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FACULTY OF HUMANITIES AND SOCIAL SCIENCES
WHY CHOOSE UQ? A university in the world’s top 100 that offers excellence in teaching, world-class learning environments, state-of-the-art facilities and opportunities to excel beyond the classroom: what more could you want?
INTERNATIONAL REPUTATION UQ is ranked in the world’s top 100, as measured through four key global university rankings – Times Higher Education, Shanghai Jiao Tong, Performance Ranking of Scientific Papers for World Universities and QS World University. UQ is also one of only three Australian members of Universitas 21, a select international network of comprehensive, research-intensive universities.
HIGHLY AWARDED TEACHERS Our teachers share a passion for excellence in education that has led to them receiving more national teaching awards than any other Australian university. The University has more than 2800 highly-qualified academic staff dedicated to teaching, research and mentorship, many of whom are recognised internationally as leaders in their fields.
UQ has the most comprehensive range of high-quality programs in Queensland, with just under 400 programs and more than 4000 courses offered at undergraduate and postgraduate levels. Concurrent undergraduate diplomas in languages, global issues or music performance, as well as UQx (uncredited) massive open online courses (MOOCs) are also available.
Our researchers are answering some of the toughest questions facing humanity. With eight internationally recognised Institutes on-site, UQ is one of the country’s top three research universities across many measures, including annual PhD graduations, commercialisation of discoveries, industry collaboration, Excellence in Research for Australia survey results, and funds received from both government and the private sector.
Many programs at UQ offer a range of practical experiences – including field trips and industry placements – to boost your skills. You can also make the most of “the UQ Advantage” with many extra-curricular activities such as Summer and Winter Research programs, intensive language training, volunteering opportunities, and overseas exchange programs.
Life beyond the classroom is a big part of university life, and UQ is a great place to meet new people and access a wide range of sporting, social and cultural activities. You will enjoy the sense of community that pervades UQ’s diverse campuses at St Lucia, Ipswich, Gatton and Herston. The campuses are renowned as being among the most beautiful and well-equipped in Australia.
UQ is continually upgrading its teaching facilities to meet the needs of students. We have one of the fastest and most advanced information networks in the world, one of the best research libraries in the country, and modern teaching spaces that enable the latest technology. Our active building program reflects our commitment to providing highquality, sustainable facilities.
UQ has a tradition of leadership in all spheres of society, both here and overseas, and our 210,000+ alumni include many outstanding performers. UQ qualifications are highly regarded by Australian and international employers, and both the employment rate and starting salary for UQ graduates are considerably higher than the national average.
CONTENTS The BA Advantage
Bachelor of Arts
What can you study?
YOUR UQ. YOUR ADVANTAGE.
Bachelor of Arts majors
BA alumni community
What do we mean?
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For more than 100 years, students have been studying and enjoying the BA at UQ.
A BA from The University of Queensland provides you with a broad, liberal education that encourages intellectual curiosity and prepares you for careers both practical and passionate. With a diverse collection of academic disciplines, we examine society and human behaviour, and how humanity constructs its aesthetic, intellectual, religious, social and political worlds. As a BA student you will look comparatively at the differences of these elements across time and place; through literature, language, music, social sciences, or culture. You will learn to think differently and use your understanding to shape the future you want for yourself and your world, whatever career you pursue. As one of the largest programs in Australia, you can choose from 40 different major study areas to launch your career – from the classics to the contemporary, including sociology, communication, history, music, anthropology, and languages. We also offer stand-alone programs in the Faculty of Humanities and Social Sciences including Education, Communication, International Studies, Journalism, Music and Social Science, which you can read more about in our complementary 2015 Study Guides – Humanities and Social Sciences and Education. Many of these programs can also be taken as a dual with the BA. A Bachelor of Arts from UQ offers exceptional opportunities for you to enhance your studies, so make the most of the BA Advantage: – – – – – – – – – –
Broad range of majors and courses Flexible program structures Award-winning teachers World-class research Enviable campus and facilities International reputation Friendly student support International exchange opportunities Study tours Diplomas.
If you want to learn differently and base your expertise on understanding how and why people interact with each other and the universe, start your personal discovery here.
A Bachelor of Arts from UQ is an invaluable asset, whatever your field of study. You will master a range of specialist and transferable skills from which to base your future career.
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THE BACHELOR OF ARTS ADVANTAGE Your employability The BA has almost 50,000 alumni including: – Award winning actors, authors and musicians – Ambassadors and High Commissioners – Managing Directors – Former Governors-General and Premiers – Rhodes Scholarship recipients.
Plus, we have graduates working in fields such as advertising, community engagement, conservation, education, humanitarian organisations, law, marketing, museums, public policy, publishing, psychology, theatre, translation services and tourism.
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STATE-OF-THE-ART FACILITIES The University offers dynamic teaching and learning facilities to help you get the most from your university experience. Archaeology laboratories UQ has the largest archaeology program in Queensland, and one of only two programs of its kind in Australia strongly incorporating scientific approaches to archaeology. To ensure you gain the most from your studies, UQ has recently refurbished the archaeology laboratories which have been designed as an integrated teaching and research facility. This facility combines general purpose spaces and specialised labs to meet the infrastructure needs of our staff, students, and the broader archaeology community. There are nine individual labs outfitted with state-of-the-art equipment, covering various sub-disciplines across archaeology. These are: – Artefact Laboratory – Sample Processing Laboratory – Chemistry Laboratory – Pacific Laboratory – Fauna Laboratory – Secure Laboratory – Microscopy Laboratory – Teaching Laboratory. Also included is a new purpose-built outdoor teaching facility where archaeology students are learning first-hand the techniques of archaeological excavation, as well as practical
and experimental archaeological research. The Archaeology Teaching and Research Centre (ATARC) is the largest facility of its kind in Australia and one of the best dedicated archaeological practical learning spaces in the world. The ATARC incorporates a number of teaching and research areas including a simulated archaeological site; a replica crime scene; two areas for excavation by the public during open days; fire-fueled kilns, smelter, forge and stone knapping areas; a projectile firing range; and other experimental areas.
Drama Studio The refurbished Geoffrey Rush Drama Studio is a world-class teaching venue and the home of many memorable shows and innumerable amateur thespians. It was renamed in 2010, in recognition of the graduate who now wears acting’s coveted “Triple Crown” of Academy, Emmy and Tony Awards.
JACradio – our in-house online radio station JACradio is an around-the-clock online radio station committed to delivering “the ultimate digital radio experience” to UQ students.
JACradio allows journalism and communication students to sharpen their skills in news writing, interviewing and presentation before entering the workforce. You will be trained in the art of broadcasting by industry consultants and academic staff. The studio complex includes ultramodern production facilities and the latest audio digital editing software.
jacTV – pop-up TV studio jacTV is a student-run web channel, created to give students the chance to practice and master their on-camera and production skills before venturing out into the newsroom as graduates. Every Friday, jacTV films its weekly news program The Rundown. The production of the show takes place in a pop-up studio that turns an everyday student space into a state-of-the-art television studio. Those students who decide to brave the on-camera roles gain experience in news gathering, script writing and reading from an auto cue system. Those in production roles make sure the whole process comes together, ensuring quality audio and video is recorded and then edited together in the post-production phase. Check out our JAC platforms on www.jacdigital.com.au
Journalism and Communication Student Ideas Centre Mock news feeds and on-camera television news reading and reporting are some of the activities available to you in journalism and communication thanks to unparalleled student facilities. The studios and learning spaces allow you the chance to more comprehensively hone your craft in the digital age. The retro-styled teaching space invites students in with comfortable chairs, coffee tables, and easy access to a range of technology including radio booths and computers with industry-standard software for graphic design, video editing and web development applications. Triggering visions of a modern newsroom, you can stop and watch the variety of pay TV channels being aired on large flat screens, search the internet for online news or listen to radio. Leading investigative journalist and Adjunct Professor Chris Masters (far right) was interviewed by journalism students and staff in the jacTV studio as part of Brisbane Writers Festival 2013
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For those keen to engage in group work or discussions, a collaborative learning space is located in the next room with computers and whiteboards. Equipment such as cameras, video cameras and voice recorders can be borrowed from JACtech. You are also invited to update your skills through the in-house workshops on everything from creating your own blog, through to photography. To guide you along in this process the Media and Production Support team is on hand for any technical questions.
Music The Noel Nickson Performance Room is the heart of the School of Music. Named in honour of the foundation professor of music at UQ, this auditorium is used throughout the year for teaching, rehearsals, studio recordings and concerts, including performances by the School’s ensemble-inresidence, the White Halo Ensemble. www.uq.edu.au/music/events-andconcerts
Our Museums Anthropology Museum The largest university collection of ethnographic culture materials in Australia, detailing the late 19th and 20th century social and cultural history of Australian Aboriginal and Pacific peoples. The Anthropology Museum cares for a significant collection of non-Western art and artefacts including contemporary Pacific and Australian Indigenous artwork. The Museum also holds a collection of 6500 photographs. www.anthropologymuseum.uq.edu.au
RD Milns Antiquities Museum The premier collection of classical Mediterranean relics and artefacts in Queensland, representing the profound impact that the cultures of the ancient Mediterranean have had upon the literature, art, politics, and society of our modern world. The RD Milns Antiquities Museum supports and promotes the study of the Greek, Roman, Egyptian and Near Eastern civilisations through their material remains. It offers a wide range of programs for primary and secondary schools, university courses and the general public, drawing from its collection of over 7000 original objects. www.uq.edu.au/antiquities UQ Art Museum Queensland’s second-largest public art collection of works by Australian artists
from the colonial era to the present, the Nat Yuen Collection of Chinese antiquities, and the only National Collection of Artists’ Self Portraits in Australia. www.artmuseum.uq.edu.au
The Hive The Hive is a collaborative learning space for students in the Social Sciences and Humanities Library. The contemporary, purpose-built space enables students to work independently or in groups. The installation of Sound Domes allows students to view study material on the flatscreen monitor without disrupting surrounding study groups. This area is also accessible during the evenings and on weekends and is the access point to UQ’s award winning Library.
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BACHELOR OF ARTS The Bachelor of Arts is UQ’s most flexible undergraduate program. BACHELOR OF
Arts (BA) Duration
3 years full-time. Part-time equivalent available to Australian residents and citizens
With one of the most comprehensive course offerings in Australia, the BA at UQ celebrates your uniqueness and enables you to tailor a program that fits your career aspirations and interests.
St Lucia 12/74; IB 26
There are three ways to structure your dream BA, depending on the intensity of study and number of electives you want (see diagram on page 7).
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What can you study?
Queensland Year 12 or Entry requirements equivalent; Senior English
– Business Management – Commerce – Communication – Economics – Education (Secondary) – Engineering (Honours) – Human Services – Information Technology – International Hotel and Tourism Management – Journalism – Laws (Honours) – Music – Science – Social Science 1 additional year’s study
The BA covers broad disciplines across the arts, humanities and social sciences, as well as a handful of additional disciplines such as mathematics, economics and geography. See pages 10 to 23 for descriptions of all majors offered in the BA.
Program structures The BA is a three-year undergraduate program, with the option of an additional Honours year. All BA majors feature compulsory first year courses, which are referred to as “gateway” courses. These introduce you to each discipline. There are also compulsory second and third year courses called cornerstones and capstones respectively. These courses tie together the key learning outcomes that you are expected to have gained within your major. The option to study a minor is available to complement to your chosen major or extended major
BA ADVANTAGE – One of the largest selections of courses in Australia – Queensland’s most comprehensive selection of languages (available as single major, extended major, standalone electives, or diploma) – Practical experience combined with a strong theoretical understanding to prepare you for your career, not just your first job – Employment opportunities strengthened by UQ’s world-class reputation – Award-winning academics, researchers and support staff – Specialised learning spaces, including The Hive and the Geoffrey Rush Drama Studio – Cultural collections, including the RD Milns Antiquities Museum, UQ Art Museum, Anthropology Museum and
Fryer Library Special Collections to enhance your studies – Ability to take full advantage of student life at UQ, as well as enhanced learning options such as study tours, Study Abroad and summer exchange can provide for the development of beneficial networks.
Practical experience Various internships and short-term industry placements are available to BA students. These opportunities foster the development of skills and competencies in a work situation.
Career opportunities Don’t be misled by the notion that just because you don’t graduate with a job title, like engineer or nurse, your career opportunities are few. In fact, quite the opposite is the case. With a BA, you can progress directly into the workforce in areas such as: – international agencies, such as UNESCO or the EU – foreign affairs and trade – advertising, marketing, PR, media – communications – government sector – Indigenous affairs – community/voluntary sector – project management – sport and leisure – business administration – event management – arts curatorship – broadcasting – theatre direction and production. Alternatively, you may choose to progress to Honours which further enhances your career prospects. Many employers, such as those in the public and finance sectors, require you to hold an Honours degree. Honours programs are also a pathway to our Research Higher Degrees, MPhil or PhD, which you will need to complete if you wish to pursue an academic or research career. The Faculty also offers a number of postgraduate coursework programs that are available to you on successful completion of your undergraduate studies.
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WHAT CAN YOU STUDY? Majors and minors provide structure to your program: they are the core disciplines that you will follow throughout your undergraduate studies. Bachelor of Arts Majors and minors Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Studies
Gender Studies (minor only)
Peace and Conflict Studies
Classical Languages (Greek and Latin)
Religion (Studies in)
Journalism and Mass Communication
Studies in Australian Culture (minor only)
Film and Television Studies
Media, Communication and Cultural Studies
Bachelor of Arts structure options Option 1
Electives 16 units
Major 1 16 units 48 units
Major 2 16 units
Electives 16 units 48 units
Minor 8 units
Extended Major 24 units
Electives 16 units
Psychology extended major
Major 16 units
Electives 12 units
48 units Minor 8 units
Minor 2 8 units
Extended Major 28 units
Minor 1 8 units
*subject to final approval
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AMIN FARID Bachelor of Arts (Honours) Communication, Media and Cultural Studies Amin Farid – an international student from Singapore who dedicated his time to managing, touring and performing in an Indigenous dance group – has received a scholarship to be part of a unique Masters Scholarship Program called Choreomundus at the Norwegian University of Science and Technology. Amin graduated UQ with honours in a
Bachelor of Arts (Communication, Media and Cultural Studies) in 2011. He said the highlight of his time at UQ was the honours program with the School of English, Media Studies & Art History. “The fulfilling experience of having a supportive and approachable Honours supervisor garnered a renewed faith and passion for research in cultural studies,” Amin said. “The support given by my lecturers was also forthcoming, especially in understanding abstract concepts that were quite challenging and nonmainstream.”
Amin said his experience at UQ has prepared him to be a versatile individual who is able to adapt in various types of situations and environments. “UQ made me realise the importance of acknowledging one’s contribution to research work and I would like to do research on dance anthropology as it marries two of my passions: dance and cultural studies,” he said. Amin is currently a full-time Student Development Officer in a tertiary institution as well as a freelance choreographer majoring in Malay (Indigenous) contemporary dance.
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MAJORS The following pages provide descriptions for all majors that are available in the Bachelor of Arts (BA) Information was correct at time of print. Always check the UQ website for the most up-to-date information: www.uq.edu.au
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BACHELOR OF ARTS MAJORS Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Studies Are you curious about the oldest continuous culture on the planet? This major introduces you to the societies of Australian Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples spanning over 75,000 years. Indigenous and non-Indigenous teachers will engage you with the major historical, social, economic and political events and processes that have shaped Indigenous perspectives of life in Australia today. At UQ’s Anthropology Museum you have access to the largest university collection of ethnographic culture materials in Australia, helping you develop a rich understanding of how Australian Aboriginal and Pacific peoples lived in the late 19th and 20th centuries. Career opportunities include education, community development and the environmental sector.
The early Mediterranean cultures provide the foundations of Western civilisation, so their study is highly relevant today. If you undertake the Ancient History Major, you will learn about the history, literature, religion, philosophy, political institutions, social customs, art and architecture of the ancient Mediterranean peoples, particularly the Greeks and Romans. You will be able to apply historical methods to a range of significant questions in Greek and Roman history, and critically analyse ancient evidence and modern opinion through studying a diverse range of courses which cover not only important individuals and their achievements (e.g. Pericles and Alexander the Great, Julius Caesar and the Roman Emperors) but also the development of ideas (e.g. Greek democracy and the rise of Imperial Rome) and daily life and material culture (Greek and Roman Society and Civilisation, Art and Architecture, Classical Archaeology and Museums and Study Tours to Italy and Greece).
This major offers a wide spectrum of courses dealing with the ancient and modern worlds. Ancient History courses focus on the cultures of Greece and Rome, and you will have the opportunity to study their art, literature, religion, philosophy and politics and social customs. Modern History courses cover the History of Medieval and Early Modern Europe, Modern Europe and the USA, Asia, and the Middle East, and Australia. You will be able to analyse critically ancient and modern evidence and modern opinion, and will develop a comprehensive and well-founded knowledge of selected historical periods, topics, research methods and forms of historical communication. Given the lasting influence of ancient ideas and institutions, the study of Ancient History helps to provide a basis for deeper understanding of modern society. History teaches you how to interrogate the more recent past and enter into dialogue with forces that have shaped a variety of cultures of the modern world.
MEGANN PULLER Bachelor of Arts/Education (Secondary) Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Studies and Ancient History/History Megann Puller fell in love with UQ when she visited the St Lucia campus and experienced the attractive landscape, quiet learning atmosphere, sporting fields and other amenities. A Bachelor of Arts/Education (Secondary) student majoring in Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Studies and Ancient History/History, Megann chose to study at The University of Queensland because she said it stood out among the other universities as one that generally cared about her future study options. “The best part about the dual program at UQ is that it is a versatile degree that provides me with a balance between set courses and flexible course options,” Megann said. “My program helps to develop the practical skills and knowledge required to be an educator for the students of
tomorrow,” she said. Megann has developed skills in written communication, problem solving, critical thinking and interpersonal understanding, which she knows will be applicable in many different jobs, careers, and life situations. “My field practice experiences have definitely enhanced my learning, and my first career goal is to teach in rural Australia with Indigenous Australians then eventually teach overseas,” she said. Teamwork and the challenging tasks set for Megann to achieve has seen her develop a thirst for studying new areas of which she had previously been unaware. “The chance to work with others of similar interests on different projects has been enlightening and by studying at UQ, I’ve formed new friendships with peers from all over Australia and indeed the world,” she said. “Studying in Brisbane has given me (a country girl) extra confidence to meet new people, travel to field practice experiences, and enjoy the greater Brisbane area.”
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Students get hands-on experience in the Archaeology Teaching and Research Centre (ATARC).
Anthropology is the study of diverse human life and experience everywhere and anywhere that humans exist. At UQ you will examine society and culture in settings that are different and distant as well as familiar, from small communities of peoples living on Pacific Islands to the global interactions of modern capitalist nations. Drawing on other disciplines, like human biology, ecology, linguistics, history, politics and psychology, you’ll discover how and why cultural traditions continue and change, and how this knowledge can help current and future generations understand human beliefs and behaviour. You can enrich this experience with access to UQ’s Anthropology Museum, which houses and displays the largest university collection of ethnographic and cultural materials in Australia.
Digging for knowledge about human life in other times isn’t always a dirty business. At UQ, you not only learn how to search for and excavate ancient sites to uncover the secrets of the past, but you also learn how to examine scientifically the artefacts and relics you find for clues about how cultures have developed and changed through the ages. From early human ancestors and the development of farming to the rise of cities and sprawling urban landscapes, UQ is a hub for archaeological science and forensics, as well as the conservation of our own cultural heritage. UQ’s Archaeology Lab and Archaeology Teaching and Research Centre (ATARC) provide the largest integrated teaching and research facility of its kind in Australia and form the core of our program, which aims to train archaeologists for a professional career in Australia or around the world. Join our archaeologists as they undertake research of international importance in Australasia, Africa, the Pacific (Hawaii, Easter Island), the Mediterranean and Near East (Pompeii, Turkey), India and France.
As the world becomes increasingly dominated by images, skills in reading and interpreting visual imagery have become essential competencies for a wide variety of careers within and beyond the arts sector. Studying Art History at UQ will enrich your understanding of the changing values of visual cultures across a diversity of intellectual approaches. You’ll examine objects, paintings, sculptures, films and other creative media across cultures and through time to build your knowledge of creative evolution and develop a stronger contemporary visual literacy and a broad understanding of art traditions. Access to the UQ Art Museum, Queensland’s second-largest public art collection of works by Australian artists, will add another dimension to your learning.
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Bachelor of Arts (Drama) student, Regan Lynch
Learning Chinese opens a window to understanding Chinese culture and way of life. A rapidly changing society with a history dating back to the 17th Century BC, China comprises 56 ethnic groups which offer a rich heritage of cultural diversity. In recent decades, China has played an increasingly significant role in world culture, economy and politics. The Chinese language is key to understanding the redistribution of power in the Asia-Pacific region. You can study topics such as writing, speaking, language and cultural studies, translation and interpreting. There are separate majors for native speakers of Mandarin and other Chinese dialects.
Criminology is an interdisciplinary field drawing on the areas of sociology, psychology and psychiatry, anthropology and law. The criminology major at UQ is distinguished by its theoretical and methodological focus on crime and public policy. The major is strongly underpinned by criminological and sociological theories. The criminology major provides high-level
Classical Languages (Greek and Latin) In the Classical Languages major you will learn grammar, reading and writing skills through the study of Greek and Roman texts in the original language. You will also develop an appreciation for the nuances of the various genres of ancient writing, e.g. poetry, drama, and different forms of historical writing. The major in Classical Languages provides you with the opportunity to learn two of the oldest languages in the world that have traditionally held a central position in Western education. Greek and Latin remain important today, not only for the study of the GraecoRoman world, but also for the study of the languages, ideas and literatures of societies that grew out of the Classical world (e.g. English, Italian, French, German). The program also enhances studies in law, science, linguistics and modern languages.
training in social research methods and critical thinking. You will learn to examine crime and its regulation within the context of social, economic and political shifts in contemporary society. The major is strongly cross-disciplinary and enables you to combine criminology with other fields of study such as sociology, political science, law, psychology, history and philosophy.
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Drama From the rituals and storytelling of ancient cultures to the multimedia entertainment industry of the 21st century, writing and theatrical performance have evolved in response to human development. Studying drama at UQ, you will learn how to interpret theatre through time and across cultures and you will be challenged to think about what constitutes performance on the stage, on the page and in everyday life. You will develop an understanding of the theatrical and literary aspects of drama, from ancient Greek classics to medieval theatre to the most recent Australian, AsianPacific, American and European plays. You’ll critique professional performances, review plays from around the world, compare the classics with contemporary scripts, and craft your career on a broad base of knowledge and experience. You’ll also work with leading local, national and international practitioners to develop new works at the Geoffrey Rush Drama Studio, home to the Queensland Shakespeare Ensemble and the New Theatre Writing Laboratory.
Economics Economics is the science of decision making. As individuals, communities, companies and governments, we face choices every day, weighing up the costs and benefits of our decisions. With the ongoing momentum of globalisation, development, economic/financial/cultural integration and increasing pressure for ecological sustainability, economics remains the key element. Economics determines much of today’s social and political landscape, and students trained in this field are exceptionally wellpositioned to play a leading part in the future direction of business, government and society. Within this major you can select courses such as experimental economics, financial markets and institutions, health economics, managerial economics, macroeconomics and microeconomics.
English English is the language of communication, business and entertainment for millions of people around the world. From witty plays and elegant films to protest songs and complex novels, studying English reveals how this rich and intricate language allows people to express their particular vision of the world and their desire to celebrate or improve it. You will learn to examine familiar ideas from new perspectives; approach unfamiliar ideas with intelligence; and understand how texts inform current social debates. Read, decode and reconstruct examples of English in different formats – books and blogs, sonnets, songs and social media, film, television and talk – to appreciate the eloquence and impact of the most widely used language on the planet.
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KRYSTAL SWEEDMAN Bachelor of Business Management/Arts Drama Krystal Sweedman started her journey at UQ by studying psychology, before passion led her to switch her major to drama. Graduating from a Bachelor of Business Management/Arts as valedictorian in 2010, Krystal is now working as an independent artist – playwright, film-maker and dramaturg. Krystal said changing her major was the best decision she ever made. “While I did love psychology, I realised after doing enough subjects to make up a single major that it wasn’t my true passion. “Because of the flexibility of the arts degree, I could easily pick up drama subjects and make it my other single major without having to study for longer or throw away credits from the subjects I’d already completed,” she said. Stand-out subjects for Krystal were playwrighting and dramaturgy, as this set her on her current path as a playwright. “I also thoroughly enjoyed the two practical courses where we took on a production and acting role in creating our own production,” she said. Krystal is extremely busy in the playwriting scene at the moment, with multiple projects on the go. “As well as working on two full-length plays, I’m also involved in a multiplaywright project; a short film I’ve written and am currently directing; a documentary that is being edited; a multi-playwright, multi-visual artist I-Cinema project; and I’m interning with Playwrighting Australian on their upcoming script workshops as a dramaturg,” she said. Internships aren’t a new experience
for Krystal. Whilst she was at UQ she participated in a marketing internship at Queensland Theatre Company through her business degree, which led to the role she had after university – Marketing and Audience Development Coordinator at Brisbane Powerhouse. In both her programs, Krystal was lucky enough to have had lecturers who inspired her to follow her passions and, after graduation, she was accepted into the NIDA postgraduate Diploma of Dramatic Arts – a highly competitive oneyear program which only eight playwrights are selected to be part of. “I am incredibly grateful for all the theory that I learnt during the drama program at UQ because I feel like this underpins my practice. The business degree has given me the confidence to manage a freelance career,” Krystal said. Now living in Sydney, Krystal hopes to get international residencies for playwrighting, whether in New York or at the Royal Court in London, or similar internationally recognised institutions. “As my craft develops I would love to see my plays programmed at theatre companies around Australia and potentially overseas. I would also like to write and direct films,” she said. When she looks into the future, Krystal said her plan remains the same... “Keep creating. Keep learning. Keep seeking mentors and artists who know more than me so that I can develop my craft. “Keep travelling and living as ‘dangerously’ as possible – which essentially means pushing through my fears, researching new ideas and challenging those ideas that we just accept as the norm in society. “This is what I believe artists are here for (not just to entertain),” she said.
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English Literature Studying English literature at UQ, you’ll explore literary history from the beginnings of the language, through to contemporary literary culture as it moves into the digital age. You’ll look at work from across the globe, and the rich literary innovations that have come from the spread of English as a world language: writings from Australia, America, Africa and Asia, as well as from the British Isles. You’ll look at Shakespeare and Austen, David Malouf and Toni Morrison, classics and today’s prize-winners. And in doing all this, you’ll learn a range of skills – the close reading and careful analysis of texts, the ability to write clearly and concisely, and the ability to make and critique arguments – that are key to success not only in your education, but also in future career paths. The English literature major will push you towards an active engagement with cultural values, examining and questioning as you work towards a greater understanding of cultural history and towards the larger question of what it means to be human. To study English literature is to discover a compelling record of what is possible for us to experience, think and create.
Film and Television Studies The Film and Television Studies major provides a strong grounding in the study of two of the most powerful forms of artistic and cultural expression of the past century. You will learn about wide ranging cultural perspectives and historical periods, contemporary popular culture, screen aesthetics, genre, narration, realism, national cinemas, adaptation, industrial and technological developments, and audience reception. While you will also have the opportunity to learn about film and television through creative and practical assignments such as reviewing, storyboarding, and screenwriting, the focus is on visual literacy, critical thinking, audio-visual analysis, cultural understanding, research, and communication skills. Employment opportunities include positions with festivals, film culture organisations, screen corporations and film distributors as well as state and federal public service positions. Film and Television Studies is also directly relevant to teaching film and media studies, working as a film reviewer, a production researcher, or location manager. With the growth of pay and digital television there are now more opportunities to work with television companies and online screen media content providers.
French It’s estimated that 128 million people in the world speak French with 77 million using it as their first language. It remains the preferred language in many diplomatic situations and, regardless of what career you choose, if you’re working in a global economy knowledge of French will always be an advantage.
At UQ, studying French involves learning the language and culture simultaneously and you don’t need to have studied it at high school. UQ offers Study Abroad experiences with institutions in France, Switzerland, Canada and New Caledonia, so you can boost your fluency and experience life as a Francophone in many parts of the world.
STEPHANIE SCOTT Bachelor of Arts/Business Communication Film and Television Studies When Stephanie Scott applied to UQ she wasn’t really sure what she wanted to do after university, so a Bachelor of Arts/Business Communication (Film and Television Studies) sounded like a good combination for her interests. “The variety of both business and creative subjects in my dual program was a good mixture that helped me to narrow my interests in particular fields,” Stephanie said. Since graduating in 2010, Stephanie has worked in a variety of roles in the entertainment sector. The following year she moved to Sydney to work for Warner Bros. during the filming of The Great
Gatsby and for the past two years she has worked in Program Operations at Screen Australia. One of the best things about studying at UQ for Stephanie was being able to study abroad in Montréal for 12 months. “It was a fantastic experience academically, professionally and personally,” she said. Her taste for travel didn’t stop there and over the following northern summer she secured and gained academic credit for a three-month internship in the English language production team at the National Film Board of Canada, Quebec. “It was a wonderful opportunity to work on short films being produced for the cultural village of the 2010 Vancouver Winter Olympics,” she said. Stephanie is currently studying a Juris Doctor at the University of Technology, Sydney.
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Gender Studies (minor)
Gender Studies is available as a minor (please see more on minors on page 6 & 7). The focus of this minor is upon the role and importance of gender in human interactions within both Australian and global cultures, often with a concern for the intersection of gender with issues of ethnicity, class and sexuality. You will build “gender literacy”: a developed understanding of the conceptual frameworks used by feminist thinkers and gender theorists, and of the tools for analysing and discussing the construction, representation and performance of femininity and masculinity. This will be applied to fields of inquiry including popular culture, media (traditional and new), artistic production, politics and history; and, at advanced levels, to specialised areas selected from literature, sociology, Indigenous studies, development and internationalism, and philosophy. The minor, or individual courses taken as electives, can be studied to give a depth of understanding of gender questions in the area you are focusing upon for your Major or other studies.
German is one of the most widely spoken languages on earth, and a major community language in Australia. The German-speaking countries lie at the heart of Europe, and Australia welcomes tens of thousands of tourists from those countries every year. Germany has one of the strongest economies in the world, and is a leader in many areas of technology and culture. German language skills are an asset in many careers, including international relations,
international business, tourism, interpreting/ translation, teaching and the sciences. Whether you have studied German at high school or never studied it at all, it is possible for you to study German at UQ. Learning to speak the language and to understand the German culture will give you a competitive edge in the 21st century. It will also enable you to read the works of great thinkers and writers in the language in which they are written.
Geography In this major you will discuss many of today’s big issues, such as global warming and population growth. Geography has never been more relevant or important to society and its future. With the Earth’s population set to expand from seven billion to nine billion in the next 50 years, humans will be influenced by the environment more than ever before. The world will need professionals who are able to monitor and assess changes. The Geography major in the Bachelor of Arts will prepare you for a career in understanding, predicting and shaping the behaviour of our society, through public and private sector roles. Through world-class teaching, practical work, research and field trips you can develop specialist expertise in demography, urban geography, economic geography, climatology, biogeography and landscape ecology, hydrology and geomorphology, marine and coastal systems, earth system science and geographical information science.
LUCAS MEDCRAFT Bachelor of Arts Film and Television, German Lucas said the opportunity to immerse himself in all his areas of interest was the best thing about studying Arts at UQ. “The campus and culture; mixed with students who share your interests are also major factors of UQ’s appeal,” Lucas said. “My favourite course so far has been SOCY1060: Introduction to Gender and Sexuality as we were able to discuss polemical issues in a friendly and safe environment,” he said. Lucas has taken the initiative to be immersed in university culture and said
all the people he has met along the way have been really friendly. He is part of the UQ German Club (President), QUEST Society Executive (UQ Tennis), UQ Mentoring and Student Ambassador Programs. “I have had the opportunity to meet and work with people in the industry and now am able to utilise the skills I have gained in my future career,” he said. Lucas’s advice for first-year students is to ask for help if you need it. “UQ Student Services staff are really friendly and always happy to help. “Also, make sure you have balance in your life while you study and join in the campus culture,” Lucas said.
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History The study of history provides us with knowledge and understanding of the human condition in all its richness and complexity. It equips us to address and attempt to resolve the greatest problems we face in today’s world, for these problems invariably have their origins in the ideas, beliefs and actions of humankind in often remarkably different conditions and circumstances from those we know. UQ provides you with the means of gaining expertise in historical research and thinking under the guidance of worldclass researchers. Importantly, you will have opportunities to learn critical, analytical and communications skills essential for vocational success in today’s global knowledge economy.
Indonesian Bahasa Indonesia is the official language of Indonesia, the fourth most populous and largest Muslim majority nation. For business or pleasure, studying Bahasa Indonesian at UQ will enhance your connection with the people of Australia’s closest neighbour. You’ll learn about the country’s history, politics, culture and society while developing spoken and written language skills from a wide range of authentic, contemporary sources. Indonesian is also commonly studied together with majors in International Relations, Business, Law and Development. Indonesia’s national language unites the rich cultural diversity of more than 300 distinct ethnic groups and is available at UQ for beginning, intermediate and advanced students as a major or an elective.
MARIA QUIRK Bachelor of Arts (Honours) English Literature and History Graduating with a Bachelor of Arts (Honours) majoring in English Literature and History, Maria said the range of majors and courses available at UQ was very appealing. “A BA gives you opportunity to study a range of subject areas while also focusing on your specific area of interest,” she said. Throughout her degree, Maria was able to take courses in Political Science, Cultural Studies and International Relations in addition to her two majors of History and English Literature. “Taking these elective classes broadened my understanding of world history and politics and opened my eyes to new interests and research areas that I would never have discovered otherwise,” she said. Maria is currently in her third and final
International Relations year of a PhD in the history discipline at UQ. As a PhD Candidate her work consists of researching and writing her doctoral dissertation. She has also worked as a tutor at UQ and as a research volunteer at the Fryer Library. Maria said her BA gave her the tools, knowledge and experience she needed to pursue a career in academia. “Throughout my degree I learned how to manage my time, work well with other people and communicate my ideas effectively. “Even more importantly, UQ taught me how to think critically and analytically; skills that are invaluable in any career, but are particularly vital in my current position as a PhD Candidate,” she said. Maria would tell a future student to embrace the opportunities UQ has to offer. “The best part of an Arts program is the choices you have ahead of you. There are so many things to study and learn about – this is a program that can literally take you anywhere,” she said.
