Undergraduate - Area of study

Students who commenced study in 2014 should refer to this area of study entry for direction on the requirments; to check which units are currently available for enrolment, refer to the unit indexes in the the current edition of the Handbook. If you have any queries contact the managing faculty for your area of study.

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This area of study entry applies to students commencing this course in 2014 and should be read in conjunction with the relevant course entry in the Handbook. Any units listed for this area of study relate only to the 'Requirements' outlined in the Faculty of Arts component of any bachelors double degrees.

Managing facultyFaculty of Arts
Offered bySchool of Applied Media and Social Sciences


  • Unit codes that are not linked to their entry in the Handbook are not available for study in the current year.


Community studies exposes students to current debates about the meaning, nature and outlook of communities. It engages with a range of issues, including an investigation of the cultural construction, representation and history of Australian indigenous societies; the ways in which communities safeguard their interests; and globalisation and citizenship. Students also explore how community histories are constructed, reflect on community building, innovation maintenance and failure, gain insights into community welfare work, and examine Australian social issues.


First-year level

Students studying a sequence in community studies must complete the following two units (12 points):

  • ATS1251 Introduction to Australian Indigenous societies I*
  • ATS1898 A changing world: Globalisation and social change**

* Students who have already completed this unit as part of a first-level sequence in Australian Indigenous studiesAustralian Indigenous studies ( must complete another first level arts unit.

** Students who have already completed this unit as part of a first-year level sequence in history-politicshistory-politics ( or sociologysociology ( must complete another first-level arts unit.

Second/Third-year level

Students studying a minorminor ( or majormajor ( in community studies must have completed the first-year sequence. In addition:

Units include:

  • ATS2365/ATS3365 Australian Indigenous literature
  • ATS2566/ATS3566 Stories of communities: (Re)Discovering the voiceless
  • ATS2736/ATS3736 Environmental sociology
  • ATS2782 Alternative and mainstream communities
  • ATS2823 Community development
  • ATS2825 Social issues and personal values
  • ATS2894/ATS3894 Accommodating minorities in Australia?
  • ATS3898 Special topics in sustainability

Relevant courses

Single degrees

  • 3914 Bachelor of Arts (Criminal Justice)
  • 1708 Bachelor of Arts (Professional Communication)
  • 1712 Bachelor of Arts (Psychology)
  • 4073 Bachelor of Arts and Social Sciences
  • 1719 Bachelor of Behavioural Science
  • 1731 Bachelor of Community Welfare and Counselling

Double degrees

  • 1807 Bachelor of Arts and Social Sciences and Bachelor of Business and Commerce
  • 4208 Bachelor of Arts and Social Sciences and Bachelor of Education (Primary)
  • 1798 Bachelor of Arts (Psychology) and Bachelor of Community Welfare and Counselling
  • 4076 Bachelor of Community Welfare and Counselling and Diploma of Disability