Bachelor of Arts

Why study the Bachelor of Arts at UNE?

The degree equips students with creative, critical and analytical skills ideal for lifelong learning. The degree offers flexibility in career options and can provide a solid foundation for further studies. This is a flexible degree in which you can incorporate multiple subjects. Graduating students have the subject(s) of their specialisation within the degree appear on their testamur (eg Bachelor of Arts (Psychology) or Bachelor of Arts (Theatre and Performance).

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Career Opportunities

A Bachelor of Arts is, in many ways, the most valuable degree of all. This is because Arts graduates are not as restricted in what they can undertake relative to those with highly specialised degrees. Examples of career paths include management, public relations, foreign affairs, education, business, human resources, research, psychology and archaeology. The employability of Arts graduates is a reflection of the skills they acquire during their study and this is becoming widely acknowledged.

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Degree Snapshot

DURATION

3 Years Full-time
Up to 10 years Part-time

FEES

CSP
International

2015 ATAR / OP

72.55 / 12

2016 STUDY OPTIONS
Armidale

Trimester 1, Off Campus
Trimester 1, On Campus
Trimester 2, Off Campus
Trimester 2, On Campus
Trimester 3, Off Campus

Official Abbreviation BA
Course Type Undergraduate
CRICOS Code 000380E
Commencing
Responsible Campus Admission Period Mode of Study
Armidale Trimester 1 Off Campus
Armidale Trimester 1 On Campus
Armidale Trimester 2 Off Campus
Armidale Trimester 2 On Campus
Armidale Trimester 3 Off Campus
Course Duration
  • 3 Years Full-time
  • Up to 10 years Part-time
2015 ATAR 72.55
2015 OP 12
Fees CSP / International
Total Credit Points 144
Intensive Schools

Mandatory intensive schools may be a requirement of some of the units in this course. See Unit Catalogue for specific requirements.

Entry Requirements

A candidate shall:

(a) be qualified for admission (see Admission Undergraduate and Postgraduate (Coursework) Rule and Admission Undergraduate and Postgraduate (Coursework) Procedures); or

(b) hold an approved qualification from an Australian TAFE or Registered Training Organisation under the Articulation Programs.

Assumed knowledge is any two units of English.

Advanced Standing

Candidates admitted under Rule (a) are referred to the University Policy on Advanced Standing.

Candidates admitted under Rule (b) shall be granted Block or Specified Advanced Standing based on their admission to candidature, according to the relevant program of study under the Articulation Programs.

Honours

Candidates who have successfully completed the Bachelor of Arts may, on the recommendation of the head of school concerned, continue to an honours year. The honours program shall include advanced coursework and a dissertation.

Scholarships

The University offers a number of faculty/college and country scholarships available to Australian citizens and permanent residents.

Academic Colours

White (BCC 1)

Further Information

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These course rules & plans are ONLY to be used if you commenced, transferred or changed versions in the Bachelor of Arts in 2016.

Admission to Candidature

A candidate shall:
(a) be qualified for admission (see Admission Undergraduate and Postgraduate (Coursework) Rule and the Admission Undergraduate and Postgraduate (Coursework) Procedures); or
(b) hold an approved qualification from an Australian TAFE or Registered Training Organisation under the Articulation Programs.

Advanced Standing

Candidates admitted under Rule (a) are referred to the University Policy on Advanced Standing.
Candidates admitted under Rule (b) shall be granted Block or Specified Advanced Standing, based on their admission to candidature, according to the relevant program of study under the Articulation Programs.

Period of Candidature

The period of candidature shall be:
(a) three years as a full-time candidate;
(b) up to ten years as a part-time candidate.
Candidates who have been admitted to candidature through an approved Articulation Program are referred to Clause 2.17 of the University Policy on Advanced Standing for advice on the pro-rata period of maximum candidature.

Course Requirements

To qualify for the award a candidate must pass units to the value of 144 credit points with not more than 60 credit points at 100-level, at least 36 credit points at 300-level and not more than 12 credit points at 400-level.

Program of Study

Candidates shall complete an approved program of study as outlined in the Course Schedule comprising:

Course Structure Credit Points
Approved Majors
Complete a minimum of ONE Major
48 to 60 cps
Elective Units
The number of credit points will vary depending on which Major or Majors a candidate undertakes as part of their program of study.
84 to 96 cps
Total 144 cps

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Approved Majors

Ancient History
Archaeology
Asian Studies
Australian History
Chinese
Classical Languages
English
French
German
History
Human Geography
Indigenous Studies
Indonesian
International History
International Studies
Islamic Studies
Italian
Japanese
Linguistics
Music
Peace Studies
Philosophy
Physical Geography
Political Studies
Psychology
Screen and Media Studies
Sociology
Spanish
Studies in Religion
Theatre and Performance
Writing

Articulation Major

Stage and Screen Acting (restricted to candidates admitted under the Stage and Screen Acting Articulation Program).

Articulation Program

Stage and Screen Acting
This program is articulated with the Advanced Diploma in Stage and Screen Acting of the Actors College of Theatre and Television. Candidates must pass units to the value of 72 credit points, including at least 36 credit points at 300 level.

