Bachelor of Arts with Honours

Why study the Bachelor of Arts with Honours at UNE?

This course is designed to allow well-qualified graduates to extend their studies in areas listed, either to improve their career prospects or to proceed to higher degree studies. Completion of the degree to the standard of Honours Class II Division 2 or better is the normal mode of entry to the research degree of Master of Philosophy. Completion to the standard of Honours Class II Division 1 or better is the normal mode of entry to candidature for the degree of Doctor of Philosophy.

Graduates of honours in psychology are eligible to apply for Associate Membership of the Australian Psychological Society and provisional registration to practise as a psychologist and for admission to the professional Master of Psychology (Clinical) degree.

Please note that Honours in Psychology is only available in Trimester 1.

For Psychology Honours only - Applications close EST 11.59pm on Tuesday 31st October 2017.

Career Opportunities

Depending on majors, examples include positions in public and private sectors, such as management and administration, heritage and archival, policy and public relations, diplomacy and foreign affairs, translation, education, business, health, film and theatre, public relations, media, tourism, editing and publishing, and roles such as human resource officers, social researchers, town planners, welfare officers, administrative managers, park rangers, archaeologists, curators, psychologists and sociologists.

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Degree Snapshot

DURATION

1 Year Full-time
2 Years Part-time

FEES

CSP
International

2018 STUDY OPTIONS
Armidale

Trimester 1, Online
Trimester 1, On Campus
Trimester 2, Online
Trimester 2, On Campus

Official Abbreviation BA(Hons)
Course Type Bachelor Honours
CRICOS Code 000379J
Commencing
Responsible Campus Admission Period Mode of Study
Armidale Trimester 1 Online
Armidale Trimester 1 On Campus
Armidale Trimester 2 Online
Armidale Trimester 2 On Campus
Course Duration
  • 1 Year Full-time
  • 2 Years Part-time
Fees CSP / International
Total Credit Points 48
How to Apply

All domestic students apply through the link below

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International students apply direct to UNE through UNE International

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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

1. Admission to candidature shall be determined by the Head of School concerned.

2. Except as provided in Rule 3, a candidate for admission to the honours course shall:

(a) hold an AQF Level 7 Bachelor of Arts or the Bachelor of Arts/Bachelor of Business or Bachelor of Arts/Bachelor of Laws or Bachelor of Arts/Bachelor of Science degrees in The University of New England; and

(b) a grade point average of 5.0 (Credit); and

(c) 18 credit points at Distinction level or better in 300-level units in their chosen area of study; and

(d) passed units to the value of at least 48 credit points in the subject in which the candidate wishes to proceed, as prescribed in the Additional Requirements which follow these rules; and

(e) fulfilled any additional requirements prescribed and published by the school or disciplines concerned.

3. With the approval of the Head of School concerned a person who has fulfilled the requirements of an equivalent AQF Level 7 Bachelor qualification of a university or other institution and who meets requirements considered by the school to be equivalent to those specified in Rule 2.(b), (c), (d) and (e), may be admitted to the honours course leading to the degree of Bachelor of Arts with Honours.

Additional Requirements

See Course Rules

Advanced Standing

Advanced standing shall not be awarded for the dissertation component.

Academic Colours

White (BCC 1)

Further Information

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Admission to Candidature

1. Admission to candidature shall be determined by the Head of School concerned.

2. Except as provided in Rule 3, a candidate for admission to the honours course shall:
(a) hold an AQF Level 7 Bachelor of Arts or the Bachelor of Arts/Bachelor of Business or Bachelor of Arts/Bachelor of Laws or Bachelor of Arts/Bachelor of Science degrees in The University of New England; and
(b) a grade point average of 5.0 (Credit); and
(c) 18 credit points at Distinction level or better in 300-level units in their chosen area of study; and
(d) passed units to the value of at least 48 credit points in the subject in which the candidate wishes to proceed, as prescribed in the Additional Requirements which follow these rules; and
(e) fulfilled any additional requirements prescribed and published by the school or disciplines concerned.

3. With the approval of the Head of School concerned a person who has fulfilled the requirements of an equivalent AQF Level 7 Bachelor qualification of a university or other institution and who meets requirements considered by the school to be equivalent to those specified in Rule 2.(b), (c), (d) and (e), may be admitted to the honours course leading to the degree of Bachelor of Arts with Honours.

Advanced Standing

Advanced standing shall not be awarded for the dissertation component.

Period of Candidature

The period of candidature shall be:
(a) one year as a full-time candidate;
(b) two years as a part-time candidate.

