Bachelor of Arts

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The Bachelor of Arts course is built on the understanding that social and personal values and faith shape social and workplace communities, cultures and families. The course draws on a number of particular disciplines to explicate and explore how these have contributed to and drawn from faith and values in various contexts. The student is encouraged to develop an understanding of the integration and interplay of Christian faith, knowledge and social justice.

Faith is pervasive, powerful, multifaceted, and an enduring dimension of human experience. Christian faith has shaped complex cultures and countless individual lives. It continues to be influential in the world today. The Bachelor of Arts notes this and the related emphasis on the importance of values in society and helps participants to explore the conceptual influences which have shaped our contemporary worldview. In this context, students are encouraged to engage and respond insightfully and effectively to the challenges that do and will confront them and their communities in the course of their personal and professional lives. Studies in the Bachelor of Arts recognise and explore the interplay that each discipline has with culture, context,Christian faith and values. Through the course of study students will engage with ideas, beliefs, values and concerns pertaining to the human condition and context in the light of a Christian perspective. As they do so, they will build learning communities on‐campus, online and through practicum.

Aesthetic, imaginative and relational dimensions are explored. The degree provides for the acquisition, processing and evaluation of new knowledge and thus offers a base from which to pursue further (graduate) studies and also to engage with new ideas, changes and challenges in a variety of environments. Some of the majors are focussed toward particular vocational outcomes. Students will develop capacities to contribute to strengthening the communities with which they are associated. The course offers students a broad, flexible education that allows them to develop philosophical and theoretical frameworks through understanding, critically evaluating and disseminating knowledge. It also builds students’ capabilities for task‐specific skills and vocational outcomes. This base enables graduates to take up employment and service opportunities in the broader community building social capacities and resilience. Employers, churches and the wider community will benefit from graduates who have a broad educational experience, strong values‐based personal philosophies and who are socially aware and responsible.

Course Outcomes

  • Broad and coherent knowledge, with depth, of the principles and concepts of one or more areas of specialization
  • Broad and coherent knowledge of the Christian tradition in one or more of its central and varied forms and how it relates to the vocation of the student
  • Ability to, critically review, analyse, consolidate and synthesise the ideas and arguments of others
  • Technical and cognitive skills to articulate a broad understanding of the knowledge with depth in the areas of specialization
  • Cognitive, creative and communication skills to independently analyse and present knowledge, ideas and arguments
  • Implication and integration of Christian belief for living with depth in the chosen specialisations
  • Demonstrate interpersonal and teamwork skills appropriate to employment and/or further study.
  • Apply knowledge and skills in exercising initiative and judgement in planning, problem solving and decision making in professional and/or scholarship contexts independently and through team collaboration
  • Adapt knowledge and skills of the area of specialisation to varied contexts

Delivery locations

Admission Criteria

  • Meet the General Entry Requirements for all courses at Eastern College Australia
  • Satisfactory completion of the Victorian Certificate of Education (VCE)* or equivalent: obtaining an ATAR score of 65 or
  • Successful completion of the Diploma in Arts or
  • Successful completion of the Associate Degree in Arts or
  • Mature Age entry for those who have reached the age of 21

*Please note that VCAL is not considered equivalent to VCE for Higher Education admission.

This course is only available to domestic students (those not requiring a student visa).

English Language Requirement

An applicant for studies in this course will be deemed to have sufficient English proficiency if:

  • They were born in one of the following countries and have completed at least one qualification (secondary or tertiary) in one of those countries and the language in which the qualification was undertaken was English
    • American Samoa; Australia; Botswana; Canada; Fiji; Ghana; Guyana; Ireland; Jamaica; Kenya; Lesotho; Liberia; New Zealand; Papua New Guinea; Singapore; Solomon Islands; South Africa; Tonga; Trinidad and Tobago; United Kingdom; USA; Zambia; Zimbabwe.
  • They were not born in one of the following countries but have completed senior secondary study or at least one year of full-time university study in one of these countries and the language in which the qualification was undertaken was English:
    • American Samoa; Australia; Botswana; Canada; Fiji; Ghana; Guyana; Ireland; Jamaica; Kenya; Lesotho; Liberia; New Zealand; Papua New Guinea; Singapore; Solomon Islands; South Africa; Tonga; Trinidad and Tobago; United Kingdom; USA; Zambia; Zimbabwe.
  • They have successfully completed a senior secondary qualification, a post secondary Diploma qualification of at least two years, an undergraduate program of three years or more, or a postgraduate program of two years or more FT or more, undertaken in a non-English speaking country provided the study:
    • was completed in an institution which is listed in the International Handbook of Universities, World Higher Education Database, UK Naric Database or AEI NOOSR guides or an institution accredited through one of ICETE’s registered accrediting bodies and is confirmed by the institution as having been conducted and examined solely in the English language.
  • They have attained results as listed in one of the following qualifications:

    Test Minimum Results
    IELTS Academic 6.0 (no band less than 5.5)
    TOEFL (Paper based) 550+ Test of Writing English 4
    TOEFL (Internet) 76+ Writing 18
    Pearson Test of English (Academic) 57 No communicative score below 50
    Cambridge English Advanced 54 No less than Borderline in writing

Course Structure

The Bachelor of Arts degree is composed of 24 subjects of 6 Credit Points each completed over 3 years full-time equivalent (144 Credit Points in total).

Students undertaking this degree are required to complete:

Option 1 Option 2 Option 3
Core (36 credit points) Core (36 credit points) Core (36 credit points)
Major (48 credit points) Major (48 credit points) Major (48 credit points)
Minor (24 credit points) Minor (24 credit points) Major (48 credit points)
Electives (36 credit points) Minor (24 credit points) Electives (12 credit points)
  Electives (12 credit points)  
  1. Normally, subjects are taken in the following level order: “500” (Introductory level) then “600” (Intermediate Level) then “700” (Advanced Level).
  2. All Students are required to complete 36 credit points in Christian Foundations.
  3. Students must include at least one major sequence, comprising at least 48 credit points. This sequence must include at least 18 credit points in “700” (Advanced Level).
  4. In their course, students must not include more than 60 credit points in “500” (Introductory level) subjects and must include at least 36 credit points in “700” (Advanced Level) subjects.
  5. Students must not include more than 24 credit points in Practicum (PR) subjects in the Bachelor degree.
  6. Students may not import more than 96 credit points from other institutions.


Applied Linguistics Major
Christian Foundation Core Major
Counselling Major
Dramatic Arts Major
Education Studies Major
English Major
History Major
Psychology Major
Visual Arts Major
Youth Studies Major
Applied Linguistics Minor
Community Development Minor
Counselling Minor
Counselling Practicum Minor
Dramatic Arts Minor
Education Studies Minor
English Minor
History Minor
Leadership Minor
Maths Minor
Philosophy & Religion Studies Minor
Psychology Minor
Visual Arts Minor
Youth Studies Minor
Youth Studies Practicum Minor

