job market. Graduates of the Japanese program have been much in demand, particularly those with in-country experience. Recent job offers include federal and state government departments and a wide range of organisations in private industry as well as community organisations. The combination of Japanese with a major in another discipline (e.g. anthropology, economics, geography, history, industrial relations and politics) is becoming particularly attractive to employers.

    LatinLatin is taught from beginners to advanced level. It is a highly recommended subject for students who intend to major in Ancient or Medieval Studies, and very useful for students of French and Italian.

    Course Structure

    Students who aim to complete a major in Latin must complete units totalling 12 points at Level 1, 12 points in the second year of study and 24 points in the final year.

    Career Prospects

    Students of Latin develop an accurate understanding of traditional grammar and an enhanced ability to understand the vocabulary of their own language. In addition, those who major in this subject are exposed to some of the greatest works of the European literature. This is recognised by employers in fields in which the control of language is important teaching, diplomacy and administration.

    Diploma in Modern LanguagesMany students learn a language at school but then drop it because they plan to study something other than a Bachelor of Arts Degreefor example Agriculture, Architecture, Commerce, Economics, Engineering, Law or Science. Yet there are many good reasons for students to continue their language studies or to start studying a modern language at university. Enhanced employment opportunities in Australia and overseas, access to scholarly literature for advanced studies and personal interest are just a few good reasons. Students who are pursuing a degree other than Arts may combine their degree studies with a three level program of study of a European or Asian language, by applying to enrol concurrently in the Diploma in Modern Languages.


    Students must meet the Universitys requirements for entry to the Faculty in which they plan to study for their degree. After being admitted to the Faculty concerned, they may then apply to the Faculty of Arts, Humanities and Social Sciences for entry to the Diploma in Modern Languages with the approval of the Sub-Dean of their home Faculty. The closing date for applications is early February in semester one or early June in semester two, and applicants are advised of the outcome before the beginning of semester.

    Course Structure

    The Diploma is available in three European Languages (French, German and Italian) and three Asian Languages (Chinese, Indonesian and Japanese). Those admitted to the Diploma course will study a three-level language sequence in one of these languages concurrently with their degree programs. The Diploma will be awarded only after successful completion of both Diploma and Degree. In most cases this will involve spreading the units of the degree over an extra year to accommodate a three level language sequence and students will incur further student contribution charges. The three levels Diploma sequence is the equivalent of an Arts Major in the language concerned.

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  • Career Prospects

    Some students undertake the Diploma in order to acquire practical language skills to use in future employment in Australia or overseas. Others are aiming to strengthen their academic work by gaining wider access to scholarly literature in foreign languages. Others again take the course for motives of pure interest and personal development.

    NOTE: Another interesting way to continue French or German exists for Science Students. The Bachelor of Science (European Language) enables students to major in Chemistry, Botany or Zoology and either French or German. An optional fourth year provides study opportunities in either France or Germany.

    LinguisticsLinguistics is the study of the nature of human language and is concerned with what all languages have in common and with how individual languages can differ from one anotherthe methods and concepts of linguistics are not biased toward any particular language or languages. Linguists study how languages are structured, learned and used in different cultures and societies, and how languages change through time. The program includes both theoretical research and projects of a more practical or field-oriented nature. Staff and students have worked in the Pacific Islands and in Aboriginal Australia, producing grammatical descriptions, dictionaries and work concerned with linguistic theory.


    Prospective students often ask whether they have to know many languages, or have to be good at languages to do well in Linguistics. It certainly doesnt hurt to know several languages, but it isnt necessary either. Many excellent linguists speak only one language. What is most important is to have a curiosity about language, because that is where Linguistics really starts.

