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Bachelor of Arts

  • Qualification:

    Bachelor's Degree

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  • Payment options:

    HECS-HELP may be available
    Upfront payment

  • Duration:

    24 units

  • Start date:

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  • Awarded by:

    Murdoch University

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What you'll learn

About this course

Passionate about building a better, more secure future for Australia and the world at large? Look no further than Murdoch University's Bachelor of Arts degree.

Offered entirely online through Open Universities Australia, the undergraduate course is ideally suited to community-minded individuals with a strong sense of social justice. The course offers an exciting range of majors that cover everything from counterterrorism and international aid through to sustainability and community development.

The course begins by providing a solid grounding in academic research skills and analytical thinking - crucial competencies that will see you excel in your chosen major. Once you have developed this foundational knowledge base, you'll move on to major in one of the following specialisations:

  • Security, Terrorism and Counterterrorism
  • International Aid and Development
  • Community Development
  • Sustainability and Sustainable Development

The course is the perfect launch pad to help you pursue a career with purpose, and one that will see you work towards building a safer, more sustainable future for our world.


To be eligible for entry into this course, applicants must meet the following entry requirements:

  • Have passed 4 OUA undergraduate units; OR
  • Have completed Year 12 in Australia with an ATAR of 70 or higher; OR
  • Sit the Special Tertiary Admissions Test (STAT) with a score of 140 in the Written English component, and 135 in the Multiple Choice section; OR
  • Hold a certificate IV or higher; OR
  • Have successfully completed Murdoch University's Flexitrack program


Areas of study

In this arts degree, the subjects you may study include:

Core units:

  • Academic learning skills
  • Ideas and identity
  • Developing research skills and methods
  • Advanced research in the arts

Core elective units - complete 2 of the following:

  • Drugs in society
  • Wellbeing
  • Creativity and innovation
  • Global and regional sustainability
  • Indigenous Australia and the nation
  • Sex and gender matters
  • Women in Asian societies
  • Metaphors of mind
  • World religions

Sustainable Development Major:

  • Introduction to community development
  • Introduction to sustainable development
  • Environmental biology
  • Sustainability, ecology and communities
  • Overseas aid and international development
  • Global and regional sustainability
  • Sustainable urban communities
  • Resilient regions: sustainability in practice
  • Economics of sustainability

Security, Terrorism and Counterterrorism Major:

  • Understanding international politics
  • Perspectives on security and terrorism
  • Critical and creative thinking
  • Security in an age of risk
  • Terrorism in a globalised world
  • US policies and global security
  • Military force and counterterrorism
  • Terrorism and political violence in South Asia
  • Intelligence and counter intelligence
  • National security: policy and strategy
  • Policing, intelligence and counterterrorism
  • International security studies
  • Politics and security in South East Asia: terrorists, gangsters and the state
  • Middle East politics and security
  • National resilience: crisis response and emergency management
  • Cyber security in practice

International Aid and Development Major:

  • Introduction to community development
  • Understanding international politics
  • Introduction to sustainable development
  • Sex and gender matters
  • Overseas aid and international development
  • International political economy
  • Creative ways to work with community
  • International aid and development in practice
  • Sustainable urban communities

Community Development Major:

  • Introduction to community development
  • Introduction to sustainable development
  • Introduction to sociology
  • Community work across sites, settings and people
  • Community and social policy
  • Indigenous Australia and the nation
  • Overseas aid and international development
  • Sustainable urban communities
  • Creative ways to work with community
  • Preparing for professional community practice

You may be eligible for Recognition of Prior Learning (RPL) or credit if your previous education or work experience meet certain criteria.

For two decades, Open Universities Australia (OUA) has partnered with leading Australian educators to make tertiary-level courses easier to access for people, no matter their background, their work status or their other life commitments. OUA has built up their reputation by making education more flexible, easier to tailor and available almost entirely online.

OUA's devotion to online education remains to this day, but where they once focused on higher education, today they offer the broadest set of post-secondary education and training programs in Australia.
Open Universities Australia offers a range of administrative and student support options. As a student of OUA you will have access to four hours of free expert tutoring support for each unit undertaken through the tutoring service SMARTHINKING. This on-demand service allows you to get fast, detailed feedback on your assignment drafts and gives you access to your tutor in real time.

The My OUA portal is an online student medium that allows you access to all your course and enrolment information as well as access to student forums and assessment tips.

Career outcomes

Upon successful completion of this course you will receive a nationally recognised Bachelor of Arts from Murdoch University.

The career path you pursue upon graduation will depend largely on your chosen major. For instance:

  • Counterterrorism graduates are likely to find work in the public sector at government agencies such as ASIO, the Department of Foreign Affairs and the Attorney-General's office.
  • International aid graduates will be well versed in economic and social policy, and may land roles in development organisations like AUSAID.
  • Sustainable development graduates will enjoy diverse opportunities across the public and private sectors, and could find work in a range of industries including resources, education and tourism.
  • Community development graduates will be suited to careers in community service, welfare agencies, and not-for-profit organisations.

Payment options & support

Finance options

Eligible students can apply for a HECS-HELP loan to cover the upfront costs of all or part of your fees.

Alternatively, you can pay annually for the units you choose to study in that year.

You may be eligible to receive HECS-HELP for this course!

This course can be paid for through the HECS-HELP government loan scheme. If you are an Australian citizen or hold a permanent humanitarian visa, this means you don’t need to pay upfront.

Instead, the Australian government will pay your course fees on your behalf. You’ll begin repaying your loan through the tax system once you start earning more than the minimum threshold of $54,869 (2016-17 income year).

Find out more about government study loans here.

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