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Disciplines - media, music and visual arts

Arts and humanities

Arts and humanities students ask the big questions that inform civic Humanitiesdiscourse, make meanings about culture and seek to understand what constitutes knowledge and understanding. The arts and humanities provide the skills and knowledge to communicate what we think, to describe experience, interpret what we read, see and hear and critically evaluate it. At this particular historical moment, characterised by economic, environmental, social and technological challenges our students learn to analyse and interpret complex texts and artefacts, to ask questions, think creatively and actively participate in communicating knowledge about the world we live in through a range of forms from poetry to the spoken word. Humanities has been at the heart of a liberal arts education since Ancient Greeks were educating their own citizens, and it has since provided the foundation for exploring the changing human experience that can also offer insights into the present and the future.

Within the Bachelor of Arts degree offers a divers range of majors for students to tailor the course to suit their career aspirations.

Social sciences

We live in a multicultural, transnational, networked world in which Social Sciencestime and space has been compressed for many, whilst others have been left behind. The field of social science interrogates the social structures and practices in this world and why people experience different life chances and outcomes. It also explores the relationship between the individual and the social, as well as the meanings that people make of this everyday drama that plays out at both the personal and public levels. Central to social inquiry is the study of power and the ways in which it impacts on individuals and social groups. Social science is uniquely positioned to make sense of this complex and multi-layered phenomena. It enlarges understanding, expands perspectives and equips its students with critical thinking skills. These qualities are crucial to those who want a role in shaping the world and contributing to social, cultural and economic life.

The Bachelor of Social Science enables students to specialise in sociology, politics and government. The degree also provides further options to engage in areas such as development, cultural and welfare studies.

Social welfare

The health and community services sectors are changing rapidlySocial Welfare with increasing focus on innovation, flexible delivery and consumer-directed care. Social work and social welfare involves the study of these changes and the building of personal and professional capacity to respond to people in complex situations, often at times of distress or crisis. Examples include child protection situations, responding to grief and loss, engaging with communities following disaster, and helping people live independently. Social workers and welfare workers use their skills in communication, negotiation, networking, advocacy and building relationships to provide support and effect change when working with individuals, groups and communities. They are concerned with disadvantage and social justice, and helping people achieve optimal health and wellbeing in the context of their own environment, such as their family, community and society.

The Bachelor of Social Welfare enables students gain skills in case management, community development, counselling, social research policy work, advocacy, grief and loss counselling.

The Master of Social Work (Professional Qualifying) is suited to applicants who have undertaken prior study in the social sciences, psychology, or related fields. The course enables students to gain the skills, knowledge and values to be strategic, ethical and reflective social work practitioners in a wide range of organisational settings, including working with individuals, groups and communities.

The Community Seminar Series is held annually at the Gold Coast campus, hosted by Southern Cross University's School of Arts and Social Sciences and the SCU Community Reference Group. It aims to support practitioners and managers in developing and evaluating innovative solutions to challenging problems. Workers in the fields of human services, social welfare and social work will especially benefit from these friendly and informative talks.