    Course Structure

    The aim of our teaching program is to give you the broadest possible grounding in contemporary linguistics as part of a general education in the arts or sciences. If you choose to major in Linguistics, you will be able to specialise in those areas of interest both to you and the staff of the Discipline.

    level 1 There are three Level 1 units to choose from. To complete Level 2 or 3 units in Linguistics, you must first complete two Level 1 units (either over a full year or both in one semester). The Level 1 first semester unit introduces you to concepts viewed as fundamental in understanding communication and the form and function of language. In the Level 1 second semester units you learn how language evolved in the species Homo Sapiens, some basic concepts of the formal modelling of linguistic knowledge and explore language in its socio-cultural setting.

    level 2 and 3 units focus on two broad areas: language structure and historical, socio-cultural and applied topics. The structure units offer you the opportunity to study the sound system of language and the structure of complex linguistic expressions, expanding upon the notions introduced at Level 1. You can also learn about how languages change over time and how they relate to society and culture of their speakers. Other areas of study include the important applications of linguistics in first and second language learning, translation and interpreting, dictionary-making, electronic processing of language, language disorders, and forensic linguistics. The Linguistics program also offers a variety of Level 3 units including linguistics field research methods, semantics, advanced linguistic theory, and Australian Aboriginal linguistics.

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    Arts Majors

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    Arts Majors

    Career Prospects

    Linguistics is of value in any future career involving language or languages, human social organisation and culture, the nature of intelligence, or the human mind. Many graduates enter careers in language teaching (particularly foreign languages and English as a Second Language), journalism and broadcasting, translation and interpreting, Aboriginal education and advisory work, or the computer software industry. With additional postgraduate study in Linguistics, more specialised job opportunities become available including university academic positions: graduates have moved into industry jobs in the fi elds of speech technology, natural language understanding, and artifi cial intelligence; positions in the medical professions related to speech and hearing disorders; law consultancies relating to the interpretation of legal language; and staff positions for major dictionaries.

    Medieval and Early Modern StudiesMedieval and Early Modern Studies explores the culture and history of Europe between the fi fth and eighteenth centuries from a variety of perspectives, including literary studies, Latin, fi ne arts, philosophy, geography and archaeology. The social and cultural structures, assumptions, and practices of contemporary Australia are still heavily infl uenced by histories that European settlers and immigrants have brought with them. Geographically, Australia is often viewed as part of Asia, but culturally and historically it would be more accurate to characterise the region as the meeting-place, from the 17th century onwards, of European and Asian societies and cultures. The history, signifi cance and effects of these cultural meetings are only just beginning to be properly understood. Students of Medieval and Early Modern Studies explore these ideas through study of a wide and diverse range of topics, from a uniquely Australian perspective.

    The major is administered by the Centre for Medieval and Early Modern Studies which is nationally acclaimed for its research and teaching expertise in this area.

    Course Structure

    level 1 units can be chosen from any Arts discipline, but must include two units from Ancient History, Anthropology, Archaeology, Asian Studies, Economic History, English, European Studies, Fine Arts, History, Latin, Linguistics, Music or Political Science and International Relations.

    Upper levels To major in Medieval and Modern Studies, students will study two 6-point core units: European Identity: Origins, Edges, Others (1100-1800) and Mysticism, Melancholy, and Madness in Medieval and Early Modern Europe. In addition to the two compulsory units, the MEMS Major requires the completion of units (of at least 24 points) from a select list of relevant and interesting units from a broad range of Arts disciplines.

    Career Prospects

    Medieval and Modern Studies enriches the cultural understanding of contemporary Australians, providing a long perspective to the background of their society, culture and history. It also helps students develop crucial generic and transferable skills such as research, analysis, critical thinking and high level communication. As it draws on a wide range of disciplinary perspectives, graduates are experienced in a range of critical approaches and are well prepared for employment in a variety of areas in both the public and private sectors. Graduates will be in demand in journalism, the media, cultural institutions (such as museums and art galleries), the diplomatic corps, education, business and private administration, the Commonwealth and State Public Service as well as research offi cers for both public and private enterprises, to name a few.

