Bachelor of Arts with Honours (R4A)

Overview  2020

Entry Requirements

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Duration

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Minimum 1 Years, up to a maximum of 2 Years

Duration

Duration refers to the minimum and maximum amounts of time in which this course can be completed. It will be affected by whether you choose to study full or part time, noting that some programs are only available part time.

Location

Hobart
Semester 1, Semester 2, Spring school
Launceston
Semester 1, Semester 2, Spring school

Commonwealth Supported places available

Entry Requirements

See entry requirements

Duration

Minimum 1 Years
Entry requirements

Location

Hobart
Semester 1, Semester 2
Launceston
Semester 1, Semester 2
The Bachelor of Arts with Honours degree allows students who have completed the Bachelor of Arts degree, 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 Masters degree or Doctorate in the future.

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 study areas are available within the Bachelor of Arts (Honours):

Humanities

  • Aboriginal Studies
  • Asian Studies
  • Classics
  • English
  • German
  • History
  • Japanese
  • Philosophy
  • For more information on these study areas refer to Honours in Humanities.

Social Sciences

  • Criminology
  • Sociology
  • International Relations
  • Politics and Policy
  • Police Studies

Legal Studies

Geography and Environmental Sciences

Psychology

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.

Course structure

In Honours you will complete 100 credit points (cp), equivalent to one year of study, comprising;

  • a research project, usually completed over two semesters;
  • Honours coursework units;

In each semester you will complete research and coursework units, as per the schedule for your area of study below.

In your second semester you will need to enrol in XSB400 which will record your final Honours result. This unit is administrative only and does not have classes or assessments.

Thesis and research methodology: Complete 75cp from the following units:

This unit provides Honours students with ideas, knowledge, and skills for “doing” research, at both the broad level of Humanities research in general and the specific level of their individual Humanities discipline and Honours thesis research areas. There is an…

Credit Points: 25

LocationStudy periodAttendance optionsAvailable to
HobartSemester 1
LauncestonSemester 1
Cradle CoastSemester 1

Key: On-campus    Off-Campus    International students    Domestic students

The thesis is an independent research project of 12,000-15,000 words on a topic of the student’s choice which has been approved by the Honours coordinator. The thesis is completed according to the academic conventions of the relevant discipline. Available disciplines…

Credit Points: 25

LocationStudy periodAttendance optionsAvailable to
HobartSemester 1
HobartSemester 2
LauncestonSemester 1
LauncestonSemester 2
Cradle CoastSemester 1
Cradle CoastSemester 2

Key: On-campus    Off-Campus    International students    Domestic students

The thesis is an independent research project of 12,000-15,000 words on a topic of the student’s choice which has been approved by the Honours coordinator. The thesis is completed according to the academic conventions of the relevant discipline. Available disciplines…

Credit Points: 25

LocationStudy periodAttendance optionsAvailable to
HobartSemester 1
HobartSemester 2
LauncestonSemester 1
LauncestonSemester 2
Cradle CoastSemester 1
Cradle CoastSemester 2

Key: On-campus    Off-Campus    International students    Domestic students

 

Disciplinary Unit: Complete 25cp from the following units (relevant to your thesis discipline):

Aboriginal Studies

Credit Points: 25

This unit is currently unavailable.

Asian Studies

This unit will be conducted in two sections. In the first section students will be provided with the skills required to conduct the research necessary to complile a short thesis. The second section of the unit will acquaint students with…

Credit Points: 25

LocationStudy periodAttendance optionsAvailable to
HobartSemester 1

Key: On-campus    Off-Campus    International students    Domestic students

Classics

Consists of a study of a major issue or issues in the study of ancient Greek and/or Roman culture, based on evidence partly in the original language/s and partly in translation, within the field of expertise of a member of…

Credit Points: 25

LocationStudy periodAttendance optionsAvailable to
HobartSemester 2
LauncestonSemester 2
Cradle CoastSemester 2

