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Bachelor of Arts (Dean's Scholars)

Approved Abbreviation: BA(DeansSchol)


Western Sydney University Course Code: 1655.9

AQF Level: 7

CRICOS Code: 071557G


Course Status: CURRENT
This version of the course is available to new and continuing students.


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 2020 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 2018 - 1655.8 Bachelor of Arts (Dean's Scholars)

Commencement Year 2017 - 1655.7 Bachelor of Arts (Dean's Scholars)

Commencement Year 2016 - 1655.6 Bachelor of Arts (Dean's Scholars)

Commencement Year 2015 - 1655.5 Bachelor of Arts (Dean's Scholars)

Commencement Year 2013 & 2014 - 1655.4 Bachelor of Arts (Dean's Scholars)

Commencement Year 2012 - 1655.3 Bachelor of Arts (Dean's Scholars)

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 all the opportunities available in the Bachelor of Arts plus 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 School of Humanities and Communication Arts including symposia and academic seminars. Through regular meetings with senior leadership staff at the School of Humanities and Communication Arts, we will help you plan your studies and opportunities to explore further advancement at Western Sydney.

This degree is exclusively for high-achieving students, and will continually challenge you to do even better and build on your academic success. Students in the Dean’s Scholars program are automatically enrolled in The Academy@WesternSydney, which offers interdisciplinary leadership programs, professional development and local and international internship and engagement opportunities for students.

Study Mode
Three years full-time or six years part-time

Course Advice

NameEmail
Course AdviceenquiriesHCA@westernsydney.edu.au
Prospective students should use the links at the top of the page for general enquiries about this course.

Location

CampusAttendanceModeCourse Advice
Bankstown CampusFull TimeInternal See above
Bankstown CampusPart TimeInternal See above
Parramatta Campus - Victoria RoadFull TimeInternal See above
Parramatta Campus - Victoria RoadPart TimeInternal See above
Penrith CampusFull TimeInternal See above
Penrith CampusPart TimeInternal See above

Accreditation
The Bachelor of Arts Psychology Key Program is accredited by the Australian Psychology Accreditation Council (APAC). A Psychological Studies major/sub-major does not meet APAC requirements for an accredited sequence in Psychology.

Inherent requirements

Dedicated inherent requirements for Arts are currently under development. Once in place, these inherent requirements will also be applicable to this course.

Admission

Assumed knowledge: two units of HSC English.

Recommended studies: HSC English Standard, or equivalent.

ATAR of at least 90.

Applications from Australian citizens and holders of permanent resident visas must be made via the Universities Admissions Centre. Use the links below to apply via UAC or Western Sydney University.

Applications made directly to Western Sydney do not have an application fee.

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.

http://www.uac.edu.au/

https://westernsydney.uac.edu.au/ws/

International applicants must apply directly to Western Sydney 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

Overseas qualifications must be deemed by the Australian Education International - National Office of Overseas Skills Recognition (AEI-NOOSR) to be equivalent to Australian qualifications in order to be considered by UAC and Western Sydney University.

Course Structure

Qualification for this award requires the successful completion of 240 credit points with no less than 60 credit points at Level 3.

All students must enrol in and complete the 40 credit points of the Bachelor of Arts Level 1 core units plus 20 credit points from the Engaged Learning pool consisting of Level 3 units.

Core Components

The 40 credit points core is made up of

Year 1 Core units (40 credit points)

Complete 40 credit points as follows

102738Australian Politics and Active Citizenship
102737Thinking Critically About Texts and Society
102736Diversity, Language and Culture
102735Foundations of Academic English

Bachelor of Arts Engaged Learning pool

Level 3 units

Choose 20 credit points from

100961Humanities Internship
102740Service Learning
102741Group Project
102742Study Tours

All students must complete

  • Either a First Specialisation OR a Key Program in Psychology
  • A Second Specialisation

First Specialisation

Students must successfully complete an 80 credit point major from the list below (see First Specialisations)

Second Specialisation and electives

Students must complete 100 credit points, by completing

Either

  • a 40 credit point Arts sub-major in a different specialisation (from the list of Second Specialisations below) and
  • 60 credit points of elective units

or

  • a second 80 credit point Arts major in a different specialisation to their first major from the list of Second Specialisations below, and
  • 20 credit points of elective units

OR

KT1000 - Psychology Key Program

KT1000Psychology

  • the 160 credit point accredited Key Program in Psychology (which includes the 40 credit point Bachelor of Arts Level 1 core units listed above); plus
  • a 40 credit point Arts Sub major from the list below (see Second Specialisations), and

  • 20 credit points of elective units

First Specialisations

Students not taking the accredited sequence in Psychology must complete one of the following Majors.

