Disciplines on offer
Major study areas
Students may undertake a major study from the following list and may also choose one of these areas for a minor study.
- Screen and media studies
- Indigenous studies
- Psychology (APA accredited)
Minor study areas
Minor studies are usually undertaken from one of the above disciplines offered in the Bachelor of Arts. We do, however, encourage students to follow their interests and consider taking a minor sequence of study by choosing courses from other undergraduate programs including but not confined to the following:
Screen and media studies
Media and screen studies involve examining a wide range of aspects and areas of the media, film and television. Areas studied include contemporary issues and debates in media and film, media texts, genres from news to feature films, social media, media audiences, the political economy of the media, gender and ethnicity in media and screen texts, and national film and television industries.
Media and screen texts are examined in relation to relevant contexts, including political, social, historical and theoretical contexts. Students acquire skills in textual analysis that are highly relevant to the importance of screen media in today's society. They develop critical understanding of media and screen texts' relationships to industries, society, history and ideas.
Courses offered explore how to read media and screen texts, the documentary genre, national cinemas such as Australian and Hollywood cinema, media audiences, overviews of European and Asian screen culture, gender in film and media, and screen adaptations of literature.
Courses that combine film and media studies are available.
Studies in literature range from the classical to the contemporary and from a range of critical and theoretical perspectives.
These courses cover a wide variety of literary periods, movements and genres including Gothic fiction, Victorian poetry and prose,modernism and cross-cultural contemporary fiction, children's and young adult literature, as well as interdisciplinary courses between literature and film. The study of literature engages students in broad questions about human experience, society and culture whilst affording them valuable skills in textual analysis, cultural literacy, critical thinking, and written and oral communication.
"Australia has many cultures. Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander cultures are special because their values are those of Australia's first peoples. All Australians can learn from this unique heritage."
- Council for Aboriginal Reconciliation
Indigenous society offers to all Australians a sense of beauty through art, song, story and spiritualism. On another level, it seeks its rightful place in Australia's history, from earliest times to the most recent. An appreciation of Aboriginal and Islander society, both traditional and contemporary, contributes much to a better understanding between the wider and indigenous communities. This appreciation can be gained through Indigenous studies which spans anthropology, history, politics and sociology.
History and heritage studies incorporate approaches to community history, applied history and heritage studies as well as more traditional history. The sequence relates local and regional historical and heritage themes to broader national and international themes. Excursions are also a part of our study program.
Japanese language offers a sequence of eight courses (subjects) which range from beginners to advanced levels, including courses suitable for those who have completed VCE Japanese or have lived in Japan. There are also courses available for in-country study in Japan. The course is designed to develop knowledge and understanding of contemporary Japanese language and culture, in addition to an enhanced communicative competence in Japanese. There is a friendly learning atmosphere created where students can avail themselves of a wide range of activities, including online resources.
Philosophy is the discipline that tackles the most basic and perhaps the most important questions about life, knowledge and values, including the big questions about us and our existence.
If you've ever asked questions like, what does it mean to be human? What is the best possible form of society? Could we ever prove the existence of something beyond us such as God? Why are obligated to follow the law? Can science show us this truth? What if it can't? Then you've already begun to do philosophy. Further, as you start to delve deeper into philosophical thinking, you're taking part in a conversation that started well over two thousand years ago and which is still going strong.
Philosophical thinking concentrates on the kind of abstract and perplexing questions that have always engaged thoughtful people, while coming up with new ways of formulating and answering them. Philosophical studies will develop your capacity for critical reflection and clear and logical argument. It will support you in developing the kind of flexibility of thinking, both disciplined and imaginative, that is in demand today within many fields of work.
Sociology is the discipline that studies society in depth and with breadth. Through an exercise of what sociologists call 'the sociological imagination' we seek complex explanations for aspects of everyday social experience that people often take for granted. For example, sociologists tackle how marriage is not going out of fashion in the manner it is widely assumed to be, what the hidden effects of unemployment are, and how and why the occurrence of violent crime is declining in Australia. Large-scale topics like patterns of poverty or society's apparent lack of control over the internet are the stuff of study in sociology, but so also are down-to-Earth topics like methodical analysis of local festivals.
At FedUni, sociology courses are global in scope, looking at different domains of Australian society, and also explore regional Australia.
Writing classes are taught through a workshop approach where creativity, writer identity and writing craft are explored and developed. Students enhance their own writing interests through study of traditional and new writing genres and digital media. Students develop their skills and interests to bring their words and ideas to life as well as exploring a range of digital writing that allows for publishing of work to broader audiences. Commencing with a broad introduction to creative writing strategies and genres, subsequent areas of focus include life writing and memoir, expository writing on social justice and ethical issues, short story, digital genres, eco-poetics, writing for children and young adult audiences.
Students may undertake a full major sequence of study in psychology within the Bachelor of Arts that is also fully accredited by the Australian Psychology Accreditation Council Association (APAC).
This means that students will graduate with a suitable level of competencies to enter the psychology profession, and eligible for registration as a psychologist.