Key: On-campus    Off-Campus    International students    Domestic students

English

How do we engage with literary texts today? How does literature become a brand? This unit considers key aspects of contemporary literary culture that shape the way we perceive and consume literary texts. Topics to be considered will include school…

Credit Points: 25

LocationStudy periodAttendance optionsAvailable to
HobartSemester 2
LauncestonSemester 2
Cradle CoastSemester 2

Key: On-campus    Off-Campus    International students    Domestic students

History

This Special Honours Seminar will vary in themes and approach depending on student demand and staff availability. The seminar involves in-depth study of a particular research area in history and immersion in contemporary, pressing historical debates. It is designed to…

Credit Points: 25

LocationStudy periodAttendance optionsAvailable to
HobartSemester 2
LauncestonSemester 2
Cradle CoastSemester 2

Key: On-campus    Off-Campus    International students    Domestic students

German

Students are required to read original German texts and to provide written synopses of them. The unit concentrates also on translation from and to German.…

Credit Points: 25

LocationStudy periodAttendance optionsAvailable to
HobartSemester 1
LauncestonSemester 1
Cradle CoastSemester 1

Key: On-campus    Off-Campus    International students    Domestic students

Japanese Studies

This unit will be conducted in two sections. In the first section students will be provided with the skills required to conduct the research necessary to complile a short thesis. The second section of the unit will acquaint students with…

Credit Points: 25

LocationStudy periodAttendance optionsAvailable to
HobartSemester 1

Key: On-campus    Off-Campus    International students    Domestic students

Philosophy

Staff will introduce you to new research on an important issue in Philosophy today. Specific topics will vary according to availability of staff and contemporary issues in the discipline. You will prepare a journal length contribution on this topic and…

Credit Points: 25

LocationStudy periodAttendance optionsAvailable to
HobartSemester 2
LauncestonSemester 2
Cradle CoastSemester 2

Key: On-campus    Off-Campus    International students    Domestic students

 

In your final semester also enrol in:

XSB400 Honours

Thesis and research methodology: Complete 75cp from the following units:

In this unit you will use your research skills to debate, examine and analyse theoretical and methodlogical approaches to research in the Social Sciences disciplines. You will also plan and communicate a research project that incorporates, appropriate to your discipline,…

Credit Points: 25

LocationStudy periodAttendance optionsAvailable to
HobartSemester 1
LauncestonSemester 1

Key: On-campus    Off-Campus    International students    Domestic students

The thesis is a 12,000-15,000 research project based on the student's own empirical research - this research may be of a qualitative and/or quantitative nature. The supervision of the project involves (where applicable) the gaining of ethics approval, and regular…

Credit Points: 25

LocationStudy periodAttendance optionsAvailable to
HobartSemester 1
HobartSemester 2
LauncestonSemester 1
LauncestonSemester 2

Key: On-campus    Off-Campus    International students    Domestic students

The thesis is a 12,000-15,000 research project based on the student's own empirical research - this research may be of a qualitative and/or quantitative nature. The supervision of the project involves (where applicable) the gaining of ethics approval, and regular…

Credit Points: 25

LocationStudy periodAttendance optionsAvailable to
HobartSemester 1
HobartSemester 2
LauncestonSemester 1
LauncestonSemester 2

Key: On-campus    Off-Campus    International students    Domestic students

 

Disciplinary Unit: Complete 25cp from the following units (relevant to your thesis discipline):

International Relations

This unit provides an introduction to the theories, issues and powers of the contemporary international system and surveys the academic and policy debates about these issues. It is intended for students who seek to expand their knowledge of the structures…

Credit Points: 25

LocationStudy periodAttendance optionsAvailable to
HobartSemester 1

Key: On-campus    Off-Campus    International students    Domestic students

Politics and Policy

This unit examines the central approaches to understanding the policy process. Key phases of this process will be explored including the initiation, development, implementation, evaluation and analysis of public policy. Difficulties and ambiguity inherent within political decision making will also…

