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 know how symmetry actually plays a bigger part in daily life. 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, 2020 only,.

Einstein, Bach and the Taj Mahal: Symmetry in the Arts, Sciences and Humanities (MATH2005)

What you’ll be studying: at a first glance, students may just think they’re learning about all things symmetrical. However, just like symmetry itself, this course has a deeper meaning hiding in plain sight. You’d be learning about symmetry and its consequences, its beauty, balance and harmony. Also its role in conservation, stasis and boredom. This course may open your mind to challenge the way you think throughout your whole degree. 

Who is this for: All students who want to learn about a different way to approach their own degree. Who knew symmetry could do so much?

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. 

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. 

Songwriting (MUSI1901)

What you’ll be studying: the foundational technical skills of songwriting! If you have ever wanted to write a hit pop song here is your chance. The course teaches you lyric writing, melodic writing, for and chord sequences, plus the computer software needed for composition.

Who is this for: anyone with an interest in how music is made. Whilst this course may not be the best for those of us who can’t hold a tune, you don’t have to be a maestro to nail this elective.

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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