Studying International Relations equips you with the necessary theoretical and practical tools to understand, analyse and evaluate events and issues both domestically and internationally. International Relations introduces you to the significant trends shaping the world around you, trains you in ways to conceptualise, and helps you make sense of and situate current events in the proper analytical, historical and global context. Throughout the degree, you will be encouraged to incorporate such training into the development of practical skills designed to enhance professional opportunities. In an infinitely complex world with unprecedented political upheavals, the study of international politics and all it encompasses is highly relevant.
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Italian culture has strongly influenced the art, music, architecture and literature of Europe and Australia. Studied cross-institutionally with Griffith University, Italian language courses are offered at South Bank, Nathan and Gold Coast campuses. You can start at beginner or intermediate level and study Italian up to advanced levels. The courses will take you on a journey through contemporary Italian society to explore the influences on its cinema, media, music, literature, politics, popular culture and food. The Italian program is student-centred and promotes reflective independent learning and research-based learning. It takes advantage of new communication technologies and tailored learning resources, and integrates extra-curricular activities such as singing in the Italian choir and conversations with native speakers in the community.
Japanese is a key world language in cultural and economic pursuits, research and government interaction. Studying Japanese at UQ will broaden your personal, social and professional networks, giving you the confidence to engage with Japanese speakers in Australia, Japan and elsewhere. Youâ€™ll learn the foundations of the language, then progress to intermediate and advanced levels to study business, popular culture, multimedia, modern literature, translation and interpretation in more depth. Plus, you can enhance your linguistic skills and cultural understanding with opportunities to gain in-country experience via exchange programs with more than 20 prestigious Japanese universities.
Journalism and Mass Communication This major offers critical understanding of key principles and practices in the areas of global journalism, mass communication and digital media. It provides a basis for careers in the media, and related industries, which require insight into the contemporary media landscape; skills in research, analysis and policy development; and an understanding of emerging technologies and their current and future impacts in professional and strategic communication, journalism, digital media strategy, and the media and entertainment industries. If you wish to develop specific skills in content creation and media production, you may pursue the Bachelor of Communication and the Bachelor of Journalism programs.
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YEUN JI CHO Bachelor of Arts (Honours) Korean After hearing from friends and teachers that UQ is known for great programs in language studies as well as other fields, Yeun Ji Cho decided to enrol in a Bachelor of Arts (Honours) with a major in extended Korean and minor in Asian Studies. After graduating in 2013, Yeun now works as a Korean language tutor at UQ and plans to do more research in the field of Korean studies, as part of her PhD. “I really think the Honours program at UQ was great. It opened many doors in my future plans as a researcher and employee,” Yeun said. “I loved the flexibility of courses that were offered, the teachers and staff who were very willing to assist me, and the fact that I had the opportunity to do research even as an undergraduate,” she said. “I enjoyed taking part in the 2012 Summer Research program where I got to do some quality research with a supervisor.” Another highlight for Yeun was her experience as a UQ exchange student, where she headed to Yonsei University in South Korea as part of the UQ Abroad program. “I went on exchange from March to June 2012 and it was an amazing experience where I got to practise my Korean language skills,” she said. Yeun hopes to continue to travel to further her research opportunities and work at a university as a professional teacher and researcher.
Korean is spoken by more than 75 million people around the world, and South Korea’s increasing visibility in the world economy – showing a higher world status, technological innovation and global popular culture – is prompting students to learn about this country with its rich history and diverse modern society. Korean at UQ covers the fundamentals of the language and culture including K-pop, as well as business communication, translation and interpreting, and contemporary film and television. With various authentic language techniques drawn from everyday life, the courses are practical and interactive, providing opportunities to meet Korean native speakers in regular conversational classes, to build skills and knowledge for careers in international business, diplomacy, manufacturing, law and education – just to name a few.
Linguistics – the scientific study of language – explores how humans communicate by examining the relationships between structure, meaning and context. At UQ you’ll discover how we learn language and use it, change it and share it. You’ll also analyse the social and historical contexts in which various languages are or have been spoken, to understand what distinguishes each language from another. These courses encourage you to develop a deeper understanding of how sounds (phonetics and phonology), words (morphology), sentences (syntax), signs (semiotics) and meaning (semantics) can create or confound communication success.
Demand is at an all-time high for trained mathematicians and mathematics teachers. Mathematics is one of oldest fields of study and is used throughout the social, physical and engineering sciences, as well as being the subject of ongoing enquiry. In addition to traditional applications, there has been a particular upsurge in the number of mathematicians employed in operational management, banking, finance and insurance. Graduates with a degree in any area of mathematics are respected for their excellent quantitative and problem-solving abilities and gain a wide range of rewarding positions in the public and private sectors. UQ offers a broad range of courses in mathematics and its applications. In first year, students study essential topics in calculus, linear algebra and differential equations. In later years, there is an emphasis on new ideas in mathematics, including recent applications in coding and cryptology.
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Media, Communication and Cultural Studies The major in Communication, Cultural and Media Studies combines an understanding of how communication operates in interpersonal, intercultural, institutional and everyday cultural settings with an understanding of media communication including the press, magazines, advertising, radio, television and new media. The major, which can be taken as a specialisation in either Communication and Cultural Studies or Media Studies, provides you with the facility to grasp communication, media and cultural studies’ popular culture perspectives and the interplay among them.
Music Music is a powerful and evocative art form. Studying music at UQ will help you to understand its diverse contextual meanings, so you can navigate its complex structures and trajectories. Understanding how sonic materials are organised, developing literacy in music notations, composing and improvising, improving critical appreciation, exploring different genres, and developing sound scholarship – at UQ these fundamental characteristics of tertiary level music study are designed to build your knowledge, confidence and proficiency. Whichever field of music is your passion, UQ’s courses will help you develop a range of techniques to appreciate, share and perform it.
Peace and Conflict Studies In an infinitely complex world, Peace and Conflict Studies (PACS) aims to understand how conflict occurs and to contribute to conflict prevention, resolution and peacebuilding. Through the study of conflict analysis, you will gain insight into how and why disputes arise and can escalate into violence. Your work on peace processes engages with a wide repertoire of conflict responses which aim to manage and resolve disputes beyond the recourse to violence. These include conflict prevention strategies, international peacekeeping, humanitarian intervention, peacebuilding and conflict reconciliation processes. You will gain an understanding of the roles played by state militaries, non-government organisations, intergovernmental institutions and a range of non-state groups in international politics. Throughout your studies, you will also engage with conceptual debates on Indigenous politics, gender, ethics and justice, development, and non-violence.
CLAIRE MAIZONNIER Bachelor of Arts/Social Science Peace and Conflict Studies and Development Claire Maizonnier said two simple words are all she needs to describe her experience at The University of Queensland: “life changing.” “For four years, my entire life revolved around UQ. I tried to explore and benefit from all the University has to offer; including being involved in student groups, attending public lectures and being involved in the UQ Advantage Award,” she said. Looking back to the very first weeks of her dual program in Arts and Social Science, Claire recalls being quite overwhelmed by everything. As an indication of just how far she has come in those four years, Claire was awarded a prestigious Rotary Peace Fellowship and was recently recognised for her dedication to peace, justice and human rights by being awarded a Women’s International League for Peace and Freedom (WILPF) Peacewomen Award. The University of Queensland’s Rotary Program for International Studies in Peace and Conflict Resolution is part of a global program to advance research, teaching, practical training and knowledge on issues of international relations, conflict resolution and peacebuilding. Fellows are selected from countries
and cultures around the globe based on their potential as leaders in government, business, education, media and other professional areas. As a Fellowship recipient, Claire will commence a two-year Masters in Peace and Conflict Studies at Uppsala University in Sweden, another of only six universities worldwide chosen to host the program. Upon completion she hopes to work in the field of peacebuilding, with a particular focus on women’s involvement in postconflict reconstruction. “I would like to play a role in enabling others who aren’t so fortunate to live decent lives, including seeing more women involved in education, politics and community leadership in post conflict societies.” Claire said UQ is an outstanding university for so many reasons, including the amazing teaching staff and bright students. “Aside from hard work and dedication, choosing to study at UQ was an important element of why I have been able to excel, and I would highly recommend it as a choice for others,” she said. “The atmosphere around the campus is multicultural and friendly. The teaching staff are approachable, engaging and inspiring. The facilities are world-class, including the Library and student services.” Claire is currently undertaking an internship in Cusco, Peru, working with an NGO in the area of inter-communal dialogue and reconciliation.
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The Philosophy major at UQ not only offers students the only accredited philosophy major available for study in Queensland but the staff maintain international reputations for their teaching and research activities. Studying philosophy demands a level of intellectual confidence, which you will develop while studying here. Our courses introduce you to a range of ideas including cognition, epistemology, ethics, feminism, logic, metaphysics, and the philosophy of disciplines such as art, science, education and politics. You will receive intellectual training in the critical evaluation of theories and arguments, and learn how to articulate your own opinions on complex and often very abstract problems. At UQ, philosophy is interlinked with many other disciplines, and our academics teach into a number of other majors across the University, including biomedicine, cognitive science, criminology, education, environmental studies, law, mathematics, peace and conflict studies, psychology and sciences. This level of connectivity demonstrates the applicability of philosophical debate and enquiry across many academic areas.
Political Science involves studies of political structures, processes and policies in Australia as well as other societies. It examines the contemporary ideas and ideologies that determine the framework for political decision-making, and the organisational and diplomatic approaches to cooperation and conflict resolution in the international system. At UQ, learning about government, political culture and behaviour reveals the relationships informing and transforming political events in an increasingly interconnected world to help you understand the general principles of politics. The Centre for the Government of Queensland at UQ curates, among other interests, the parliamentary and political history of this state.
Popular music has the power to uplift, stimulate, comfort, motivate, and communicate like no other art form. Its attractiveness lies in its ubiquity, openness and lack of convention. Explore rock music and its history through the artists, their music and culture: from the early 1950s through to the profound cultural and technological changes of the early 1980s that signalled the birth of MTV, compact discs, samplers and video stars, to todayâ€™s age of free music downloads, technological innovations and festival culture. If popular music is your passion, UQâ€™s courses will help you understand your own response to music as it reflects society, allowing you to experience the power and wonders of music and encouraging your own self-expression in writing and production.
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ELYSIA SOKOLENKO Bachelor of Science/Arts Psychology and Biomedical Science Elysia chose to study a dual program because it allowed her to study more areas. One of her best experiences at UQ was going on exchange to McGill in Canada. “There were 10 of us who went on exchange and and we became really close,” she said.
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Psychology is a broad ranging discipline which incorporates both the scientific study of human behaviour and its biological, cognitive, and social bases, and the systematic application of this knowledge to applied problems. Training in psychology involves not only the acquisition of information, but also the development and cultivation of analytical skills which are valuable personally and professionally. Study Psychology at UQ and you will join one of the most prestigious schools of psychology in Australia. You will develop superior analytical skills which are relevant to many careers and learn from awardwinning lecturers and researchers who are recognised as leaders in psychology. Our graduates are employed in a variety of fields. Some go on to further training to become registered psychologists in a variety of specialisations. Others enter professions that require superior analytical and thinking skills such as human resources, mental health, counselling and corrective services. Our award-winning lecturers structure your learning based on cutting-edge theory and research in psychology. This ensures that you will graduate well-equipped to embark on an exciting career.