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    Arts Majors

    PhilosophyPhilosophy tackles the basic issues in our lives. These include big questions about the existence of God, whether the sciences tell us the truth about the world and whether we are able to know what the right thing to do is. In trying to fi nd answers to these questions, lots of other problems arise, many of them fascinating in their own right. Are the past and future just as real as the present? Could your experience be systematically different from mine? Philosophy involves drawing upon and going beyond, what the sciences tell us. Starting long ago the work of the ancient philosophers is preserved in manuscripts from India, China and Greece. In the sixteenth century, physics became a separate subject and in the nineteenth century, psychology developed a separate identity from philosophy. More recently, new subjects have emerged from work in philosophy. These include fi elds like Cognitive Science where philosophers, neuron-psychologists and computer scientists work with other experts to try to unravel the nature of intelligence and to understand thinking, speech and reasoning. As it involves questions to which there are no easy answers, philosophy is a diffi cult yet rewarding discipline. Through your studies in philosophy, you will also develop critical skills which are relevant to many different tasks and highly valued by todays employers.

    Course Structure

    level 1 introduces you to philosophy and you can also select options which fi t best with your other interests.

    Upper levels are more specialized and include the study of ethics, the history of philosophy, Eastern philosophy, philosophy of mind, logic, philosophy of science, and philosophy of religion. Philosophy can be combined with related subjects in a way that makes the most of both. For example, literature combines well with units in ethics. Mathematics, psychology, computing and linguistics combine well with logic.

    Career Prospects

    Philosophy at UWA prides itself on the attention given to students. Graduates tend to be highly articulate and able to deal with complex issuesskills which never go out of date. In business and the public service, philosophy graduates can be found in challenging areas, such as strategic planning, where their conceptual skills and the ability to see the big picture, are highly valued. Recent UWA philosophy graduates have found work in journalism, computing, libraries, the law and the public service. A small number of graduates go on to take higher degrees in philosophy and become university or college teachers. Several recent graduates have followed this route to posts in universities in North America and the United Kingdom.

    Political Science and International RelationsPolitical Science and International Relations provides an understanding of governments and political systems, both national and international. It investigates how individuals, social movements, groups and parties seek to infl uence each other and governmental decision-makers; how governmental systems are organised and operate; and how policies related to such things as welfare, multiculturalism and the environment come into being and infl uence our lives. At the international level, it analyses issues such as the causes and consequences of war; international trade, weapons development and human rights agreements; the operation of international organisations such as the United Nations; the emerging international agenda concerning migration, refugees, terrorism, drug traffi cking and religion; and the nature and consequences of globalisation. Political Science and International Relations also studies values such as justice, liberty, equality, participation, and community which underlie preferences for particular forms of social order; and ideologies such as conservatism, liberalism, socialism, fascism, feminism and environmentalism which have motivated or justifi ed much political action in modern societies.

    Course Structure

    level 1 offers two semester units at Level 1 which examine the contemporary international system and the design and operation of contemporary democracies.

    level 2 and 3 units encourage more specialised study within Political Science and International Relations. Areas covered in these units include international politics, the politics of particular regions such as Europe, United States, China and East Asia, Australian foreign policy, Islam in world politics, political theory, political economy, Australian politics, public policy, comparative politics, voter behaviour, mass media and politics and game theory. Political Science and International Relations teaches the skills of social science analysis and research applied to political phenomena, and effective written and oral presentation.

  • Career Prospects

    Graduates in Political Science and International Relations are to be found in many walks of lifeand not just in political parties and parliament. Many graduates pursue careers in journalism (TV, radio and press) and many enter the Western Australian and the Commonwealth Public Services (including the Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade). Other graduates find work in business and trade union organisations which increasingly value understanding of the political context of the economy and industrial relations. Some students use Political Science and International Relations as a basis for vocational study (e.g. law, education, social work).