Credit Points: 25

LocationStudy periodAttendance optionsAvailable to
HobartSemester 1

Key: On-campus    Off-Campus    International students    Domestic students

Sociology

The supervised Reading Course covers a topic selected by the student in consultation with a designated member of staff. The course consists of regular meetings and discussions, lasts for one semester and is assessed via a written literature review paper.…

Credit Points: 12.5

LocationStudy periodAttendance optionsAvailable to
HobartSemester 1
HobartSemester 2
LauncestonSemester 1
LauncestonSemester 2

Key: On-campus    Off-Campus    International students    Domestic students

This unit will provide students with an advanced understanding of contemporary sociological theory. It examines the major concepts, social theories and debates developed by key, influential social theorists about the nature of contemporary social formations. Topics covered may include gender,…

Credit Points: 12.5

LocationStudy periodAttendance optionsAvailable to
HobartSemester 1
LauncestonSemester 1

Key: On-campus    Off-Campus    International students    Domestic students

Criminology

This unit provides the foundations for a critical understanding of key issues, debates and theoretical approaches in criminology and criminal justice. The unit offers an overview of major cutting-edge perspectives in criminology, with particular focus on critical criminology, feminist criminology,…

Credit Points: 12.5

LocationStudy periodAttendance optionsAvailable to
HobartSemester 1
LauncestonSemester 1

Key: On-campus    Off-Campus    International students    Domestic students

The supervised Reading Course covers a topic selected by the student in consultation with a designated member of staff. The course consists of regular meetings and discussions, lasts for one semester and is assessed via a written literature review paper.…

Credit Points: 12.5

LocationStudy periodAttendance optionsAvailable to
HobartSemester 1
HobartSemester 2
LauncestonSemester 1
LauncestonSemester 2

Key: On-campus    Off-Campus    International students    Domestic students

 

In your final semester also enrol in:

XSB400 Honours

Thesis and research methods: Complete 75cp from the following units:

Introduces students to moral debates about what the content of the law ought to be and to some of the major theories of law, such as Natural Law, Positivism and Realism and some of the most influential modern theories, including…

Credit Points: 12.5

LocationStudy periodAttendance optionsAvailable to
HobartSemester 1

Key: On-campus    Off-Campus    International students    Domestic students

This unit is designed to assist students to advance an independent research project (their honours dissertation). The unit will encourage students to critically question the role and relevance of legal research and scholarship and how their project might add to…

Credit Points: 12.5

LocationStudy periodAttendance optionsAvailable to
HobartSemester 1 - other
HobartSemester 2 - other

Key: On-campus    Off-Campus    International students    Domestic students

Credit Points: 50

This unit is currently unavailable.

 

Elective Coursework: Complete 25cp of elective units at 400/500/600 level.

Complete two elective units (25 credit points) at level 400/500/600 chosen from the Bachelor of Arts with Honours or the Bachelor of Laws.

 Full-time students will enrol in KGA436 concurrently with 25 credit points of coursework in their first semester of enrolment, and KGA437 and KGA438 in their second semester of enrolment. Part-time students will normally undertake 25cp per semester of enrolment, commencing with 25cp from the table below in their first semester of enrolment, followed by KGA436, KGA437 andKGA 438 in the next consecutive semesters of enrolment 

Thesis units: Complete 75cp from the following units:

blank_pageThis unit is the first of three (see KGA437 and KGA438) in which the student engages in work leading to the production of an original thesis on an approved subject in one of the major sub-disciplines of geography and/or environmental…

Credit Points: 25

LocationStudy periodAttendance optionsAvailable to
HobartSemester 1
HobartSemester 2
LauncestonSemester 1
LauncestonSemester 2

Key: On-campus    Off-Campus    International students    Domestic students

Credit Points: 25

LocationStudy periodAttendance optionsAvailable to
HobartSemester 1
HobartSemester 2
LauncestonSemester 1
LauncestonSemester 2

