A Message from the Dean

For Undergraduate Students

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UNSW is a progressive university dedicated to academic excellence in tackling society’s big issues. That ethos is reflected in our Arts & Social Sciences programs in which our students explore big ideas, create new knowledge and confront the challenges of today’s world.

Our professionally designated programs, the Bachelor of Education (Secondary) and the Bachelor of Social Work, provide you with hands-on professional training and credentials. Our programs and specialisations in Media, Criminology and Development Studies prepare you for a career in those fields, as well as deepening your understanding of specialist areas. The Bachelor of Social Research and Policy develops skills in conducting research, analysing data and policies, writing reports, and project management – all highly relevant to careers in public policy or the private sector. The Bachelor of International Studies offers a truly global perspective, including a one-year overseas study placement at one of our partner institutions including Peking University, Beijing; Paris-Sorbonne University; University of California, Berkley; and many more. Our specialist creative courses in Music, and Theatre and Performance combine practice with theory, to develop existing interests and talents or broaden your horizon in new directions.

The globally recognised Bachelor of Arts (BA) is organised around the knowledge and skills you will need to succeed in a rapidly changing world. Our BA introduces you to a rich intellectual grounding in traditional Humanities and Social Science disciplines, honing your critical and analytical skills while enabling you to apply the ideas you have learned to complex, contemporary challenges such as global development, international business and the environment. We particularly encourage you to study languages, for a competitive edge in the global marketplace.

With so many options on offer, you will need to make important decisions during your time in Arts & Social Sciences. When you need advice, visit our Student Centre on the ground floor of the Morven Brown Building. Our academic staff also have feedback hours, when you can seek specialist academic advice. We encourage you to take advantage of the wide range of campus activities, from sports and clubs, such as the Arts Society, to social events and volunteering.

We hope that you will take an active role in the affairs of the University. Students are represented on UNSW’s main decision-making body, the Academic Board, as well as on many Arts & Social Sciences committees. We also invite you to comment regularly on your courses and on your overall experience as a student at UNSW. We value your advice and are always on the lookout for ways to improve.

Arts & Social Sciences at UNSW is a lively and welcoming community of scholars and students, brimming with challenging ideas and focused activity. Here you will discover new ways of understanding the world, learn to think critically and communicate effectively, and develop your talents and creativity. As citizens of the world, our graduates are confident, questioning and creative, pursuing careers that are exciting, influential and, often, unpredictable.

What we offer you is a license to explore. Learn well, have fun, and a very warm welcome to you.

Professor Susan Dodds
Dean, UNSW Arts & Social Sciences

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