Course

Bachelor of Arts

Approved Abbreviation: BA


Western Sydney University Course Code: 1604.2

AQF Level: 7

Course Status: INACTIVE
This version of the course is no longer offered. Please use the course search to find courses currently available.


Students should follow the course structure for the course version relevant to the year they commenced. This version applies to students whose commencement year for this course is 2006.

Commencement Year 2005 - 1604.1 Bachelor of Arts

Students can select Humanities, Applied Humanities, Social Psychology and Social Research, Languages or Psychology as a key program. In addition to the key program, students are able to undertake additional areas of study in the form of a major or sub-major. The Humanities key program has majors in Art History and Cinema Studies, Asian Studies, Cultural and Social Analysis, English, Text and Writing and History, Politics and Philosophy.

Bachelor of Arts graduates are prepared for a very wide range of employment opportunities and are equipped with the communication and people skills, creativity and capacity for independent thought, flexibility and adaptability in new situations increasingly demanded by employers. Bachelor of Arts graduates find employment in an enormous diversity of areas including: communication and media industries; education; entertainment and arts administration; government, cultural, and heritage organisations; psychology and counselling; social and policy research and analysis; tourism and leisure industries; writing and publishing.

Careers in Teaching and Education:

Students wishing to be primary or secondary school teachers of English, History, Languages or Human Society and its Environment (which includes both history and social science units) should enrol in courses 1651 Bachelor of Arts (Pathway to Primary Teaching) or 1652 Bachelor of Arts (Pathway to Secondary Teaching). For further information concerning the requirements for teaching, students are advised to consult the Subject Content Requirements for Primary and Secondary Teaching NSW (Abridged) from the NSW Institute of Teachers

http://www.nswteachers.nsw.edu.au/future-returning-teachers/become-a-teacher/

or the School of Education.

The Bachelor of Arts is a three-year degree offering students an opportunity to develop a depth of disciplinary expertise together with the breadth of vision afforded by cross-disciplinary approaches to the humanities. The Bachelor of Arts is also designed to provide knowledge, tools for thinking, and enhanced self-understanding, so as to form a basis for lifelong learning.

  • Director of Academic Program - Dr Dianne Dickenson
  • Course Advisor(s) with signing rights - Dr Dianne Dickenson and Assoc Professor Carol Liston

Study Mode
Three years full-time or six years part-time. Classes are generally offered during the day. For progression requirements consult UWS policy on the web at www.uws.edu.au.

Course Advice

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Accreditation
The Key Program in Psychology offered within the Bachelor of Arts is accredited by the Australian Psychology Accreditation Council (APAC) and the Psychology Board of Australia (PBA) as an undergraduate three year sequence in Psychology.

Admission

Assumed knowledge: any two units of HSC English.

Recommended studies: HSC English Standard, or equivalent.

For admission to the Applied Humanities key program applicants must have completed a TAFE diploma (AQF Level 5, 2 years full-time or equivalent) or equivalent in a relevant area at credit level or above, and must nominate the Applied Humanities program on enrolment. TAFE program areas considered most compatible with the Bachelor of Arts studies are:

  • business and public administration
  • community services
  • health
  • tourism
  • hospitality
  • information technology
  • arts and media

Course Structure

Qualification for this award requires the successful completion of 240 credit points.

All students must enrol in and complete:

  • 40 credit points Bachelor of Arts Core
  • 120 credit point key program of Psychology or Social Psychology and Social Research or Languages
  • 80 credit points of elective units

Electives may be used toward obtaining an additional approved major or sub-major.

Core Components

The basic structure of the Bachelor of Arts is the Level 1 core (40 credit points) and the key program (120 credit points).

The 40 credit points Level 1 core is made up of:

100958.2Australia and the World
100960.2Contemporary Society
100965.1Media and Visual Cultures

*Students please note from 2010 unit 100965.1 - Media and Visual Cultures is replaced by unit 100846 - Analytical Reading and Writing.

100968.3Texts and Traditions

Key Program

All students must complete a key program. Explanations of these key programs can be found under the program listings below.

Key programs available are:

KP1604APHU.1Applied Humanities

*The key program in Applied Humanities has special entry requirements.

KP1604HUMA.1Humanities
KP1604LANG.1Languages
KP1604PSYC.1Psychology
KP1604SPSR.1Social Psychology and Social Research

Progression Rules

  • No more than 100 credit points of Level 1 units may be counted towards the degree.
  • The general pre-requisite for Level 2 and Level 3 units is the successful completion of at least 60 credit points of Level 1 units.*
  • Minimum 60 credit points of Level 3 units.

*There are particular exceptions in the case of the key programs in Languages and Psychology.

In general, units counted towards the requirements of one key program cannot be double-counted for credit towards another key program, major or sub-major.

Majors

Students completing a key program in one area of study have the option of structuring their elective units into an additional major or sub-major taken from outside that key program.

Students who wish to undertake an additional major drawn from another key program are not required to undertake the core units for that key program before studying a major sequence.

The exception to this rule is Psychology, which must be studied in its entirety for reasons of external accreditation, and is not available as an additional major.

Key Program in Applied Humanities

The Applied Humanities key program is made up of two components combining TAFE and university study. The TAFE component is a Diploma (AQF Level 5 or higher). The university component is 120 credit points of study, comprising of an 80 credit point major and 40 credit point sub-major. Students must apply for academic credit for the Diploma component of this award when enrolling in the course.

KP1604APHU.1Applied Humanities

Students may undertake the Key Program in Applied Humanities in the area of Humanities or Languages.

For students undertaking the Key Program in the Humanities area, the 80 credit point major must come from one of the following Humanities key program majors and must include the Humanities Internship unit worth 10 credit points.