Units attached to this course

Unit Code Unit Name
AR540.306 Arts and Creativity
AR546.306 Arts and Spirituality
AR641.306 Drawing 1
AR643.306 Painting 1
AR653.306 Dramatic Arts 1
AR655.306 Dramatic Arts and Communication 1
AR742.306 Drawing 2
AR745.306 Painting 2
AR746.306 Aesthetics and the Visual Arts
AR747.306 Visual Arts and Society
AR754.306 Dramatic Arts 2
AR756.306 Dramatic Arts and Communication 2
AR757.306 Dramatic Arts and Society
AR758.306 Aesthetics and the Dramatic Arts
BB524.306 Introduction to the Bible
CD520.306 Community Development and Social Change
CD530.306 Sociology of Development
CD621.306 Leading and Organising for Social Change
CD622.306 Art and Community Development
CD631.306 Social Inequality and Marginalisation
CN510.306 Introduction to Counselling
CN522.306 Counselling Theory and Practice 1
CN611.306 Counselling Skills
CN622.306 Counselling Theory and Practice 2
CN631.306 Ethical and Professional Practice for Counselling
CN642.306 Family Counselling
CN644.306 Counselling Applications 1
CN645.306 Counselling Applications 2
CN732.306 Counsellor Health in Practice
CN791.306 Issues in Counselling
CN793.306 Directed Study Project in Counselling
ED520.306 Developmental Learning and Pedagogies
ED521.306 Twenty-first Century Learning and Teaching
ED621.306 Ecology and Management of Learning Environments
ED622.306 Students with Additional Needs
ED623.306 Information Communications Technology and Design
ED724.306 Learners, Educators and Social Contexts
ED731.306 Curriculum, Assessment, Evidence and Data
ED732.306 Professional Identity and Engagement: Ethics and the Law
ED792.306 Directed Study in Education Studies
HS502.306 Introduction to Christian History
HS570.306 The World We Live In: World History Since 1945
HS631.306 Reformation Church History
HS632.306 History of the World Christian Movement
HS635.306 Empires and Globalisation
HS636.306 Contact, Conflict and Reconciliation
HS637.306 Radicals, Reformers and Revolutionaries
HS705.306 Early Church History
HS750.306 Australian Church History
HS775.306 Wesley and the Methodists
HS792.306 Directed Study in History
LN504.306 Right Writing
LN521.312 Introduction to Language Learning and Linguistics
LN533.306 Literature, Philosophy and Civilisation
LN603.306 Structure of Languages
LN621.306 Introduction to Sociolinguistics
LN622.306 Introduction to Phonology
LN630.306 Introduction to Literacy
LN632.306 English Literature Survey 1
LN661.306 Language and Community in Australia
LN662.306 Write Creatively
LN734.306 English Literature Survey 2
LN735.306 Reading Great Books
LN736.306 Modern Literature
LN762.306 Developing Materials for Minority Languages
LN763.306 Literacy Theories in Minority Contexts
LN764.306 Field Methods for Applied Linguistic Fieldwork
LN771.306 Translation and Semantics
LN795.306 Issues in Applied Linguistics
MN557.306 Spiritual Development for Young Adults
MN621.306 Leadership 1
MN721.306 Leadership 2
MN756.306 Integration of Vocation and Faith
MS738.306 Training and Planning in Multicultural Contexts
MS743.306 World Religions
MT560.306 Basic Calculus
MT580.306 Statistics for Decision Making
MT610.306 Ordinary Differential Equations
MT640.306 Linear Algebra with Application
PH500.306 Varieties of Religious Experience
PH502.306 Thinking Belief
PH641.306 Encounters between Philosophy and Theology
PR570.306 Cross-Cultural Experience
PR681.306 Youth Work Field Education 1
PR724.306 Counselling Field Education 1
PR725.306 Counselling Field Education 2
PR781.306 Youth Work Field Education 2
PS511.306 Introduction to Psychology
PS623.306 Abnormal Psychology
PS626.306 Human Lifespan Development
PS651.306 Community Psychology
PS680.306 Research, Design and Statistics
PS740.306 Social Psychology
PS761.306 Personality Theory and Application
PS761.306 Personality Theory and Application
PS793.306 Research Project in Psychology
RP790.306 Independent Study Project
TH507.306 Foundations for Faith
TH570.306 Living in Christ
TH604.306 Faith, Reason and Justice
TH671.306 Theology of Everyday Life
YT540.306 Culture and Sociology of Youth
YT541.306 Youth Work and the Youth Sector
YT620.306 Vulnerability and the Youth Experience
YT630.306 Youth and Spirituality
YT721.306 Positive Youth Development
YT742.306 Practices of Youth Work
YT750.306 Ethical and Professional Practice for Youth Work
YT791.306 Issues in Youth Studies