Bachelor of Arts - Advanced (Honours)

Undergraduate degree

Choose Deakin's Bachelor of Arts - Advanced (Honours) to gain extensive knowledge in a disciplinary area within social sciences, humanities and the arts.

Key facts

ATAR

Waurn Ponds:
N/A?
Lowest selection rank

Duration

4 years full-time or part-time equivalent

Current Deakin Students

To access your official course details for the year you started your degree, please visit the handbook

Course information

High performing students will be attracted to Deakin’s Bachelor of Arts - Advanced (Honours) as it allows them to enrol immediately in a four-year Honours degree.  

The Bachelor of Arts – Advanced (Honours) provides an advanced level of knowledge in a particular disciplinary area. It gives students the opportunity to develop and apply skills of critical and systematic thinking; an imaginative understanding of and appreciation for the theory and practice of the social sciences, the humanities, and the arts; enhanced cultural sensitivity and understanding through genuine reciprocity of values; skills and knowledge relevant to employment in an international workforce; and familiarity with the use and importance of technology in learning and employment. Completion of Honours denotes that a student can undertake an independent research of quality, and for some, it can be the start of further study such as PhD.

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Course structure

To qualify for the award of Bachelor of Arts (Years 1 to 3), students must complete 24 credit points as follows:

  • two major sequences of at least 8 credit points each. Majors must comprise 2 credit points at level 1 and a minimum of 2 credit points at level 3 (unless otherwise stated).

Or

  • one major of at least 8 credit points and one minor of at least 4 credit points consisting of a minimum of 1 credit point at level one and no more than 1 credit point at level 3 **

Plus

  • No more than 10 credit points of units at level 1
  • A minimum of 4 credit points at level 3.
  • Up to a maximum of 8 credit points may be taken from outside the Arts course grouped units.
  • Academic Integrity AAI018
  • Academic Integrity (0-credit-point compulsory unit)

** Students completing minors in Arabic, Chinese, Indonesian and Spanish are permitted to complete 4 cp across any 2 levels, i.e. students may complete 2 credit points at level 2 and 2 credit points at level 3

The Honours (4th year) requires the completion of 8 credit points of study from a discipline sequence below. Half of that requirement is met through coursework, which may include directed reading and/or enrolment in course work units, and half is satisfied through a research project (thesis or dissertation) of 14000-16000 words. There are no attendance requirements for Cloud (online) enrolled students, although regular consultation with an appointed thesis supervisor is required.

The Faculty offers two units AIX160 Introduction to University Study and AIX117 Professional Writing for Work, that are specifically designed to ease the transition into university study. New students are encouraged to enrol in one or both of these units in their first year.

Major Sequences

All students enrolled in the Bachelor of Arts are required to complete at least one of the Arts major sequences listed below.

Not all major sequences are available via Campus study at Warrnambool. Students undertaking units in major sequences that are not available in Campus mode at their home campus may enrol in Cloud (online) offerings of those units.

Major and or Minor Campus Notes
Anthropology Burwood (Melbourne), Waurn Ponds (Geelong), Cloud (online)  
Australian Studies Burwood (Melbourne), Waurn Ponds (Geelong), Warrnambool, Cloud (online)  
Children's Literature Burwood (Melbourne), Waurn Ponds (Geelong), Warrnambool, Cloud (online)  
Criminology Burwood (Melbourne), Waurn Ponds (Geelong), Cloud (online)  
History Burwood (Melbourne), Waurn Ponds (Geelong), Cloud (online)  
International Relations Burwood (Melbourne), Waurn Ponds (Geelong), Cloud (online)  
Literary Studies Burwood (Melbourne), Waurn Ponds (Geelong), Warrnambool, Cloud (online)) Warrnambool offering available to continuing students only
Middle East Studies Burwood (Melbourne), Waurn Ponds (Geelong), Cloud (online)  
Philosophy Burwood (Melbourne), Waurn Ponds (Geelong), Cloud (online)  
Politics and Policy Studies Burwood (Melbourne), Waurn Ponds (Geelong), Warrnambool, Cloud (online) Offered to Warrnambool enrolled students by a combination of located learning and Cloud (online) modes
Professional and Creative Writing Burwood (Melbourne), Waurn Ponds (Geelong)  
Sociology Burwood (Melbourne), Waurn Ponds (Geelong), Warrnambool, Cloud (online) Offered to Warrnambool enrolled students by a combination of located learning and Cloud (online) modes

For alternative majors please refer to A300 Bachelor of Arts.