Key: On-campus    Off-Campus    International students    Domestic students

Credit Points: 25

LocationStudy periodAttendance optionsAvailable to
HobartSemester 1
HobartSemester 2
LauncestonSemester 1
LauncestonSemester 2

Key: On-campus    Off-Campus    International students    Domestic students

 
 

Coursework: Complete 25cp from the following units:

This unit provides opportunities for students enrolled in an Honours program in the School of Geography and Environmental Studies to undertake a series of activities related to (but not replicating) their dissertation topic, with such activities being negotiated and documented…

Credit Points: 12.5

LocationStudy periodAttendance optionsAvailable to
HobartSemester 1
HobartSemester 2
LauncestonSemester 1
LauncestonSemester 2

Key: On-campus    Off-Campus    International students    Domestic students

This unit provides opportunities for students enrolled in an Honours program in the School of Geography and Environmental Studies to undertake a series of activities related to (but not replicating) their dissertation topic, with such activities being negotiated and documented…

Credit Points: 12.5

LocationStudy periodAttendance optionsAvailable to
HobartSemester 1
HobartSemester 2
LauncestonSemester 1
LauncestonSemester 2

Key: On-campus    Off-Campus    International students    Domestic students

This unit provides you with a foundation for advanced studies in planning. You will gain an understanding of the diverse purposes of planning, along with the various types of plans that are developed to meet these purposes. The historical development…

Credit Points: 25

LocationStudy periodAttendance optionsAvailable to
HobartSemester 1

Key: On-campus    Off-Campus    International students    Domestic students

This unit develops an understanding of how instruments of power and organisation can be shaped through effective planning and management, to foster sustainable systems of production and consumption. We begin our journey by examining the concept and interpretations of sustainable…

Credit Points: 25

LocationStudy periodAttendance optionsAvailable to
HobartSemester 2

Key: On-campus    Off-Campus    International students    Domestic students

The conservation of nature needs to occur at the landscape scale as well as within protected areas. Landscapes can be wilderness areas, rural areas with highly varied land use or urban areas. Whatever their type, there are landscape processes, both…

Credit Points: 25

LocationStudy periodAttendance optionsAvailable to
HobartSemester 1

Key: On-campus    Off-Campus    International students    Domestic students

This unit provides you with a practical understanding of key systems for protected area planning and management. Terrestrial, freshwater and marine protected areas are considered. The global context of protected areas is analysed, including issues of definition, scope and governance.…

Credit Points: 25

LocationStudy periodAttendance optionsAvailable to
HobartSemester 2

Key: On-campus    Off-Campus    International students    Domestic students

Or 25cp of 300 level KGAxx units.
 

In your final semester also enrol in:

XSB400 Honours

Full time students should enrol in all coursework and research units. 

Students approved to study part-time should enrol in the coursework units in Year 1 and the research units in Year 2.

Coursework units: Complete 50cp from the following units:

This unit revises and expands on the research design and statistical analyses covered in the undergraduate psychology program and covers the ethics requirements for conducting and reporting research.It extends statistical analyses to more advanced statistical methods relevant to research and…

Credit Points: 12.5

LocationStudy periodAttendance optionsAvailable to
HobartSemester 1
LauncestonSemester 1

Key: On-campus    Off-Campus    International students    Domestic students

This unit explores the role of theory in a range of core and contemporary domains of psychological research. Through lectures, workshops, and written assignments, students will examine the processes of deriving hypotheses from theory and updating theory in light of…

Credit Points: 12.5

LocationStudy periodAttendance optionsAvailable to
HobartSemester 1
LauncestonSemester 1

Key: On-campus    Off-Campus    International students    Domestic students

A major aim of this unit is to extend students’ theoretical understanding of assessment issues, assessment practice and reporting by providing supervised experience in conducting assessment interviews, and in the administration and interpretation of personality, IQ and other cognitive tests…

Credit Points: 12.5

LocationStudy periodAttendance optionsAvailable to
HobartSemester 2
LauncestonSemester 2