Religion is a major force in every part of the world, and it continues to shape societies across the globe. UQ’s Studies in Religion program provides you with the opportunity to examine the world’s most influential religious traditions, and to develop critical methods for analysing them.
Public Policy The Public Policy major enables you to understand the political, institutional, economic, social and ideological forces that inform and shape governance and public policy in Australia and elsewhere. When you complete the major, you will study important policy issues such as climate change, globalisation and disaster management. You will also learn about the principles and methods of policy analysis and acquire an understanding of how governments search for new ways to deal with important problems confronting society. You may also choose to study specific policy fields such as environmental policy, Indigenous policy, and Australian foreign policy.
With her studies, Elysia wanted to combine psychology and science, to explore mental illness both behaviourally and biologically. “My advice would be to do as many different courses as you can in your first year,” she said. Elysia said university has been challenging, but that she couldn’t have chosen a better university. “UQ has given me the ability to research and think critically,” she said.
Studies in Religion offers courses by professional and highly enthusiastic teachers in the areas of Western and Eastern religious traditions, spiritual practices and religious thought, in the psychology of religion, in contemporary religious movements, and in the original languages of the sacred texts of Buddhism, Christianity, Hinduism and Islam.
KAHLIA VANDYK Bachelor of Arts/Social Science Political Science and Social and Public Policy Kahlia Vandyk will graduate from a Bachelor of Arts/Social Science (Political Science and Social and Public Policy) in 2015. Impressed by the professional reputation of UQ and the range of study areas offered within the program, Kahlia felt this choice would give her a wellrounded education in terms of knowledge and skills. She also participated in a Summer Research Scholarship program and worked on a qualitative research project in the School of Social Science, looking at how single mothers are represented in Australian media, as well as some of the policy implications that follow. “Throughout the project I was lucky enough to develop research skills not usually taught to undergraduate students, hear from a number of academics from various universities about their research,
and get some really positive feedback on my own ability as a researcher as well as what options are available for me once I finish my degree,” she said. “I’m also about to start an internship at CSIRO where I’ll be contributing to a research project investigating how Australia’s primary industries have adapted to climate change.” Kahlia currently has a volunteering role at Oaktree, Australia’s largest youthrun development organisation, as a campaigns coordinator, where she has been able to apply both the theoretical and practical skills she’s gained throughout her degree. “I’ve had the opportunity to meet various politicians and political candidates, to share my knowledge of the Australian political system with others, and gain first-hand experiences of how grassroots campaigning really works – and how rewarding it can be,” she said. After graduation, Kahlia is hoping to work in a policy development role, either with the federal government or with an NGO. She is also considering an honours year in political science.
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With almost 200 million native speakers in Europe and Asia, Russian is truly an international language and at the same time a gateway to one of the world’s great cultures. Learning to understand how the Russian state has expanded and Russian society has evolved over the centuries, or developing an appreciation of Russian literature, drama or film, not only gives you insights into the wider context within which the language is used, but also encourages you to look beyond the stereotypes and cliches that often characterise our notions of other nations.
Sociology looks for patterns and order in life by critically thinking about social change, modern society and culture, contemporary social institutions, and the relationship between people and the environment. Discovering how things occur and how different aspects of social life are mutually connected can help us explain the observed regularities in social interactions. It can also help us find answers to the problems that disrupt social organisation and harmony, such as conflict, crime and deviance. At UQ, sociology also explores governance and social control; gender issues; family and household relationships; globalisation, migration and culture; health; housing and community life; language, communication and social interaction; and life pathways with longitudinal studies.
With over 500 million speakers all over the world, Spanish is the official language of more than 20 countries in Europe, America and Africa, and its presence elsewhere is rapidly increasing with millions of people studying it around the world. Spanish is the second language for global communication, with a strong, established and growing presence in the arts, business, engineering and sciences, offering improved chances for employability. You may study Spanish at UQ from introductory to advanced level, including courses in Spanish language, Latin American and Spanish literature, film and cultural studies, applied linguistics and translation studies. UQ is also a hub for Queensland’s Spanish-speaking community, hosting events like the Latin American Film Festival, UQ Latin American Studies Forum (UQLAF), and the annual UQ Latin American Colloquium, a pivotal business forum with Latin America’s ambassadors to Australia.
EMILY HANNAH Bachelor of Arts Spanish Emily Hannah spent the last year of her BA program living and studying in Mexico as a part of a UQ exchange experience. “This was an amazing adventure for me, both academically and personally. Academically, I was able to improve my Spanish language skills by taking all of my classes in Spanish and with a lot more options for language classes than I would have had at UQ,” she said. “I took not only grammar classes, but conversation, composition and a class on Mexican art and architecture, which was one of my favourites.”
Emily lived with Mexican people to keep practising the language outside of university and to learn first-hand more about the Mexican culture. “Not only did I make many Mexican friends, I also met other international students from all over the world, many of whom I still keep in touch with and plan to visit in upcoming travels,” she said. “I found my year abroad to be extremely rewarding and would encourage anyone who is thinking about doing an exchange to follow through with the idea. “With the skills I have learned and the new friends I have made, it was most certainly a year I will never forget.”
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Sports Studies The growth in the sport, physical activity and health industries over the past two decades has created a range of employment opportunities in the areas of social policy, journalism, management, marketing, planning and development, education, and psychology. Sports Studies at UQ provides you with an understanding of the sport and leisure industries from sociological, historical, economic and psychological perspectives. You will undertake courses in the social science and humanities areas of the study of sport as well as courses relating to the sociology of sport and the human body in society. Sports Studies graduates currently hold leadership positions with State and national sporting teams, the media and international sporting organisations.
Studies in Australian Culture (minor) Contemporary Australian culture is characterised by its diversity, creativity and international reach. Studies in Australian Culture at UQ brings together key courses in the BA degree enabling you to focus on many different dimensions of Australian culture — the visual arts, including Australian Indigenous art, literature, drama, cinema, television and other forms of popular culture. By drawing these courses together into a stand-alone minor, you can focus both on particular media or forms of culture and pursue comparisons across different fields. The minor is suitable both for international students seeking to learn about Australian culture and society and local students wishing to gain in-depth knowledge of Australian culture across various media.
Writing The major in Writing provides you with a fundamental and substantial understanding of how language works at the word, sentence, paragraph and document level, in academic, professional and creative writing. As a future creative or corporate writer, you will learn, both independently and collaboratively, how to design, structure and edit coherent and compelling writing for a variety of media, genres and situations.
MEGAN HARRIS Bachelor of Arts English Literature/Writing Megan was interned with the Queensland Writers Centre in the State Library of Queensland, helping edit and cumulate information about the GenreCon they were running.
“My internship gave me confidence in my own abilities as an editor, as well as an excellent insight into the workings of the industry and their professionals,” Megan said. “My dream is to work in the editing and publishing industry, preferably as a copyeditor or manuscript polisher,” she said.
Meg Vann, CEO of the Queensland Writers Centre, with Megan Harris
DUAL PROGRAMS Our dual programs are an increasingly popular choice because they enable you to attain two degrees more quickly than if you studied them separately. Many disciplines available at UQ complement each other, so the dual programs give you a competitive edge in the workplace and significantly broaden your career possibilities.
DUAL PROGRAM OPTIONS Dual programs
Applicants for dual programs must satisfy prerequisites and entry score requirements for both programs.
DUAL ADVANTAGE – Improve your career prospects by specialising in two complementary fields – Get greater leverage when negotiating for salary and promotions – Gain more transferable skills – Increase your global employment opportunities by choosing a language as one of your majors – Enjoy different learning and assessment approaches – Inject some passion into your career options – Meet more people and broaden your social network.
Bachelor of Arts +
OP 12, Rank 74, IB 26
International Hotel and Tourism Management
OP 11, Rank 77, IB 27
OP 9, Rank 82, IB 30
OP 6, Rank 89, IB 33
OP 11, Rank 77, IB 27
OP 7, Rank 87, IB 32
OP 12, Rank 74, IB 26
OP 12, Rank 74, IB 26
OP 11, Rank 77, IB 27
OP 11, Rank 77, IB 27
OP 12, Rank 74, IB 26
OP 2*, Rank 98*, IB 42
OP 6, Rank 89, IB 33
n/a (selection based on audition, interview and academic results)
*Not all applicants on this OP or rank gained entry; finer discrimination within the qualification was used.
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BA dual program structures A dual program gives you the flexibility to study several areas of interest at once, and can be completed more quickly than two separate degrees, as the elective components are either conceded or reduced. There is a choice of three program structures for BA dual programs, with the exception of the duals that include a major in Psychology.
BA list electives 8 units 32 units Extended Major 24 units
Major 2 16 units
Major 1 16 units
Minor 1 8 units
Minor 2 8 units
Major 24 units
BA list electives 4 units
Extended Major 28 units
ISABEL MANFIELD Bachelor of Arts/Science Ancient History and Zoology “My program is unique in its diversity. I feel like I’m simply qualifying my interests, rather than studying. So far my favourite course has been ANCH2270: Roman Art and Archaeology. The course was very practical and I felt a real connection to my career interests.
Located on campus, the RD Milns Antiquities Museum has helped shape the way I think about my dream career as a museum curator, and also given me hands-on experience. Although this dual is a broad program, it has enhanced my interest in science, arts and more generally the world around me. On top of that, I’ve developed a fantastic network of friends and professional contacts.”
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INTERNATIONAL PERSPECTIVE PROFILE
SAMANTHA LEE Bachelor of Arts Economics/English Language and Communication International student Samantha Lee is currently completing a Bachelor of Arts (Economics/English Language and Communication). After completing her Year 11 equivalent studies in Malaysia, Samantha came to Brisbane and enrolled in a UQ Foundation Year with International Education Services. She chose to study at UQ due to its strong emphasis on teaching excellence which assured her of good quality learning opportunities. The fact that it is located in Brisbane was another bonus for Samantha as she describes Brisbane to be “one of the most liveable cities in the world.” “I love the BA double major as is offers such a wide range of majors and courses. And because of that, I am given flexibility to customise and choose majors and electives which fit my future career description,” she said. Samantha’s mum owns a business that provides education consultancy for students, so her career goal is to assist in this business as she believes her studies and experience will allow her to relate more easily to pre-university students and answer their queries. “As well as my Economics major, I also took some business courses as electives and believe these courses will help me to find future opportunities for further expanding my mother’s business,” she said. Samantha also hopes to use what she learnt in her English, Language and Communication major to incorporate a language school within the business. “Coming to Brisbane and studying at UQ has allowed me to gain better communication skills, adapt in different situations, be flexible, and look at things from different perspectives and with an open-mind,” she said. Samantha believes UQ was a great place to prepare her for the working world. “Before coming here I was lost and had no idea or vision of what I would be like in a career world. But because of UQ, I am now really looking forward to starting my career journey,” she said. “My social circle has expanded and I have friends from all different cultures. My study experience has moulded me into an independent person. It was certainly a vibrant journey.”
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CONCURRENT DIPLOMAS A concurrent diploma could be the perfect balance between a single degree or dual degree program. These diplomas are taken alongside your undergraduate program. They enable you to enhance your undergraduate experience with personal or career interest areas, while maintaining your core studies.
DIPLOMA IN LANGUAGES
Language Advantage The School of Languages and Comparative Cultural Studies at UQ is recognised as one of Australia’s leading language institutions. Promoting intercultural communication and understanding, the School provides outstanding teaching and research of major world languages and cultures.
UQ is also home to a number of language clubs and events, including film festivals, which encourage you to meet and practise your language skills with native speakers. This diploma is taught by The University of Queensland in conjunction with the Universities of Melbourne, British Columbia (Canada), Nottingham (United Kingdom), Lund (Sweden), and Tecnologico de Monterrey (Mexico).
