Bachelor of Arts with Honours (R4A)

Overview  2022

Entry Requirements

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Duration

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
Launceston
Semester 1

Commonwealth Supported places available

Entry Requirements

See entry requirements

Duration

Minimum 1 Years
Entry requirements

Location

Hobart
Semester 1
Launceston
Semester 1

"...tackling difficult issues and finding solutions can only be achieved by studying subjects that allow you to understand who we are as a people."

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
  • Chinese
  • Classics
  • English and Writing
  • Gender and Diversity
  • German
  • History
  • Indonesian
  • Japanese
  • Philosophy
  • For more information on these study areas refer to Honours in Humanities.
Social Sciences
  • Criminology
  • Sociology
  • International Relations
  • Politics and Policy
Geography and Environmental Sciences

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.

By studying a Bachelor of Arts with Honours you will learn to:

  • Demonstrate coherent and advanced knowledge of the underlying principles and concepts in one or more humanities and/or social science disciplines and knowledge of research principles and methods
  • Recognise, evaluate critically, synthesise, and reflect on social, cultural, political, ethical, and/or environmental issues in local, cross-cultural and/or global contexts, acknowledging different perspectives and advanced understanding of theoretical concepts in a specific area of study.
  • Communicate disciplinary perspectives and knowledge effectively and ethically, to specialist and non-specialist audiences using written, oral and visual means.
  • Demonstrate knowledge, skills and judgement in planning, problem solving and decision making in professional practice and/or scholarship.
  • Demonstrate the capacity for independent scholarship by undertaking project work and/or a piece of research on a topic from one or more of the humanities and/or social science disciplines.
  • Demonstrate self-management, creativity, flexibility, initiative and resilience in readiness for diverse workplace demands.
Learn beyond the classroom

Studying in Tasmania, our whole Island becomes your campus. Speak with your unit coordinator about how you can gain practical experience by volunteering in research initiatives, becoming an ambassador, or taking part in a work experience program.

Study overseas at one of our partner institutions

Our international exchange program offers opportunities to study at universities around the world, and it counts towards your degree. Exchange can allow you to have an affordable educational and cultural experience in a foreign country for a semester, or a full year. To facilitate this, we offer a range of scholarships and financial assistance. You may also be eligible for OS-HELP Loans or scholarship funding to assist with their airfares, accommodation and other expenses.

UPDATE (MARCH) 2021: Please note, due to the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic, Face-to-Face Study Abroad & Exchange programs have been postponed until 2022.

Alternative Virtual Exchange Opportunities can be found on our Virtual Overseas Experiences tab here For more information please contact Global.Mobility@utas.edu.au

Find out more about Student Exchange.

Become a Student Ambassador

Improve your communication, teamwork and leadership skills, meet new people, inspire and help others, and developing lasting friendships and networks as a student ambassador. Our ambassadors proudly represent the University throughout Tasmania in schools, at University and community events, and support a range of recruitment and engagement activities. Through the Student Ambassador Program you will have many opportunities for training and professional development, experience in real-world community engagement and outreach, networking, and public speaking, plus end up with a key point of distinction on your CV.

The Bachelor of Arts will equip you with a range of specialised and transferable skills that are highly sought after by employers: creative thinking, respect for multiple perspectives, and the ability to work effectively in a team environment.

Career outcomes

University teaches you to be inquisitive and not accept the answers – I think those are important things to have. The technical skills are critical, but it’s also important to learn about life and how you’re going to survive out there. It’s an opportunity to discover yourself and who you are and what you want to achieve.

Danny Sutton, Arts graduate and CEO of Colony 47

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.

Postgraduate study

If you successfully complete this course, you may be also be eligible to apply for a range of other postgraduate courses including Graduate Certificates and Graduate Diplomas and Masters by coursework and research. Filter the course list by Postgraduate to view the current courses available.

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 final 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.

