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Why study society, arts and cultural studies?
With a broad range of majors and minors to choose from and the opportunity to enhance your learning through global study opportunities, you'll be ready for a diverse and rewarding career. See yourself here.
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Art, language, history, English and writing, Indigenous studies, politics, and religion. There’s so much to explore in the area of society and culture, and even more career pathways for you to follow.
Develop diverse skills across a broad range of subjects, or hone in on a specialisation that suits your interests. Whether you want to become a curator, creative director, producer, translator, journalist, community development manager, or cultural heritage conservationist a degree in the area of society and culture will help you get there.
Follow your passions, with a diverse range of subjects, majors and minors to choose from.
One-of-a-kind programs will provide you with unique specialties, like Development Studies which is the only degree in Australia to include Economics and Aboriginal Studies as core courses; or our new work-ready Arts degree with a choice of four streams and practical placement opportunities.
Build skills employers want like communication, teamwork, problem-solving and critical thinking. Our degrees make you ready for the real world and you can chase job opportunities both in Australia and around the world.
Mix humanities with the digital age with new approaches to learning like blended and online learning, digital streams and peer learning support circles.
Get hands on experience with placements, internships, industry collaborations and practical work experience.
Indigenous studies is one of the highest priorities at the University of Newcastle. Supported by our world-renowned Wollotuka Institute, students studying the Bachelor of Global Indigenous Studies can access a number of support services and resources to help ensure success.
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We understand that sometimes you don't know exactly which degree you'd like to pursue, particularly in an area of study as versatile as society and culture. You might know, however, which field excites you. Whether it be languages, history, literature or the art of writing, use this area of interest to narrow down your study options based on your preferences and career goals.
Anthropology is the study of humans and cultural differences, in both the past and present. Within your degree you will learn the full extent and complexities of cultures. The study of anthropology draws and builds upon knowledge from the social and biological sciences, the humanities and physical sciences. A central concern of the anthropology major is the application of knowledge to the solution of human problems.
Aboriginal studies students explore Indigenous experiences and perspectives, with a focus on history, society, leadership, behaviours, beliefs and related issues. Specialising your degree in this area can lead to a career in a wide range of government and non-government sectors, where specific skills in cross-cultural awareness is sought. Appreciation of Indigenous culture and issues is extremely valuable when working for land councils, medical services, legal services, cooperatives and housing companies.
English graduates are experts in English literature in the context of individual authors, genres, historical periods and themes. A major in English literature will teach you to understand literary texts in the light of their cultural and historical contexts. Graduates will learn the skills necessary to work in publishing and editing; education or in a library.
The study of history provides a window to the world, helping graduates understand and interpret the societies and cultures, the people and events of the past. Historians focus on anything from ancient societies like the Greeks and Romans; to the medieval period; right through to recent history with major world events such as the Vietnam War. Majoring in this area will prepare you to solely concentrate on history on its own or use the skills in other careers where it is relevant such as law, journalism, publishing, teaching and policy development.
Majoring in human geography will see you focus on the branch of social science that deals with the study of people and their communities, cultures, economies and interactions with the environment. A simple example of the focus on human geography is the study of the differences in how people are more culturally tied to the natural environment in rural areas compared to those in cities. Human geography graduates learn to help resolve major urban and regional problems and ultimately have the ability to contribute to the creation of liveable communities, vibrant economies and sustainable places.
Proficiency in other languages enriches personal growth and gives you a deeper appreciation of cultural differences. Those who have studied a second language are attractive for a range of jobs, especially those involving travel; overseas postings and teaching; along with opportunities in sectors that have foreign-language clients, markets and stakeholders. Your major or diploma in languages can focus on one or more modern languages; sign language; or classical languages like Ancient Greek or Latin.
Linguistics degrees focus on the scientific study of language. Linguistics students learn about language as a human communication system, focusing on the structure, acquisition and uses of language, and the variety of world languages. Linguists study how to analyse the role of language in society and communication between people and cultures. Many linguists team this scientific knowledge of language and communication with a second language other than English.
Media studies students learn to analyse the role of media in society. They study the way we consume and use popular media forms such as music, film and television; as well as new media like social media and the internet. Media studies experts consider the institutions and practices that shape these cultural forms and have a deep understanding of topics like audiences and consumption; gender and sexuality; digital labour; and representation and spectatorship.
Music students learn to write, arrange, orchestrate, conduct and perform musical compositions. Not only do they have strong technical know-how they can fuse entrepreneurial and creative applications of music technologies. Degrees in this area are broad and varied and you can specialise in things like performance (instrumental or voice), composition, creative production, song writing or teaching.
Philosophy degrees allow students to explore life’s big questions and encourage critical and systematic inquiry into fundamental questions of right and wrong; truth and falsehood; the meaning of life; and the nature of reality, knowledge and society. In your study of philosophy, you will learn the importance of the structure of an argument and how to push further and ask deeper questions. Philosophers usually work in research and education but can also find roles in public service administration, community welfare and political advisory work.
A sociology major focuses on the study of human society and social relationships, particularly in areas concerning ethnicity and gender, employment and leisure, recreation and tourism, population health, lifestyle and well-being. Students learn to use quantitative and qualitative methods to research social data and often work in government departments. These graduates design and implement surveys, conduct interviews, analyse data, compile and evaluate information, and present the results in a report format.
Studies of religion covers the history, literature, philosophy, beliefs and practices of the world’s belief systems. Your degree will focus on all main religions from antiquity to the present day. Graduates minoring in Studies of Religion can find employment in a variety of roles in many different types of organisations. Careers range in industries such as cultural heritage, government, journalism, law and politics.
Studying a combined degree gives you two qualifications at once. The advantage is that you graduate with two degrees in less time than doing them separately. You may also gain a competitive edge in the employment market as employers are increasingly looking for staff with diverse skill-sets.
Over the course of our 55-year history, more than 148,000 students have called Newcastle their home. And why wouldn't you want to? Our laid-back lifestyle, picture perfect beaches and thriving arts scene are just some of the reasons to love Newy.
Are you keen to take your studies around the world? There are opportunities for international experiences across every area of study, whether it’s an overseas exchange program, study tour or work placement.
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