The University of Newcastle, Australia
Not currently offered
Course code



10 units


1000 level

Course handbook


The course explores various aspects of careers development for Bachelor of Arts students in a Humanities and Social Science research framework. It develops students' own awareness of career aspirations, and identifies skills for building career profiles in future, such as analytical capacity, reflective ability, oral and visual presentation skills, writing skills, online portfolios, and the self-assessment of career competency. Students will learn to articulate their personal goals informed by research into career patterns and pathways, values and social capital in relation to careers. Major outcomes include individual presentations based on interviews with a selected subject.


Not currently offered.

This Course was last offered in Semester 2 - 2016.

Learning outcomes

On successful completion of the course students will be able to:

1. gain an appreciation of careers for Bachelor of Arts graduates

2. improve their awareness of their own skill development for these careers

3. demonstrate improved individual oral presentation skills

4. demonstrate improved written communication skills

5. develop an open-ended career portfolio in a digital format.


Students will gain an appreciation of careers for Bachelor of Arts graduates, will improve their awareness of their own skills for these careers, and will develop an open-ended career portfolio. The course places an emphasis on the core skill of written communication necessary for the successful completion of the Bachelor of Arts and for related careers. Preparation for each assignment will include instruction in rules and techniques for good writing.The curriculum for the course will broadly follow the following outline, though there may be omissions and additions according to felt needs.


I Self-awareness

Aims: To understand general patterns of personal preferences, values, and social capital in relation to careers, and to explore these in relation to oneself.


  • Theoretical: a survey of the major career development models and concepts of 'career', and of recent writing on emerging   patterns in careers and career choice
  • Practical: application of the main themes of career development models through practical exercises in understanding the individual's own values, interests, innate abilities, skills, social and cultural situation.

II Opportunities

Aims: to explore core competencies and career opportunities relevant to the Bachelor of Arts.



  • Understanding the Bachelor of Arts program from both an international and local perspective.
  • University Graduate Attributes and the Bachelor of Arts program
  • Introduction to the basic concepts and principles of academic writing and critical analysis.
  • Opportunity readiness: labour market issues for Arts and Humanities graduates, including guest lecturers from career areas related to Arts


  • Writing and communication exercises
  • Career research exercises

III Decision-making and planning


  • to understand the options available within the Bachelor of Arts program and possible future career directions.
  • to understand the factors involved in making choices.
  • to increase confidence in self management and writing skills in university studies and beyond.



  • The University of Newcastle structure and rules for the Bachelor of Arts program including pathways and discipline combinations
  • Critical evaluation of information; decision making theory; models for planning; pros and cons of planning


  • Personal goal setting and planning exercises
  • Resume writing as an instance of the intellectual challenges and skills of writing in general (assembling data, crafting sentences, persuasive rhetoric)
  • Self management skills for university study including time management, self directed learning, presenting to groups, assignment writing and exam preparation as project management 

Assessment items

Online Learning Activity: Reflective Blog

Presentation: Presentation

Portfolio: Development of Online Presence for Career: e-portfolio