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2012 Bachelor of Arts (Honours)(R4A)

Responsible faculty or institute:
Arts (principal)
Campus(es) Offered:
Course Duration: Minimum 1 yrs, Maximum 2 yrs.
Course Contact (faculty or school):


This on-campus, 1 year full time (or, at the discretion of the relevant School, 2 consecutive years part time) course is available at Hobart and Launceston. Candidates whose work has been interrupted by illness or other unavoidable cause may be permitted to complete their course over a longer period of time.

Candidates wishing to apply for a place must submit an application form, obtainable from Student Administration, by mid-December of the year before that in which they wish to commence study. The accompanying Schedule lists the disciplines which offer honours courses.

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

  • Aboriginal Studies
  • Australian Studies
  • Asian Studies
  • Chinese
  • Classics
  • Criminology (only available in Hobart)
  • English
  • English (Creative Writing)
  • French (not offered 2012)
  • Geography and Environmental Studies
  • German
  • History
  • Indonesian
  • International Relations
  • Japanese
  • Journalism, Media and Communications
  • Philosophy
  • Police Studies
  • Political Science
  • Psychology
  • Public Policy
  • Social Ecology (not offered 2012)
  • Sociology

These course rules and specifications apply to students commencing the BA(Hons) in 2012. For students who commenced prior to 2010, the applicable course rules are those from the year of commencement. i.e. students who commenced in 2009 should refer to the 2009 Handbook.

Admission & 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 discipline of study or a cognate discipline;
  • are required by Faculty to have a Grade Point Average (GPA) of 6.0 or better in the 200 and 300 level units forming a major in that discipline. Currently, the GPA is calculated on the basis of a HD=9, DN=7.5, CR=6.5, PP/FP=5.5; TP=5.0, NN=4.0 for the units at 200 and 300 level in the proposed discipline;
  • if undertaking a combined honours program, should qualify for entry in both disciplines to be studied;
  • should consult the following schedule for full details of discipline offerings as some disciplines 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

Course Objectives

The Bachelor of Arts with Honours course allows candidates to pursue in-depth study in the discipline or disciplines of their choice and at the same time to demonstrate a level of excellence that will allow them to pursue higher degree 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; the arts, heritage and museology; diplomacy, interpreting and tourism; management, marketing and administration; politics, the public service, the police force and the armed forces; teaching, research and publishing; psychology, counselling and community work.

Articulation to/from Course

Persons who have successfully completed the Bachelor of Arts with Honours may apply for entry to a higher degree (Masters or PhD) in accordance with policies governing candidature for such admission.

Miscellaneous Information

General provisions

The Dean 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.

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