    Womens StudiesIf women can do anything, why do we still need feminism? What does it mean to be masculine in the 21st century? Is metrosexual a gender or a sexuality or just a consumer market? Is gender something we put on, or rehearse, or can buy? How does popular culture teach us what it means to be male or female today? And what can history tell us about other ways of conceptualising gender? These questions and more are the concerns of Womens Studies. Highly interdisciplinary and strongly contemporary, Womens Studies at UWA are grounded in the everyday practices and cultural texts of students lives. It also serves as a reminder of the forms of dominant thinking and dissent on sexuality and identity in the past, and is crucially informed by intersections of class and race with gender and sexuality. As such Womens Studies at UWA are committed to remaining highly relevant to contemporary life while producing valuable social debate. It has a reputation for sharpening students critical skills and attending to the nature of research and scholarly enquiry generally.

    Course Structure

    To complete a 48 point major, students take the six point first year Level 1 unit, plus 42 points of Upper Level units which must include the three Upper Level Womens Studies units, three elective units plus one other. All units are worth six points.

    level 1 Days of Our Lives: Gender in Australia is an introduction to gender analysis in contemporary Australia.

    Upper level units are Sex Bodies Spaces: Gender and Popculture; Text and Gender; Identity in the Digital Age; Womens/Gender Studies.

    Elective Units cross-listed by other disciplines are: Gender and Sexualities in History; Gender Relations in Asia; Managing Diversity; Arts Practicum II; Medieval and Early Modern Women; Anthropology of Gender and Sexuality; Feminist Theory and Practice; Feminist Analysis of Law in Asia; Managing Diversity; Arts Practicum II; Medieval and Early Modern Women; Anthropology of Gender and Sexuality; Feminist Theory and Practice; Feminist Analysis of Law.

    Career Prospects

    Womens Studies provides students with valuable, adaptable and transferable skills in the workplace. It teaches particular skills in the critical analysis of power relations, but also encultures an aptitude for learning and research that graduates have highlighted as integral to a career that is both successful and satisfying. Classes in Womens Studies units are consciously organised to promote generic life skills like collaboration, team-work, leadership, group dynamics and literacy in screen and print cultures. While some graduates have gone on to specialise in gender related areas like equity, policy development, social justice and workplace relations, most apply their skills in the broader fields of communications, education, public service, research occupations and professional practice.

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    Arts Majors

  • The UWA School of Music offers professional programs in Applied Music (Performance and Composition), Music Education and Music Studies, aiming to prepare well-trained musicians for a wide range of future career possibilities. Performance tuition is provided on all orchestral instruments, piano, organ, harpsichord, fortepiano, guitar and voice. Alternatively you may wish to study selected music units as part of another degree course such as the Bachelor of Arts.


    You can study Music in a specialist Music degree or as a major in the Bachelor of Arts. If you are interested in entering the professional music courses the Bachelor of Music and the Bachelor of Music Education you are expected to have a performance level equivalent to at least AMEB Grade 7 and AMEB theory of around Grade 5. The School of Music auditions all students interested in applying to study music and this audition takes place immediately after the TEE exams each year. The audition is not an ordeal! We like to hear two contrasting pieces, and we give a few aural tests. Then we talk with students to see what their plans for future music study might be.


    bachelor of Music: performance level at least AMEB Grade 7 and AMEB theory of around Grade 5, satisfactory audition

    bachelor of Music education: performance level at least AMEB Grade 7 and AMEB theory of around Grade 5, satisfactory audition

    Duration of the Course

    bachelor of Music: 4 years full time, up to 10 years part time.

    bachelor of Music education: 4 years full time, up to 10 years part time.