Key: On-campus    Off-Campus    International students    Domestic students

In this unit, students will develop pre-professional competencies in psychology as well as gain further understanding of the professional practice roles psychologists undertake across a broad range of employment settings. Students will learn about the theory and practice of psychology…

Credit Points: 12.5

LocationStudy periodAttendance optionsAvailable to
HobartSemester 2
LauncestonSemester 2

Key: On-campus    Off-Campus    International students    Domestic students

 

Research thesis: Complete 50cp from the following units:

 

This unit involves developing a substantial independent empirical study of a psychological nature. Under the guidance of their supervisor, students research the literature, develop the research question, design the study and prepare a written research proposal for presentation to a…

Credit Points: 25

LocationStudy periodAttendance optionsAvailable to
HobartSemester 1
HobartSemester 2
LauncestonSemester 1
LauncestonSemester 2

Key: On-campus    Off-Campus    International students    Domestic students

This unit involves conducting and reporting a substantial independent empirical study of a psychological nature. Under the guidance of their supervisor, students conduct an approved independent study, analyse and report the results of the research to a seminar audience, and…

Credit Points: 25

LocationStudy periodAttendance optionsAvailable to
HobartSemester 1
HobartSemester 2
LauncestonSemester 1
LauncestonSemester 2

Key: On-campus    Off-Campus    International students    Domestic students

Entry requirements

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 the College as having reached, in a Bachelor of Arts, or another approved Bachelor degree, in this University or another approved tertiary institution, a standard of proficiency, a weighted average of 70% of higher, in the 200 and 300 level units forming a major in the proposed Honours discipline of study;
  • for Classics discipline candidates the successful completion of one 12.5 credit point unit in either Latin or Ancient Greek language study; and for English discipline candidates the successful completion of a 12.5 credit point unit, HEN301 Literary Theory unit, or equivalent;
  • for Psychology refer to the Bachelor of Psychological Science with Honours.
  • 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 College minimum GPA for entry to their honours program.
  • Exemptions regarding entry requirements may be made at the discretion of the Discipline head.
  • Admission in semester 2 is possible in some programs. Contact the relevant school for information (or U Connect).

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 College of Arts, Law and Education.  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.

Fees & scholarships

Domestic students

Domestic students enrolled in a full fee paying place are charged the Student Services and Amenities Fee but this fee is incorporated in the fees you pay for each unit you enrol in. Full fee paying domestic students do not have to make any additional SSAF payments.

Domestic students enrolled in a Commonwealth supported place will be charged a fee based on the number of units they enrol in. In 2020, this fee is $46.20 per unit (of 12.5 credit points). In 2020, the maximum charge for full time students is $308.

International students

2020 Total Course Fee (international students): $31,950 AUD*.

Course cost based on a rate of $31,950 AUD per standard, full-time year of study (100 credit points).

* Please note that this is an indicative fee only.

International students

International students are charged the Student Services and Amenities Fee but this fee is incorporated in the annual rate. International students do not have to make any additional SSAF payments.

Scholarships

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

Online Hate Speech: Applying a Gendered Lens Scholarships

Are you thinking about studying Honours in 2020? Do you have a major in either Philosophy or Gender Studies? Are you interested in the role that gender—being a man, woman, or non-binary—plays in free speech and hate speech debates? Do you have an interest in online social spaces?

Refer to Online Hate Speech: Applying a Gendered Lens Scholarships for more information, including eligibility and how to apply.

Humanities In Place Industry Engagement Scholarships (HiPES)

Three scholarships are available for 2020, offering Honours students access to the materials and expertise of some of Tasmania’s leading cultural and environmental institutions as part of their research program.

The Program seeks to match Humanities students with exciting projects in the cultural and heritage workplace and industry. Participating organisations may include: the Tasmanian Museum and Art Gallery; Port Arthur Historic Site; Tourism Tasmania; Morris Miller Library; and the Heritage Tasmania and Tasmanian Archive and Heritage Office.

Refer to Humanities In Place Industry Engagement Scholarships for more information, including eligibility and how to apply.

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