Course Requirements

1. To qualify for the degree a candidate shall complete an honours course below:

Ancient History

German

Philosophy

Archaeology

History

Political and International Studies

Chinese

Indonesian

Psychology

Classical Languages (Greek and Latin)

Italian

Sociology

Criminology

Japanese

Spanish

English

Linguistics

Studies in Religion

French

Media and Communications

Theatre and Performance

Geography

Music

Writing

2. Each Bachelor of Arts (Honours) candidate will be required to consult with their supervisor(s). The nature and extent of such consultation will be determined by the supervisors and Head of School after consultation with the candidate prior to commencement of each year of candidature and may require face-to-face consultation.

3. A candidate may not enrol concurrently for other units at this University or at another institution, except that, upon the recommendation of the appropriate Head of School, the course coordinator may grant permission to do so.

Program of Study

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

Course Structure Credit Points
Core Units 48 cps
Total 48 cps

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Suspensions and Extensions to Candidature

Except for psychology candidates, the school concerned may grant an extension or suspension of candidature, or a combination of both, to full-time candidates for up to six months or to part-time candidates for up to 12 months as follows:
(a) to compensate a candidate by way of extension of candidature, for time lost by ill-health or unforeseeable and unavoidable difficulties; or
(b) to compensate a candidate by way of suspension of candidature, who produces evidence that they shall not be in a position to pursue work towards the Bachelor of Arts (Honours).

Psychology candidates may be granted up to 12 months extension or suspension of candidature to compensate time lost by ill-health or unforeseeable and unavoidable circumstances.

Re-enrolment

1. Except for psychology candidates, a candidate may be granted a deferral by the school concerned to re-enrol in a subsequent year if they withdraw from candidature by the census date of the teaching period in which they commenced. This is subject to the School being able to provide appropriate supervision.

2. Except for psychology candidates, a part-time candidate who withdraws later than the census date in the second year of enrolment but prior to two months before the submission of the dissertation as required by the relevant head of school may re-enrol in the same subject for the degree, provided that:
(a) two years will have elapsed before such re-enrolment;
(b) the topic of study undertaken within the dissertation is different from that of the original enrolment; and
(c) subject to the School being able to provide appropriate supervision.

3. A candidate who withdraws later than two months prior to the date on which the dissertation is required shall be deemed to have failed.

4. Except for psychology candidates, a candidate who is deemed to have failed may, after a lapse of three years, be permitted to apply for re-admission to the course, provided the proposed work is in a different topic of study within the dissertation from that of the original enrolment and subject to the School being able to provide appropriate supervision.

5. Psychology candidates who withdraw from their course will not be permitted to re-enrol except with the permission of the Head of School and only under exceptional circumstances.

6. Psychology candidates who withdraw later than the census date from PSYC402H or PSYC403H but prior to two months before the submission of the dissertation, may with Head of School permission re-enrol in PSYC402H or PSYC403H in the subsequent year, provided that the topic of study undertaken within the dissertation is different from the original enrolment.

7. Psychology candidates who are deemed to have failed may, after a lapse of two years, be permitted to apply for re-admission to the course, provided the proposed dissertation work is in a different topic of study from that of the original enrolment.

Classes of Honours

There shall be three classes of honours, namely First Class Honours (H1), Second Class Honours, Division 1 (H2.1), Second Class Honours, Division 2 (H2.2) and Third Class Honours (H3).
An exceptionally distinguished candidate who has been awarded First Class Honours may be awarded a University Medal.

The final class of honours will be determined on the basis of marks awarded for both dissertation and course work with 50% allocated to each.

Calculation of Honours Result

The ratio of assessment components will equal the ratio of marks within the final grade. The calculation of results for each discipline can be found in the individual School's Honours Handbook.

Examination of Dissertation

1. The dissertation will be assessed by at least two examiners neither of whom will be the candidate's supervisor.
2. The dissertation examination processes are described in the individual School's Honours Handbook.

Submission of Dissertation

Submission of the dissertation will be 39 weeks from the commencement of the trimester in which a candidate is enrolled.

Appeals

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

Course Progression

Candidates are referred to the Course Progression Rule and the Course Progression Procedures.

Improper Conduct

Candidates are referred to the Student Coursework Academic Misconduct Rule and the Student Coursework Academic Misconduct Procedures.

Additional Requirements for Entry to the Course

Ancient History
A candidate for Honours in Ancient History shall have passed 48 credit points in Ancient History, including 18 credit points at Distinction level or better in 300-level Ancient History units as well as 12 credit points of Ancient Greek or Latin.