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  • Course Structure

    bachelor of Music/applied Music (performance) This course (pass or honours) is for students wishing to advance their performance studies to the highest level and is especially appropriate for those who wish to have careers as performers and performance teachers. It is a four year course with a strong focus on solo performance as well as orchestral experience and chamber music. You are required to have a high level of performance skill when applying for this degree. While this is a degree in classical music performance, you are able to undertake classes in jazz improvisation and elective units in jazz studies and other popular music styles. You can also study performance on classical and baroque instruments as well as contemporary music.

    bachelor of Music/applied Music (composition) This course (pass or honours) is for students who wish to pursue studies in musical composition. You are able to explore a wide range of compositional genres including instrumental and orchestral music as well as music for fi lm, theatre, TV, radio and electronic media. As part of this course, you have the opportunity to work with student performers and visiting composers. Since competence on one or more instruments is also required for this degree, applicants should audition on their nominated instrument as well as submitting a composition portfolio.

    bachelor of Music (Music studies) This course (honours only) is for students who wish to specialise in the study of musical forms and styles or aspects of music history and is especially appropriate for those who may wish to have careers in areas requiring excellent communication skills, such as journalism, arts music promotion and management or careers in the public sector. If you wish undertake this degree, you must select another Bachelor of Music course initially and transfer to musicology at the beginning of your honours (4th) year.

    bachelor of Music education This course (pass or honours) provides you with the necessary skills and knowledge to operate as a multi-skilled and versatile professional in areas such as performance (both choral and instrumental), conducting, composing/arranging, improvising, and utilising music technology. Graduates from this course are qualifi ed to teach classroom music at both primary and secondary levels as well as in a second

    teaching area, which may be either instrumental music or an approved non-music subject such as English, Modern Languages (LOTE), Mathematics, Social Studies, Computer Science or Vocational Education. Non-music units in Music Courses in the BMus and BMusEd courses, two units must be taken in approved non-music subjects. These include: languages, fi ne arts, psychology, computer science, English, anthropology, political science, Asian studies, theatre studies, womens studies, archaeology, history, mathematics, philosophy and linguistics.

    bachelor of arts Music Major The Bachelor of Arts degree with a music major is taken by students who wish to include some music studies within a multi-disciplinary, liberal arts education and, if taken at the honours level, can lead to similar career paths such as the Bachelor of Music (Musicology). The Bachelor of Arts does not contain any individual performance or composition units; however, you are encouraged to participate in individual performance and ensemble activities within the School of Music.

    Career Prospects

    These days the list of careers open to university music graduates is full of interesting possibilities. Consider just some of the positions held by UWA music graduates: orchestral musicians, arts administrators, community music offi cers, music producers, radio announcers, concert programmers, professional musicians in chamber ensembles around Australia, freelance composers, university lecturers, music librarians, music teachers and studio teachers. A UWA degree in music is like a passport to a good job in the music profession. It is recognised nationally and internationally and can provide the opening to scholarships, study grants and bursaries for further training or study overseas.

    Performance tuition is provided on all orchestral instruments, piano, organ, harpsichord, fortepiano, guitar and voice

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  • Bachelor of Arts (Asian Studies)This specialist degree is more focussed on Asian Studies and allows you to study an Asian Language (Chinese, Indonesian or Japanese) with core Asian Studies units as well as a major in a complementary area such as Anthropology, Archaelogy, Economics, Employment Relations, English, Georgraphy, History, Linguistics or Political Science and International Relations. The core units explore the structure and development of Asias diverse societies and cultures.

    Course Structure

    level 1 units are Exploring Asian Indentities, Creating Modernities plus two Asian language units and two from the chosen complementary major.

    level 2 and 3 units include Asian language, complementary major as well Asian Studies units such as Social Issues in Contemporary China, Indonesian Politics and Society, Japan in Changing Asia, Environmental issues in Asia, Gender Issues in Asia plus more.

    Bachelor of Arts (Communication Studies)Communication Studies is one of the most exciting and rapidly evolving areas of study in todays media driven world. What we know of the world and how we can act in it is critically related to the use of technologies of communication, from spoken language and written text to images on a screen or avatars on the web. This specialist degree provides a multi-disciplinary approach to the study of communication together with a strong discipline-based training in the arts, humanities and social sciences. The degree combines theoretical knowledge with the development of practical communication skills, including the use of the latest digital multimedia technology.