Note: Not all majors are available on all campuses.

Note: The following Majors and Sub-majors have inherent requirements; Arabic, Chinese, Indonesian and Japanese. Please see the link below to the Inherent Requirements page

Inherent Requirements

M1097Anthropology
M1059Arabic
M1060Chinese
M1113Creative Writing
M1069Criminology and Criminal Justice
M1052Cultural and Social Analysis
M2510Economy and Markets
M1053English
M1071Geography and Urban Studies
M2513Global Business
M1077Heritage and Tourism
M1054History and Political Thought
M1041Indigenous Australian Studies
M1093Indonesian
M2514Innovation and Change
M1129International English
M1055International Relations and Asian Studies
M1056Islamic Studies
M1062Japanese
M1119Linguistics
M1114Musicology
M1115Music Performance
M2512Organisations and Work
M1083Peace and Development Studies
M1058Philosophy
M1110Psychological Studies
M1073Sociology

Second Specialisations

All students must complete a second specialisation.

Students completing the Key Program in Psychology must choose a sub-major.

Note: Not all majors and sub-majors are available on all campuses

Note: Students completing the 160 credit point accredited Key Program in Psychology must not choose SM1115 Psychological Studies as their Sub-major.

M1059Arabic
M1060Chinese
M1113Creative Writing
M1052Cultural and Social Analysis
M1053English
M1054History and Political Thought
M1041Indigenous Australian Studies
M1093Indonesian
M1129International English
M1055International Relations and Asian Studies
M1056Islamic Studies
M1062Japanese
M1119Linguistics
M1058Philosophy
M1110Psychological Studies
M1114Musicology
M1115Music Performance
SM1077Arabic
SM1078Chinese
SM1116Creative Writing
SM1070Cultural and Social Analysis
SM1071English
SM1072History and Political Thought
SM1128Immersion Language
SM1049Indigenous Australian Studies
SM1112Indonesian
SM1132International English
SM1073International Relations and Asian Studies
SM1074Islamic Studies
SM1080Japanese
SM1119Linguistics
SM1065Musicology
SM1017Music Performance
SM1076Philosophy
SM1115Psychological Studies

Recommended Sequence

Year 1

Autumn session

BA core unit (Level 1)

BA core unit (Level 1)

BA core unit (Level 1) or First Specialisation unit or Key Program Psychology unit*

Elective unit or Second Specialisation unit

*The number of BA core units on offer will vary depending on your campus of enrolment.

Spring session

BA core unit (Level 1)

BA core unit (Level 1) or First Specialisation unit

First Specialisation unit or Key Program Psychology unit

Elective unit or Second Specialisation unit

Year 2

Autumn session

First Specialisation unit or Key Program Psychology unit

First Specialisation unit or Key Program Psychology unit

Elective unit or Second Specialisation unit

Elective unit or Second Specialisation unit

Spring session

First Specialisation unit or Key Program Psychology unit

First Specialisation unit or Key Program Psychology unit

Engaged Learning pool unit (Level 3)

Elective unit or Second Specialisation unit

Year 3

Autumn session

First Specialisation unit or Key Program Psychology unit

Elective unit or Second Specialisation unit

Elective unit or Second Specialisation unit or Key Program Psychology unit

Elective unit or Key Program Psychology unit

Spring session

First Specialisation unit or Key Program Psychology unit

Engaged Learning pool (Level 3)

Elective unit or Second Specialisation unit or Key Program Psychology unit

Elective unit or Key Program Psychology unit

Sub-major Elective Spaces

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

Search for sub-majors

Students in Advanced courses may use elective units toward obtaining an additional approved sub-major in Applied Leadership or Critical Thinking.

SM3082.1 Applied Leadership

SM3083.1 Critical Thinking

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

Indigenous Australian Studies Sub-major

Global Sustainability Sub-major

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

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