Archaeology
A candidate for Honours in Archaeology shall have passed 60 credit points in Archaeology with a GPA of 5.5 (Credit) or better in all units completed in an undergraduate degree; or a Credit average across 300-level units in Archaeology, including ARPA300.

Chinese
A candidate for Honours in Chinese shall have passed 60 credit points in Chinese, including 18 credit points at Distinction level which may include CIJ210 or equivalent, but excluding OSLS units.

Classical Languages
A candidate for Honours in Classics shall have passed 48 credit points in their chosen language, or combination of languages, including 18 credit points at Distinction level or better at 300-level in the primary target language. Candidates are also required to complete 12 credit points in Ancient History, History or Religion with at least 6 credit points in the ancient history of the civilization of the primary target language. Those wishing to undertake joint Honours in Greek and Latin are advised to undertake an extended major in Classical Languages.

Criminology
A candidate for Honours in Criminology shall have passed 48 credit points in Criminology, including 18 credit points at Distinction level at 300-level from these units which includes CRIM344 (Criminological Perspectives).

English
A candidate for Honours in English shall have passed 60 credit points in English, including 18 credit points at Distinction level or better at 300-level from these units.

French
A candidate for Honours in French shall have passed 60 credit points in French, including 18 credit points at Distinction level or better at 300-level from these units excluding OSLS units.

Geography
A candidate for Honours in Geography shall have passed 60 credit points in Geography, including 18 credit points at Distinction level at 300-level from these units and includes GEPL338 (Understanding Research) or equivalent in their undergraduate degree.

German
A candidate for Honours in German shall have passed 60 credit points in German, including 18 credit points at Distinction level or better at 300-level from these units excluding OSLS units.

History
A candidate for Honours in History shall have passed 48 credit points in History or Ancient History, of which at least 36 must be at 300-level, including 18 credit points at Distinction level or better at 300-level from these units.

Indonesian
A candidate for Honours in Indonesian shall have passed 48 credit points in Indonesian, including 18 credit points at Distinction level or better at 300-level from these units, which may include CIJ210 or equivalent but OSLS units may not be counted.

Italian
A candidate for Honours in Italian shall have passed 48 credit points in Italian, including 18 credit points at Distinction level or better at 300-level from these units, excluding OSLS units.

Japanese
A candidate for Honours in Japanese shall have passed 60 credit points in Japanese, which may include CIJ210 or equivalent, but not include OSLS391 or OSLS392. In addition, Japanese Honours candidates must have achieved 18 credit points at Distinction level or better in 300- or 400-level Japanese language units.

Linguistics
A candidate for Honours in Linguistics shall have passed 60 credit points in Linguistics, including 18 credit points at Distinction level and have completed at least two of the following units at Distinction level or better: LING305 (Meaning in Language), LING353 (The English Language), LING365 (Phonetics and Phonology) and LING369 (Morphology and Syntax). The following units offered in previous years LING312 (Phonology and Pronunciation), LING313 (Language Description), LING360 (Analysing Syntax) and LING368 (Formal Phonology) also satisfy this requirement.

Media and Communications
A candidate for Honours in Media and Communications shall have passed 60 credit points in Media and Communications, including 18 credit points at Distinction level or better at 300-level from these units. Up to 12 credit points in a subject deemed by the Head of the School of Arts to be relevant to the candidate's proposed Honours work may be substituted for an equal number of credit points in Media and Communications.

Music
A candidate for Honours in Music shall have passed 60 credit points in Music, including 18 credit points at Distinction level or better at 300-level from these units. Except with the permission of the Head of the School of Arts, an applicant for admission to candidature shall have:
(a) passed 36 credit points in their principal or cognate area of Music including 18 credit points at Distinction level or better in 300-level units in the principal or cognate areas of Music which they intend to pursue at Honours level;
(b) a reading knowledge of any language(s) relevant to the proposed topic for study; and
(c) fulfilled any additional requirements prescribed by the Head of the School of Arts.

Philosophy
A candidate for Honours in Philosophy shall have passed 60 credit points in Philosophy, including 18 credit points at Distinction level or better at 300-level from these units.

Political and International Studies
A candidate for Honours in Political and International Studies shall have completed 60 credit points in Political and International Studies, including 18 credit points at Distinction level or better at 300-level from these units.

Psychology
A candidate for Psychology Honours in the Bachelor of Arts with Honours degree must have successfully completed an accredited major in Psychology within the past 10 years and have completed the following units (or equivalent) at a minimum GPA of 5.0:
(a) PSYC202 at Credit grade or better; at least 18 additional credit points of PSYC units at 200-level, of which 12 credit points must be at Credit grade or better; and
(b) PSYC302 plus at least 18 additional credit points of PSYC units at 300-level. Of these 24 credit points, at least 18 credit points must be at Distinction grade or better and 6 credit points must be at Credit grade or better.