    Communication Studies units will examine communication from a number of different perspectives, through the study of language, culture, visual communication, mass media and new media. You will also gain knowledge of applied communication, through the study of communications policy and industry practice. At the same time, you will learn a range of digital media production skills, as well as learn how to use audiovisual recording equipment and view editing software. Digital projects will be supervised by the Arts Multimedia Centre.

    Course Structure

    All Communication Studies students will take a major in Communication Studies and another major within

    the Faculty. The major in Communication Studies will include the following units: Human Technology: Debating Communication; Language and Communication or Screen Cultures; Print Cultures; Communication and Mass Media; Cultures, New Media and Communications; Digital Media; Case Studies in Communication; Designing Virtual Play; Communications Project; Communication Studies electives.

    Students also choose a unit from the following list: Anthropology of Media; Chinese Media and Society; Television and Video Production (summer unit, taught in Singapore); Professional Writing Communication and Culture Survey (History of Media and Communication); Politics of Mass Media; Self.Net: Identity in the Digital Age; Arts Practicum (professional workplace unit).

    Career Prospects

    The course will equip you with flexible, generic, portable and internationally recognised skills. Graduates with Communication Studies will have an extra insight into the role of communication in every aspect of our lives, which will make them particularly valuable in areas such as journalism, the media, advertising, public relations, multimedia, public administration, business, government and education. Employers are seeking people who can research, develop, analyse and communicate ideas in a world of technological, economic, political and social change.

    Bachelor of Arts (European Studies)This specialist degree gives students the opportunity to focus more deeply on contemporary European cultures as well as study a European language (French, German, Italian).

    Course Structure

    You will complete units in European Studies along with units in your chosen European language. In addition you will study units in complementary areas such as Latin, Greek, Ancient History or History and you can also choose units with a European focus from Anthropology, Archaeology, English, Fine Arts, Philosophy and Political Science and International Relations.

    Career Prospects

    Graduates with this specialist knowledge of European Studies and a language are widely sought after as international business managers, international relations consultants and journalists as well as being able to mediate between Europe and Asia.

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    Specialist Degrees

  • HonoursHonours is available to current Arts students, as well as students who completed their undergraduate degree at another university and you may apply to study honours any time within seven years of completing your BA pass degree. The honours course can be studied full-time for two semesters, or part-time for three to four semesters. There are two broad types of honours available in the Faculty:

    End-on honours

    End-on honours is an additional year of study allowing students to consider a major area of study (or two) in greater depth than in their undergraduate course.

    Concurrent honours

    Concurrent honours programs allow students to choose whether or not they graduate with a pass or honours degree. Students who choose to graduate with an honours degree will complete different course requirements from those in the pass degree. Concurrent honours programs are available for students in Bachelor of Music, and Bachelor of Music Education.

    Arts PracticumThe Arts Practicum units provide students with the opportunity to explore the world of work in relation to their studies in the Faculty. In a private or public sector workplace, students work on a project of real value to the host organisation while receiving 6 points of credit towards their degree. The Arts Practicum gives students the chance to put theory into practice, refine professional skills, create industry networks with prospective employers, enhance their portfolio of workplace experience, and grow confidence in the skills they have developed during their studies.

    Past placements have included The West Australian, Amnesty International, WASO, Perth International Arts Festival, Centre for Muslim States & Societies, UWA Press and the Equal Opportunity Commission. Students also have the opportunity to consider international placements, including the elite University Capitol Washington Internship Program. For more information about the Arts Practicum units, visit

    Student ExchangeAll Arts students are encouraged to add an international dimension to their education by participating in the UWA Student Exchange Program. Every year, students from across the Faculty spend a semester or two at an overseas university, making normal progress towards their UWA degree while broadening their horizons, enhancing global understanding, and ultimately enjoying a life-changing, cross-cultural experience. The Faculty and the University have many exchange agreements with universities, and past exchange students have spent white winters at the University of Bergen, Norway, become immersed in the fifteenth-century architecture of Uppsala University in Sweden, improved language skills at Sofia University in Tokyo, Japan, and lived the on-campus lifestyle in Santa Barbara, California. Students are encouraged to start planning for exchange from their first semester at university. For more information about the Student Exchange Program, visit

