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Bachelor of Arts (BA)

Course code: R3A (Hbt and Ltn) *a*
This 3-year (minimum) course is offered by the Faculty of Humanities and Social Sciences and is available at Hobart and Launceston. It is also available externally by distance education to Tasmanian residents who are unable to attend classes on either the Hobart or Launceston campus. 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.

*a* Students who began their course prior to 1993 will complete under the former degree requirements. The specifications for this degree course may be found in the 1993 Handbook of Courses.

Enrolment restrictions - quotas
All prospective BA and BSW students, including those currently enrolled in other courses in the University, should be aware that in 1996 admission to these programs is subject to quotas 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.
Similarly, entry into certain units in particular departments may be subject to quota restriction yet to be advised.
Further information will be available at formal counselling sessions. Enquiries may be made to academic departments or the Faculty Secretariat, Hobart or Launceston, during the enrolment period.

Admission requirements & prerequisites
Applicants would normally be expected to meet the minimum requirements set by the University for entry to degree and diploma courses. In addition, there are several categories of special admission. No specific Faculty prerequisites apply. Students who intend to enrol in subjects or units under the control of another faculty, as part of an Arts degree, must comply with the subject or unit prerequisites determined by that faculty. In all cases, specific prerequisites are listed in the appropriate Discipline entries.

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 (classics, English, history, modern languages, and philosophy) and the social and behavioural sciences (administration, geography, political science, psychology and sociology) as well as interdisciplinary studies (Aboriginal studies, Asian studies, cultural studies, 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.

Course structure
In 1993 a review of the Bachelor of Arts course resulted in a new structure which applies to all students enrolling after 1 January 1993.

The following conditions apply to enrolment in the Bachelor of Arts course:
* Students will normally enrol in units totalling 100% weight in each year of the three year course.
* They will normally be required to complete 100% at each of 100, 200 and 300 levels.

Languages students, if exempted the 100 level unit, may be permitted to undertake 100 level units with a combined weight of 75% and be required to make up the 25% difference at 200/300 level.
* Students may not count more than 50% from Group 1A or more than 90% from Groups 2A and 3A.
* They must select units to meet the requirements for either two major sequences or both a double major and a minor sequence.

A major sequence is defined as sequential studies in one discipline as follows: 25% at 100 level (except where not required for enrolment at 200 level) and 80%-120% at 200/300 levels (except in the case of Ancient Civilisations where 75% is required at the 200/300 levels).

A double major means sequential studies in one discipline between 165%-185%.

A minor sequence means sequential studies in one discipline, usually at the 100 and 200 levels, and usually totalling 65% (55% in the case of Ancient Civilisations and Philosophy).

Details on how to meet the requirements of a major or double major can be found in the 'Unit details' section in this Handbook under the relevant discipline heading.
* Students must make an interim declaration of their intended majors or double major and minor by the time they have completed units totalling 100% and they must confirm this by the time they have completed units totalling 200%.
* The maximum percentage at 100 level in any given discipline which may be counted towards the degree is 25%.
* The maximum percentage in any major sequence which may be counted towards the degree is 60% at 200 level and 60% at 300 level (this requirement may not apply to language majors which commence at 200 level).
* Full-time candidates may not normally enrol in units totalling more than 100% and part-time candidates in units totalling more than 74%.
* Units may be counted towards the degree only if they have been taken in accordance with prerequisites determined by the Faculty. Students may not count towards the degree any unit whose content substantially repeats the content of a unit already counted.

Sample courses


1. Two Major Sequences

2. Double Major


Two Major Sequences

Relevant units are outlined in the Schedule of Units which follows. All units relevant to majors offered in disciplines within the Faculty (Groups 1,2 &3) are given in the Schedule. Candidates should, however, consult the discipline entries in the Handbook to determine prerequisite requirements and all other requirements relevant to a major in the chosen discipline. Candidates intending to undertake a major in a discipline offered in another faculty (Groups 1A, 2A & 3A) should consult the discipline entry in the Handbook to determine requirements for a major in the chosen discipline.Articulation with other courses
A person holding another award from this University or another approved institution may be permitted by the Faculty to count towards the degree units from the former award. Units from courses offered by other faculties of the University may be included in the degree provided they do not exceed the permissible weighting.

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Details shown above were correct at the time of publication. While every effort is made to keep this information up to date, the University reserves the right to discontinue or vary courses at any time without notice.