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Information relevant to 2003 – Course Details

Bachelor of Arts

Abbreviation: BA

Course code: R3A

Course contact (faculty or school) (03) 6226 2061 (Hbt) or (03) 6324 3624 (Ltn)

Schedules of units

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Schedule (Level 100 units, all disciplines)  |  Groups 2 & 3  |  Aboriginal Studies  |  Ancient Civilisations  |  Ancient Greek  |  Asian Studies  |  Behavioural Science  |  Chinese  |  English  |  French  |  Geography and Environmental Studies  |  German  |  History  |  Indonesian  |  Japanese  |  Journalism and Media Studies  |  Latin  |  Logic and Philosophy of Science  |  Natural Environment and Wilderness Studies  |  Philosophy  |  Political Science  |  Psychology  |  Public Policy  |  Social Ecology  |  Sociology  |  Women’s Studies  |  Groups 2A & 3A  |  A Major in Music

Bachelor of Arts – Course Specifications

Introductory comments

During 2000, changes were made to the structure of the BA degree. Students who commenced their study prior to 2001 should refer to the section headed ‘Changes to the BA degree’ at the end of this entry.

This 3-year (minimum) course is available at Hobart, Launceston and the North-West Centre at Burnie. Some units are also available externally by distance education to Tasmanian residents who are unable to attend classes on either the Hobart or Launceston campus or at the North-West Centre. Students may study full time or part time and have nine enrolment years, including the year of passing the first unit for the degree, in which to complete course requirements. If students are studying by distance education their choice of units is limited and may be varied from time to time. They should check the availability of units before planning their course. Entry to the course normally occurs in February, but limited entry is also available in July.

Admission & prerequisites

Applicants are expected to meet the normal requirements set by the University for entry to degree courses. There are also several categories of special admission. No specific course or subject prerequisites apply.

Course objectives

The Bachelor of Arts offers the opportunity for a liberal education. Students are able to exercise choice across a wide range of disciplines. These include the humanities (Ancient Civilisations, Ancient Greek, Latin, English, History, Asian Languages, European Languages and Philosophy) and the social sciences (Geography, Political Science, Psychology, Public Policy and Sociology) as well as interdisciplinary studies (Aboriginal Studies, Asian Studies, Natural Environment and Wilderness Studies, Journalism and Media Studies, Social Ecology, and Women’s Studies).

The program develops general abilities in the following areas:

written expression
linguistic skills
creative self-expression
capacity to analyse and interpret in a dispassionate and objective manner
capacity for reasoned criticism
data acquisition and analysis
research techniques
marshalling facts in support of arguments, and
evaluating the possible outcomes of alternative courses of action, with the emphasis varying according to the particular program chosen.

In short, the program helps students to operate in a complex and rapidly changing world.

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 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.

Course structure
Students normally complete a total of 300% (HECS weighting) of units made up of 100% first-year (level 100), 100% second-year (level 200) and 100% third-year (level 300).
Students must also take sufficient units to complete two majors within the 300% total. A major is defined as sequential studies in one discipline made up of 25% at level 100 and 75% at levels 200/300 (a minimum of 100%).

Details on how to meet the requirements for majors are contained in this Handbook under the relevant discipline heading. Please note that some majors have compulsory units and these are listed under the discipline entry.

Students take a minimum of three years and a maximum of nine years to complete the degree
Students may take one major (100%) from a discipline outside the BA schedule such as Fine Arts, Music, Management or Computing, with permission of the relevant head of school. This is made up of 25% at level 100 plus 75% at levels 200/300. Note that units in Fine Arts have quotas and other units may have TCE prerequisites. Potential students should contact the relevant School for information on enrolment when applying for admission.
At level 100, students normally study four different subject areas. At level 200 and 300, students take sufficient units to complete majors in two of the disciplines which they have studied at level 100. The remaining units to make up the 300% total can come from any of the other first-year subjects they have studied or more units towards the majors.
Language students who enter the BA at level 200 in the language take only 75% of units at level 100 and take extra units at levels 200/300 in the language to make up the total required for the major and for the 300% required for the degree.
Full-time students normally take a 100% load each year to complete in the minimum time. Students who are working in addition to their study may take as little as 25% load in any one year, but should be mindful of the maximum time allowed for them to complete.
For students doing majors in both Sociology and Social Ecology, the latter major can be made up of 100% at level 200/300 or 25% of recommended level 100 units plus 75% level 200/300 units.


No unit can count twice as part of two different majors
The maximum percentage in any one discipline which can be counted towards the degree is 150%
At least 25% of units in a major must be at level 300
At the end of year 1, students must declare their intended majors and confirm them at the end of year 2
The maximum percentage at level 100 for any single discipline is 25%
Students must complete 25% at level 100 before progressing to level 200 units in that discipline
Permission for an overload (more than 50% in any semester) must be obtained from a sub-dean
Units cannot count towards the degree if the content is the same as another unit studied previously.

The University Calendar has the full specifications for the degree. Students should remember that it is their responsibility to check that they have met the requirements for the degree.