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    Careers in Arts

    Academic researcher

    Accommodation Co-ordinator

    Account Director

    Account Manager


    Admissions Manager



    Agent General for WA

    Alumni Affairs Executive



    Archbishop of Perth


    Area Coordinator

    Army Officer

    Arts Manager


    Assistant Curator

    Auction Administrator


    Bond Manager


    Business Analyst

    Business Development Manager

    Business Manager

    Careers Coordinator

    Case Support Officer

    Category Publisher

    Centre manager



    Chartered Accountant

    Chief Executive Officer

    Chief of Staff

    Chief Planner

    Child Protection Officer

    Childrens Book Author

    Childrens Literature Specialist

    Childrens Publisher

    Circulation Marketing Manager

    Client Manager

    Clinical Administrator

    Clinical Psychologist

    Clinical Trials Coordinator

    Closed Captioner

    Clothing Importer

    College Principal

    College Psychologist

    There are many diverse, interesting and rewarding career options you can follow with an Arts degree. The actual occupations of some of our Arts graduates are listed below:


    Commercial Features Editor

    Commercial Lawyer

    Commercial Manager

    Commercial Operations



    Communications and

    Outreach Officer

    Communications Manager

    Communications Officer

    Community Corrections Officer

    Community Development


    Community Relations Advisor

    Company Director

    Company Secretary



    Convenor of Creative Writing

    Coordinator Age Services

    Coordinator of Music

    Coordinator, Mental

    Health Program

    Corporate Communications


    Corporate Counsel

    Corporate Finance Director


    Course Co-Coordinator

    Crew Resource Manager

    Crown Prosecutor

    Cultural Facilitator


    Curatorial Assistant

    Curriculum Assessment Officer

    Curriculum Consultant

    Customer Focus Officer

    Customer Service Manager

    Customs Officer

    Data Administrator



    Deputy Editor (News)

