Have you ever found yourself scrolling through the suggested electives for your course and thought, “I really just want to learn about sex, drugs and serial killers”? There’s an elective for that.

Or maybe you’ve been wondering what to study to fill up your spare units in Semester 2, and always wanted to learn about the depths of the ocean. There’s an elective for that too.

Behind the HUBS, the LEGL, or the NURS courses in your Program Plan are some hidden gems that you might not have even known could be added to your transcript. If you’re looking for a few electives, there’s a whole smorgasbord of interesting courses to make your Semester that little bit more fun.

Keep in mind that these electives are for Semester 2, 2021 only.

Screening Sex and Gender (FMCS3900)

What you’ll be studying: Sex and gender representation has been a developing part of media for longer than those avant-garde music videos that used to be on ‘rage’ at 2AM. In this course, students get to study women in film and television, masculinity on-screen, queer sexuality, diverse gender presentations, transgender representation, intersex and/or non-binary representation and more.

Who is this for: Everyone, really. But especially those who like discussing gender and sexuality and who watch a fair bit of telly. 

Elementary Japanese 1 (JAPN1110)

What you’ll be studying: This course provides an introduction to the Japanese language for beginners, covering the basics in pronunciation, grammar, vocabulary, writing system and the rich culture of Japan. Students get the chance to work on basic translations, practice their communication and learn more about all aspects of Japanese society and culture, it’s pretty much as close as you can be to Japan without having to leave your house.

Who is this for: Anime lovers, or anyone who wants to broaden their cultural capital and learn more about Japan, who knows, this could set you up for your next overseas holiday…

Our Ocean (MARI1000)

What you’ll be studying: with water making up 71% of our Earth’s surface, it might be time we know a little bit more about under the sea! You’d be learning about the deep ocean blue, the not so deep parts, and the ecosystems that make up the place that many marine species call their home. You can also learn about the social, economic and environmental costs, as well as how a new era of sustainability is changing our beautiful seas. 

Who is this for: those who really love watching Finding Nemo, Animal Planet, going for a scuba dive or who want to know more about how to become a better ally for our oceans.

Sex, Drugs and Serial Killers (PSYC1800)

What you’ll be studying: ever wanted to learn more about sex, drugs, and…. what the inside of a serial killer’s mind looks like? If you’re currently binge-watching How To Get Away With Murder then make sure this course is on your radar. Alongside learning about sexuality and gender in a modern world and the effect drugs have on the modern addict, you’ll also step inside the mind of killers and dabble in some criminal psychology. You’d also get to be in a mock jury trial, without having to take time off work. 

Who is this for: anyone who is interested in the psychology behind these topics, or who has always wondered what makes cold-blooded murderers tick. 

Origin of Controversies (HIST1052)

What you’ll be studying: it’s all in the name, but let me explain in some more detail. If you take this course, you’ll be exploring the debates around human rights, slavery and democracy; love, marriage and sexuality; trauma, social conflict and violence. It’s basically a contemporary Twitter feed, but more educational, informative, and worth 10 units toward your degree. 

Who is this for: Literally everyone and their grandmother, because it’s great to be well educated on history and the society you are a part of. 

Keep an eye on the Student Central Facebook Page for information about when Enrolments open for Semester 2, and make sure to ask your Program Advisor if you’re not sure what you should be enrolling in. 

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