Disciplines

Refer to the details of each discipline for availability.

  • The School of Communication and Creative Arts offers the following disciplines:

Children's LiteratureLiterary Studies, and Professional and Creative Writing.

Notes: 

(i) The School of Communication and Creative Arts offers the Bachelor of Arts (Honours) at Burwood (Melbourne) to all students, to Waurn Ponds (Geelong) students and Cloud (online) students subject to agreement with the Honours Co-ordinator.

(ii) For disciplines in the creative arts (Animation and Motion Capture, Dance, Drama, Film and Television, Media and Communication, Photography, Visual Arts and Visual Communication Design) please refer to A450 Bachelor of Creative Arts (Honours)

(iii) For disciplines in communication (Journalism, Public Relations, Media and Communication) please refer to A451 Bachelor of Communication (Honours)

  • The School of Humanities and Social Sciences offers the following disciplines:

Anthropology, Criminology, History, Sociology, International Relations, Politics, Philosophy, Language, Middle East Studies, and Australian Studies.

Notes:

(i) Anthropology, Australian Studies, Criminology, History, International Relations, Languages, Middle East Studies, Politics, Philosophy and Sociology are all offered at Burwood (Melbourne), Waurn Ponds (Geelong) and Cloud (online).

Key information

Award granted
Bachelor of Arts - Advanced (Honours)
Year
2019 course information
VTAC code
1400310401 - Waurn Ponds (Geelong), Commonwealth Supported Place (HECS)
1400510401 - Burwood (Melbourne), Commonwealth Supported Place (HECS)
1400610401 - Cloud (online), Commonwealth Supported Place (HECS)
Deakin code
A401
Level
Undergraduate
Approval status
This course is approved by the University under the Higher Education Standards Framework.
Australian Quality Framework (AQF) recognition

The award conferred upon completion is recognised in the Australian Qualifications Framework at Level 8.

Campuses by intake

Campus availability varies per trimester. This means that a course offered in Trimester 1 may not be offered in the same location for Trimester 2 or 3. Read more to learn where this course will be offered throughout the year.

Trimester 1 - March

  • Start date: March
  • Available at:
    • Burwood (Melbourne)
    • Waurn Ponds (Geelong)
    • Cloud Campus

Trimester 2 - July

  • Start date: July
  • Available at:
    • Burwood (Melbourne)
    • Waurn Ponds (Geelong)
    • Cloud Campus

Deakin splits the academic year into three terms, known as trimesters. Most students usually undertake two trimesters each year (March-June, July-November).

Additional course information

Course duration - additional information

Course duration may be affected by delays in completing course requirements, such as accessing or completing work placements.

Participation requirements

Reasonable adjustments to participation and other course requirements will be made for students with a disability. Click here for more information.

Work experience

Elective units may provide the opportunity for Work Integrated Learning experiences.

Entry requirements

Entry information

Deakin University offers admission to undergraduate courses through a number of Admission categories. In all categories of admission, selection is based primarily on academic merit as indicated by an applicant's previous academic record.

All applicants must meet the minimum English language requirements.

Entry for applicants with recent secondary education (previous three years) will be based on a minimum Australian Tertiary Admission Rank (ATAR) of 80 or equivalent in a Senior Secondary Certificate of Education, with pre-requisite units 3 and 4; a study score of at least 25 in English EAL (English as an additional language) or 20 in English other than EAL.

Refer to the VTAC Guide for the latest pre-requisite information www.vtac.edu.au

Entry for applicants with previous Tertiary, VET, life or work experience will be based on achieving an equivalent standard of achievement of an Australian Tertiary Admission Rank (ATAR) of 80 in:

  • a Certificate IV in a related discipline OR
  • a Diploma in any discipline or 50% completion of a Diploma in a related discipline OR
  • successful completion of relevant study at an accredited higher education institution equivalent to at least two Deakin University units OR
  • other evidence of academic capability judged to be equivalent including relevant work or life experience

NOTE: Following successful completion of the first 3 levels of the course, students with a WAM (Weighted Average Mark) above 65 may progress to the honours level. A WAM of less than 65 results in an alternative exit from A401 with award A300 Bachelor of Arts.

For more information on the Admission Criteria and Selection (Higher Education Courses) Policy visit the Deakin Policy Library.