    Deputy Headmaster

    Deputy Mayor

    Deputy Premier

    Deputy Principal

    Development Officer

    Director Domestic Violence

    Prevention Unit

    Director Accreditation &


    Director General

    Director Library Service

    Director Catholic Education

    Director Commercialisation

    Director Court Counselling

    Director Drama

    Director Ethics, Equity & Social


    Director Government Relations

    Director Human Resources

    Director Music

    Director Quality Management

    Director Research

    Director Senior Schooling &

    Academic Standards

    Director Social Policy

    Director Strategies & Legislation

    Director Studies

    Director People and

    Organisation Development

    Director Planning Unit

    Director Support Services

    Director Swan Education District

    Director Business

    Development Unit

    Director Diversity

    Director Executive Services

    Director Media

    Director Milner International

    College of English

    Director Social & Environment


    Director Strategic Planning

    District Director of Schools

    East Ward Councillor

    Economic Development



    Editing Assistant


    Education Officer

    Educational Consultant

    Electoral Officer

    Employee Relations Officer

    ESL Teacher

    Evaluation & Review Officer

    Events & Tourism Coordinator

    Examinations Coordinator

    Executive Director

    Executive Officer

    Executive Producer

    Facilities Coordinator

    Faculty Administrator

    Faculty Manager

    Faculty Registrar

    Family Counsellor

    Fashion Buyer/Manager

    Festival Director

    Finance and Marketing Manager

    Fine Music Coordinator

    Fleet and Insurance Manager

    Flexible Supply Coordinator

    Flight Attendant

    Free Lance Musician

    Functional Analyst

    General Education Officer

    General Manager

    General Manager Assets &


    General Manager Corporate


    General Manager Public Affairs

    General Manager Sustainable


    General Manager, Human


    General Secretary

    Genetics Counsellor

    Global Practice Leader

    Goldfields Regional Liaison



    Graduate Education Officer

    Head of School

    Head of Senior School

    Health Economist

    High School Teacher

    History Examiner

    Honorary French Consul

    Human Factors Consultant

    Human Resources Analyst

    Human Resources Manager

    Inbound Logistics Manager

    Industrial Officer

    Information Resources Officer

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    Instructional Designer

    International Admissions Officer

    IT Professional

    IT Security

    It Support & Programming



    Jungian Analyst

    Junior Counsel

    Justice Coordinator

    Juvenile Justice Officer

    Law Librarian


    Legal Counsel


    Licensee Principal


    Mail Contractor

    Manager Business Strat

    Manager Campus

    Manager Collectables

    Manager Compliance Audit

    Manager Disability Services

    Manager Education Services

    Manager Employee Relations

    Manager Governance & Corporate Secretary

    Manager Installations

    Manager Specialist Care

    Manager Strategic Projects

    Manager Student Centre

    Manager Archives and Records

    Manager Cancer Screening & Control

    Manager, Communication Skills Centre

    Manager, Financial Planning

    Manager, International Relations Office

    Manager, Organisational Development

    Manager, Research and Policy

    Manager: Archives Control and Access

    Managing Director

    Managing Editor

    Marketing Manager

    Marketing Consultant

    Marketing Coordinator

    Media Relations Manager

    Member of Legislative Council

    Migration Agent

    Minister for Foreign Affairs;

    Member for Perth

    Ministerial Liaison Officer

    Moorings Officer

    Music Consultant

    Music Director

    Music Specialist

    Music Teacher

    Music Examiner


    National Affairs Correspondent

    Native Title Coordinator

    Network and Web Administrator

    Newsletter Editor

    Newspaper Editor

    Oral History Officer

    Orchestra Coordinator

    Overseas Students Coord

    Parish Priest

    Parliamentary Questions Officer

    Parliamentary Secretary

    Foreign Affairs

    Personal Lending Manager

    Personnel Manager

    Piano Teacher

    Planning & Community


    Planning Officer

    Plant Records Manager

    Policy Officer

    Political Correspondent

    Practice Manager




    Principal Policy Officer

    Primary School Principal

    Primary School Teacher

    Principal Adviser

    Principal Clarinet

    Pro Vice-Chancellor (Teaching

    and Learning)


    Program Director

    Program Manager

    Program Officer


    Public Affairs Officer

    Public Relations Officer

    Publications Coordinator

    Publishing Assistant

    Real Estate Manager


    Recreation Advisor

    Reference Librarian

    Regional Advisor

    Regional Ecologist

    Regional Policy and

    Development Officer

    Registrar Of Admissions

    Rehabilitation Consultant

    Relief Teacher

    Research Assistant

    Research Officer

    Research Director

    Risk and Insurance Manager

    Sales Consultant

    Sales Manager

    School Archivist

    School Counsellor

    School Principal

    School Psychologist

    Senior Adviser

    Senior Appointments Support


    Senior Archivist

    Showroom Executive

    Singer/Singing Teacher

    Sleep Technologist

    Small Business Advisor

    Social Science Principal Specialist

    Social Worker

    Special Needs Teacher

    Speech And Drama Teacher

    Sponsorship Manager

    Sports Journalist

    Staff Development Officer

    State Manager Consulting Group

    State Prosecutor

    Strategic Analyst

    Strategic Programs Manager

    Student Projects Officer

    Student Promotions Adviser

    Student Services Coordinator

    Sub School Leader


    Support Officer

    Swim Instructor

    Systems Analyst

    Systems Librarian

    Systems Manager

    TAFE Lecturer

    Team Leader, Australian Taxation Officer

    Technical Director

    Television News Reporter

    Television Producer

    Tenement Administrator

    Town Planner

    Trainer/Business Consultant

    Training and Extension Officer

    Training Consultant

    Training Coordinator

    Transport Planner

    Travel Agent




    Vice President, Business Development

    Victim Support Worker

    Violin Teacher



    Careers in Arts

  • A degree in Arts leads to a successful, rewarding and interesting career anywhere in the world

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