Arts

Study mode:Online Study type:Part-time Languages: English
 
StudyQA ranking:3422 Duration:12 months

The Master of Arts is designed to enable graduates to pursue further studies in an area of personal interest, for professional development, or as a pathway to higher degree research, by studying a number of graduate level units. Students are able to tailor a program of study to suit their interests by enrolling in units within the one subject area, or selecting units from a range of subject areas, as listed for this course.


Career Opportunities
A Master of Arts allows you to refine your professional skills, in a relatively unrestricted program of study. Examples of careers that can be assisted through an MA include management, public relations, foreign affairs, education, business, human resources, and research.

Employers often look for flexibility in their staff, expecting to retrain staff as work demands change. To meet this need, they tend to seek out people who are intellectually flexible, with analytical minds, and good communication skills. Students in an MA are trained to think for themselves, acquire and process information, communicate their thoughts effectively, and exercise initiative. These are skills that employers want.

Learning Outcomes
Upon completion of this course, students will be able to:

* appreciate and apply in depth knowledge of specific subject areas, including inter-disciplinary approaches;
* demonstrate and apply higher level research and communication skills;
* utilise enhanced critical thinking and analytical skills in a variety of academic, professional and community settings; and
* identify and seek work in a variety of community and professional settings.

Graduate Attributes
Knowledge of a Discipline

Detailed and higher level knowledge of selected subject areas and disciplines will be taught through unit materials, online discussions, guided readings, and directed learning and research activities. This knowledge will be practised and assessed through a variety of discipline relevant assignment tasks.

Communication Skills

Communication skills will be taught through guided learning activities, oral and written feedback on assignments, and online discussions. They will be practised through participation in online discussions and through written or other forms of assignments relevant to the area of study with particular acknowledgement of the diversity of communication styles and forms employed by different disciplines and by individuals from different cultural backgrounds. They will be assessed through assignment work and against criteria relevant to the specific form of communication and to the subject area being studied.

Global Perspectives

An awareness of the global context of specific disciplines and the professional environments to which they contribute is an essential component of teaching at postgraduate level and will be reflected in discipline specific ways in the selected study areas. An emphasis will be placed on alerting students to issues and practices relevant to ensuring that they can enhance their ability to function sensitively and effectively in multicultural or global contexts.

Information Literacy

Students will be taught and will be required to develop and practice a range of higher level research skills relevant to their selected subject areas and disciplines, including inter-disciplinary approaches. These will include awareness of the level and nature of information required and where and how it can be acquired; relevant methods for analysing and evaluating information; and the use of information to demonstrate their understanding of topics and issues and to do so in different forms and media, depending on subject and discipline requirements.

Life-Long Learning

Through their participation throughout the course and the assessment tasks required of them, students will be provided with the lifelong skills to continue to research, evaluate, discuss and present information and issues in a variety of contexts and for a variety of purposes. The skills they will acquire, both disciplinary and inter-disciplinary, will be useful in a range of professional and community settings.

Problem Solving

Students will become familiar with key problem-solving strategies relevant to their selected subject areas. They will then be taught how to apply their information literacy skills to develop their own responses to particular problems in different environments and contexts.

Social Responsibility

Students will be taught about their professional and ethical responsibilities to provide balanced and accurate research; their social responsibility to recognise and address social justice issues; and their need for awareness and action in relation to issues such as the impact of social change, sustainable development, Indigenous rights and occupational risk. These will be taught, practised and assessed in accordance with the requirements and understandings relevant to their different disciplinary, inter-disciplinary and professional areas of study and interest.

Team Work

Through online discussions and teaching and learning activities, students will be required to work collaboratively and network effectively in the sharing of resources and ideas, and in order to solve problems. To do so, they will be required to understand and practise an appreciation of different approaches and styles, to be supportive of each other, and to assert their own values and opinions while respecting the values and contributions of others. These skills and awareness will be reinforced through discipline-specific tasks, discussions and activities relating to strategies for effective collaborative work as students, as community members and in professional contexts.

A candidate shall:(a) hold a bachelor degree of a recognised university where a candidate elects to complete one of the following Majors: Ancient History; Asian Studies; Geography; Heritage Studies; Indigenous Studies; Islamic Studies; Linguistics; Media and Communications; Peace Studies; Philosophy; Political and International Studies; Regional Change Management; Studies in Religion; Writing; or(b) hold a bachelor degree of a recognised university including a major in the relevant language, or approval of the Head of School of Arts, where a candidate elects to complete one of the following Majors: Chinese; French; German; Indonesian; Italian; Japanese; or(c) hold a bachelor degree of a recognised university including relevant discipline studies as follows where a candidate elects to complete one of the following Majors: Archaeology (24 credit points in ARPA units or equivalent); English (an undergraduate major in English or approval of the Head of School); Gender Studies (30 credit points in undergraduate Gender Studies with units with a Distinction Grade Point Average (GPA) or equivalent); History (an undergraduate major in History or equivalent).

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