Bachelor of Arts (Dean's Scholars)

Approved Abbreviation: BA(DeansSchol)

Western Sydney University Course Code: 1655.3

AQF Level: 7

CRICOS Code: 071557G

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 2012 or later.

Units may be revised or replaced to ensure students are provided with up to date curriculum throughout their studies, and this may result in a new course version. Refer to the Check My Course Progress page in MySR for the most up to date information for your course.

Commencement Year 2010 and 2011 - 1655.2 Bachelor of Arts (Dean's Scholars)

Commencement Year 2008 and 2009 - 1655.1 Bachelor of Arts (Dean's Scholars)

The Bachelor of Arts (Dean’s Scholars) degree will provide you with the opportunity to participate in a tailored mentoring and advanced academic study program. Throughout the degree you will develop superior knowledge and confidence to graduate a step ahead in your career. This degree has been designed to extend your knowledge and understanding of key disciplines within the Bachelor of Arts. Throughout the degree, you will be invited to participate in the academic and research life of the College of Arts including symposia and academic seminars. Through regular meetings with senior leadership staff at the College of Arts, we will help you plan your studies and opportunities to explore further advancement at UWS.

  • Director of Academic Program - Dr Dianne Dickenson
  • Course Advisor(s) with signing rights - Assoc Prof 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:

Course Advice



CampusAttendanceModeCourse Advice
Penrith CampusFull TimeInternal See above

Advanced standing

Students demonstrating successful completion of relevant studies at other tertiary institutions prior to enrolment may be granted advanced standing for those studies, in accordance with current University policy.


Assumed knowledge: two units of HSC English at Band 4.

Recommended studies: HSC English Standard, or equivalent.

UAI of at least 90.

Applications from Australian citizens and holders of permanent resident visas must be made via the Universities Admissions Centre.

Applicants who have undertaken studies overseas may have to provide proof of proficiency in English. Local and International applicants who are applying through the Universities Admissions Centre (UAC) will find details of minimum English proficiency requirements and acceptable proof on the UAC website. Local applicants applying directly to the University should also use the information provided on the UAC website.

International applicants must apply directly to the University via the International Office.

International students applying to The University through the International Office can find details of minimum English proficiency requirements and acceptable proof on their website.

International Office

Course Structure

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

Core Components

The 80 credit points core is made up of

Year 1 Core units

100958Australia and the World
100960Contemporary Society
100968Texts and Traditions
100846Analytical Reading and Writing

Year 2 Core units

101182Behaviour and Environment

Year 3 Core units

101449Bilingualism and Biculturalism
100965Media and Visual Cultures

Students must complete either

the 200 credit point accredited Key Program in Psychology (which includes the 80 credit point Bachelor of Arts core units) plus 40 credit points of elective units



an 80 credit point major from the list below plus 80 credit points of elective units

BA core Advanced units

101515Australia and the World (Advanced)
101516Contemporary Society (Advanced)
101517Media and Visual Cultures (Advanced)
101518Text and Traditions (Advanced)


All students must complete a Major. Explanation of these Majors can be found under the program listings below.

Note: Not all majors are available on Bankstown and Penrith, please check availability.

M1032Asian Studies and International Relations
M1034Cultural and Social Analysis
M1035English, Text and Writing
M1031Global Studies
M1033History and Political Thought
M1041Indigenous Australian Studies
M1036Islamic Studies
M1025Media and Visual Cultures

(previously Art History and Cinema Studies)

M1050Psychological Studies
M1024Religion, Anthropology and Philosophy


Note: Not all sub-majors are available on Bankstown and Penrith, please check availability.

SM1042Asian Studies and International Relations
SM1043Cultural and Social Analysis
SM1044English, Text and Writing
SM1040Global Studies
SM1041History and Political Thought
SM1051Indigenous Australian Creative Expressions
SM1049Indigenous Australian Studies
SM1050Indigenous Economics
SM1045Islamic Studies
SM1033Media and Visual Cultures

(previously Art History and Cinema Studies)

SM1069Psychological Studies
SM1032Religion, Anthropology and Philosophy

Recommended Sequence

Year 1

Autumn session

BA core unit

BA core unit

Major unit

Elective unit

Spring session

BA core unit

BA core unit

Major unit

Elective unit

Year 2

Autumn session

BA core unit

Major unit

Major unit

Elective unit

Spring session

BA core unit

Major unit

Major unit

Elective unit

Year 3

Autumn session

BA core unit

Major unit (Humanities Internship)

Elective unit

Elective unit

Spring session

BA core unit

Major unit (Applied Critical Methods)

Elective unit

Elective unit

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 majors and sub-majors

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.

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