Fees and scholarships

Fee information

Estimated tuition fee - full-fee paying place
Not applicable
Estimated tuition fee - (CSP)?
$6,566 for 1 yr full-time - Commonwealth Supported Place (HECS)
Learn more about fees.

The tuition fees you pay will depend on the units you choose to study as each unit has its own costs. The 'Estimated tuition fee' is provided as a guide only based on a typical enrolment of students undertaking the first year of this course. The cost will vary depending on the units you choose, your study load, the time it takes to complete your course and any approved Credit for Prior Learning you have.

Each unit you enrol in has a credit point value. The 'Estimated tuition fee' is calculated by adding together 8 credit points of a typical combination of units for that course. Eight credit points is used as it represents a typical full-time enrolment load for a year.

You can find the credit point value of each unit under the Unit Description by searching for the unit in the Handbook.

Learn more about fees and available payment options.

Scholarship options

A Deakin scholarship could help you pay for your course fees, living costs and study materials. If you've got something special to offer Deakin - or maybe you just need a bit of extra support - we've got a scholarship opportunity for you. Search or browse through our scholarships

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How to apply

Apply through VTAC
If you studied Year 12 in 2018 or you're applying for more than one course offered through VTAC, your application must be made via VTAC.
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Applications can be made directly to the University through the Applicant Portal if you're only applying for one course.

Please note that closing dates may vary for individual courses.

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Entry pathways

Course pathways to obtain Bachelor’s degree include: 1. Through Deakin – start the same course at a difference campus or start a related course then meet the requirements and apply to transfer, or complete and associate degree then apply for your coal course; 2. Through Deakin College – Complete one-year diploma then enter Deakin as 2nd year student; 3. Through Tafe or a private provider (RTOS)  – Complete one-year diploma, then apply for recognition of prior learning and your Deakin course; 4. Through the workforce – Experience in a related field?  Get credit for prior learning

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Disclaimers:
Through Deakin College and TAFE: Completion of diploma and minimum academic requirements apply to enter Deakin University.
Through Deakin: Transfers within Deakin  are subject to availability and meeting minimum academic requirements.

Faculty contact information

Arts and Education Student Services and Enrolment Enquiries

Waurn Ponds (Geelong)
Tel 03 5227 1359
artsed@deakin.edu.au

Burwood (Melbourne)
Tel 03 9246 8100
artsed@deakin.edu.au

Cloud (online)
Tel 03 5227 1359
artsed@deakin.edu.au  

Course learning outcomes

Deakin's graduate learning outcomes describe the knowledge and capabilities graduates can demonstrate at the completion of their course. These outcomes mean that regardless of the Deakin course you undertake, you can rest assured your degree will teach you the skills and professional attributes that employers value. They'll set you up to learn and work effectively in the future.

Deakin Graduate Learning Outcomes

Course Learning Outcomes

Discipline specific knowledge and capabilities

Acquire coherent and advanced knowledge of the underlying principles and concepts in a Humanities or Social Science discipline including Creative and Professional Writing, Children’s Literature, Anthropology, Australian Studies, Criminology, History, Languages, International Relations, Literary Studies, Middle East Studies, Politics or Sociology.

Acquire advanced knowledge of research principles and methods.

Apply this knowledge with initiative and judgement in planning and executing a piece of research and scholarship.

Communication

Demonstrate advanced oral, written and electronic communication skills in the clear and coherent communication of research questions, design and outcomes to diverse audiences and in the production of scholarly papers.

Digital literacy

Acquire advanced technical skills in the use of a range of digital technologies to research, analyse, synthesise and disseminate information and resources in a rapidly-changing global environment.

Critical thinking

Employ intellectual independence and advanced theoretical knowledge and cognitive skills to critically analyse, evaluate and apply appropriate theories and methodologies in finding solutions to complex problems.

Problem solving

Apply advanced theoretical knowledge and cognitive and technical skills to review, analyse, identify and apply solutions to complex problems in the Humanities and Social Sciences.

Self-management

Demonstrate autonomy, responsibility, well-developed judgement and adaptability in learning and professional contexts and accountability for personal actions and in undertaking research and in the communication of research outcomes.

Teamwork

Work and learn collaboratively with colleagues, other professionals and members of the wider community.

Global citizenship

Demonstrate an advanced understanding and awareness of ethical issues, cultural diversity, and social responsibility when engaging in scholarship and professional roles in the local, national or international community.

Approved by Faculty Board June 2016

 


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