(DipLang) Languages are a passion for many UQ students. All languages are offered with beginners’ and more advanced streams. As such, the concurrent diploma will suit you if you’ve studied a language at high school and want to increase your proficiency, or if it’s your first time learning a second language. Proficiency in a second language will open up both professional and personal opportunities. Whether you are studying architecture, speech pathology, pharmacy, or engineering, you can also study any of the languages offered at UQ to enhance your international employability. If you are studying ancient history or archaeology, you may find the classical languages, Latin and Greek, to be beneficial to your program.
Languages available – Chinese – French – German – Indonesian – Japanese – Korean – Russian – Spanish – Classical languages.
ROBERT MCKAY Bachelor of Arts Political Science Diploma in Languages Indonesian Robert chose UQ as it had the academic focus he was looking for in a university. One of his highlights was a semester-long internship at the Office of Fair Trade. “It gave me experience at putting my skills and knowledge into practice,” he said. Ideally, Robert would like to work for the Federal Government, but said the research and critical-thinking skills he has learnt along the way will be useful for any potential jobs. “My advice for prospective students is that there are many smart people in the world and to succeed, you need to do your best work,” he said. “It’s also important to find your own strengths and weaknesses.” Robert said his time at UQ has been “challenging, enjoyable and worthwhile”.
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DIPLOMA IN MUSIC PERFORMANCE (DipMusPerf) If music plays a big part in your life, this diploma is an excellent opportunity to sharpen your skills and knowledge through music ensemble training. With encouraged participation in rehearsals and performances, you’ll gain a better understanding of rhythmic accuracy, pitch discrimination, and develop a variety of musical techniques used by ensemble directors. The School has two ensembles: the UQ Chorale and the UQ Symphony Orchestra. There are regularly vacancies for singers, strings and brass in these ensembles.
Music Advantage The School of Music at UQ is one of Australia’s leading music institutions. Over the last decade it has played an increasing role within the music discipline nationally and now holds a leading position in graduate studies in composition, music education and twentieth century music. Other areas of specialisation include musicology and practical studies. Staff members and alumni of the School are acclaimed nationally and internationally as performers, teachers, composers and researchers – including a two-time Grammyaward winning musician.
DIPLOMA IN GLOBAL ISSUES (DipGI) This diploma adds an international perspective to your undergraduate studies, which will help strengthen your CV and chances of employment. You’ll gain a solid comprehension of the relationships between individuals, societies and countries.
You can take advantage of UQ’s extensive international connections and to bolster your learning by undertaking overseas study.
Bachelor of Environmental Management Diploma in Global Issues As well as his Bachelor degree, Cameron concurrently studied a Diploma in Global Issues (DipGI), a program offered through a joint venture of universities including the Universities of Melbourne, British Columbia (Canada), Nottingham (United Kingdom), Lund (Sweden), and Tecnologico de Monterrey (Mexico). This program considers the cultural, environmental, economic and political dimensions of globalisation to deepen students’ understanding of how these global issues intersect with individuals, societies, and countries. Cameron said one of the biggest motivators for him to undertake the Diploma in Global Issues came as a result of his decision to apply for (and ultimately
partake in) a semester studying abroad at the University of South Carolina. While not all of the subjects Cameron took were directly linked to environmental management, he believed some of the other subjects from UQ and its partner institutions broadened his knowledge and understanding. “Global Citizenship from the University of British Columbia in Canada was very intriguing as it allowed me to develop a more global-centric understanding of a wide variety of issues and the interaction with other international students provided a forum for healthy debate and discussion,” he said. “Many of the subjects that I took through UQ for the DipGI have contributed in improving my understanding of global issues and challenges that I will likely face in my professional life.” Cameron was fortunate enough to secure an environmental science graduate role with Anglo American Metallurgical Coal after leaving UQ.
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GO GLOBAL UQ offers a number of opportunities to enhance your studies within a global context. Learning another language, going on exchange or an overseas study tour are all great ways to learn about the world and broaden your horizons. Learn another language We offer some of the most flexible options available for you to learn and practice another language. Which option you choose will depend on the capacity and depth you want to explore, and whether you want credit for your efforts. Credit-bearing options (see page 10–22 for languages offered) – Language major within your program – Language courses as electives within your program – Diploma in Languages alongside your degree. Non-credit bearing options – Short courses available through the Institute of Modern Languages (IML) – Language Exchange Program through Mates@UQ.
IML is an institute within the Faculty of Humanities and Social Sciences at UQ, offering short courses in more than 30 languages at beginner to advanced levels. You will cover all four communication skill areas – listening, reading, writing, speaking – in small, friendly classes.Visit www.iml.uq.edu.au Mates@UQ is open to all UQ students and aims to build a stronger UQ community. The scheme provides a matching service for students who are interested in learning, sustaining and developing additional languages. Visit www.facebook.com/matesatuq
Exchange opportunities UQ offers you the exciting experience of studying on exchange overseas for up to a year, while still gaining credit toward your degree. UQ Abroad is an ideal way to combine study and travel. Discover a new culture
first-hand and improve your foreign language skills as you broaden your career and academic opportunities. What better way is there to develop a global network of friends and gain a different perspective on your studies? – Choose from more than 185 universities in 41 countries – Tuition fees are waived by your host university – UQ Scholarships are available to help with other costs – Shorter international experiences are available through overseas placements, conferences, internships and voluntary work.
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FASSTrack Asia Summer School This summer school is a joint initiative between UQ and the National University of Singapore (NUS). The program involves a five- to six-week exchange to Singapore, where you will cover courses related to Asian studies and culture. The program is credit-bearing, so if you successfully pass you will receive two units of credit per course towards your degree. NUS offers generous fee waivers for participating students and you can apply for a UQ Advantage grant to help with other costs. UQ Abroad www.uq.edu.au/uqabroad www.uq.edu.au/uqabroad/contact-us +61 7 3365 9075 or +61 7 3365 8832
QUEST The Queensland University Exchange Student Society (QUEST) aims to showcase the best UQ and Queensland have to offer by providing events for exchange, international and domestic students. Our events highlight cultural heritage and scenically beautiful places, while making sure everyone has lots of fun! Events run throughout the University year and include regular informal pub and movie nights. QUEST also organises a number of day trips with destinations including Stradbroke Island, Noosa (for surf lessons) and the Natural Arch in the Gold Coast hinterland (where you can see glow worms!). QUEST runs weekend trips to Byron Bay, Girraween National Park and Moreton Island. QUEST is made up of more than a thousand Questies from all over the world. Questies are enthusiastic, interesting and diverse people, and make QUEST one of the most vibrant and fun clubs on campus! UQU www.uqu.edu.au
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Study tours The study tours offered through the Faculty of Humanities and Social Sciences provide you with an exceptionally rich cultural immersion. The tours complement all of the majors and disciplines we teach into, and draw on the expertise of UQ academics and their strong research and community links. The Institute of Modern Languages (IML) often supports the tours by providing language programs and cultural excursions. Recent study tours have been to Venice, Rome and Thailand.
COURTNEY CULLEY Bachelor of Arts Archaeology “I found out about the study tour through one of my religion studies courses. It just sounded like an amazing experience and a great way to travel overseas. “I was really interested in travelling around Thailand and Cambodia. It was my first time overseas. “I was really excited to see all the temples and ancient sites in the itinerary. They are what excite me about ancient cultures. “I’d really recommend going on a study tour because you’re with experienced researchers who know a lot about the culture and understand the history. All of the temples had different significance and you wouldn’t know those intricate details if you went by yourself.”
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SARA deVRIES Bachelor of Arts French /Communication and Cultural Studies Even though New Zealand doesn’t seem like the most exciting, different, and far away place an Australian could venture to, Sara’s experience in New Zealand was one that she would not change for anything. “Studying at a different university can be a daunting encounter, but the University of Auckland was fantastic. Because it is smaller than UQ, and the courses and teaching style do not differ too vastly from that which I have experienced during my BA in Brisbane, the university was a comfortable welcome point for someone alone in a new city. “The university has an incredible program set up for international students – making a lot of the New Zealand students rather envious. The university’s international section has a vast array of activities, not just in Orientation Week, but throughout
the semester. “Though the educational experience I had was not too different from my own at UQ, the fact that I was an international student gave me a totally different perspective on studying and opened many new doors, both socially and educationally. “Another great thing about my experience in NZ was living at university associated accommodation. Living in Auckland was the first time I had experienced living in flats exclusively for students from my own university. My accommodation was set up in a mini-village, only 20 minutes walk from the uni. So getting to know people was extremely easy, because everything was so orientated around being a student. “New Zealand has the most amazing natural scenery on offer, as well as adventure sports (obviously), skiing and snowboarding, and has a totally unique history. The entire country is like one big theme park with so many things to see and do, so naturally I enjoyed some unbelievable road trips. Though it is often assumed that Australia and New Zealand
are very similar, it never ceased to amaze me how remarkably exceptional all my experiences were, in a country so close to my own. “Finally, I think the most rewarding part of my experience was the friendships I forged. Funnily enough the vast majority of my friends were international students (predominantly from Europe), so it was weird, but also a lot of fun to be the most ‘local’ of all my friends in a country that was nevertheless just as foreign to me. That is not to say that I didn’t make some good NZ friends as well – at uni it was great to have some local friends to make you feel at home – but the international students I found myself amongst were fantastic travel buddies, and offered new perspectives on a country that is supposedly very similar to my own.”
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PROGRESSION PATHWAYS There are a number of opportunities for you to progress your studies at UQ, whether you want to gain more specialist skills and knowledge, switch direction, or begin an academic career. HONOURS Honours year You may be eligible for admission to the fourth year Honours program after the completion of your degree. Honours study focuses on developing and consolidating the knowledge and skills you’ve acquired during undergraduate study, with particular emphasis on utilising them through sustained, independent research.
Why do Honours? – Pursue further study in your specialist area in more depth than is possible with a three-year degree – Enhance your capacity for independent research and acquire research skills – Train to a standard sufficient for enrolment into postgraduate research degrees, and for a specialist career – Employers value the reliability and capacity you can demonstrate through independent work, and the skill at report writing.
RESEARCH HIGHER DEGREES (RHD)
The Faculty’s postgraduate coursework programs are for individuals seeking formal qualifications and for those aspiring to senior positions in relevant industries. Our programs allow you to gain specialist knowledge in your chosen field and accelerate your career within particular disciplines. Most programs can be studied part-time, so you can effectively combine study with full-time employment. A Masters program may also lead to a Research Higher Degree: MPhil or PhD.
The Faculty's RHD programs provide the opportunity for you to follow your interest in an area of research, to focus on this for several years and make an important contribution to the development of that area. The UQ Graduate School fosters academic success for every research higher degree student by offering support and a range of professional development opportunities. For more information, check out the website: www.uq.edu.au/grad-school.
GRADUATE Graduate Certificate CERTIFICATE
UNDERGRADUATE GRADUATE Graduate Diploma DIPLOMA
BACHELOR BACHELOR DEGREE DEGREE/ / DUAL DUAL PROGRAM PROGRAM MASTERS OF PHILOSOPHY
RESEARCH HIGHER DEGREES
CONCURRENT DIPLOMA HONOURS YEAR
DOCTOR OF PHILOSOPHY
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BA ALUMNI COMMUNITY The Faculty of Humanities and Social Sciences at UQ boasts the largest Alumni community in Queensland. With almost 50,000 graduates across the world, the alumni network dates back to the inception of our flagship BA in 1911. We are enhancing our engagement with this vast community to offer you opportunities to stay connected with us and each other. As a current student, you will benefit from the Alumni community too. We regularly have graduates return to UQ to speak at careers events, give guest lectures and perform master classes. The Faculty of Humanities and Social Sciences at UQ boasts the largest Alumni community in Queensland. Our graduates include corporate leaders, government officials, ambassadors, humanitarians, athletes, artists, actors and musicians. You will become part of that community when you graduate and part of the wider UQ Alumni community of more than 200,000 people throughout 150 countries. As a student you will benefit from the insight and experience of our Alumni, with many graduates regularly returning to the University to deliver lectures, workshops and seminars. As a member of the UQ Alumni community you have access to a range of services and benefits and we are happy to keep you up to date with news, events and networking opportunities in Australia and around the world.