Typical courses
Example A
Year 1

(level 100)
History 1 (25%) French 2 (25%) German 1 (25%) Government 1 (25%)  

Year 2

(level 200)
History 2 (37.5%) French 3 (37.5%) German 2 (25%)   100%
Year 3

(level 300)
History 3 (50%) French 3 (50%)     100%
  History major 112.5%        

(100% minimum)
French major 112.5%        

(100% minimum)

Grand Total: 300%
Example B
Year 1

(level 100)
Ancient Civilisations 1 (25%) Philosophy 1 (25%) Aboriginal Studies 1 (25%) English 1 (25%) 100%
Year 2

(level 200)
  Philosophy 2 (50%) Aboriginal Studies 2 (50%)   100%
Year 3

(level 300)
  Philosophy 3 (50%) Aboriginal Studies 3 (50%)   100%
    Philosophy major 125%      

(100% minimum)
Aboriginal Studies major 125%        

(100% minimum)

Grand Total: 300%
Example C
Year 1

(level 100)
Psychology 1 (25%) Japanese 1 (25%) Indonesian 1 (25%) Social Ecology 1 (25%) 100%
Year 2

(level 200)
Psychology 2 (50%)     Social Ecology 2 (50%) 100%
Year 3

(level 300)
Psychology 3 (75%)     Social Ecology 3 (50%) 100%
  Psychology major 150%        

(100% minimum)
    Social Ecology major    

(100% minimum)

Grand Total: 300%

The Schedule of units which follows lists by discipline all units taught in the BA. Students should also consult the discipline entries in the Handbook to determine individual unit prerequisites plus the requirements for a major in the chosen discipline. Students intending to study a major in a discipline offered in another degree course (Groups 1A, 2A and 3A) eg Music, Management, Fine Arts, should consult the discipline entry in the Handbook to check the unit and major requirements in the particular discipline.

Articulation with other courses

Students who have completed a BA degree with sufficient merit are eligible to apply for entry to the Bachelor of Arts with Honours (BA(Hons)) degree. Details on eligibility and how to apply are contained in the BA(Hons) section which follows.

Students completing the Honours degree with sufficient merit are able to apply for entry to a research higher degree such as Master of Arts (MA) or Doctor of Philosophy (PhD). Information on these courses is obtainable from the Office for Research and the Research Higher Degrees Handbook. In addition, there are postgraduate diplomas and coursework master degrees. Information on these courses is included in the Postgraduate section of this handbook.

After completing two full years of study in the BA degree, students can apply for entry to the Bachelor of Social Work (BSW) degree course. The BA study must include two years of units in both Sociology and Psychology. The BSW is taught on the Launceston campus only. Interested students should consult the BSW entry included in this section of the Handbook.

BA students may apply to transfer to the Bachelor of Social Science (Police Studies) or Bachelor of Tourism degree course (offered in Launceston only). Interested students should consult the relevant entries which follow in this section of the handbook.

BA students wishing to pursue a teaching career must also complete the two year Bachelor of Teaching (BTeach) degree This is a postgraduate qualification taken after graduating with a BA. The degree course is available on both the Launceston and Hobart campuses. Information brochures are obtainable from Student Recruitment offices on both campuses and from the contact number for the BTeach

Students currently studying for a degree in another faculty are able to apply to transfer to the BA degree course and will receive some credit for their previous successful study.

Credit for previous study

A person holding another award from this University or another approved institution may be permitted by the Faculty to count towards the BA, units from the former award to a maximum of 100% (an unspecified major). Students need to apply for credit when applying for entry to the BA. Credit is only considered for study completed twenty years ago or less. Units from courses offered by other Faculties of the University may be included in the degree provided they do not exceed the permissible weighting (see course structure ).

Examples of credit awarded towards a BA:

Course/Award Credit awarded Total
Completion of the Tasmania Police Recruitment course (TPRC) 25% Group 1A at level 100 plus 25% Group 2A at level 200 in the BA 50%
Completed TAFE diploma or associate diploma 25% Group 1A level 100 25%
Registered nurses, hospital trained 25% Group 1A level 100 25%
Registered nurses, hospital trained and with further training, eg midwifery certificate 25% Group 1A level 100 and an additional 25% Group 2A level 200 50%
Completed three-year degree 25% Group 1A, 37.5% Group 2A, 37.5% Group 3A (a major) 100%
Changes to the BA Degree

Students who commenced their study before 2001 will complete their degree according to the Rules under which they commenced. These are outlined in the Handbook for the relevant year and are listed in full in the University Calendar (available at the Library, Student Administration, Faculty Offices).

Enrolment restrictions – quotas

All prospective BA students, including those currently enrolled in other courses in the University, should be aware that admission to the degree is subject to a quota and formal selection procedures.

Students who are presently enrolled in another degree program and wish to be enrolled in a BA program will need to apply for a place in the course. Application forms are available from Student Administration, Hobart or Launceston.

Students should note that entry into certain units in particular schools is subject to quota restrictions and School approval is required.

Further information will be available at formal enrolment sessions. Enquiries may be made to academic schools or the Faculty Office, Hobart or Launceston, during the enrolment period.

Enrolment outside the BA schedule

Students who intend to enrol in subjects or units from another degree course as part of an Arts degree must comply with the subject or unit prerequisites determined by that degree course. In all cases, specific prerequisites are listed in the relevant discipline entries. Restrictions apply to the number of units which may be studied. These are: 25% at level 100, 75% at levels 200/300 (a total of 100%).

Note: The following information is NOT included in the printed edition of the Course and Unit Handbook


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Additional Information

The following information answers some frequently asked questions.
Note, however, details should be confirmed with the appropriate authority

Responsible faculty or school | Faculty of Arts

Campus(es) offered | Hobart | Launceston | North-West Centre

Mode of delivery | Full time | Part time | Distance Education

Course duration | 3 years minimum (6 semesters)

Majors and Specialisations | Hobart majors: Aboriginal studies, ancient civilisations, ancient Greek, Asian studies, Chinese, English, French, geography and environmental studies, German, history, Indonesian, Japanese, journalism and media studies, Latin, natural environment and wilderness studies, philosophy, political science, psychology, public policy, social ecology, sociology, women’s studies | Launceston majors: Aboriginal studies, Asian studies, behavioural science, Chinese, English, geography, history, Indonesian, natural environment and wilderness studies, philosophy, public policy, social ecology, sociology, women’s studies

Costs (course fees only – annual) | HECS: YES

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