So what are you studying?
It’s the first question most people ask when they find out you’re at uni. While there’s nothing wrong with saying ‘Law’, ‘Medicine’, ‘English’ or ‘Marketing’, it’s more fun to hit them with some of the more unusual units you could be studying at UWA…
Metaphysics: a User's Guide to Time Travel
What if you travelled back in time to get Shakespeare to sign your copy of his Complete Works only to find he never existed? What if you then took his place, ‘writing’ his plays yourself by copying them out of your book? Who came up with the words originally? Get stuck into the metaphysical issues every good time traveller should know about…and if you don’t understand something, go back and do it again. TARDIS not included.
Drugs that Changed the World
One of the few times you can mix beer and antibiotics. Find out the stories of alcohol and penicillin and their impact on history. Or learn about everything from nitroglycerin to the Pill (you can decide for yourself which of those two caused the biggest explosion in society).
Logic: How to Defeat Your Foes with Reasoning
Sick of always losing arguments? Well now you can leave people slack-jawed and speechless in the face of your rock-solid reasoning. This unit will give you all the skills you’ll need to make your point of view persuasive and compelling. So, have we talked you into it?
Netflicks: Cinema and Long-form Television
Learn about the shift from big-screen viewing to squinting at your mobile, and how the new Golden Age of TV has overtaken cinema. Warning: assessments for this unit do not include binge-watching Game of Thrones (although to be honest, you’ve probably done enough homework on that already).
Music in Film, TV and Video Games
Imagine Darth Vader without his menacing theme music. Or Titanic without Celine Dion. The point is, music and the moving image go together like Thriller and dancing zombies – this unit looks at how they’ve been teamed in everything from silent movies to video games.
Mysteries of Forensic Science
Can you see yourself catching bad guys like they do in CSI or Bones? This unit has you covered like one of those disposable crime-scene suits. Learn the skills and techniques used in forensic science and hear from leading Western Australians in the field – including the State’s police forensic section.
Adulting: Law for Everyday Lives
Being an adult takes skill, and yes, there is a trick to it. While it doesn’t cover the basics (getting out of bed, putting on clothes, having breakfast), this unit will teach you how to navigate real-world issues such as working, renting, purchasing goods and services, and driving, all from a legal point of view. It’s like a cheat sheet for life.
Dice, dice, baby. When it comes to fun, video games don’t have the Monopoly. From chess to draughts to Dungeons and Dragons, games have captivated us for way longer than the Xbox or PlayStation. Explore the design, production and use of games, and how they affect our lives. And it’s fine if you’re more about Fortnite than Jenga – the unit looks at video games too.
Not tempted by any of those?
We have more than 4,000 other units to choose from – visit handbooks.uwa.edu.au to explore the options or contact our friendly Future Students team to help match your interests to your degree on 131 UWA (892) or firstname.lastname@example.org.