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What will I learn?

A Bachelor of Arts encourages students to become informed and engaged thinkers and citizens. Throughout your studies you will have the opportunity to develop a deep understanding of the world around you. You will join our community of learners and engage creatively and confidently with new ideas. You will build expertise in at least two areas of study, which will give you the ability to think laterally and collaboratively, and you will gain essential skills in communication, research, analysis, and problem-solving and become an expert in critical, creative, and strategic thinking. It is this combination of knowledge and skills that will make you invaluable in the workplaces of the future.

All disciplines in Deakin’s Bachelor of Arts are taught through a combination of theoretical and applied learning, with many areas of study offering work placements. You also have the option to study abroad for a trimester, undertake an international study tour, or complete an internship as part of your course, allowing you to gain a competitive edge in your chosen career path.

Course structure

To qualify for the award of Bachelor of Arts, students must complete 24 credit points

Politics and policy studies

A Politics and Policy Studies major will enhance your understanding of the big issues in the world today, and assist you to develop the skills to make a difference in your lifetime. We investigate the challenge posed to Australia and the world by climate change; asylum seekers and refugees; development; inequality; political parties and new social movements. We examine the ideas behind the policy and the rhetoric. We look globally for different solutions; investigate how policy lessons are learned; and assess the impact on domestic and global politics. We examine how and why some people are able to exercise power better than others, and assess ideas and opportunities for addressing the pressing social, economic, and environmental issues of our time.

Career outcomes

The Bachelor of Arts develops important and transferable career skills, making you highly employable within a wide range of industries. The broad range of disciplines also allows you to follow your passions, study new and exciting areas, which engenders a lifelong love of learning, highly valued by employers.

An arts degree provides skills for a wide range of careers. Graduates may find careers in international relations, journalism, advertising, media, photography, multimedia, publishing, public relations, marketing, personnel and industrial relations, government, policy development, research, business, finance, community services, ethnic affairs, social work, education, policing, and performing and visual arts.

Graduates can expect to gain employment in many fields including foreign affairs, Intelligence and security, Journalism, Government organisations, Civil society organisations, Business, Policy advocacy, Policy research, Policy design and analysis, Political and social research, Political advisors, Politics, Public communication, Public relations & lobbying, Public service, Speech-writing, Teaching.

Waurn Ponds (Geelong) offered to Waurn Ponds (Geelong) enrolled students by combination of located learning and Cloud (online) modes.

Which department am I in?

Faculty of Arts and Education

CRICOS

012762C

Study options

Full Time (3 years)

Tuition fees
A$30,200.00 (16,16,702) per year
Deakin is offering 30% tuition fee waiver bursary to students for studying online at Deakin University.

*Price shown is for indicative purposes, please check with institution

Application deadline

Expected June 2022

More details

Start date

8 November 2021, 7 March 2022

Venue

Deakin University

Melbourne Burwood Campus,

221 Burwood Highway,

BURWOOD,

Victoria,

3125, MELBOURNE, Australia

Online/Distance with attendance (3 years)

Tuition fees
A$30,200.00 (16,16,702) per year
This fee refers to full time and its guide for online students

*Price shown is for indicative purposes, please check with institution

Application deadline

Expected June 2022

More details

Start date

8 November 2021, 7 March 2022

Venue

Cloud Campus

Melbourne Burwood Campus,

221 Burwood Highway,

BURWOOD,

Victoria,

3125, MELBOURNE, Australia

Entry requirements

For students from United States

Entry for applicants with previous Tertiary, VET, life or work experience will be based on their performance in: a Certificate IV in a related discipline OR a Diploma in any discipline or 50% completion of a Diploma in a related discipline OR successful completion of relevant study at an accredited higher education institution equivalent to at least two Deakin University units OR other evidence of academic capability judged to be equivalent for example relevant work or life experience. Other English Language Requirements accepted: IELTS: Overall 6.0, no band less than 6.0; TOEFL (PBT) score of 550 Writing 4.5; TOEFL Internet Based: 65 Writing 21; CPE: 169 no band less than 169; CAE: 169 no band less than 169; PTE: 52-57 No less than 50 in each skill.

For international students

Students must have qualification most relevant to your secondary school studies

Standard minimum admission criteria for undergraduate courses

Certificate IV in a related discipline OR Diploma in any discipline or 50% completion of Diploma in a related discipline OR Successful completion of relevant study – equivalent to at least two Deakin University units – at an accredited higher education institution OR Evidence of academic capability judged to be equivalent, including Foundation program approved by Faculty Board, or relevant work or life experience

IELTS - Overall 6 No band lower than 6

TOEFL IBT - 69 Writing 21

TOEFL PBT - 550 Writing 4.5

C1 PROFICIENCY and C2 PROFICIENCY- 169 No band less than 169

PTE - 50 No less than 50 in each skill

OET - Overall C

*There may be different IELTS requirements depending on your chosen course.

Pathways options

Offered by other partners

This university accepts pathways courses from
  • Chisholm Institute
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About Deakin University

Deakin is a young and dynamic university, offering world-class degrees, excellent employment prospects and a university experience that students love.

  • Among top 1% of international universities in 24 study areas
  • Best in student satisfaction in Victoria for ten years
  • Top 50 young university globally (QS)
  • Offers a curriculum that is practical and industry-informed