Note that satisfaction of these requirements does not guarantee a place in the program. The School of Behavioural, Cognitive and Social Sciences imposes a quota on Psychology Honours enrolments. The closing date for all applications to enter honours in Psychology is 31 October in the year prior to that in which enrolment is sought.

Sociology
A candidate for Honours in Sociology shall have 60 credit points in Sociology, including 18 credit points at Distinction level or better in 300-level Sociology units and have passed SOCY340 (Foundations of Modernity: An Introduction to Social Theory) and SOCY345 (Mixed Methods in Social Research).

Spanish
A candidate for Honours in Spanish shall pass at least 48 credit points in Spanish, including 18 credit points at Distinction level or better at 300-level excluding OSLS units.

Studies in Religion
A candidate for Honours in Studies in Religion shall have passed 60 credit points in Studies in Religion, including 18 credit points at Distinction level or better at 300-level from these units.

Theatre and Performance
A candidate for Honours in Theatre Studies shall have passed 60 credit points in Theatre and Performance, including 18 credit points at Distinction level or better at 300-level from these units.

Writing
A candidate for Honours in Writing shall have passed 60 credit points in Writing, including 18 credit points at Distinction level or better at 300-level from these units.

Course Aims

The Bachelor of Arts with Honours offers students the opportunity to undertake advanced study and research in a broad range of humanities, arts and social science disciplines. The course provides a capstone to an undergraduate degree, prepares students for postgraduate study and establishes a sound basis for a successful future career.

The course aims to encourage students to:

(i) extend their intellectual range, both in respect to breadth and depth, in their chosen field of study;

(ii) hone their research abilities;

(iii) sharpen their analytical and communication techniques;

(iv) refine their ability to think clearly and evaluate evidence and arguments;

(v) further develop personal and professional skills required to work independently and collaboratively; and

(vi) cultivate an ethical and non-discriminatory work practice.

Learning Outcomes Upon completion of this course, students will be able to:
  1. independently apply a coherent and advanced knowledge of the underlying theories and concepts, as well as research principles and methods, in one or more disciplines;
  2. produce a dissertation that demonstrates original thinking, a high level of research skills and the ability to write creatively and critically;
  3. conduct and report independent research that contributes new knowledge to a particular discipline and integrate and position that research within the current body of discipline knowledge;
  4. demonstrate enhanced communication proficiency within a discipline-specific context; and
  5. demonstrate an understanding of the social and ethical issues in relation to their particular disciplinary areas with intellectual independence.
Graduate Attributes
Knowledge of a Discipline

Graduates will have coherent and advanced knowledge of the underlying principles and concepts in one or more disciplines as well as highly developed knowledge of research principles and methods and an advanced comprehension of one particular area of study.

Communication Skills

Graduates will have high level communication skills, oral and written, and be able to present a clear and coherent exposition of knowledge and ideas to a variety of audiences. These skills will be relevant in global employment market and further study.

Problem Solving

Graduates will have cognitive skills to review, analyse, consolidate and synthesise knowledge to identify and provide solutions to complex problems with intellectual independence. They will exercise initiative, critical thinking and judgement in adapting knowledge and skills in diverse contexts and in developing new understanding. These skills will enable graduates to locate, evaluate and apply information from a variety of sources enabling them to evaluate and interpret information in a constructive manner, to deconstruct relevant literature and to integrate theoretical and critical approaches into their work.

Information Literacy

Graduates will be able to recognise pertinent information and will have the advanced cognitive skills to use appropriate media, tools and methodologies to locate, access, critically analyse and interpret information. They will have the cognitive skills to exercise critical and creative thinking as well as judgement in developing new understanding of a subject.

Ethical Conduct and Social Responsibility

Graduates will be aware of their professional responsibilities as a researcher to provide balanced and accurate research and data. In addition, graduates will be taught that they have a social responsibility to question and challenge some 'facts'.

Lifelong Learning

Graduates will have the research and critical thinking skills as well as intellectual capacity to enable them to continually further their learning. They will possess the necessary lifelong skills to be able to independently research, write about and discuss critical issues. These skills can be transferred to any discipline, will be useful in any career positions and are essentially lifelong competences.

Independence and Collaboration

Graduates will be able to exercise responsibility and accountability for their own learning and professional practice as well as the ability to work collaboratively with others within broad parameters.

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