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Bachelor of Arts

Approved Abbreviation: BA


Western Sydney University Course Code: 1706.3

AQF Level: 7

CRICOS Code: 040992A


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 2017 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 2016 - 1706.2 Bachelor of Arts

Commencement Year 2013-2015 - 1706.1 Bachelor of Arts

The Bachelor of Arts offers students an opportunity to develop a depth of disciplinary expertise together with the breadth of vision afforded by cross-disciplinary approaches to the humanities. Study in the Bachelor of Arts is designed to develop communication and personal skills, creativity and a capacity for independent thought, adaptability to new situations and problem-solving skills, attributes increasingly demanded by employers. Bachelor of Arts graduates find employment in diverse areas including: communication and media industries; education; psychology and counselling; cultural, political and social policy analysis; writing and publishing. The Bachelor of Arts is a three-year degree designed to provide knowledge and generic skills that form the basis for lifelong learning.

Students wishing to be a primary school teacher should enrol in courses 1651 Bachelor of Arts (Pathway to Teaching Primary) or 1708 Bachelor of Arts (Pathway to Teaching Birth - 5 / Birth -12). Students wishing to be a secondary school teacher of English, History, Languages or Human Society and its Environment (which includes both history and social science units) should enrol in 1652 Bachelor of Arts (Pathway to Teaching Secondary). 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 Board of Studies Teaching and Educational Standards NSW (BOSTES).

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

or the School of Education.

Students in this course also have the opportunity to complete a semester of study overseas and receive advanced standing towards their majors, sub majors or electives. They are encouraged to do so but must discuss this with a course advisor.

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

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 Key Program in Psychology including the 40 credit point Bachelor of Arts core units is accredited by the Australian Psychology Accreditation Council (APAC). Completion of a Psychological Studies major or sub-major does not meet APAC requirements for an accredited sequence in Psychology.

Inherent requirements

There are inherent requirements for this course that you must meet in order to complete your course and graduate. Make sure you read and understand the requirements for this course online.

Inherent Requirements

Admission

Assumed knowledge: two units of HSC English.

Recommended studies: HSC English Standard, or equivalent.

Applications from Australian and New Zealand citizens and holders of permanent resident visas must be made via the Universities Admissions Centre (UAC). 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 the 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.

Alternate Entry Pathway:

The Exceptional Merit Pathway (EMP) will offer prospective students who demonstrate an aptitude and ability in the Arts areas to receive a direct offer. Students will be required to present a portfolio, complete an audition, take part in a workshop and/or submit a written assessment, in addition to participating in an interview, during one of a series of on-campus events. Successful completion of the EMP requirements will result in a direct entry offer for the following year. Though a non-ATAR pathway, eligibility to accept the direct offer will be contingent on the successful completion of the HSC. Students who participate in this program but do not qualify for a direct offer would be eligible for a conditional offer, with the additional requirement of an ATAR of 55+.

Course Structure

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

Core Components

All students must enrol in and complete the 40 credit points of Bachelor of Arts Year 1 Core units.

Year 1 Core units

100958.2Australia and the World
100960.2Contemporary Society
100968.3Texts and Traditions
100846.2Analytical Reading and Writing

All students must complete

  • Either a First Specialisation or 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 120 credit points, by completing

Either

  • a 40 credit point Arts sub-major in a different specialisation to their major from the list of Second Specialisations below, and
  • 80 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
  • 40 credit points of elective units

Bachelor of Arts with a Key Program in Psychology

Students must successfully complete 160 credit point accredited Key Program in Psychology (which includes 40 credit points Bachelor of Arts core units)

KT1000.1Psychology

Second Specialisation and electives

Students must also complete 80 credit points, by completing

Either

  • a 40 credit point Arts sub-major in a different discipline area to their Key Program from the list of Second Specialisations below (see Second Specialisations) and
  • 40 credit points of elective units

Or

  • A second 80 credit point Arts major in a different discipline area to their Key Program from the list of Second Specialisations below (see Second Specialisations)

First Specialisation

Students not taking the accredited sequence in Psychology must complete at least 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

M1097.1Anthropology
M1059.1Arabic
M1060.1Chinese
M1113.1Creative Writing
M1069.1Criminology and Criminal Justice
M1052.1Cultural and Social Analysis
M2510.1Economy and Markets
M1053.1English
M1071.1Geography and Urban Studies
M2513.1Global Business
M1077.1Heritage and Tourism
M1054.1History and Political Thought
M1041.1Indigenous Australian Studies
M1093.1Indonesian
M2514.1Innovation and Change
M1108.1International English
M1055.1International Relations and Asian Studies
M1056.1Islamic Studies
M1062.1Japanese
M1119.1Linguistics
M1114.1Musicology
M1115.1Music Performance
M2512.1Organisations and Work
M1083.1Peace and Development Studies
M1058.1Philosophy
M1110.1Psychological Studies
M1073.1Sociology

Second Specialisations

All students must complete a second specialisation from the list below.

Note: Not all Arts 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.

M1059.1Arabic
M1060.1Chinese
M1113.1Creative Writing
M1052.1Cultural and Social Analysis
M1053.1English
M1054.1History and Political Thought
M1041.1Indigenous Australian Studies
M1093.1Indonesian
M1108.1International English
M1055.1International Relations and Asian Studies
M1056.1Islamic Studies
M1062.1Japanese
M1119.1Linguistics
M1114.1Musicology
M1115.1Music Performance
M1058.1Philosophy
M1110.1Psychological Studies
SM1077.1Arabic
SM1078.1Chinese
SM1116.1Creative Writing
SM1070.1Cultural and Social Analysis
SM1071.1English
SM1072.1History and Political Thought
SM1128.1Immersion Language
SM1049.1Indigenous Australian Studies
SM1112.1Indonesian
SM1120.1International English
SM1073.1International Relations and Asian Studies
SM1074.1Islamic Studies
SM1080.1Japanese
SM1119.1Linguistics
SM1065.1Musicology
SM1047.1Music Performance Studies
SM1076.1Philosophy
SM1115.1Psychological Studies

Recommended Full-time sequence

Year 1

Autumn session

BA core unit

BA core unit

First Specialisation unit Or Key Program Psychology unit

Elective or Second Specialisation unit

Spring session

BA core unit

BA core unit

First Specialisation unit Or Key Program Psychology unit

Elective 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 or Second Specialisation unit

Elective or Second Specialisation unit

Spring session

First Specialisation unit Or Key Program Psychology unit

First Specialisation unit Or Key Program Psychology unit

Elective or Second Specialisation unit

Elective or Second Specialisation unit

Year 3

Autumn session

First Specialisation unit Or Key Program Psychology unit

Elective or Second Specialisation unit

Elective or Second Specialisation unit Or Key Program Psychology unit

Elective or Key Program Psychology unit

Spring session

First Specialisation unit Or Key Program Psychology unit

Elective or Second Specialisation unit Or Key Program Psychology unit

Elective or Key Program Psychology unit

Elective or Second Specialisation 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

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

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