Language and culture studies



Develop your linguistic skills in Arabic, Chinese or Indonesian, but also gain essential cultural, historical and social perspectives.

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MJ-A000052 (major)


Burwood (Melbourne), Waurn Ponds (Geelong), Cloud (Online)

Career outcomes

Careers in this field include work in the communications industry, community and government organisations, community health organisations, the education sector, ethnic affairs associations, foreign affairs departments, multicultural organisations, tourism associations and translation services.

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Students must complete 4 credit points in one of the languages: Arabic, Chinese, or Indonesian. In addition, students must select 4 credit points of contextual studies units, which must include at least 2 credit points at level 3, from the elective list below. 


Students must complete 4 credit points of Arabic units (AIB)


Students must complete 4 credit points of Chinese units (AIC)


Students must complete 4 credit point of Indonesian units (AIF)

Contextual studies units

Level 1

  • History of the Middle East AIE153
  • Understanding Middle East Politics AIE154
  • World Religions ASR100
  • Level 2

  • Critical Issues in Middle East Politics AIE255
  • International Migration and Multicultural Societies ASC233
  • Level 3

  • China: From Empire to Republic AIE334
  • Modern China: Liberation, Cultural Revolution and Reform AIE335
  • The Arab-Israeli Conflict AIE364
  • Middle East Study Tour AIE365