Courses & Units

Bachelor of Arts with Honours R4A

Hobart, Launceston

Introduction

The Bachelor of Arts with Honours degree allows students who have completed the Bachelor of Arts degree at the University of Tasmania, or graduates with a completed three year undergraduate degree from a recognised Australian university, or a person with some other tertiary qualification and relevant employment experience, a year of study to develop a body of knowledge in a specific context as further preparation to undertake professional work and/or as a pathway for research and further learning. Graduates of the degree will have developed advanced knowledge of the underlying principles and concepts in one or more Humanities or Social Science disciplines and acknowledge of research principles and methods.

This one year full time (or, at the discretion of the relevant School, two consecutive years part time) course is available at Hobart and Launceston. 

The following disciplines are available within the Bachelor of Arts (Honours):

  • Aboriginal Studies 
  • Asian Studies
  • Chinese
  • Classics
  • Criminology (only available in Hobart)
  • English
  • English (Creative Writing) 
  • French 
  • Geography and Environmental Studies
  • German
  • History
  • Indonesian
  • International Relations
  • Japanese
  • Journalism, Media and Communications
  • Legal Studies
  • Philosophy
  • Police Studies
  • Political Science
  • Psychology
  • Public Policy
  • Sociology

These course rules and specifications apply to students commencing the BA(Hons) in 2015. For students who commenced prior, the applicable course rules are those from the year of commencement. i.e. students who commenced in 2010 should refer to the 2010 Handbook.

Students may also refer to the R4C Bachelor of Arts With Professional Honours (Specialisation) available from 2015.  Studies in this course are intended for students not progressing onto higher research studies.
A student admitted to and not qualified for R4A in 2014 or earlier, and who enrolled in Professional Social Science stream or the Professional Humanities stream, are permitted to auto-transfer to R4C from 2015 with advanced standing, on request.

Summary

Course Name Bachelor of Arts with Honours
Course Abbreviation BA(Hons)
Course Duration 1 Years
Maximum time to complete (Part-time) 3 Years
CRICOS code 030426C
Responsible Faculty Faculty of Arts

Intake

Locations

Location Study periods
Hobart Semester 1, Semester 2, Summer school, Winter school (early), Spring school
Launceston Semester 1, Semester 2, Summer school, Winter school (early), Spring school

Objectives

The Bachelor of Arts (Honours) course allows candidates to pursue in-depth study in the program or programs of their choice and at the same time to demonstrate a level of excellence that will allow them to pursue higher degree including research, studies.

Career Outcomes

In Australia and around the world, employers are increasingly seeing graduates who can speak and write clearly; who are computer literate and understand how to use technology; who know about other countries, cultures and societies; who can solve problems creatively; and who have developed that flexibility of thought which technical and vocational training rarely encourages. Graduates with a Bachelor of Arts (Honours) degree find jobs in, for example: advertising, journalism, radio and television; arts administration, heritage and curatorial positions; diplomacy, interpreting and tourism; management, marketing and administration; politics, the public service, the police force and the armed forces; research and publishing; social welfare and community work, or go onto academic careers.

Additional Information

General provisions


The Dean (or Dean's delegate) may, on the recommendation of the Head of School, grant a candidate an extension of time for the completion of a thesis where a thesis is required as part of an honours examination.


Except by special permission of the Faculty there is no re-examination of honours thesis.


The classes of honours are First Class, Second Class, and Third Class. There is an upper and lower division in the second class.


Candidates who have obtained honours in one course may proceed to honours in another course provided that they undertake a further year's work and provided that the discipline or disciplines which comprise the earlier course are not included in the later course.

Knowledge

Graduates of the Bachelor of Arts (Honours) degree will have developed a coherent and advanced knowledge of the underlying principles and concepts in one or more of Humanities or Social Sciences programs and knowledge of research principles and methods.

Prerequisites

Candidates for the degree of Bachelor of Arts with Honours:

  • must have qualified for admission to the degree of Bachelor of Arts, or another approved Bachelor degree, in this University or another approved tertiary institution;
  • if a candidate from another approved tertiary institution, must have qualified for admission to a fourth year honours course in the proposed program of study or a cognate program;
  • are required by Faculty to have a Grade Point Average (GPA) of 5.0 or better in the intermediate and advanced level units forming a major in that program. Currently, the GPA is calculated on the basis of a HD=7, DN=6, CR=5, PP=4; without any failure in the units that makes up that GPA, for the units at intermediate and advanced level in the proposed program or otherwise approved by the program director;
  • if undertaking a combined honours program, should qualify for entry in both programs to be studied;
  • should consult the following schedule for full details of program offerings as some programs prescribe additional units and a standard in the major higher than the Faculty minimum GPA for entry to their honours program.
     
    Admission in semester 2 is possible in some programs. Contact the relevant school for information.

    BA(Hons) course specifications are published in the Calendar, copies of which are held in the University Library, Student Administration, School Offices and the Faculty Office, and is available on the Web starting at http://www.admin.utas.edu.au/

If you've previously undertaken study overseas, please review our list of equivalent qualifications.

Please note: international students should refer to the General Admission Requirements page for information regarding entry requirements.

Credit Transfer and Articulation

Students who have successfully completed the Bachelor of Arts with Honours with a program of study that included a 50% thesis/dissertation may apply for entry to a higher degree (Masters or PhD) in accordance with policies governing candidature for such admission.

Students who complete one semester of study in Honours but are unable to continue their study may graduate with a Graduate Certificate in Arts (Specialisation) degree, or may apply at a future date to continue study in the relevant full fee paying Graduate Diploma degree (subject to availability) offered by the Faculty of Arts.  Where this is the case the students must submit their application for admission and for credit to the University.

A student admitted to and not qualified for R4A in 2014 or earlier, and who enrolled in Professional Social Science stream or the Professional Humanities stream, are permitted to auto-transfer to R4C from 2015 with advanced standing, on request.

The Bachelor of Arts (Honours) requires one year of full-time study, or a maximum of three years part-time study, the equivalent of 8 x 12.5% units of the relevant level.

A candidate for the degree must pursue either a single course of study in one honours program, or a joint course of study in two honours programs.

The programs that may be studied as single honours courses are those listed in the schedule that follows. Unless exempted by the Faculty, a candidate may not enrol in the Honours course in a program listed unless the corresponding prerequisite requirements have been obtained.

Joint honours courses consist of such combinations of the disciplines listed in the schedule as Faculty may from time to time approve. A candidate may not enrol in a joint honours course unless permitted to do so by the Faculty on the recommendation of the the two program directors concerned. Candidates must either have passed the prerequisite units prescribed in the schedule for both the proposed program or have otherwise satisfied the two program directors that they are sufficiently qualified to undertake the joint course.

Candidates undertake a program comprising a number of coursework units and either a 50% research thesis or an approved practical project of 25%. Candidates should consult individual program entries for full details.

Course Structure

Annual Course Cost

Fees for domestic students are based on individual unit selections. Please refer to the fees section of each unit description to work out an indicative annual cost.

International students should refer to the International Students course fees page to get an indicative course cost.

Scholarships

For information on general scholarships available at the University of Tasmania, please visit the scholarships website.

Course Rules


Candidature

1The Faculty of Arts (hereinafter called the Faculty) may accept as a candidate for the award of Bachelor of Arts with Honours a person who
 [i]has qualified for admission to the degree of Bachelor of Arts, or another approved bachelor degree, in this University or another approved tertiary institution; or has qualified for admission to a fourth year honours course in another university approved by the Faculty for this purpose; and
 [ii]has been accepted by the Faculty as having reached, in the course for the degree referred to in (i) above, a standard of proficiency at least equal to a Grade Point Average (GPA) of 5.0 in the 200 and 300 level units forming a major in the proposed Honours discipline of study. The GPA is calculated using the following equivalences: HD=7, DN=6, CR=5, PP/FP=4, Without any failure in the units that makes up that GPA. OR
 [iii]has been approved by Faculty as having an appropriate alternative background.

Course structure

2Candidates for the degree shall pursue
 [i]a single course of study in one honours discipline, or
 [ii]a joint course of study in two honours disciplines.
3A single or a joint course of study shall require the equivalent of one full year's work and shall be completed in one year from the time the candidate enrols for the course,
 provided that:
 (a)the Faculty, on the recommendation of the school or schools concerned, may permit a candidate to study the course on a part-time basis over a period not exceeding three consecutive years.
 (b)the Faculty may allow a candidate whose work has been interrupted by illness or other unavoidable cause to complete the course over a period exceeding one year or, in the case of a part-time candidate as defined in (a) above, over a period exceeding three years.
 (c)where a thesis is required as part of an honours examination, the head of the school or program director, concerned may recommend that a candidate be granted an extension of time to submit the thesis. Any cases so approved by the dean or the dean's delegate shall be reported to the next meeting of the degree board.
4The disciplines which may be studied as single honours courses shall be those listed in the Schedule. Unless exempted from this requirement by the Faculty, a candidate may not enrol in a course listed in the Schedule unless the corresponding prerequisites have been obtained.
5Joint honours courses shall consist of such combinations of the disciplines listed in the Schedule as the Faculty may from time to time approve. A candidate may not enrol in a joint honours course unless permitted to do so by the Faculty on the recommendation of the relevant head(/s) of school or program director. Candidates must have either obtained the prerequisites prescribed in the Schedule for both the proposed disciplines or otherwise satisfied the Faculty on the recommendation of the relevant head(/s) of school, that they are sufficiently qualified to undertake the joint course.
6Candidates shall undertake a program comprising a number of coursework units plus a research thesis as prescribed for the discipline(/s) in which they are enrolled.
7Except by special permission of the Faculty, there shall be no re-examination for honours in any one discipline.
8The classes of honours shall be first class, second class, and third class. There shall be an upper and lower division in the second class.
9A candidate who has obtained honours in one course may proceed to honours in another course provided that the candidate undertakes a further year's work and otherwise complies with these rules, and provided that the discipline or disciplines which make up the earlier course are not included in the later course.

Credit for Previous Studies

10A person holding an award from this University or another approved tertiary institution may be permitted by the Faculty to count towards the degree units from the former award in accordance with policies in force at the time of admission.

Miscellaneous

11The Faculty may from time to time make amendments to the Schedule to these Specifications.
12These Specifications shall take effect from June 2013 and shall apply to all candidates for the degree, including those enrolling for the first time in that year and those enrolled subsequently.
13The approved abbreviation for the degree of Bachelor of Arts with Honours shall be BA(Hons).