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What is Breadth?

Breadth is one of the most exciting aspects of the University's undergraduate degrees. Breadth subjects allow you to gain knowledge and understanding across a broader range of disciplines, enabling you to develop insight, experience, and new ways of thinking in areas distinct from the main fields of study in your degree.

New Breadth Subject: Insects shaping society

Insects are the largest and most diverse group of organisms on the planet, and they can’t help but shape our lives for better and worse. Bees are especially important, pollinating plants while harvesting nectar, and in the process are responsible for a third of our food production. Some mosquitoes spread malaria, which kills over a million people every year, mostly children under five. Insects have played central roles in societies across the world and shaped our religion, language and culture.

In Insects Shaping Society, you will learn about how insect societies intersect with and live in parallel to our own through fun hands-on activities like honey tasting, observation of bee behaviour and even cooking with insects – tasting optional!

Fascinating case studies will show you:

  • How insect societies behave and communicate
  • The benefits they provide us as pollinators and producers of honey and other products
  • The important role insects have played in our culture from biblical plagues to monster-movie terrors
  • Insects in Aboriginal lore
  • The health problems they cause humans and our domesticated animals as disease and parasite carriers
  • The threats to bee populations and what we can do to help
  • How climate change is affecting insects and how their interactions with us.
Handbook entry coming soon.

Breadth Subjects

You can study a single breadth subject from a wide range of disciplines distinct from your main field of study in your Bachelor (first) degree. Or you can choose a 'Breadth Track' and follow a specialist stream for the duration of your degree.

Our Planet, Our Health

Breadth Tracks

The University has developed clear breadth sequences, or 'tracks', that will help you identify coherent groups of breadth subjects and allow you to extract the maximum benefit from your breadth component.

What is a breadth track?

A breadth track is a set of three subjects that progressively develops knowledge and skills relevant to some domain, theme, topic or issue. The University has developed a comprehensive range of approved breadth tracks for each course and the Faculty of Veterinary and Agricultural Sciences delivers the following tracks: