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Information relevant to 2003 – Course Details

Bachelor of Arts with Honours

Abbreviation: BA(Hons)

Course code: R4A

Course contact (faculty or school) (03) 6226 2249

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Bachelor of Arts with Honours – Course Specifications

Introductory comments

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.

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.

Course structure

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

The disciplines which may be studied as single honours courses are those listed in the schedule which follows. Unless exempted by the Faculty, a candidate may not enrol in the Honours course in a discipline 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 heads of the two Schools concerned. Candidates must either have passed the prerequisite units prescribed in the schedule for both the proposed disciplines or have otherwise satisfied the heads of the two Schools that they are sufficiently qualified to undertake the joint course.

Candidates undertake a program comprising a number of coursework units and a research thesis. Candidates should consult individual discipline entries for full details (page references are given in the Schedule of Courses).


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.

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 for honours in any one discipline.

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.

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

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

Mode of delivery | Full time | Part time

Course duration | 1 years minimum (2 semesters) | 2 years maximum (4 semesters)

Majors and Specialisations | Hobart specialisations: Aboriginal studies, Asian studies, Chinese, Classics, English, French, Geography, German, History, Indonesian, Japanese, philosophy, political science, psychology, public policy, sociology, women’s studies | Launceston specialisations: Aboriginal studies, earth science, English, History, Indonesian, philosophy, sociology

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

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