100961.4Humanities Internship

Applied Humanities Majors

Please note: Art History and Cinema Studies available at Penrith only.

AH1604AHCS.1Applied Humanities Art History and Cinema Studies
AH1604ASNS.1Applied Humanities Asian Studies
AH1604CSA.1Applied Humanities Cultural and Social Analysis
AH1604ETW.1Applied Humanities English Text and Writing
AH1604HPP.1Applied Humanities History Politics and Philosophy

Applied Humanities Sub-majors

The Humanities area 40 credit point sub-major must be selected from one other of the Humanities majors listed above.

The sub-major must be made up of no more than one Level 1 unit with the remaining 30 credit points made up of Level 2 or 3 units, or 40 credit points at Level 2 or 3.

AS1604AHCS.1Applied Humanities Art History and Cinema Studies
AS1604ASNS.1Applied Humanities Asian Studies
AS1604CSA.1Applied Humanities Cultural and Social Analysis
AS1604ETW.1Applied Humanities English Text and Writing
AS1604HPP.1Applied Humanities History, Politics and Philosophy

Applied Humanities - Majors and Sub-majors in Languages

Students completing the Applied Humanities key program in Languages must complete the mandatory core unit 100928.1 Linguistics plus three units chosen from the linguistics pool.

The remaining 80 credit points can be structured to complete a major of 80 credit points in a named Language (consisting of 70 credit points in a recommended language sequence plus 10 credit points 100961.2 Humanities Internship)

AH1604LANG.1Applied Humanities Languages

or a 40 credit point sub-major (comprising a 40 credit points in one of the recommended language sequences).

AS1604LANG.1Applied Humanities Languages

Students should consult with academic course advisors in program areas for advice about the structure of majors and sub-majors.

Key Program in Humanities

The key program in Humanities consists of an 80 credit point major and 40 credit point sub-major.

The major is made up of no less than one (1) and no more than two (2) Level 1 units and must include the designated Level 1 unit for the major. The remaining 60 or 70 credit points are made up of Level 2 or 3 units.

The 80 credit point major must come from one of the following areas:

Humanities Majors

Please note: Art History and Cinema Studies (available at Penrith only)

M1604AHCS.1Art History and Cinema Studies
M1604ASNS.1Asian Studies
M1604CSA.1Cultural and Social Analysis
M1604ETW.1English, Text and Writing
M1604HPP.1History, Politics and Philosophy

Humanities Sub-majors

The 40 credit point sub-major comes from a Humanities major other than the area chosen for the key program.

The sub-major must be made up of no more than one (1) Level 1 unit with the remaining 30 credit points made up of Level 2 or 3 units, or 40 credit points at Level 2 or 3.

SM1604AHCS.1Art History and Cinema Studies
SM1604ASNS.1Asian Studies
SM1604CSA.1Cultural and Social Analysis
SM1604ETW.1English, Text and Writing
SM1604HPP.1History, Politics and Philosophy

Students completing a key program in one area of study have the option of structuring their elective units into an additional major or submajor taken from outside that key program.

Key Program in Languages

A key program in a language comprises of 160 credit points, made up of the 40 credit points Bachelor of Arts core units plus 20 credit points of mandatory core units and 20 credit points of core units to be chosen from a specific pool, plus a major comprising of 80 credit points of units in a specific language other than English.

KP1604LANG.1Languages

Available Language Majors

M1604ARAB.1Arabic
M1604CHIN.1Chinese
M1604FREN.1French
M1604GERM.1German
M1604ITAL.1Italian
M1604JAPA.1Japanese
M1604SPAN.1Spanish
M1604VIET.1Vietnamese

Sub-major in Languages

Students enrolled in the Bachelor of Arts program may achieve a sub-major in any of the eight Languages by completing 60 credit points in one of the recommended language sequences for beginners, intermediate or advanced levels. Available languages are: Arabic, Chinese, French, German, Italian, Japanese, Spanish and Vietnamese. Information on recommended sequences for the sub-major are provided in the details for the key program in Languages.

Students may complete an additional major or sub-major in Linguistics, another language or any other approved program using some or all of their 80 credit points of elective units.

M11074.1Linguistics

Language units may be taken as electives according to prior knowledge in the specific language chosen.

Key Program in Psychology

KP1604PSYC.1Psychology

The Psychology key program offered within the Bachelor of Arts and the Bachelor of Social Sciences is accredited by the Australian Psychologists Accreditation Council (APAC) and the NSW Psychologist Registration Board as undergraduate three year sequence in Psychology. The Psychology key program prepares graduates for an accredited fourth year in Psychology such as Psychology Honours or the Postgraduate Diploma in Psychology.

Key Program in Social Psychology and Social Research

KP1604SPSR.1Social Psychology and Social Research

The Key Program in Social Psychology and Social Research requires the successful completion of the 40 credit point Bachelor of Arts core plus 120 credit points including the units listed in the recommended sequence.

Social Psychology and Social Research Major

Students need to check timetables for campus offerings.

M11029.1Social Psychology and Social Research

Major and Sub-major elective spaces

Elective units may be used toward obtaining an additional approved major (80 credit points) or sub-major (40 credit points).

Search for a major or sub-major

Western Sydney University offers majors and sub-majors in a range of areas including Sustainability and Indigenous Studies.

Indigenous Australian Studies Major

Indigenous Australian Studies Sub-major

Indigenous Australian Creative Expressions Sub-major

Indigenous Economics Sub-major

Business Sustainability Sub-major

Students can apply for an elective major or sub-major via MySR.

MyStudentRecords (MySR)



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