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This program is also articulated with the Advanced Diploma of Performing Arts (Acting) of the Actors Centre Australia. Candidates must pass units to the value of 72 credit points as follows: 60 credit points of Listed Units including at least 36 credit points at 300 level and 12 credit points of Elective Units offered within the University.

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Award of Degree

Candidates who meet the course requirements shall be awarded the Bachelor of Arts.

Exit Pathways

Subject to meeting Advanced Standing rules, candidates who apply to discontinue their studies in the course may be eligible to exit with either the Diploma in Arts on completion of 48 credit points or the Advanced Diploma in Arts on completion of 72 credit points, including 36 credit points at 200/300-level.
Candidates who apply to discontinue their studies must apply for readmission and will be subject to current course requirements of the Bachelor of Arts. This may mean that they will not receive full recognition for their previous studies should the course structure have changed in response to University requirements.

Appeals

Candidates are referred to the Academic Assessment Appeals Policy and the Academic Assessment Appeals Procedures.

Improper Conduct

Candidates are referred to the Student Coursework Academic Misconduct and Plagiarism Rules and the Student Coursework Academic Misconduct and Plagiarism Rules - Plagiarism Investigation and Penalty Guidelines.

Course Aims

The Bachelor of Arts provides students with a broad range of disciplinary and interdisciplinary studies from across the University, with a strong focus on aspects of human culture and achievement. Majors for the Bachelor of Arts can be found at the following web address: http://www.une.edu.au/courses/ and follow the appropriate links. The Bachelor of Arts can also be undertaken in conjunction with a range of other degrees in the University.

The course aims to provide students with:

(i) a sound basis of knowledge in their chosen areas of study;

(ii) the ability to apply the knowledge they have acquired;

(iii) the ability to communicate effectively in a range of ways;

(iv) the ability to work both independently and collaboratively;

(v) the skills to connect across geographical, disciplinary, social and cultural boundaries; and

(vi) an understanding of the value of ethical behaviour.

Learning Outcomes Upon completion of this course, students will be able to:
  1. demonstrate a detailed knowledge and understanding of selected fields of study in core disciplines in the humanities, social sciences and languages and apply that knowledge in diverse contexts;
  2. demonstrate a comprehensive understanding of theories, factual content and research procedures and practice in their major and other fields of study;
  3. analyse, critically evaluate and communicate ideas and solve problems with intellectual independence in their major and other fields of study;
  4. act as informed and critically discriminating participants within the community of scholars; and
  5. display highly developed communication skills and, in the case of those students undertaking a language major, read, write and speak another language with fluency and understand its cultural context.
Graduate Attributes
Knowledge of a Discipline

Graduates will possess an in-depth body of knowledge relevant to their fields of study, and have a well developed understanding of the key principles, practices, and boundaries of their discipline. They will also understand the need to adopt transnational and multicultural approaches to the understanding of issues in these fields. This knowledge will be taught in lectures, unit materials and online activities. It will be assessed throughout the degree through a range of different activities appropriate to the fields of study.

Communication Skills

Graduates will have skills that enable them to investigate, synthesise and communicate the ideas and information acquired from their areas of study, including, where applicable, the possession of these skills in languages other than English. Students will be taught these skills through written and oral feedback on assessment tasks and through online and in-class discussions and activities. They will be assessed on their communication style, clarity of expression, development of ideas, referencing and ability to communicate the results of their study in a variety of formats appropriate to their fields of study. Students will recognise the importance of continuing to develop their communication skills, and be able to use appropriate communication technologies.

Problem Solving

Graduates will have a sound understanding of key problem solving strategies in their fields of study and be able to apply these skills to develop their own responses to particular problems in different environments, topics and issues. The teaching, practice and assessment of these skills will occur primarily through online discussions as well as written and multi-media assessment tasks. Students will be assessed on their ability to understand assignment tasks and to integrate relevant theory and literature into their own analysis.

Information Literacy

Graduates will be taught how to recognise relevant information and to use appropriate media, tools and methodologies to locate, access and use information. Through assessment tasks, they will learn how to critically evaluate the sources, values, and validity of information, and to use information in critical and creative thinking.

Ethical Conduct and Social Responsibility

Graduates will be taught to understand and practise the highest standards of ethical behaviour associated with their discipline or profession. They will understand and be open-minded about social, cultural and linguistic diversity in Australia and the world, and appreciate their ethical responsibilities towards colleagues, research subjects, the wider community, and the environment.

Lifelong Learning

Graduates will have the skills to continue to research, critically evaluate issues and further learning. The development of intellectual capacity and critical thinking skills will be taught in lectures, unit materials and online activities. Through the completion of assessment tasks, students will develop the necessary lifelong skills to be able to research, write about and discuss a range issues. These skills are transferable and essential lifelong skills.

Independence and Collaboration

Graduates will develop skills in independent study as well as the ability to work collaboratively. These skills will be developed through on-campus and online teaching, where they will learn the importance of participating in discussions in a professional, respectful and ethical manner and through autonomously researching and executing their assessment tasks.

How to Apply

Domestic Students

New domestic students to UNE apply to study on-campus by Early Entry or through UAC or QTAC

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