Bachelor of Arts (Honours) (BA(Hons))

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Special Notes

These Program Rules should be read in conjunction with the University's policies (


The Bachelor of Arts (Honours) is a 1 year program that includes advanced coursework and a research project in which students produce an extended piece of work (thesis) on a topic chosen in consultation with an academic supervisor.

The Bachelor of Arts (Honours) is an AQF Level 8 qualification with a standard full-time duration of 1 year.

Program Learning Outcome
1. Understand and synthesise a broad and coherent body of knowledge in a discipline or inter-disciplinary topics in the Humanities and Social Sciences including relevant concepts, theories, skills, debates, emerging issues, and methods of inquiry.
2. Apply creative and critical thinking to identify and solve problems within complex social contexts using rigorous techniques of inquiry involving a variety of primary and secondary sources,
3. Communicate effectively in a range of spoken and written modes and formats within discipline and professional contexts in a variety of social, cultural and linguistic situations and contribute productively to group-based outcomes,
4. Demonstrate career readiness and leadership skills appropriate for beginning professional practice including: 4.1 information technology skills to access, store, manage, analyse and present discipline-based information and data, and to communicate effectively with others 4.2 lifelong learning skills characterised by academic rigour, self-direction and intellectual independence.
5. Identify social and cultural global issues and their ethical implications, and demonstrate the capacity to operate with personal and professional integrity in a range of social, cultural and linguistic contexts.
6. Appreciate and manage their own personal capabilities through processes of self-appraisal, and demonstrate respect and mutual responsibility in sustaining productive relationships.

Interruption of program: Students must apply for permission from the Executive Dean or delegate before taking a Leave of Absence. Any extension of the leave without approval will result in the loss of place in the program but an application may be made to be re-admitted to the program subject to the admission procedures in place at the time.

Program Maximum Duration: As specified in Table 1 of the Coursework Academic Programs Policy, this program must be completed within a Maximum Duration which includes any periods of non-enrolment, leave of absence or approved study at other institutions for credit towards a Program.

Academic Program Rules for Bachelor of Arts (Honours)

There shall be a Bachelor of Arts (Honours) .

Qualification Requirements
Academic Program: 

To qualify for the degree of Bachelor of Arts (Honours) the student must complete satisfactorily an area of research (specialisation) with a combined total of not less than 24 units, from the following:

  • Anthropology
  • Chinese Studies
  • Classics
  • Creative Writing
  • Criminology
  • English
  • Film Studies
  • French Studies
  • Gender Studies
  • Geography, Environment and Population
  • German Studies
  • History
  • International Development
  • Japanese Studies
  • Linguistics 
  • Philosophy
  • Politics and International Relations
  • Sociology
  • Spanish Studies