DAVID MALOUF: A LIFELONG ENGAGEMENT “When I went to university, you went to two lectures a week in whatever subject you were doing. This has changed significantly, but what’s remained the same is that Arts students get the time to read and talk to fellow students, who introduce you to new ideas and ways of thinking,” said celebrated author and poet, David Malouf. “An Arts degree introduces you to a range of knowledge, possibilities and notions about how you might move in the world. People quite often discover things in second year that you didn’t know existed.” David Malouf is a BA (English) alumnus and former lecturer for the School of English, Media Studies and Art History.
He also writes drama and libretti for operas. His stories have won international critical acclaim. After graduating, Mr Malouf spent a period teaching in London, before returning to Australia in 1968. He returned to UQ to take up a lecturer position with the School of English, Media Studies and Art History. The University of Queensland Press launched his poetry career and continues to publish his titles. In 1992, Mr Malouf accepted the UQ Alumnus of the Year Award, and in 2010 helped the University celebrate its centenary year. In 2014, UQ commemorated Mr Malouf’s 80th birthday with a lecture to celebrate the significant contribution he has made to the UQ community.
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WHAT DO WE MEAN? You will hear a lot of new terms at University: here is an explanation of some of them... Bachelor degree A qualification awarded for the first level of study undertaken at university, generally requiring three to five years of study. Course (formerly known as subject) A component of study within a program, similar to a subject at school. Full-time students usually study four courses per semester. Dual program A combination of two UQ degree programs undertaken at the same time (sometimes called dual, parallel, combined, or double degrees). Elective A course that you can choose to study from a set of options. Some UQ programs allow electives from outside your main area of study, or from other programs. Entry scores Undergraduate students are given an entry score based on high school studies or other post-secondary studies: OP for Queensland Year 12s, Interstate Transfer Index (ITI) for Year 12s from other Australian states, and Rank for all others. Once you complete the equivalent of one full-time year of tertiary study (Bachelor level or higher), your OP or ranking is converted to a rank based on Grade Point Average (GPA). Faculty A major organisational unit within UQ, with responsibility for academic programs, e.g., Faculty of Science. Faculties may have a number of sub-faculty academic units called Schools, e.g., School of ... The head of a faculty is called an Executive Dean. Grade Point Average (GPA) The average grade of your results, weighted by the unit value of each course. GPA is determined on a semester basis and ranges from 1 (lowest) to 7 (highest).
Honours At UQ, Honours may be awarded as a oneyear Bachelor Honours degree following completion of a bachelor degree; or as a four-year Bachelor Honours degree. Some undergraduate programs allow eligible students to transfer to a Bachelor Honours degree at a defined point in the Bachelor degree. International student A student who is not an Australian citizen or permanent resident, nor a New Zealand citizen, and is enrolled or proposes to enrol at an institution in Australia. Temporary residents of Australia are classified as international students. Major An area of specialised study within a program of at least #16 units, e.g, History in Arts, which may be a formal requirement. Extended majors and dual majors are when the specialised study comprises a higher proportion of the degree. Minor A small group of courses in a discipline. A minor is worth approximately half the value of a major. Overall Position (OP) Overall Positions, or OPs, provide a Statewide rank order of students from 1-25 (1 highest), based on achievement in Authority subjects studied for the Queensland Senior Certificate. Your OP shows how well you have performed in your senior studies when compared with the performances of all other OP-eligible students in Queensland. Placements A course requiring you to undertake a period of practical, work-related experience, usually at an organisation external to the University, designed to enable you to practise the skills of the profession in a real-life setting.
Postgraduate programs Programs studied after graduating from undergraduate degrees which include graduate certificates and diplomas, masters, and doctorates. Program (formerly known as course) A sequence of study involving enrolment, study and graduation, normally awarded with a qualification such as a bachelor degree, graduate diploma, or certificate. Program code A unique identifying number assigned by the University to a program. QTAC Queensland Tertiary Admissions Centre (QTAC), the central admissions body for most Queensland undergraduate programs: see www.qtac.edu.au. Semester The University teaching year is divided into three semesters: Semester 1, Semester 2, and Summer Semester. Most programs only require you to be enrolled in Semesters 1 and 2 each year. Study Abroad (Exchange to UQ) A program where students enrolled at an overseas university study at UQ for one or two semesters as part of their home university degrees. Undergraduate programs Usually refers to first-time university programs including diplomas and bachelor degrees. Unit The value of a course (#). Most courses at UQ are worth two units but some are higher. UQ Abroad (Exchange from UQ) A program where students enrolled at UQ may be eligible to study in another country under UQâ€™s student exchange program. UQ Terminology www.uq.edu.au/study/terminology.html
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MONEY MATTERS Budgeting skills will help you manage your new life... FEES AND COSTS
Student Services and Amenities Fee (SSAF)
Course fees and student contributions
In 2011 the Australian Parliament passed legislation allowing universities and other higher education providers to charge a fee for non-academic services such as sporting and recreation activities, employment and career advice, child care, financial advice, and food services. UQ levies the SSAF – which is capped at a maximum of $280 for 2014 – according to whether you are an internal or external student, or enrolled full-time or part-time. The fee is indexed annually.
When you study at University, at the start of each semester or teaching period (study period) you are charged a fee for each course in which you enrol. Most undergraduate places at UQ are Commonwealth supported, i.e. funded partly by the Australian Government (Commonwealth support) and partly by you (student contribution). You are eligible for Commonwealth support if you are an Australian or New Zealand citizen, or an Australian permanent resident and have a Commonwealth supported place (CSP). (International students pay full tuition fees.) If you have a CSP, the amount you pay for a course (your student contribution amount) depends on the fee band level of the course (see table below for 2014 fee bands). As fees are charged according to the courses you undertake, not the program in which you are enrolled, it is not possible to publish a fixed fee for a program. “Indicative” annual fees (based on average first-year enrolment patterns) are listed on our Courses and Programs website to help you plan your budget. Courses and Programs www.uq.edu.au/study
Fees calculator To help you estimate your course fees for a study period, UQ has an online Fees Calculator, available on the Courses and Programs website. The Fees Calculator shows individual course fees and lets you add them to a list to estimate the overall fee for your enrolment. Before you enrol, Academic Advisors can help you develop a study plan.
Living costs As a university student, you will also need to consider other costs of living, especially if you are living away from home for the first time. These include accommodation, books and study requirements, transport, and parking. Fortunately, a wide range of assistance is available. UQU, the student union, has a secondhand bookshop at St Lucia, and provides many low-cost entertainment activities plus an employment service. UQ’s Student Services offer help with accommodation. And the Australian Government provides financial support for low-income earners, as well as fee repayment options for most students. UQU www.uqu.uq.edu.au UQ Student Services www.uq.edu.au/student-services/ accommodation
Fees calculator www.uq.edu.au/study (under What It Costs/UQ Toolkit)
2014* Student contribution bands and amounts band
annual* student contribution
area of study
Accounting, Administration, Commerce, Dentistry, Economics, Law, Medicine, Tourism, Veterinary Science
Agriculture, Allied Health, Built Environment, Computing, Engineering, Mathematics, Other Health, Science, Statistics, Surveying
Behavioural Science, Clinical Psychology, Education, Foreign Languages, Humanities, Nursing, Social Studies, Visual and Performing Arts
* 2014 figures only, based on full-time (16-unit) workload: figures indexed annually
CENTRELINK STUDENT SERVICES The Australian Government’s Centrelink provides three income-support payments for Australian tertiary students: Youth Allowance, Austudy, and ABSTUDY. You can apply for these payments at any Centrelink Customer Service Centre. Other schemes include: – an interest-free advance loan for students, where you are paid part of your allowance as a lump-sum advance – the Pensioner Education Supplement (PES) – the Health Care Card, which enables Commonwealth health concessions, such as low-cost pharmaceuticals, under the Pharmaceutical Benefits Scheme (PBS) – Fares Allowance – Child Care Benefit (CCB) or Rebate (if you have children in your care). Centrelink www.humanservices.gov.au Youth Allowance, Austudy, PES, Health Care Card, CCB, Fares: Phone 132 490 ABSTUDY: Phone 1800 132 317
OTHER GOVERNMENT ASSISTANCE HECS-HELP If you have a Commonwealth supported place, you may be eligible to receive HECS-HELP. HECS-HELP is an Australian Government loan scheme that allows an eligible Australian citizen or permanent humanitarian visa holder in Australia to defer repayment of all or part of their student contribution amount until their income meets a specific threshold. This means you do not have to start repaying your HECS-HELP debt until you earn above a certain income level ($51,309 for the 2013-14 financial year). Loan repayments are then taken out of your pay as additional tax. You need to supply your tax file number if you wish to obtain a HECS-HELP loan.
SA-HELP SA-HELP is a loan scheme that helps you pay for all or part of the Student Services and Amenities Fee (SSAF). If you use SAHELP, the amount will be added to your accumulated HELP debt. You can take out a SA-HELP loan even if you do not wish to take out any other HELP loan. You require a tax file number to obtain SA-HELP. HECS-HELP and SA-HELP information www.studyassist.gov.au
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SCHOLARSHIPS UQ offers a range of scholarship options to make university study more affordable. Check out what you may be eligible for before you start. SCHOLARSHIPS UQ scholarships are awarded to recognise academic excellence combined with outstanding leadership; to assist students from families experiencing significant financial hardship; to support elite athletes; to help offset the costs of overseas study; and to aid students wishing to gain valuable research experience. Scholarships are not only funded by the University, but are also generously supported by industry partners, private donors and the government.
Academic scholarships Academic scholarships aim to reward very highachieving school leavers who, in their senior years, have also demonstrated outstanding community service and/or significant leadership potential. Three categories are offered: UQ Vice-Chancellor’s, UQ Excellence and UQ Merit. Applications open in August and close on 31 October each year.
Equity scholarships UQ is keen to support students from financially disadvantaged backgrounds to realise their tertiary study aspirations. More than 100 UQ-Link Access Scholarships, valued at $12,000 over four years, are awarded each year to commencing students who demonstrate significant financial hardship. If you wish to be considered for one of these scholarships, you should complete the Financial Hardship section of QTAC’s Educational Access Scheme when submitting your QTAC application.
Centrelink scholarships If you receive a study support payment such as Youth Allowance or ABSTUDY, you may be able to access the Student Start-Up Scholarship through Centrelink. Relocation Scholarships are also available to regional/ remote students needing to relocate from home to attend university: contact Centrelink at www.humanservices.gov.au for more information.
Field of study scholarships
Scholarships for overseas study
Thanks to generous financial support from industry partners and University donors, UQ is able to offer a wide range of scholarships across most study areas. In general, you must complete at least one year of study before you can apply, although some faculties do offer entry scholarships for commencing students.
An overseas study experience is a great way to build global networks, increase employability, learn a new language, and experience a new culture. Through UQ Abroad, UQ’s student exchange program, you can study overseas for a semester or a year on exchange while gaining credit towards your UQ degree. Scholarships valued at up to $3000 are available to help with travel and other costs.
Scholarships for students studying at UQ Ipswich or UQ Gatton If you plan to enrol in a program at UQ Ipswich or UQ Gatton, you may be eligible for additional scholarship opportunities. Check the UQ Scholarships website for more information about campus-specific scholarships.
Scholarships for Indigenous students There are many scholarships for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander students. Indigenous Access Scholarships (IAS) provide a one-off payment of more than $4700 to assist with the costs of starting university (please note that preference is given to commencing students who have to relocate). IAS recipients may also be eligible for other Commonwealth-funded Indigenous Scholarships.
Undergraduate research scholarships UQ’s Summer and Winter Research Programs provide an opportunity to gain research experience working alongside some of UQ’s most talented researchers. Projects are available in most disciplines for six-10 weeks over the summer break and four-six weeks over the winter break. You can apply for scholarships valued at up to $3000 for the UQ Summer Research program and up to $1000 for the UQ Winter Research Program.
Global experiences and professional development UQ is committed to providing opportunities for you to realise your aspirations, become a leader in your chosen field, and make a positive impact on society. UQ Advantage Grants of up to $1000 can provide financial assistance to support your participation in professional development and co-curricular activities such as internships, volunteering, short-term study programs, conference presentations and more.
Sporting scholarships If you play sport at an elite level, the following scholarships are available: – UQ Sports Achievement Scholarship, valued at $6000 for one year – Clem Jones Sporting Scholarship, valued at $6000 a year for up to three years. Sporting scholarship recipients also receive free access to the University’s sporting facilities and services. Apply online by 31 October each year via the UQ Sport website. If you have represented at open, national or international level in your chosen sport, you can apply for the UQ Sport Scholarship Ambassador Program, worth $1500 per year. Please visit www.uq.edu.au/scholarships for more detailed information on any of the above as well as other scholarship opportunities available at UQ. Undergraduate Scholarships and Prizes Office www.uq.edu.au/study/scholarships Email firstname.lastname@example.org Phone +61 7 3365 7113 UQ Abroad www.uq.edu.au/uqabroad UQ Sport www.uqsport.com.au Phone +61 7 3365 6243
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ADMISSION INFORMATION Admission requirements
UQ OP Guarantee
To gain admission to undergraduate programs, you must satisfy prerequisites and have a sufficient entry score (OP/IB/Rank). But there are alternative pathways for entry if you do not meet the requirements, and you can upgrade your score.
If you achieve an OP score in the range of 1-5 (or entry rank equivalent) and have completed required prerequisite subjects, you are guaranteed a place in the majority of UQ’s undergraduate programs, regardless of the published program cut-offs. See www. uq.edu.au/study/?page=194794.
Prerequisites Subject prerequisites are the Queensland Year 12 subjects required for individual programs. You may also gain admission to programs with subject equivalents from interstate or overseas schooling, selected bridging programs, or tertiary studies. Some programs have additional prerequisites, e.g., the Undergraduate Medicine and Health Sciences Admission Test (UMAT).
Entry scores Entry scores include Overall Positions (OP) and entry ranks. Eligible applicants are selected for admission to a program in order of merit based on entry scores. Those with the highest entry score are selected first, and so on until the program quota is filled. The minimum OP or rank required for entry varies from year to year and is determined once applications have been processed and places allocated. While it is difficult to predict exactly what OP or rank will be needed for entry to a program, you can use the previous year’s cut-off points as a guide. Current Queensland Year 12 students receive an OP on the basis of their overall achievement at school in comparison with other students. OPs are determined by the Queensland Studies Authority and range from 1 to 25, with 1 being the highest. All other applicants are allocated a rank on a scale of 1-99, with 99 being the highest. This common ranking scale allows many different types of qualifications to be compared, such as: – the Australian Tertiary Admissions Rank (ATAR), which is used to calculate a rank for interstate Year 12 students – the Combined Rank by QTAC, which is used to rank Australian International Baccalaureate (IB) students (see page 92) – Entry rank for non-school leavers (including previous Queensland Year 12 students who qualified for an OP) and OP-ineligible Year 12 school leavers based on previous secondary, tertiary, bridging and preparatory studies, and/or work experience.
English language requirements If you are from a non-English speaking background, you will need to provide evidence of English proficiency. You can do this by passing Queensland Year 12 English (or interstate equivalent), or by other means detailed in the Entry Options booklet available at: www.uq.edu.au/study/docs/ domestic/entry-options.pdf. Alternative entry If you did not complete Year 12, did not achieve a high enough entry score for your preferred program, or are a mature-aged applicant, there are alternative entry pathways to UQ. Contact UQ Admissions for advice. Improving an entry score (upgrading) If you are not offered a place in your preferred program and want to improve your entry score or meet subject prerequisites, you can accept an offer in a less competitive program with fewer prerequisites and try to improve your entry score. This is called upgrading. We recommend that you complete one full year of bachelor degree study to upgrade to higher demand programs (such as dentistry or veterinary science) because the entry ranks allocated to attempts totalling less than one full-time year are capped. Depending on your academic performance your new entry rank could be higher than your previous rank. For more information on how to improve your entry score, contact UQ Admissions. Special entry programs If you are of Australian Aboriginal and/ or Torres Strait Islander descent, or have suffered financial hardship or severe disadvantage beyond your control that has affected previously satisfactory results, you may be eligible for special entry to UQ. Contact UQ Admissions for more information. UQ’s Bonus Rank Scheme gives current Year 12 high school students bonus points towards their entry score for completing certain approved subjects or courses. Contact UQ Admissions for more information. Programs for high-school students UQ’s Enhanced Studies Program (ESP) is the perfect opportunity to test-drive a tertiary-level course before you start
university. While still in Year 12, you can complete a university course, attend lectures and tutorials, and access UQ facilities. Once you pass the course, you may get credit towards a UQ program and can also boost your university entry rank through the Bonus Rank Scheme: see www.uq.edu.au/esp. The Young Scholars Program is another opportunity to discover, learn and engage with UQ’s academic community and likeminded students from across Queensland. See www.uq.edu.au/youngscholars.
How to apply You can apply for admission to undergraduate programs at UQ through the Queensland Tertiary Admissions Centre (QTAC). Check the QTAC Guide for details on how to apply and what entry requirements you need. Free copies are given to all current Queensland Year 12 students and some interstate schools. You can also buy a copy from some newsagents or through QTAC. Check the QTAC website for the 2015 application deadlines. Current Year 12 students – lodge an application online via QTAC’s Twelve-to-Tertiary (TTT) web application service at www.qtac.edu.au International students studying Year 12 in Australia – visit www.uq.edu.au/internationalstudents/year-12-international-students for more information on application procedures and entry requirements Other prospective students – lodge an online application using QTAC’s Apply-by-Web service at www.qtac.edu.au
Enrolment Once you have been offered a place in a UQ program, you can formally accept the offer by lodging a response with QTAC. You can then enrol at UQ by using the UQ link from QTAC’s Current Applicant online service. The UQ enrolment website at www.uq.edu.au/startingatuq/ provides information about the enrolment process to help you get started. QTAC www.qtac.edu.au Phone 1300 GO QTAC (1300 467 822) UQ Admissions www.uq.edu.au/study/admissions Email email@example.com Phone +61 7 3365 2203 International Admissions Section www.uq.edu.au/international Queensland Year 12 students Phone (07) 3346 7376 Interstate Year 12 students Phone 1800 671 980
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UQ CAMPUSES UQ’s campuses are renowned as being among the most beautiful and well-equipped in Australia. UQ ST LUCIA Situated on the Brisbane River just seven kilometres from the central business district, UQ St Lucia is one of Australia’s most attractive campuses. With its striking sandstone buildings and beautiful parklands, it is the ideal setting for both study and recreation. Students can find just about everything they need on-site, including excellent sporting venues, shops and cafés.
UQ Gatton delivers excellence in agricultural and natural resource sciences in a relaxed, friendly atmosphere. Just over an hour’s drive west of Brisbane, the campus offers a unique blend of recreational amenities, support services, modern teaching facilities, state-of-the-art laboratories and historic buildings, along with the $100 million School of Veterinary Science.
UQ Ipswich provides a high-quality teaching and learning environment in a supportive, friendly campus community. Students benefit from small classes held in purpose-designed teaching spaces and enjoy a range of support, amenities and recreational services, including a bookshop, cafés, sports court, oval and gym. UQ Ipswich is also home to UQ College, a new academic preparation centre.
Herston is UQ’s core clinical health teaching and research site. The campus is close to Brisbane city and is located alongside the Royal Brisbane and Women’s Hospital and the Royal Children’s Hospital. This co-location demonstrates UQ’s commitment to working closely with health professionals and researchers to deliver innovative and contemporary health education programs.
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CONTACT DETAILS AND FURTHER INFORMATION Faculty of Humanities and Social Sciences The University of Queensland Brisbane Qld 4072 AUSTRALIA Phone: +61 7 3365 1333 Fax: +61 7 3365 2866 Email: firstname.lastname@example.org Web: www.hass.uq.edu.au
UQ Admissions JD Story Building The University of Queensland Brisbane Qld 4072 AUSTRALIA Phone +61 7 3365 2203 Fax +61 7 3365 2061 Email email@example.com Web www.uq.edu.au/study
UQ International Admissions JD Story Building The University of Queensland Brisbane Qld 4072 AUSTRALIA Phone +61 7 3365 7941/ 1800 671 980 Fax +61 7 3365 1794 Email firstname.lastname@example.org Web www.uq.edu.au/international
QTAC PO Box 1331 Level 2, 33 Park Road, Milton Brisbane Qld 4064 AUSTRALIA Phone +61 7 3858 1222/ 1300 467 822 Fax +61 7 3367 1164 Email email@example.com Web www.qtac.edu.au
Undergraduate Scholarships and Prizes Office Phone +61 7 3365 7113 Fax +61 7 3365 7559 Email firstname.lastname@example.org Web www.uq.edu.au/study/scholarships
Student Services-Accessibility Student Services Building 21D The University of Queensland Brisbane Qld 4072 AUSTRALIA Phone +61 7 3365 1704 Fax +61 7 3365 1702 Email email@example.com Web www.uq.edu.au/myadvisor/studentswith-a-disability If you have a disability, please contact a Disability Advisor in Student Services at the start of semester to learn about the services and alternative academic arrangements available to you as a UQ student.
UQ publications UQ Admissions holds several publications that can help you find out more about UQ programs, campuses, student services, admissions procedures and fees, including: – UQ Guide: Australian Undergraduate – UQ Guide: International.
Campus tours If you would like to experience UQ through a hosted campus tour, please contact the UQ School Liaison team (details below). Campus tours of UQ Ipswich and UQ Gatton are available all year round. UQ St Lucia tours are provided during Queensland school holidays, and you can download a self-guided discovery tour map for visits at any other time. Phone +61 7 3346 9649 Email firstname.lastname@example.org Web www.uq.edu.au/schools/discoverytour or www.uq.edu.au/campustours In the event of any conflict arising from information contained in this publication, the material approved by The University of Queensland Senate shall prevail. Information in this Study Guide was correct at time of print. Always check the UQ website for the most up-to-date information: www.uq.edu.au
CRICOS Provider Number 00025B
Tertiary Studies Expo (TSXPO) RNA Showgrounds Saturday and Sunday, 19-20 July 2014
QTAC closing date Check website for details: www.qtac.edu.au
UQ Open Day UQ St Lucia Sunday, 3 August 2014
Semester 1, 2015 Classes commence Monday, 2 March 2015
UQ Ipswich Wednesday, 6 August 2014 UQ Gatton Sunday, 17 August 2014
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