Honours in Humanities requiries the completion of 100 credit points including:

  • A 50 credit point thesis
  • 25 Credit points of Coursework Core and;
  • 25 Credit points of Coursework Electives

All Honours students must also enrol in XSB400 Honours in their final semester. This in an administrative unit which records your overall Honours mark and grade.

Thesis

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

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

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

 

Coursework core

This unit provides Honours students with ideas, knowledge, and skills that are key to doing research in the Humanities. The unit emphasises Humanities research as an open-ended pursuit that is most exciting and effective when it is focused on posing…

Credit Points: 12.5

LocationStudy periodAttendance optionsAvailable to
HobartSemester 1

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

What is the story of your research? How do you share your discoveries? Who is your audience, and how can you attract and persuade them to engage with your research? This unit focuses on communicating Humanities research and the value…

Credit Points: 12.5

This unit is currently unavailable.

 

Coursework elective

This unit builds students’ grasp of disciplinary methods and knowledge through focusing on a special topic. Working in cognate discipline clusters on special topics, students will undertake a program of guided reading and discussion led by an academic expert.…

Credit Points: 12.5

LocationStudy periodAttendance optionsAvailable to
HobartSemester 1

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

This unit enables students to develop and refine an individual research topic of their interest, on a project connected to the expertise of a staff member. This is an individual study negotiated with the Honours Coordinator and an academic. Students…

Credit Points: 12.5

LocationStudy periodAttendance optionsAvailable to
HobartSemester 1

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

We are all looking towards a tomorrow that we cannot predict. The Humanities helps us understand our past, influence our present, and imagine our future. Each year, this unit will tackle a vital cultural, environmental, and/or humanitarian topic from multiple…

Credit Points: 12.5

LocationStudy periodAttendance optionsAvailable to
HobartSemester 2

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

With the approval of the Humanities Honours coordinator, a student may elect to study up to 25cp undergraduate units. It is expected that these units will be at level200/300, with the exception of students wishing to take a complementary level100 language study unit.
 

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 (max) 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…

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 (max) 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…

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

This unit is currently unavailable.

Politics and Policy

HPP411 Policy Development 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
LauncestonSemester 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 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 builds on your learning from your sociology major and, in particular, HGA202: Sociological Analysis of Modern Society. This unit will provide students with an advanced understanding of contemporary sociological theory. It examines the major concepts, social theories and…

Credit Points: 12.5

This unit is currently unavailable.

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

This unit is currently unavailable.

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

This unit is currently unavailable.

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 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

 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:

This unit is the first of three honours units that is related to the construction of your major research work. In this unit you will work with your supervisor and the honours coordinator to propose your research activities as part…

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 is the second of three that are dedicated to supporting the development of your honours research project. In this unit you will continue to advance your research work with your supervisor and you will also participate in semi…

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 is your final unit in the honours program. In this unit you will work towards the final production of a substantive research work, typically a thesis or professional portfolio. Throughout the semester you will attend regular meetings and seminars…

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 a theoretical and conceptual foundation for advanced studies inurban and environmental planning. The unit covers the diverse functions andpurposes of planning. You will have the opportunity to think critically about thephilosophical and historical underpinnings of planning as…

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

This unit is currently unavailable.

Ecosystem Conservation offers students a pathway to understanding the core ideas behind ecology and conservation biology. You will gain knowledge, skills and investigative abilities to discuss and write about the issues surrounding conservation management around the world. In practical work…

Credit Points: 25

This unit is currently unavailable.

This unit provides students 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

Entry requirements

Admission to the Bachelor of Arts with Honours requires:

  • completion a Bachelor of Arts, or another approved Bachelor degree, in this University or another approved tertiary institution with 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.

  • evidence of arrangements with an Honours supervisor.

If undertaking a combined honours program, should qualify for entry in both programs to be studied.

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.

Detailed admissions information and advice for all undergraduate courses, including comprehensive, course-level student profiles, is available from UTAS Admissions.

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.

Detailed tuition fee information for domestic students is available at the Domestic Student Fees website, including additional information in relation to a compulsory Student Services and Amenities Fee (SSAF).

International students

2022 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.

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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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